Today Is A Pretty Sad Day Song

Today is a sad day for justice

Today is a sad day for justice

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Today is a Sad Day

Today is a Sad Day

Today is a Sad Day As one expects Written performed by R Waters Message if you want to use in a film or project Im very flexible
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Cristiano Toni -  TODAY IS A SAD DAY

Cristiano Toni - TODAY IS A SAD DAY

Cristiano Toni - TODAY IS A SAD DAY Cristiano Toni -TODAY IS A SAD DAY email toni cristiano tiscali it
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wow, what a great day, it's been a pretty amazing experience today with all this interesting stuff going on...

wow, what a great day, it's been a pretty amazing experience today with all this interesting stuff going on...

wow, what a great day, it's been a pretty amazing experience today with all this interesting stuff going on...
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Today's Been a Pretty Good Day (Atmosphere)

Today's Been a Pretty Good Day (Atmosphere)

Today's Been a Pretty Good Day (Atmosphere)
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Today was a pretty awful day and I'm making myself feel better by making soundclown jokes

Today was a pretty awful day and I'm making myself feel better by making soundclown jokes

Today was a pretty awful day and I'm making myself feel better by making soundclown jokes
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01 Nick Cave - The Secret Life Of The Love Song

01 Nick Cave - The Secret Life Of The Love Song

01 Nick Cave - The Secret Life Of The Love Song Read on September 25 1999 in Vienna To be invited to come here and teach to lecture to impart what knowledge I have collected about poetry about song writing has left me with a whole host of conflicting feelings The strongest most insistent of these concerns my late father who was an English Literature teacher at the high school I attended back in Australia I have very clear memories of being about twelve years old and sitting as you are now in a classroom or school hall watching my father who would be standing up here where I am standing and thinking to myself gloomily and miserably for in the main I was a gloomy and miserable child It doesn t really matter what I do with my life as long as I don t end up like my father At forty years old it would appear that there is virtually no action I can take that does not draw me closer to him that does not make me more like him At forty years old I have become my father and here I am teaching What I wanted to do here was to talk a bit about the love song to speak about my own personal approach to this genre of songwriting which I believe has been at the very heart of my particular artistic quest I want look at some other works that for whatever reason I think are sublime achievements in this most noble of artistic pursuits the creation of the great love song Looking back at these twenty years a certain clarity prevails Midst the madness and the mayhem it would seem I have been banging on one particular drum I see that my artistic life has centered around an attempt to articulate the nature of an almost palpable sense of loss that has laid claim to my life A great gaping hole was blasted out of my world by the unexpected death of my father when I was nineteen years old The way I learned to fill this hole this void was to write My father taught me this as if to prepare me for his own passing To write allowed me direct access to my imagination to inspiration and ultimately to God I found through the use of language that I wrote god into existence Language became the blanket that I threw over the invisible man that gave him shape and form Actualising of God through the medium of the love song remains my prime motivation as an artist The love song is perhaps the truest and most distinctive human gift for recognising God and a gift that God himself needs God gave us this gift in order that we speak and sing Him alive because God lives within communication If the world was to suddenly fall silent God would deconstruct and die Jesus Christ himself said in one of His most beautiful quotes Where ever two or more are gathered together I am in your midst He said this because where ever two or more are gathered together there is language I found that language became a poultice to the wounds incurred by the death of my father Language became a salve to longing Though the love song comes in many guises songs of exultation and praise songs of rage and of despair erotic songs songs of abandonment and loss they all address God for it is the haunted premises of longing that the true love song inhabits It is a howl in the void for Love and for comfort and it lives on the lips of the child crying for his mother It is the song of the lover in need of her loved one the raving of the lunatic supplicant petitioning his God It is the cry of one chained to the earth to the ordinary and to the mundane craving flight a flight into inspiration and imagination and divinity The love song is the sound of our endeavours to become God-like to rise up and above the earthbound and the mediocre The loss of my father I found created in my life a vacuum a space in which my words began to float and collect and find their purpose The great W H Auden said The so-called traumatic experience is not an accident but the opportunity for which the child has been patiently waiting had it not occurred it would have found another- in order that its life come a serious matter The death of my father was the traumatic experience Auden talks about that left the hole for God to fill How beautiful the notion that we create our own personal catastrophes and that it is the creative forces within us that are instrumental in doing this We each have a need to create and sorrow is a creative act The love song is a sad song it is the sound of sorrow itself We all experience within us what the Portugese call Suadade which translates as an inexplicable sense of longing an unnamed and enigmatic yearning of the soul and it is this feeling that lives in the realms of imagination and inspiration and is the breeding ground for the sad song for the Love song is the light of God deep down blasting through our wounds In his brilliant lecture entitled The Theory and Function of Duende Frederico Garcia Lorca attempts to shed some light on the eerie and inexplicable sadness that lives in the heart of certain works of art All that has dark sound has duende he says that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher can explain In contemporary rock music the area in which I operate music seems less inclined to have its soul restless and quivering the sadness that Lorca talks about Excitement often anger sometimes but true sadness rarely Bob Dylan has always had it Leonard Cohen deals specifically in it It pursues Van Morrison like a black dog and though he tries to he cannot escape it Tom Waits and Neil Young can summon it It haunts Polly Harvey My friend and Dirty 3 have it by the bucket load The band Spiritualised are excited by it Tindersticks desperately want it but all in all it would appear that duende is too fragile to survive the brutality of technology and the ever increasing acceleration of the music industry Perhaps there is just no money in sadness no dollars in duende Sadness or duende needs space to breathe Melancholy hates haste and floats in silence It must be handled with care All love songs must contain duende For the love song is never truly happy It must first embrace the potential for pain Those songs that speak of love without having within in their lines an ache or a sigh are not love songs at all but rather Hate Songs disguised as love songs and are not to be trusted These songs deny us our humanness and our God-given right to be sad and the air-waves are littered with them The love song must resonate with the susurration of sorrow the tintinnabulation of grief The writer who refuses to explore the darker regions of the heart will never be able to write convincingly about the wonder the magic and the joy of love for just as goodness cannot be trusted unless it has breathed the same air as evil the enduring metaphor of Christ crucified between two criminals comes to mind here so within the fabric of the love song within its melody its lyric one must sense an acknowledgement of its capacity for suffering In Lou Reed s remarkable song Perfect Day he writes in near diary form the events that combine to make a Perfect Day It is a day that resonates with the hold beauty of love where he and his lover sit in the park and drink Sangria feed animals in the go to a movie show etc but it is the lines that darkly in the third verse I thought I was someone else someone good that transforms this otherwise sentimental song into the masterpiece of melancholia that it is Not only do these lines ache with failure and shame but they remind us in more general terms of the transient nature of love itself that he will have his day in the park but like Cinderella who must return at midnight to the soot and ash of her disenchanted world so must he return to his old self his bad self It is out of the void that this songs springs clothed in loss and longing Around the age of twenty I stared reading the Bible and I found in the brutal prose of the Old Testament in the feel of its words and its imagery an endless source of inspiration The Song of Solomon perhaps the greatest love song ever written had a massive impact upon me Its openly erotic nature the metaphoric journey taken around the lovers bodies breasts compared to bunches of grapes and young deer hair and teeth compared to flocks of goats and sheep legs like pillars of marble the navel- a round goblet the belly- a heap of wheat its staggering imagery rockets us into the world of pure imagination Although the two lovers are physically separate Solomon is excluded from the garden where his beloved sings it is the wild obsessive projections of one lover onto another that dissolve them into a single being constructed from a series of rapturous love-metaphors The Song of Solomon is an extraordinary love song but it was the remarkable series of love song poems known as the Psalms that truly held me I found the Psalms which deal directly with relationship between man and God teeming with all the clamorous desperation longing exultation erotic violence and brutality that I could hope for The Psalms are soaked in suadade drenched in duende and bathed in bloody-minded violence In many ways these songs became the blue-print for much of my more sadistic love songs Psalm 137 a particular favourite of mine and which was turned into a chart hit by the fab little band Boney M is a perfect example of all I have been talking about The love song must be born into the realm of the irrational absurd the distracted the melancholic the obsessive the insane for the love song is the noise of love itself and love is of course a form of madness Whether it be the love of God or romantic erotic love these are manifestations of our need to be torn away from the rational to take leave of our senses so to speak Love songs come in many guises and are seemingly written for many reasons as declarations or to wound I have written songs for all of these reasons but ultimately the love songs exist to fill with language the silence between ourselves and God to decrease the distance between the temporal and the divine In Psalm 137 the poet finds himself captive in a strange land and is forced to sing a song of Zion He swears his love to his homeland and dreams of revenge The Psalm is ghastly in its violent sentiments as he sings for love of his homeland and his God and that he may be made happy by murdering the children of his enemies What I found time and time again in the Bible especially the Old Testament was that verses of rapture of ecstasy and love could hold within them apparently opposite sentiments hate revenge bloody mindedness etc that they were not mutually exclusive This idea has left an enduring impression on my songwriting Within the world of modern pop music a world that deals ostensibly with the Love Song but in actuality does little more that hurl dollops of warm custard-coloured baby-vomit down the air waves true sorrow is not welcome But occasionally a song comes along that hides behind its disposable plastic beat a love lyric of truly devastating proportions Better The Devil You Know written by hitmakers Stock Altkin and Waterman and sung by the Australian pop sensation Kylie Minogue is such a song The disguising of the terror of Love in a piece of mindless innocuous pop music is an intriguing concept Better The Devil You Know is one of pop musics most violent and distressing love lyrics Say you wont leave me no more I ll take you back again No more excuses no no Cause I ve heard them all before A hundred times or more I ll forgive and forget If you say you ll never go Cause its true what they say Better the devil you know I know I think I know the score You say you love me O boy I can t ask for more I ll come if you should call When Kylie Minogue sings these words there is an innocence to her voice that makes the horror of this chilling lyric all the more compelling The idea presented within this song dark and sinister and sad that all love relationships are by nature abusive and that his abuse be it physical or psychological is welcomed and encouraged shows how even the most innocuous of love songs has the potential to hide terrible human truths Like Prometheus chained to his rock so that the eagle can eat his liver each night Kylie becomes loves sacrificial lamb bleating an earnest invitation to the drooling ravenous wolf that he may devour her time and time again all to a groovy techno beat I ll take you back I ll take you back again Indeed Here the Love Songs becomes a vehicle for a harrowing portrait of humanity not dissimilar to that of the Old Testament Psalms Both are messages to God that cry out into the yawning void in anguish and self-loathing for deliverance As I said earlier my artistic life has centered around desire or more accurately the need to articulate the various feelings of loss and longing that have whistled through my bones and hummed in my blood throughout my life In the process I have written about two hundred songs the bulk of which I would say were love songs Love songs and therefore by my definition sad songs Out of this considerable mass of material a handful of them rise above the others as true examples of all I have talked about Sad Waters Black Hair I Let Love In Deanna From her to Eternity Nobodys Baby Now Into my Arms Lime Tree Arbour Lucy Straight to You I am proud of these songs They are my gloomy violent dark-eyed children They sit grimly on their own and do not play with the other songs Mostly they were offspring of complicated pregnancies and difficult and painful births Most of them are rooted in direct personal experience and were conceived for a variety of reasons but this rag-tag group of love songs are at the death all the same thing life lines thrown into the galaxies of the divine by a drowning man The reasons why I feel compelled to sit down and write love songs are legion Some of these came clearer to me when I sat down with a friend of mine who for the sake of his anonymity I will refer to as J J and I admitted to each other that we both suffered from psychological disorder that the medical profession call erotographomania Erotographomania is the obsessive desire to write love letters My friend shared that he had written and sent over the last five years more than seven thousand love letters to his wife My friend looked exhausted and his shame was almost palpable I suffer from the same disease but happily have yet to reach such an advanced stage as my poor friend J We discussed the power of the love letter and found that it was not surprisingly very similar to the love song Both served as extended meditations on ones beloved Both served to shorten the distance between the writer and the recipient Both held within them a permanence and power that the spoken word did not Both were erotic exercises in themselves Both had the potential to reinvent through words like Pygmalion with his self-created lover of stone ones beloved Alas the most endearing form of correspondence the love letter like the love song has suffered at the hands of the cold speed of technology at the carelessness and soullessness of our age I would like to look finally at one of my own songs that I recorded for The Boatmans Call album This song I feel exemplifies much of what I ve been talking about today The song is called Far From Me For your dear I was born For you I was raised up For you I ve lived and for you I will die For you I am dying now You were my mad little lover In a world where everybody s everybody else over You are so far from me Far from me Way across some cold neurotic sea Far from me I would talk to you of all matter of things With a smile you would reply Then the sun would leave your pretty face And you d retreat from the front of your eye I keep hearing that you re doing best I hope your heart beats happy in your infant breast You who are so far from me Far from me Far from me There is no knowledge but I know it There s nothing to learn from that vacant voice That sails to me across the line From the ridiculous to the sublime It s good to hear you re doing so well But really can t you find somebody else that you can ring and tell Did you ever care for me Were you ever there for me So far from me You told me you d stick by me Those were your very words My fair-weather friend You were my brave-hearted lover At the first taste of trouble went running back to mother So far from me Far from me Suspended in your bleak and fishless sea Far from me Far from me Far From Me took four months to write which was the duration of the relationship it describes The first verse was written in the first week of the affair and is full of all the heroic drama of new love as it describes the totality of feeling whilst acknowledging the potential for pain for you Im dying now It sets the two lovers it describes against an uncaring world a world that s everybody over and brings in the notion of the physical distance suggested in the title Strangely though the song as if awaiting the traumatic experience that I spoke of earlier to happen would not allow itself to be completed until the catastrophe had occurred Some songs are tricky like that and it is wise to keep your wits about you when dealing with them I find quite often that the songs I write seem to know more about what is going on in my life than I do I have pages and pages of fourth verses for this song written while the relationship was still sailing happily along One such verse went The Camellia The Magnolia Have such a pretty flower And the bells of St Marys Inform us of the hour Pretty words Innocent words unaware that any day the bottom would drop out of the whole thing Love songs that attach themselves to actual experience that are a poeticising of real events have a peculiar beauty unto themselves They stay alive in the same way that memories do and being alive they grow up and undergo changes and develop A love song such as Far From Me has found a personality beyond the one that I originally gave it with the power to influence my own feelings around the actual event itself This is an extraordinary thing and one of the truly wondrous benefits of song writing The songs that I have written that deal with past relationships have become the relationships themselves Through these songs I have been able to mythologize the ordinary events of my life lifting them from the temporal plane and hurling them way into the stars The relationship described in Far From Me has been and gone but the song itself lives on keeping a pulse running through my past Such is the singular beauty of song-writing Twenty years of song-writing has now past and still the void gapes wide Still that inexplicable sadness the duende the saudade the divine discontent persists and perhaps it will continue until I see the face of god himself But when Moses desired to see the face of God Exodus 33 188 he was answered that he may not endure it no man could see his face and live Well me I don t mind I m happy to be sad For the residue cast off in this search the songs themselves my crooked brood of sad eyed children rally round and in their way protect me comfort me and keep me alive They are the companions of the soul that lead it into exile that safe the overpowering yearning for that which is not of this world The imagination desires an alternate and through the writing of the love song one sits and dines with loss and longing madness and melancholy ecstasy magic joy and love with equal measures of respect and gratitude The spiritual quest has many faces religion art drugs work money but rarely does the search serve god so directly and rarely are the rewards so great in doing
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02 Nick Cave - The Flesh Made Word

02 Nick Cave - The Flesh Made Word

02 Nick Cave - The Flesh Made Word Read on September 25 1999 in Vienna To be invited to come here and teach to lecture to impart what knowledge I have collected about poetry about song writing has left me with a whole host of conflicting feelings The strongest most insistent of these concerns my late father who was an English Literature teacher at the high school I attended back in Australia I have very clear memories of being about twelve years old and sitting as you are now in a classroom or school hall watching my father who would be standing up here where I am standing and thinking to myself gloomily and miserably for in the main I was a gloomy and miserable child It doesn t really matter what I do with my life as long as I don t end up like my father At forty years old it would appear that there is virtually no action I can take that does not draw me closer to him that does not make me more like him At forty years old I have become my father and here I am teaching What I wanted to do here was to talk a bit about the love song to speak about my own personal approach to this genre of songwriting which I believe has been at the very heart of my particular artistic quest I want look at some other works that for whatever reason I think are sublime achievements in this most noble of artistic pursuits the creation of the great love song Looking back at these twenty years a certain clarity prevails Midst the madness and the mayhem it would seem I have been banging on one particular drum I see that my artistic life has centered around an attempt to articulate the nature of an almost palpable sense of loss that has laid claim to my life A great gaping hole was blasted out of my world by the unexpected death of my father when I was nineteen years old The way I learned to fill this hole this void was to write My father taught me this as if to prepare me for his own passing To write allowed me direct access to my imagination to inspiration and ultimately to God I found through the use of language that I wrote god into existence Language became the blanket that I threw over the invisible man that gave him shape and form Actualising of God through the medium of the love song remains my prime motivation as an artist The love song is perhaps the truest and most distinctive human gift for recognising God and a gift that God himself needs God gave us this gift in order that we speak and sing Him alive because God lives within communication If the world was to suddenly fall silent God would deconstruct and die Jesus Christ himself said in one of His most beautiful quotes Where ever two or more are gathered together I am in your midst He said this because where ever two or more are gathered together there is language I found that language became a poultice to the wounds incurred by the death of my father Language became a salve to longing Though the love song comes in many guises songs of exultation and praise songs of rage and of despair erotic songs songs of abandonment and loss they all address God for it is the haunted premises of longing that the true love song inhabits It is a howl in the void for Love and for comfort and it lives on the lips of the child crying for his mother It is the song of the lover in need of her loved one the raving of the lunatic supplicant petitioning his God It is the cry of one chained to the earth to the ordinary and to the mundane craving flight a flight into inspiration and imagination and divinity The love song is the sound of our endeavours to become God-like to rise up and above the earthbound and the mediocre The loss of my father I found created in my life a vacuum a space in which my words began to float and collect and find their purpose The great W H Auden said The so-called traumatic experience is not an accident but the opportunity for which the child has been patiently waiting had it not occurred it would have found another- in order that its life come a serious matter The death of my father was the traumatic experience Auden talks about that left the hole for God to fill How beautiful the notion that we create our own personal catastrophes and that it is the creative forces within us that are instrumental in doing this We each have a need to create and sorrow is a creative act The love song is a sad song it is the sound of sorrow itself We all experience within us what the Portugese call Suadade which translates as an inexplicable sense of longing an unnamed and enigmatic yearning of the soul and it is this feeling that lives in the realms of imagination and inspiration and is the breeding ground for the sad song for the Love song is the light of God deep down blasting through our wounds In his brilliant lecture entitled The Theory and Function of Duende Frederico Garcia Lorca attempts to shed some light on the eerie and inexplicable sadness that lives in the heart of certain works of art All that has dark sound has duende he says that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher can explain In contemporary rock music the area in which I operate music seems less inclined to have its soul restless and quivering the sadness that Lorca talks about Excitement often anger sometimes but true sadness rarely Bob Dylan has always had it Leonard Cohen deals specifically in it It pursues Van Morrison like a black dog and though he tries to he cannot escape it Tom Waits and Neil Young can summon it It haunts Polly Harvey My friend and Dirty 3 have it by the bucket load The band Spiritualised are excited by it Tindersticks desperately want it but all in all it would appear that duende is too fragile to survive the brutality of technology and the ever increasing acceleration of the music industry Perhaps there is just no money in sadness no dollars in duende Sadness or duende needs space to breathe Melancholy hates haste and floats in silence It must be handled with care All love songs must contain duende For the love song is never truly happy It must first embrace the potential for pain Those songs that speak of love without having within in their lines an ache or a sigh are not love songs at all but rather Hate Songs disguised as love songs and are not to be trusted These songs deny us our humanness and our God-given right to be sad and the air-waves are littered with them The love song must resonate with the susurration of sorrow the tintinnabulation of grief The writer who refuses to explore the darker regions of the heart will never be able to write convincingly about the wonder the magic and the joy of love for just as goodness cannot be trusted unless it has breathed the same air as evil the enduring metaphor of Christ crucified between two criminals comes to mind here so within the fabric of the love song within its melody its lyric one must sense an acknowledgement of its capacity for suffering In Lou Reed s remarkable song Perfect Day he writes in near diary form the events that combine to make a Perfect Day It is a day that resonates with the hold beauty of love where he and his lover sit in the park and drink Sangria feed animals in the go to a movie show etc but it is the lines that darkly in the third verse I thought I was someone else someone good that transforms this otherwise sentimental song into the masterpiece of melancholia that it is Not only do these lines ache with failure and shame but they remind us in more general terms of the transient nature of love itself that he will have his day in the park but like Cinderella who must return at midnight to the soot and ash of her disenchanted world so must he return to his old self his bad self It is out of the void that this songs springs clothed in loss and longing Around the age of twenty I stared reading the Bible and I found in the brutal prose of the Old Testament in the feel of its words and its imagery an endless source of inspiration The Song of Solomon perhaps the greatest love song ever written had a massive impact upon me Its openly erotic nature the metaphoric journey taken around the lovers bodies breasts compared to bunches of grapes and young deer hair and teeth compared to flocks of goats and sheep legs like pillars of marble the navel- a round goblet the belly- a heap of wheat its staggering imagery rockets us into the world of pure imagination Although the two lovers are physically separate Solomon is excluded from the garden where his beloved sings it is the wild obsessive projections of one lover onto another that dissolve them into a single being constructed from a series of rapturous love-metaphors The Song of Solomon is an extraordinary love song but it was the remarkable series of love song poems known as the Psalms that truly held me I found the Psalms which deal directly with relationship between man and God teeming with all the clamorous desperation longing exultation erotic violence and brutality that I could hope for The Psalms are soaked in suadade drenched in duende and bathed in bloody-minded violence In many ways these songs became the blue-print for much of my more sadistic love songs Psalm 137 a particular favourite of mine and which was turned into a chart hit by the fab little band Boney M is a perfect example of all I have been talking about The love song must be born into the realm of the irrational absurd the distracted the melancholic the obsessive the insane for the love song is the noise of love itself and love is of course a form of madness Whether it be the love of God or romantic erotic love these are manifestations of our need to be torn away from the rational to take leave of our senses so to speak Love songs come in many guises and are seemingly written for many reasons as declarations or to wound I have written songs for all of these reasons but ultimately the love songs exist to fill with language the silence between ourselves and God to decrease the distance between the temporal and the divine In Psalm 137 the poet finds himself captive in a strange land and is forced to sing a song of Zion He swears his love to his homeland and dreams of revenge The Psalm is ghastly in its violent sentiments as he sings for love of his homeland and his God and that he may be made happy by murdering the children of his enemies What I found time and time again in the Bible especially the Old Testament was that verses of rapture of ecstasy and love could hold within them apparently opposite sentiments hate revenge bloody mindedness etc that they were not mutually exclusive This idea has left an enduring impression on my songwriting Within the world of modern pop music a world that deals ostensibly with the Love Song but in actuality does little more that hurl dollops of warm custard-coloured baby-vomit down the air waves true sorrow is not welcome But occasionally a song comes along that hides behind its disposable plastic beat a love lyric of truly devastating proportions Better The Devil You Know written by hitmakers Stock Altkin and Waterman and sung by the Australian pop sensation Kylie Minogue is such a song The disguising of the terror of Love in a piece of mindless innocuous pop music is an intriguing concept Better The Devil You Know is one of pop musics most violent and distressing love lyrics Say you wont leave me no more I ll take you back again No more excuses no no Cause I ve heard them all before A hundred times or more I ll forgive and forget If you say you ll never go Cause its true what they say Better the devil you know I know I think I know the score You say you love me O boy I can t ask for more I ll come if you should call When Kylie Minogue sings these words there is an innocence to her voice that makes the horror of this chilling lyric all the more compelling The idea presented within this song dark and sinister and sad that all love relationships are by nature abusive and that his abuse be it physical or psychological is welcomed and encouraged shows how even the most innocuous of love songs has the potential to hide terrible human truths Like Prometheus chained to his rock so that the eagle can eat his liver each night Kylie becomes loves sacrificial lamb bleating an earnest invitation to the drooling ravenous wolf that he may devour her time and time again all to a groovy techno beat I ll take you back I ll take you back again Indeed Here the Love Songs becomes a vehicle for a harrowing portrait of humanity not dissimilar to that of the Old Testament Psalms Both are messages to God that cry out into the yawning void in anguish and self-loathing for deliverance As I said earlier my artistic life has centered around desire or more accurately the need to articulate the various feelings of loss and longing that have whistled through my bones and hummed in my blood throughout my life In the process I have written about two hundred songs the bulk of which I would say were love songs Love songs and therefore by my definition sad songs Out of this considerable mass of material a handful of them rise above the others as true examples of all I have talked about Sad Waters Black Hair I Let Love In Deanna From her to Eternity Nobodys Baby Now Into my Arms Lime Tree Arbour Lucy Straight to You I am proud of these songs They are my gloomy violent dark-eyed children They sit grimly on their own and do not play with the other songs Mostly they were offspring of complicated pregnancies and difficult and painful births Most of them are rooted in direct personal experience and were conceived for a variety of reasons but this rag-tag group of love songs are at the death all the same thing life lines thrown into the galaxies of the divine by a drowning man The reasons why I feel compelled to sit down and write love songs are legion Some of these came clearer to me when I sat down with a friend of mine who for the sake of his anonymity I will refer to as J J and I admitted to each other that we both suffered from psychological disorder that the medical profession call erotographomania Erotographomania is the obsessive desire to write love letters My friend shared that he had written and sent over the last five years more than seven thousand love letters to his wife My friend looked exhausted and his shame was almost palpable I suffer from the same disease but happily have yet to reach such an advanced stage as my poor friend J We discussed the power of the love letter and found that it was not surprisingly very similar to the love song Both served as extended meditations on ones beloved Both served to shorten the distance between the writer and the recipient Both held within them a permanence and power that the spoken word did not Both were erotic exercises in themselves Both had the potential to reinvent through words like Pygmalion with his self-created lover of stone ones beloved Alas the most endearing form of correspondence the love letter like the love song has suffered at the hands of the cold speed of technology at the carelessness and soullessness of our age I would like to look finally at one of my own songs that I recorded for The Boatmans Call album This song I feel exemplifies much of what I ve been talking about today The song is called Far From Me For your dear I was born For you I was raised up For you I ve lived and for you I will die For you I am dying now You were my mad little lover In a world where everybody s everybody else over You are so far from me Far from me Way across some cold neurotic sea Far from me I would talk to you of all matter of things With a smile you would reply Then the sun would leave your pretty face And you d retreat from the front of your eye I keep hearing that you re doing best I hope your heart beats happy in your infant breast You who are so far from me Far from me Far from me There is no knowledge but I know it There s nothing to learn from that vacant voice That sails to me across the line From the ridiculous to the sublime It s good to hear you re doing so well But really can t you find somebody else that you can ring and tell Did you ever care for me Were you ever there for me So far from me You told me you d stick by me Those were your very words My fair-weather friend You were my brave-hearted lover At the first taste of trouble went running back to mother So far from me Far from me Suspended in your bleak and fishless sea Far from me Far from me Far From Me took four months to write which was the duration of the relationship it describes The first verse was written in the first week of the affair and is full of all the heroic drama of new love as it describes the totality of feeling whilst acknowledging the potential for pain for you Im dying now It sets the two lovers it describes against an uncaring world a world that s everybody over and brings in the notion of the physical distance suggested in the title Strangely though the song as if awaiting the traumatic experience that I spoke of earlier to happen would not allow itself to be completed until the catastrophe had occurred Some songs are tricky like that and it is wise to keep your wits about you when dealing with them I find quite often that the songs I write seem to know more about what is going on in my life than I do I have pages and pages of fourth verses for this song written while the relationship was still sailing happily along One such verse went The Camellia The Magnolia Have such a pretty flower And the bells of St Marys Inform us of the hour Pretty words Innocent words unaware that any day the bottom would drop out of the whole thing Love songs that attach themselves to actual experience that are a poeticising of real events have a peculiar beauty unto themselves They stay alive in the same way that memories do and being alive they grow up and undergo changes and develop A love song such as Far From Me has found a personality beyond the one that I originally gave it with the power to influence my own feelings around the actual event itself This is an extraordinary thing and one of the truly wondrous benefits of song writing The songs that I have written that deal with past relationships have become the relationships themselves Through these songs I have been able to mythologize the ordinary events of my life lifting them from the temporal plane and hurling them way into the stars The relationship described in Far From Me has been and gone but the song itself lives on keeping a pulse running through my past Such is the singular beauty of song-writing Twenty years of song-writing has now past and still the void gapes wide Still that inexplicable sadness the duende the saudade the divine discontent persists and perhaps it will continue until I see the face of god himself But when Moses desired to see the face of God Exodus 33 188 he was answered that he may not endure it no man could see his face and live Well me I don t mind I m happy to be sad For the residue cast off in this search the songs themselves my crooked brood of sad eyed children rally round and in their way protect me comfort me and keep me alive They are the companions of the soul that lead it into exile that safe the overpowering yearning for that which is not of this world The imagination desires an alternate and through the writing of the love song one sits and dines with loss and longing madness and melancholy ecstasy magic joy and love with equal measures of respect and gratitude The spiritual quest has many faces religion art drugs work money but rarely does the search serve god so directly and rarely are the rewards so great in doing
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The Black Crowes - The Pretty Gurl Song

The Black Crowes - The Pretty Gurl Song

The Black Crowes - The Pretty Gurl Song Lions Rehearsal Sessions - January 2001 - February 2001 The bulk of the sessions featured lyrically dark riff driven songs The released album was more eclectic featuring a wide range of styles and sounds A number of the darker numbers were left off the album or reworked slightly into less foreboding songs The Pretty Gurl Song was originally intended as the b-side for the cancelled Miracle To Me single The word Gurl is a lyrical nod to Big Stars classic song September Gurls Is it me or was I constantly running away from today Was I running my mouth without thinking bout what I say In the quicksand of my mind Im gettin no escape Till the prettiest girl Ive seen saved the day Was it really just a dream was it really just a dream was it really just a dream The things a crazy girl will make you do Make your mind just say the word The things a crazy girl will make you do Make your mind just say the word Is it me or was I constantly running away from today Was I running my mouth without thinking bout what I say In the quicksand of my mind Im gettin no escape Till the prettiest girl Ive seen saved the day Was it really just a dream was it really just a dream was it really just a dream The things a pretty girl will make you do Make your more than sad and lonely If I dont know by now Im not in love Love love love love The things a crazy girl will make you do Make you wanna go and tell the world The things a crazy girl will make you do Make your mind just say the word
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Greater Than One,

Greater Than One, "We Don't Have Weekends"

Greater Than One, "We Don't Have Weekends" GTOs 1987 release was their first full LP All the Masters Licked Me originally issued on Graeme Revell and Brian Lustmord Williams Side Effects Records Trustwas its first attempt and later issued on LP and cassette Both are collected together and issued on CD for the first time mastered from the original digital production masters Enhanced content includes unbroken MP3 files for those who want to play the music on their computer but dont want to interrupt the continuity that was part of the original LP release It comes with a bonus sleeve for the CD of Kill the Pedagogue When thinking about the industrial music scene of the early to mid-90s some common names come up Consolidated Skinny Puppy Chris Connelly Pigface and the list can go on This was a period where industrial music was just as it was named Machine built and not pretty in the least Harsh beats lyrics full of political unrest and random samples from various movies and news reels all creating a bizarre mosaic that was dancy and thought provoking I was introduced to this musical revolution when a friend in college forced a box of Pigface and Current 93 CDs into my hands and said listen and learn The obsession started there and hasnt stopped for me Sadly in all the time Ive picked at peoples musical knowledge never once did the name Greater Than One or later GTO come up GTO was a collaboration b w London-based husband and wife team Michael Wells and Lee Newman Starting in 1985 GTO spread their messages via performance recordings and art installations Later their recorded albums were picked up in the US by Wax Trax and other independent labels and as with the fate of most underground music labels vanished from circulation when the label vanished Thankfully Brainwashed Archives re-released GTOs entire catalog of works The collection consists of 3 packs each pack focusing on one of the LPs and bundling in additional EPs enhanced CDs and DVDs within them Having given all 8 of the CDs a good listen Im rather annoyed with the fact that it took me so long to hear about GTO Dating back as far as 1987 elements of their music can be heard in almost every aspect of industrial music today I would even venture to say that they explored some musical ground well before many of the noted industrial pioneers based on the dates of their recordings and the sounds they produced Greater Than One was well ahead of their time The first album All the Masters Licked Me is largely ambient and experimental War drums and droning chants bleed gracefully into Japanese flutes and soft gongs and then back into some dead-like moans with clock noises providing a steady beat Theres not a lot in the way of vocals or lyrics and the song titles convey most of the messages that the band was putting out to the audience Names like The Intelligence of Natives The Sweet Smell of a Supermarket on Fire and We Are the People with the Human Fist If youre a fan of acts like Test Department Psychic TV or Hopeful Machines I highly recommend this particular album out of the bunch Bundled with this CD is the Trust EP which is only 2 long tracks running about 30 minutes in length and an enhanced CD with MP3s photos and an art book The next LP in the collection is London which was originally released in 1989 This album incorporated more of a pop dance sensibility in it and has been said to be the point where sample bands became their own genre Tracks like Now is the Time and Peace are chocked full of funky bass lines and a house music style often looping pieces of historic speeches or instructional recordings over and over to spell out the songs ultimate meaning In comparison to All The Masters Licked Me London is a bit more hopeful and optimistic in its demeanor While the messages conveyed are no less severe GTO takes a more pop-oriented approach to delivery Elements of the darker side of GTO emerge in the latter portion of the album on songs like Brick Lane The Rose The Cross and The Flag and Crisis The second CD of this pack is largely the same as the first Lots of dancy beats heavy sampling and overt political themes There is also a DVD with music videos and art reel included in this binder Last but not least we have the final contribution of GTO to the evolving industrial scene G-Force G-Force is vastly different to the other 2 albums First off it relies less on a collage of random audio samples and focuses more on vocals synthesizer loops and very progressive beats Out of the main LPs that the collection gathered G-Force is the most club-friendly but impressed me the least It was hard to distinguish one track from the next when I just had it on in the background It sounded very generic and not like the pioneering sound terrorists that I had just spent 6 hours listening to The Utopia EP which is also bundled in this collection was much more to my liking Opening up with the collage-sampled I Dont Need God it still has that polished engineered sound to it but maintains the heavy political tastes that the previous albums maintained I think my favorite track on this EP is Fear is the Agent of Violence which consists of 2 gentlemen discussing Trotskys theories on communism and art while war drums and very foreboding horns blast in between the arguments It is very much a switch back to the ideas that GTO explored on All the Masters Licked Us The last CD of the G-Force pack is unreleased material that the band had yet to coalesce into an album These tracks demonstrate where Michael Wells would later go with bands like Signs of ov Chaos and S O L O So after about a week of listening to Greater Than One I am reminded of what made Industrial music so appealing to me in the first place Heavy hitting political commentary stitched together like some punk scrap book with a bit of a dance beat to it The release dates of some of the material as far back as 1985 makes me think that much of what we enjoy today was cut and tested by this duet out of London I dont really recommend it for club play except for the tracks Now is the Time or Utopia AA but I highly recommend this entire collection to fans of anything early to mid 90s Industrial Greater Than One fills that odd missing link b w bands like Coil and Sheep On Drugs Even if you think committing to 8 CDs of one band could be bit too much I recommend at least sampling the London album You will not be disappointed - DJ Kantrip Back in the mid-to-late 80s something happened to many so-called industrial artists - using the term in its original context stemming from Throbbing Gristle Cabaret Voltaire and similar experimentalists One by one in seemingly lemming fashion the acts fell into a discofied dance craze culminating perhaps in Psychic TVs acid techno period of the early 90s For a band like Cabaret Voltaire the increasingly danceable beats felt at least somewhat natural as their music contained a dubby feel from fairly early on Perhaps the most notorious side-step was SPKs thankfully brief dalliance with neo-techno on 1984s Machine Age Voodoo astonishingly released by Warner Elektra Perhaps the most commercially successful migration believe it or not and one of the earliest was that of Human League whose coldly electronic 1979 releases The Dignity of Labour EP and Reproduction bore slight resemblance to Dont You Want Me and their other early 80s hits Its safe to say that for most of these bands the evolution was far less successful both commercially and unfortunately qualitatively Coils Windowpane while a perfectly good song remained far from the bands best and they seemed to realize that as their club-beat period was brief Controlled Bleeding who have wandered from harsh noise to symphonic majesty over the years did their brief stint at the end of the 80s trying for Wax Trax-based dance success with distinctly mixed results Australias Severed Heads went from very experimental work to far more predictable efforts and never quite recovered In that case it was via the Nettwerk label which together with Wax Trax seemed to be responsible for the vast majority of industrial missteps For a time if you saw a recognized experimental group suddenly released from either of those labels you could reliably bank on it being an attempt at danceable beats and larger audiences The results were nearly always unfortunate Greater Than One followed the same path but were one of the more successful aesthetically if not commercially perhaps thanks to the fact that they like Cabaret Voltaire were never strangers to the power of rhythm There are hints of it on their first works even the first track of their first cassette release 1985s Kill the Pedagogue a repetitive beat halfway between tribal and mechanical loops over buzzing noise and slowed-down incantations There and on many of the pieces on their first proper album All the Masters Licked Me the duo showed that they harnessed the power of rhythm to both provide momentum and maintain interest Songs that would otherwise float foundation-less worked because of the beats primitive as they may have been The first volume of the Brainwashed Archives program to reissue Greater Than Ones works contains three CD sleeves The first two sleeves hold remastered editions of All the Masters Licked Me and Trust a sort of early-works version of the former The third sleeve is empty save for a slip with a URL from which you can download the Kill the Pedagogue material and burn your own CD But at least youll have a nice sleeve for it Shortly after those first works the duo of Michael Wells and Lee Newman self-released 1988s Dance of the Cowards then collected it with additional material for Wax Trax which released the double-album London This material was far more polished but while the production could have led to neutered disco instead it allowed the couple to create finely-honed subversive collages In fact theres more than a passing resemblance to the equally-clever sampler constructions of Steinski Songs like Kunst Gleich Kapital and Peace sport solid beats but are adorned by samples of everything from military exercises to mysterious instructional records classical breaks to ethnographic recordings The second volume of the reissues again has three CD sleeves in one outer sleeve this time containing Dance of the Cowards London and compilation tracks from each plus a DVD of music videos and performance projections with user-selectable soundtracks The third part of Greater Than Ones career represented on the third reissue volume shows them becoming increasingly dance-centric with somewhat dodgier results G-Force released in 1989 has the distinction of sounding oddly of today yet still somewhat off-kilter Samples crop up from Kraftwerk on Alpha 5 but the songs lack the surrealism that marked London and feel more predictable theres distinctly less energy though theyre still technically impressive Index from 1991 is even more predictable and while it regains some energy the duo take things in a more acid-techno direction Surprises still lurk but theyre hiding among relatively mundane beats and synth stabs Also included are the singles Utopia and I Dont Need God which features a truly Steinski-like collection of samples sprinkled through jittery synthetic rhythms These three volumes all sport new mastering and sound far clearer than my copies of these albums and the packaging and attention to detail are impressive Its surprising to see the effort put forth for a band that was never particularly well-recognized but the work is also long overdue and welcome Greater Than One stopped their activities after 1995s sad passing of Lee Newman but lets hope that this astonishing three-volume set helps solidify their historical position - Mason Jones Dusted During its mid-to-late 1980s heyday Chicagos Wax Trax Records was like most of the seminal independent record labels its own sort of cult The risk-taking dancefloor-friendly releases were the sound of industrial dance music And the absurdist anything-goes attitude of many of its artists gave the label its own unique aesthetic So well-established and readily-identifiable were the look sound and feel that you could blindly buy a Wax Trax release and have a pretty good idea of what you were going to get Now 20 years later its easy to forget that much of the time you got burned Wax Trax put out a lot of stuff that was even at the time filler For every intriguing innovator like Front 242 there was a forgettable also-ran like Mussolini Headkick for every Ministry a Controlled Bleeding Greater Than One the London husband-and-wife duo of Lee Newman and Michael Wells fell most decidedly into the latter camp Like many loosely-categorized industrial acts Greater Than One was actually a self-contained multimedia unit They did all their own sleeves posters and videos and also dealt in performance and installation art Taking up a proletariat anti-capitalist cause their work was heavily sloganistic and iconographic They took advantage of the newly-unleashed synthesizer and digital sampling technology using it to make statements in music and sound Their approach while rare these days was not new at the time Acts like Einstuerzende Neubaten and Laibach had been making politically-inspired avant garde noise for years The only real unique aspect of Greater Than One was that they hailed from England while most of their counterparts were European Though Newman and Wells went on to score British and European hits in the 1990s under names like Tricky Disco and Technohead Greater Than One remains a largely-forgotten proposition That obviously wasnt the case for Brainwashed founder Jon Whitney who at one time operated an unofficial Greater Than One website Whitney has launched the archives arm of Brainwashed with his dream project namely a complete and comprehensive reissue of all the material Greater Than One licensed to Wax Trax in the United Statesand then some And you can say without reservation that Whitney and company have done an outstanding job Totaling seven CDs one DVD a free-with-purchase mp3 download and packed with ephemera in the form of enhanced CD content this three-part series has to be among the best-executed reissues ever The packaging and artwork are exquisite the remastered sound is spot-on and theres plenty of new-to-CD previously-unreleased material to go around Wells has been personally involved even digging out some of his old Betamax master tapes Sadly the redoubtable presentation cannot overcome the fact that most of Greater Than Ones music was never particularly distinguished in the first place and has aged badly In the mid-to-late 80s the sampler was so new that the samples alone came across as cutting-edge regardless of how they were arranged or incorporated But now the relatively haphazard cut-and-paste method of acts like Greater Than One sounds primitive and more troublesome helplessly stiff All the Masters Licked Me from 1987 and previously available on cassette only has the distinction of being the most interesting and yet least listenable of the three packages Riveting metallic drums cathedral organs chants and operatic moaning attempt to pummel you into another state of mindor submission Its the sound of a very European very high-minded sampler having a nightmare Song titles like Exorcising Julie Newmans real first name was Julie The Sweet Smell of a Supermarket on Fire and Lost Underground leave little to the imagination In fact The Rape of Sam the Fox Theme sounds exactly like you would expect it to While the title of We Hate America and America Hates Us seems relevant again the song itself is a humorless chant of The kiss of death tastes of Coca-Cola laid atop The Star Spangled Banner The lack of subtlety would be chuckle-inducing were it not so often harrowing The graceful synthesizers on Kill That Parent provide some respite and the traditional African percussion and chanting coupled with an electro pulse on Sweet Satellite suggests Newman and Wells had some good ideas By 1987 though another male female duo Dead Can Dance had already spent a few years shaping and expanding a similar blueprint into something far more evocative Trust also included with this set is a dry run for the album proper It incorporates many of the same sounds only presented as two long continuous tracks London from 1988 comprised of the same years Dance of the Cowards album plus assorted EPs and 1989s G-Force incorporate house acid house techno hip-hop and dub Also the duos absurdist sense of humor makes its way into the music All the Wax Trax material is here and while its certainly more accessible than All the Masters Licked Me that doesnt necessarily make it better You couldnt make it on Wax Trax if you didnt have a bunch of found samples of Martin Luther King televangelists old movie dialogue and Mission Control communications and theyre all here along with other industrial dance trademarks like synth zaps scratching and Kraftwerk samples Greater Than One though didnt hit as hard as peers like Front Line Assembly or A Split Second Consequently tracks like Now Is the Time and Kunst Gleich Kapital come off as a cross between Ibiza-period New Order and Snaps The Power London mixes up these tracks with moody experiments like Truth that sound like early OMD Occasionally the samples are employed in genuinely clever ways as on Song For England which employs the maverick English comedy duo Derek and Clive and the John Browns Body variation All Men Are Boys The G-Force material adds acid bass lines hip-hop rhythms and breakbeats making for a more lively experience Joy is basically a redux of M A R R Ss seminal Pump Up the Volume but Pathways is entertaining while Im Gonna Whoop Your Ass is influenced by the visceral Electronic Body Music sound Amid all this barely-controlled chaos Black Magic actually manages a low-key minimal vibe Still these five discs worth of material manage to sound like it was all composed from the same set of interchangeable parts or more accurately the same bank of samples The rare soundtrack material here including the Duty EP is darker deeper and less danceable It also comes closer to the acts original aesthetic as laid out on All the Masters Licked Me And for that chuckle dont miss the video for Pure on the DVD Flight of the Conchords couldnt have done it better Really theres so much material here that you could spend a long weekend getting lost in it The entire series is like a very specific time capsule from 1987 While that might make for some great cultural history as music its a lot less successful - John Bergstrom PopMatters Greater Than One first caught my ear through their contribution The Dark Streets Of London to the classic 1987 Placebo Records compilation Dry Lungs III The following year I snapped up their CD London on higher profile Wax Trax Records The combination of politically-charged commentary surrealist humour and avante-electro rhythms was intelligent and more in line with art-terrorism than industrial rock Their single I Dont Need God which even got airplay on MTV further evidenced that GTO were far more than a good beat to dance to Using the address listed in the Dry Lungs III notes I wrote Lee Newman and Michael Wells requesting an interview for my zine Godsend They very cordially responded and sent a series of images art collages and their early experimental cassette Kill The Pedagogue Normally my zine ran an interview with one musical artist alongside short fictional pieces The wealth of info that Greater Than One had sent me was so overwhelmingly pertinent and interesting I decided to dedicate an entire issue to them re-collaging and arranging their art around the interview This Greater Than One issue was printed in a few hundred copies and distributed internationally and was met with mostly confusion and bewilderment I continued to follow Newman and Wells paths for several years towards their techno and rave phase where I lost touch Looking back they created some of the most strikingly original electronic sounds of their day and unfortunately most of this work has remained criminally out of print Thanks to Jon Whitney for making Greater Than Ones timeless music available once again This is the 1987 LP that followed Pedagogue and its a more highly-evolved and diverse set of moody post-industrial vibes showing hints of new life amongst the ruins of the industrial culture Most of the songs here are brief and instrumental and highlights include The Rape Of Sam The Fox - a heavy-handed percussive cut that would fit well alongside early Laibach and Kill That Parent - a lighter gentler even contemplative piece with a sort of exotic feel - proving that Newman and Wells were always seeking new sounds and directions even this early on in their careers Other vignettes successfully create a series of moods textures and atmospheres most of which border on the late-night and paranoiac The haunting Psychotherapy brings to mind Anthony Perkins somehow and Sweet Satellite visits a far-off tribal ceremony with hand-drums and chants We Hate America And American Hates Us as well as Were OK herald their heavy-sampling dialogue-oriented later work as well as highlight the groups humour and political bend Odd and enchanting sounds that easily double as a surreal soundtrack Appended to this already well-stacked release is another disc this one containing the whole of the Trust cassette which was a 2-track 32-minute electronic soundtrack of sorts more in line with the groups earliest post-industrial experiments - Goatsend The re-release of all these albums is simply a great idea Greater Than One has been simply one of my all time favorite industrial bands from the early years Together with projects like Test Department SPK Lustmord ao they simply belong to what seduced me in industrial music Back in time it was quite common to speak about industrial while now we would speak about industrial ambient experimental etc Greater Than One were like all these styles assembled in one project Set up by Lee Newman and Michael Wells the debut-lp All The Masters Licked Me originally released in 1987 on Side Effect Records set up by Graeme Revell of SPK and Brian Williams of Lustmord was and still is a kind of revelation in sound A mix of industrial drones experimental sound research plus manipulations and heavy orchestral arrangements resulted in a few historic pieces from the industrial music Im here referring to Everything Is In A State Of Flux and The Rape Of Sam The Fox Theme Both tracks are cold as ice mysterious as a labyrinth and tormenting as schizophrenia More than 20 years after their compositions both of these tracks and the entire album are still surprising and overwhelming This re-issue also features a 2nd disc which is the Trust-lp leading us into deep ambient soundscapes I here missed the harder industrial drones and orchestral arrangements but you dont hear me complaining for so far Over now to the London-album which has been marked as the move and debut-album of Greater Than One on the great WaxTrax-label in 1988-1989 Other influences appeared because of new inputs and trends in music Greater Than One didnt sell their soul but left some of their early influences far behind The industrial side now moves to an exploration of new territories like rap funk tribal and even a kind of world-music They remain however experimental while launching a few cool ambient cuts like Computer Dub This album was however more noticeable through the Now Is The Time Everybodys Crazy and Peace-tracks Over the bonus disc of this second album entitled Dance Of The Cowards which delivered a few more masterpieces in the history of Greater Than One First another ambient cut entitled Song For England and next the more dynamic Kunst Gleich Kapital a real masterpiece in avant-garde electronics and Dance Of The Cowards These tracks evoke some real great memories to me while standing for an evolution in sound of this band This release also features a dvd including visual material and other extras The G-Force-album was the final one on WaxTrax This re-release features different surprises like previously unreleased and rare material Its also a way to get back some late hits extract from the maxi like I Dont Need God and Utopia The style of Greater Than One again evolved reaching more danceable structures Were now in the early nineties and they for sure got influenced by new styles and fashion trends although holding on their unavoidable experimental and ambient touch They here brought much more sonic collages mixed with danceable rhythms A next disc here brings the music from Video Drug 1 a rather are Japanese video We as an extra also get some stuff from Tricky Disco which was another name the band members have used According to me the last years werent the best ones but they confirmed a band with a sound in constant evolution All these albums can be bought separately but you better see and buy it as a compact release of 3 dcds Thanks Brainwashed Archives for this amazing initiative DP 8 DP Side-Line This three-album reissue finally makes available the missing puzzle pieces of the sampledelic underground music scene of the late-80s London By lovingly remastering the tracks in this considered series the techno duo of Lee Newman and Michael Wells offer up a surreal cut-and-paste tapestry - Robin Rimbaud Artforum All the Masters Licked Me was the debut full-length from the husband-and-wife team of Lee Newman and Michael Wells Originally issued on the Side Effects label in 1987 it is here reissued in a slipcase box along with a bonus CD containing Trust a two-track 32-minute program that will be of primary interest to completists and a third sleeve that is empty The purpose of the empty sleeve is to allow the buyer to download and burn a free copy of another early recording Kill the Pedagogue and store the resulting copy in the box with the other two discs The reissue package combines vintage album art crude collages that owe more than a little to Crass and its related projects with an almost complete lack of annotation or even a track listing making it a bit difficult to figure out exactly what one has in hand But the music is generally fairly interesting and provides something of an aural catalog of the elements that would eventually coalesce into a much more coherent musical statement for this duo ethnic field recordings dark echoey sound effects sepulchral organ industrial electro beats muttered and chanted vocals There is also a good deal of tongue-in-cheek humor in evidence here notice for example the self-explanatory Trendy Afrika and the very nearly hilarious Slog On Dead Beat which was already a good omen for this duos future Not an essential purchase but those interested in early industrial music should definitely check it out - Rick Anderson All Music Guide
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Berkeley venue gets punked #SanFranciscoCrosscurrents

Berkeley venue gets punked #SanFranciscoCrosscurrents

Berkeley venue gets punked #SanFranciscoCrosscurrents Another iconic Bay Area locale is in danger of closing largely due to the Great Recession You may not be familiar with 924 Gilman Street unless youre intimate with the Bay Area punk scene like Jack Boulware He knows first-hand that Gilman isnt an ordinary venue Boulware offers up this story as proof JACK BOULWARE There was a group of punks that broke into a cemetery and stole some mummified remains and brought it home to their punk house Their roommates were freaking out so one of them thought Well I gotta hide this And of course the guy decided to hide it at Gilman BOULWARE And that made national news That was big One guy got locked up for a while So many people remembered it I think somebody called it the O J Simpson of punk But a crisis has recently struck Gilman The all-ages punk club which was established in Berkeley in 1987 has seen its rent increase 2 600 a month The clubs landlord Jim Widess owns a furniture caning and gourd craft shop right next door that has suffered in the recession So Widess is raising rent on his property to keep his own business alive KALWs Chris Hoff dives into the history of the Bay Area punk scene and investigates the integral role 924 Gilman St has played in keeping punk vibrant CHRIS HOFF Jack Boulware is smoking a little cigar outside Pirate Cat Radio in San Franciscos Mission District Hes wearing a long black coat even though its a sunny day Boulware knows punk he wrote the book on it And hes telling me about the glory days BOULWARE In the mid 70s the most popular band here was a band called the Tubes Boulware is the co-author of the 2009 book Gimme Something Better The Profound Progressive and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day BOULWARE Theyd havemovies playing over the set of the drum kit They gave a discount if anybody showed up But a lot of younger people just thought that was stupid Out here in the Bay Area we were still potheads putting on funny costumes and playing like 11-minute jams Thats more indigenous to the Bay Area sensibility But when the Ramones came out here music got a lot faster a harder edge It was the turning of the page This is a different wave coming in who are these kids They dont care about anything They just want just a physical release for them to go to a show And if you walked out bloody that was ok That was kind of strange to the late 70s crowd Why would you purposely just want to get beat up Violent fast and hard Mosh pits skin heads Some people talked about the music scene in the Bay Area as being like Lord of the Flies BOULWARE A group of people got tired of that They wanted to put together a space where you wouldnt feel threatened you wouldnt get your ass kicked They wanted a place that was all ages where there was no hassle with police and permits and they wanted to kind of improve the idea of a punk club Some people just laughed at it How can you have a punk club with rules Thats just ridiculous But when Gilman opened thats what happened 924 Gilman St was something new Unlike other punk venues at the time the Berkeley music club didnt tolerate any alcohol drugs or violence and was open to people of all ages That policy still holds true today Gilman also distinguished itself by only booking bands that werent on major record labels its where groups like NoFX AFI Green Day and Rancid got their start But after 23 years of punk the volunteer-run not-for-profit Gilman is in danger of folding Its lease is about to go up by 2 600 a month so its having to find some creative ways to make more money KAREN OBRIEN Theres no doubt in my mind that we can stay open Karen OBrien is the Executive Director of the club OBRIEN People have been really supportive Weve raised quite a bit from our NPR-style campaign of giving a tote bag or a shirt to people for 25 Although OBrien feels good about the clubs chances she recognizes that it may have to change some of its business practices OBRIEN We have to have show prices that are comparable to other similar sized venues and not do 5 shows as often anymore Its kind of forced to come to 2010 Here we are We have to pay an increased amount of money We have to think about things more with a sense of financial responsibility Last Sunday Gilman hosted a benefit concert for a summer program called Girls Rock Camp The crowd was made up almost entirely of women aged 15-25 - including Mikayla Creden MIKAYLA CREDEN Its amazing to be in a venue that has so much history So many people have played on that stage and if that goes away there will be so many people who will never get to have that Its really sad Autumn Belknap was also at the show She thinks its literally critical for the health of the community AUTUMN BELKNAP I think if Gilman closes then it will be a major blow to the youth here I grew up in Reno where there was nothing else to do but go to shows or go do drugs get drunk and do drugs So having a place like this that is all ages that does not allow for alcohol or substances inside its a pretty big deal for youth And also for the independent music scene Some huge bands have come through here Bad Religion The Offspring Fugazi If Gilman closes who knows which new band might have been next For Crosscurrents Im Chris Hoff For more Gilman lore check out KALWs web exclusive We warn you - this one isnt for the faint of heart
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Mindful Cyborgs - Episode 1 Data Exhaust, Dating with glass and Fractalnoia

Mindful Cyborgs - Episode 1 Data Exhaust, Dating with glass and Fractalnoia

Mindful Cyborgs - Episode 1 Data Exhaust, Dating with glass and Fractalnoia Show Notes CONTENT OF THE WEEK ARTICLE Tim Maly - The Verge -Dating and google glass theverge-com 2013 4 11 4187906 ok-cupid-giving-your-love-life-to-google-glass-and-the-hive-mind Cyborg ARTICLE Zachary M Seward - Quartz - We know when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sleeps qz-com 76442 we-know-when-dzhokhar-tsarnaev-sleeps Quantified Self IDEA Data Exhaust Jamming digital surveillance ARTICLE Klint Finley - Wired - What if Your Boss Tracked Your Sleep Diet and Exercise wired-com wiredenterprise 2013 04 quantified-work-citizen Quantified Self Future of Work ARTICLE Whitney Erin Boesel - Cyborgology - Your Feels As Free Labor Emoticons Emotional Cultures and Facebook thesocietypages-org cyborgology 2013 04 11 your-feels-as-free-labor-emoticons-emotional-cultures-and-facebook Cyborg Quantified Self Digital Dualism EXAMPLE Facebook Quantification evernote-com shard s2 sh 3379ac22-c895-49f1-9d1c-e6b181e264fb 1b7cf1def9ab3168f75da9f27eb0d10b TOOL MoodPanda moodpanda-com indexx Quantified Self VIDEO Google Glass Unboxing Video watch v YliQxNIvCts Cyborg TWEETS OF THE WEEK Taking notes putting appointments on a calendar talking with friends listening to songs these are now achieved with identical gestures - Alan Jacobs twitter-com ayjay status 322346070850015232 People arent bad at computers Computers are bad at people - Amber Case twitter-com caseorganic status 325379120722763777 When youre connected to everything everything can seem connected Confusing those things is dangerous -Joshua Topolsky twitter-com joshuatopolsky status 325127453733433344 WORD OF THE WEEK Fractalnoia wired-com geekdad 2013 03 fractalnoia-excerpt-from-douglas-rushkoffs-present-shock Present Shock EVENTS BDigital Global Congress June 12-14 2013 Barcelona bdigitalglobalcongress-com Big Data Cyborg Camp May 11 2013 Vancouver - bc cyborgcamp-com Cyborg Gf2045 June 15-16 NYC gf2045-com about Futurism Buddhist geeks August 16-19 Boulder buddhistgeeks-com conference Mindfulness CONNECT Chris Dancy twitter-com servicesphere Klint Finley twitter-com klintron Mindful Cyborgs Twitter twitter-com mindfulcyborgs Mindful Cyborgs Google Plus plus google-com u 0 communities 110397482352220770025 Mindful Cyborgs Facebook facebook-com MindfulCyborgs TRANSCRIPTION Mindful Cyborgs - Contemplative living in the age of quantification augmentation and acceleration with your hosts Chris Dancy and Klint Finley CD Welcome to Mindful Cyborgs Hey Klint how are you doing KF Im doing good How are you CD Long week I think weve been in conference overload KF Are we ever not CD Thats a good point Listen top stories What have you got for me KF Lets see One of the stories I read this week that was kind of top of mind for me was a story Tim Maly did for The Verge about dating in Google Glass Theres a woman here in Portland Oregon who has been - she actually hasnt been using Google Glass for this She brings a webcam with her on dates She hides in her purse and then records the date and then she has people on Mechanical Turk watching the date in real time and they text message her advice about how a date is going and they get paid a few cents or something to give her these pointers Its mostly meant to be an art project but towards the end of the article she goes on a date without it she kind of doesnt know what to do because shes used to getting this advice CD Yes its like a dating GPS KF Yes exactly CD Like a Crowdsource dating GPSshould I go wash my hands now KF Right And it didnt really sound like any of the advice was actually useful that these people are giving It was likeI cant specifically remember any of the things It was all really generic It was not anything that seemed terribly helpful but I can understand where if you get used somebody telling you Okay at this point ask him what he wants out of life That was one of the things It was like What are you looking for Ask him What are you looking for CD Nice KF Of course you would ask something like that But if you get used to being prompted if you get used to working with a teleprompter basically CD Yes its like people with GPS Im constantly missing airport parking because Im watching the GPS and not the street signs I literally have to turn the GPS off when I get close to things and almost go into like thrust or maneuvering mode like a starship KF The point of the article is what happens when we have something like Google Glass and our whole lives are intertwined with this sort of thing Its not really a new question but were actually starting to see it happen to people in real life Though as you said about GPS thats been happening quite a while I mean the sets that people have in their cars really are augmented reality CD GPS just seems to have handicapped people Like they just cant do anything without and if they do use it theyre actually using it as a weapon so that everyone else in the car will be quiet and just let them drive Or The machine said this You know Its interesting I thought there was a really really really kind of interesting story and it kind of combined quantified self and social with the tragic events that just happened in Boston The story called We Know When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sleeps and I totally wrecked his name Basically what they did was they looked at his Twitter account and then his tweets and mapped to a graph of his sleeping patterns to try to make some type of determination of when he was sleeping what he was doing or what he was watching Which Id never really seen anything that represented someone kind of I mean the idea of investigating someone digitally is not new but using their digital fingerprint in this quantified way I thought was really interesting because theres really unique colored graph that almost looks like a DNA pattern Ill put a link in the Show Notes Again kind of creepy some of that quantified stuff is starting to come in to the everyday lexicon and stories of the news KF That is interesting because sometimes we can go out of our way trying find a way to quantify something to measure to track something that were interested in knowing about but we leave behind trails and fingerprints - data exhaust - in and other places so you can find out when somebody sleeps from Twitter instead of keeping a detailed sleep log I mean its obvious its not going to be accurate to the minute or even to the hour that way CD Mine is KF From Twitter its not going to be accurate to the minute CD Yes mine isnt accurate because I schedule tweets in the middle of the night KF Right yes If youre using Buffer or something CD Yes its kind of weird but I just love how again this idea of - are you enabled by technology or are you handicapped But if you use automation tools to schedule data exhaust or are you somehow in a more interesting spot in life than someone who just kind of randomly uses these things on and off KF It shows you how you might be able to jam certain types of surveillance if your tweets are really sporadic or if theyre just clockwork because of an automated system then its harder to mine for certain types of patterns CD I like the idea of digital jamming of surveillance KF What if somebody could lookif youre using Buffer for example if somebody could get a look at Buffers logs and they could see when youre adding stuff to Buffer when youre active there But CD No no When I add the Buffer its actually the interesting quantified thing because Im adding the buffer on a specific time and day when I have time to read stories If anyone could actually see the back into my Pocket or the back into my Buffer Id be in trouble What else have you got KF Theres the article I wrote about that company Citizen if you want to get into that now CD Sure KF So I was really interested in how people responded to that story As a recap this small mobile development company here in Portland called Citizen is doing an experimental pilot program where people can sign up and they can basically plug in their quantified self stuff like Fitbit and Runkeeper into the companys time tracking and metric system They can start to get a picture of whether healthy employees are more productive or if they have better morale because they also have this sort of like mood tracking thing thats connected to their time tracking so that when you do some work you could plug in like how did you feel about doing this work Did you enjoy it Was it drudgery That sort of thing Their whole point of doing it is not very Orwellian though I have found when I wrote it out it sounded a lot more sensational than it really is CD Not as sensational as an unemployable tech guy KF Theyre taking all their employees health data and seeing how productive they are I mean when you say it sounds very Orwellian but I mean its really not so much The employees are doing it voluntarily Theres no mandate to do it Its an internal project - its like that Google has 20 thing they have 15 time so a project with some employees grew together if they wanted to track this stuff themselves The comments were almost universally negative like everyone was sort of terrified of having to give up this information to their employers CD Yes but I think if Im beholding to myself as my ultimate employer I mean we both know Im a tracker I use the data to create enhanced environments to create good work product If I can actually use my biosensors and my environmental sensors to control the lighting and sound and temperature of my house and I know that Ive got a project due tomorrow why not create the environment tomorrow that I know fits that I dont know I love this piece though But theyre opting in to it so I dont think there was a problem with it KF I think what concerns people and what concerns me is that at some point it will become companies will start mandating it and you can see that actually already happening in some places in different ways like Whole Foods Its not mandatory but you get a bigger employee discount on your groceries as an employee of Whole Foods if you have lower body fat So you dont have to participate in the program but in order to get the discount you have to participate so thats part of your compensation essentially So youre giving up part of your paycheck in a way if you dont participate CD Is that any different than someone who waits in line for five minutes at Costco for a paper cup full of food that theyre not going to buy Theyre kind of given up their time for some food that may or may not be good for them Is that any different thanmy auto insurance company makes me plug the tracker in my truck and they get a discount on my insurance My employer actually has a program where you actually can be seen by a physician and then kind of keep track But I think your point is very valid What I dont understand is peoples resistance to this when they do it so freely in other areas of their life and they dont think about it KF Yes thats fair If youre using a Fitbit or if youre using a Runkeeper youre already sending somebody that data I think theres a pretty valid concern about abuse of the healthcare data by employers though if theres prejudices that can be introduced or that somebody a bad actor within the company who can choose to use your data against you But you can see the same sort of thing happening an employee of one of these companies who actually designs it CD People already use your data against you in the company KF Yes CD They always say Did you see this email someone wrote Did you see what he said I mean I just would rather have it be quantified and say prove it KF Sure CD If youre going to take me to HR realize that everything was recorded So lets go there Lets do this Yes I love this story I thought it was great One other interesting story - some people played it up but Facebook kind of emotionthey call it the Facebook Emotion Content Basically when you do an update it allows you say Im feeling good Im feeling sad Im feeling happy And people are saying that this is a great way for them to target better advertising to you But to me the one thing I havent seen in the media is I think this is a great way for Facebook to make Facebook more sticky So if was to say Im feeling sad and then liked a couple of updates directly after that I think its easier for Facebook to start figuring out who brings me out of my bad moods and put those people at the top of my feed I think this is adjuring play and this has nothing to do with marketing KF Im sure it has to do with marketing I really dont doubt that theyre going to find some way to tie that into - if youre feeling sad showing you ads for ice cream or something CD All the sad people just reach for Dryers right now KF That doesnt mean that theres not more use for it - mood tracking People use things like Mood Panda already so theres definitely some potential value outside of Facebook or monetary gain if you want to participate in that sort of thing CD Ive been usingI use Mood Panda but Ive also benefit using the Facebook new version and I just set the setting to only me right Thats who I share it with Because unlike Mood Panda its not 1 to 10 its a range of emotions Its just not available on mobile yet Were getting close to the top of the show here Real quick there was a Google Glass unboxing online Ill put a link to that in the Show Notes I thought it was kind of interesting to watch someone They didnt actually show them putting them on but it was like the first unboxing that Ive watched in a while that I thought that was interesting And then there were three really great tweets I saw this week I wanted to share with you This guy named Alan Jacobs tweeted out that taking notes creating appointments in the calendar talking with your friends listening to songs - theyre all achieved now with identical gestures And I thought that was really interesting from a cyborg kind of point of view especially an anthropologist cyborg kind of point of view that its doing all of those things or the same thing Speaking of cyborgs and anthropology Amber Case tweeted out yesterday People arent bad at computers computers are bad at people which I loved And then kind of going back to the top of the show with the tragedy that happened in Boston Joshua Topolsky tweeted out When youre connected to everything everything can seem connected Confusing those things is dangerous Any thoughts on those tweets KF Right I like the third one quite a bit and Douglas Rushkoff calls that Fractalnoia in his new book Present Shock CD Love it KF And what Amber said I guess the issue there is that computers are designed by people so I guess we could really extend that to say that people still havent figured out how to make computers that were really good and comfortable with interacting with Were making progress but it still feels dehumanizing to use technology a lot of the time CD Completely KF And I hope we can fix that someday CD I totally agree with you It is dehumanizing And I think all the apps and systems I use they always do a really good job of reflecting my relationship to them in some way even if its just not notification but its just that I love things like Timehop that says Hey you did this one a year ago Thats so empowering when youre pumping that much data into the system to have something return some value to you I think is so critical Ending the show on some events are you going to be anywhere Any place we can find you Anything you know of anything exciting KF I will be at BDigital Global Congress June 12-14 Im speaking on the 12th on exactly the sort of thing weve been talking about today - employee tracking quantified work - and thats in Barcelona I believe youre going to be next month at Cyborg Camp in Vancouver Is that right CD Yup I wanted to go Man I met you at Cyborg Camp So many amazing things came out of that 00 14 58 Its kind of crazy how much happened at that one event So yes Im going to take a trip to Vancouver thats May 11 if youre in Vancouver If youre not you can probably find somebody who will give you a ride to Vancouver And then a couple of other events there I will kind of mention if you guys are interested June in New York City at Lincoln Center Global Future 2045 with that Russian billionaire who wants to create four avatars I think thats going to be wild so if youre interested in that thats coming up If you have any events send them over to Klint or I well make sure were going to mention And then Buddhist Geeks is here in Boulder and thats three days in August Thats about it KF All right I guess well talk again in two weeks CD All right Klint This is Mindful Cyborgs signing off Thanks Klint KF Thank you Bye
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Summer Symphony

Summer Symphony

Summer Symphony Ive been working on this mix since July Right Why did it take so long Well there were a few reasons Firstly I had no idea what the theme was At first it was going to be based off of Paradiso But after a bit of time wound its way forward I discovered more and more songs that I itched to share Then I thought Id make a really accessible mix But for who No idea After clipping and skipping almost a hundred songs I realized I wanted to make something that was unapologetically me Something that celebrated Summer while also hinting at the fear of the impending seasonal change I wanted to make amix that was full of new musical delights that I havent shared with anyone I also tried to make something that leaned to be more listen-able than dance-able something slow melodic and focused So I hope that whoever you are you can enjoy this in the car on the beach on your daily run or whatever it is you do I also wanted to dedicate this mix to two people that I will miss a lot in the next few months Mallory Sprague and Michael Okada If you didnt know I started making these kinds of mixes because it became a way to keep in touch with people I cared about SO with that I decided to keep that in mind when embarking on new adventures Mallory has just graduated and is in an interim period figuring out lifes most difficult question whats next Whatever happens next I got your back It is definitely the least I can do after you have helped and put up with me for so long Whereas Michael is on his way to Japan and after supporting me and my mixes with an enthusiasm best described as Shiba-like I figured he deserved a little something to remember America and his friends back home But their homes arent left in the past they are waiting in the future somewhere silently Its a little late but I figured Id keep writing and give yall a track list and write a sentence or so about why I chose each song Just so I can transparently share with you all just how I work 1 Fellow Feeling - Porter Robinson This song is just kind of amazing I know teenager me would have swooned fainted immediately after hearing this It also comes across as a subtle criticism of the current state of EDM which is absolutely fascinating 2 Hey Now Arty Remix Matthews Intro Edit - London Grammar The Arty mix was the opening song for Above Beyonds set last time I saw them and it was mesmerizing Ever influenced by their actions I saw a beautiful way to open and introduce the next couple hours of music thematically To ever so slightly change how the Arty remix worked I added the original to the beginning and just let it have a long build up 3 Classic - The Knocks Its a pretty good song but because it is slow it proved to be tricky to place within the overall flow 4 Get Down 2 Get Up - Mat Zo Feat The Knocks Hey its The Knocks again Wow This song made me go wow when I first heard it So 5 I Got What You Need - Lane 8 A revamped edit of his already popular Every Night Lane 8 adds some vocals and forces this song to new heights Usually I like songs without lyrics just as much as those with but again this mix was supposed to be a tad more listen-able And this song suddenly screamed Summer 6 Prayer In C Robin Schulz Remix - Lilly Wood The Prick This song is just kind of mysterious Im not sure what it means but it also has guitars and that means it sounds like summer sothrowitoninthismix 7 Love Druggie Jeremy Olander Remix - Mendoza A lot of people in the know have been sorta complaining about the lyrics in this one but to me they are kind of infectious With that this has been one of my summer favorites 8 Get Lucky Shadow Child VIP - Daughter A remix of a cover I use this song to both surprise and help the listener explore another side of electronic music close to my heart deep house Also this version of the song makes the lyrics almost melancholic and I can never deny some good melancholy 9 Backdraft - Pryda ERIC PRYDZ SWEDISH KING OF HOUSE LONG LIVE THE KING Also this song just played well with the rest of the mix 10 Stay Justin Martin Remix - Henry Krinkle An oddity that I used mostly for the vocal sample but it also fragmented the mix in some unique ways 11 Waiting Game Judah Remix - Banks For this one it was the lyrics that caught me They seem important to me And Judah is very good at finding depressing songs and editing them for clubs 12 Sun In Your Eyes - Above Beyond This is a much older song but it happens to be a staple of my Summer jams Plus I had a ton of difficulty like 2k pounds with transitioning the mix to more and harder edged songs 13 Flight 643 - John Christian I heard Above Beyond mix these two songs together and I immediately melted to the floor So I tried my hand at it and found something that worked exactly how I wanted it to 14 Gravity - Parker Hanson What these guys lack in terms of a catalogue they make up for with songs as spellbinding and triumphant as any other Few artists today are willing to hold themselves back and make sure they are releasing quality over quantity like Parker Hanson 15 Smile Max Elto Rewind Version - Galantis If you know me then you are aware of my fondness for Galantis They are assuredly one of the best things to happen to dance music in 2014 And this remix takes a favorite and tweaks the Galantis-styled vocals into something more traditional It also flowed nicely with Gravity albeit the transition made Smile sound like a different monster something not quite as uplifting as I am sure was intentioned 16 Backyard Animals - Max Elto Mr Elto here again this newcomer will be someone to keep an eye on for sure This song isnt quite new per se but I hadnt heard it before 17 Kanye - The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers were thrust into stardom with their gimmicky song Selfie but as it turns out they arent a one trick pony They happen to be incredibly skilled and full of inspiration 18 Love Looks - Style of Eye This song has a very sweet music video about furry fandom and I suggest you watch it Also if it sounds familiar its because Style of Eye is one half of Galantis and it seems he has learned some new and very familiar tricks 19 Sun Moon Tension Matthews Solar Mashup - Above Beyond vs ilan Bluestone Jerome Isma-Ae Thats a mouthful A B have been mixing Tension with Thing Called Love at their live shows and as incredible as it is I decided to take a different route 20 Lionhearted Arty Remix - Porter Robinson Yo if you havent heard Porter Robinsons new album teenager me highly suggests it 21 Satellite Ilan Bluestone Remix - Oceanlab Satellite is one of my favorite songs of all time and Mr Bluestone adding a bit of modern flair is gift from heaven 22 Blue Sky Action - Above Beyond Putting the sad lyrics on hiatus A B have crafted a hugely magnificent anthem And it might not play well but this one has to be heard live to be believed I promise 23 Zebra - Andy Duguid I dunno man this song is just impeccable and I think Mr Duguid is the man 24 Rapture Run Two K Mashup Matthews End of the World Edit - Genix vs iiO Rapture is a club classic Hands down One of dance musics most iconic vocals is edited into the latest Genix track and I think its pretty awesome if I can say so myself 25 No Frontiers - Super8 Tab Hot after their latest album announcement this is the latest by the Swedish duo Steeped in classic trance sentiment but polished with some modern style this song has it all 26 Evermore - Oliver Smith One of the oldest label mates of Anjunabeats Oliver Smith returns with something rough and powerful Take it as a declaration 27 Home Genix Remix - Above Beyond Remember when I said Satellite was one of my favorite songs Home is probably even better and Genix not only pulls it into the future but re-envisions it completely and gives it some new life something I think Home deserves Also when I saw A B for the first time they played the original club mix at the end of their set and to this day I think it is the best set finisher I have ever heard And thats it I dont know if you wanted to read all that and if you have you are a champ Hopefully this tracklist helps you and your nefarious needs Or whatever And with that I wanted to say thank you And I hope you enjoy this mix
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Walter Ehresman - The Speech I Wish Obama Would Give (The Fertility of Language)

Walter Ehresman - The Speech I Wish Obama Would Give (The Fertility of Language)

Walter Ehresman - The Speech I Wish Obama Would Give (The Fertility of Language) The Fertility of Language or The Speech I Wish Obama Would Give Walter Ehresman c p 2012 Good evening my fellow Americans Im here to talk to you tonight about a simple idea One that seems so obvious at first that you may think why in the world do we need to talk about it at all But I promise you standing here today that this may in fact be the single most important issue facing our great democracy the issue from which our greatest threats grow and yet one thatby facing it togetherwe can find a way forward through the darkness to a better day The idea is simply this words have meaning Let me repeat that words have meaning Now you may think that this notion is so self-evident that there must be some kind of trick coming I assure you that there is not and the fact that you fear that is a symptom of the very problem that I want to talk with you about tonight In my adult lifetime I have seen a phenomenon rise and take hold in this country in a way that would have seemed inconceivable to an American of the 1970s or before Im talking about a perversion of language Not in the sense of how well a person speaks or even if a person talks in a course or vulgar way but rather the purposeful subversion of the objective meaning of the words that make up our English language Language developed to facilitate communication between people and for that communication to be effective language had to have words with commonly understood meaning If I said please put the baby over on the bed it was real important that you didnt think I was talking about the cactus out front We all call a bed a bed a cactus a cactus and so on If the speakers of a language cant agree on fundamental definitions for the words and phrases used in it then things break down -communication is compromised Ok You may be thinking Barack this all sounds kind of academic What does it have to do with me and the problems I face everyday Good question One reason its important is because of the pervasive role that media and the internetplay in our modern American lives Like never before we are bombarded daily by a barrage of information From the radio when the alarm goes off in the morning to yournewspaper or laptop at the breakfast table maybe more radio on the way to work maybe more time during the day in front of a computer screen and now even from a speaker squawking at you when youre pumping gas With handheld devices becoming more and more prevalent the information bombardment becomes almost constant So what kind of information is coming at you all day long What is the underlying agenda and what tools are being used to push your buttons and who stands to gain Language is avery fertile thing The words used to communicate have tremendous power So what happens when the objective meaning of words is purposely subverted knowingly corrupted to achieve a certain goal When right wing politicians and their propaganda arm at Fox News say that Im a socialist do you think they really believe that to be true Or rather that they know it full well to be untrue but their studies have shown that it would be an effective word to use with certain groups of Americans that they want to rile up and divert For make no mistakediversion isthe fundamental goal when language is perverted in this way If you are one of the two major political parties in this country and your core purpose is to further the interests of giant corporations and the very wealthiest Americans then you know youdarn well you better have diversion as the main element of your election efforts or else youll never get votes from anyone other than those you so obviously serve And so we get manufactured diversionary issues expressed with language that goes far beyond hyperbole and on into the realm of corrupted meaning of words knowingly used in a way that is totally divorced from the underlying facts at hand from the true meaning of the words My presidency is spoken of in apocalyptic terms with the sky falling daily from the smallest action I might take or not take Early in my presidency a simple broadcast speech to school children about the importance of educationsomething presidents have been doing for yearscaused screaming from the rooftops Socialist Indoctrination Propaganda Wont someone please think of the children Do you remember this Absolutely ridiculous When you hear the word Socialist can you imagine another word they might rather say that cannot yet be spoken openly even in this poisonous political climate The cumulative effect of this unending landslide of corrupted language is the designed impression that sheer repetition must make it so Its on the television and radio all day every day so it must be true right Many of you grew up in a time when we had well-founded FCC regulations in this country that applied to the media Underlying these laws was the idea that the broadcast airwaves are a finite public resource and that broadcasters do not have an unfettered right to use them however they want to Rather because the airwaves are public they had to be used responsibly under a federal license One element of those now-gone regulations was known as the Fairness Doctrine a law designed to ensure fair and balanced information back before that phrase was tainted was broadcast to Americans over their public airwaves by holders of FCC licenses Fox News could not exist today if those regulations were still in effect It is no accident that the Reagan administration made it a top priority to eliminate the Fairness Doctrine in the 1980s starting the long sad slide that has led to a present-day Federal Communications Commission that merely facilitates giant corporate mergers which eliminate competition drive up prices for consumers and constrict the diversity of opinion throughout world media So if you grew up in a time when the airwaves were truly treated like a public resource rather than a corporate playground then yougenerally felt like you could believe what were presented as facts in the media A broadcaster would lose its license if it consistently played fast and loose with the truth And because those FCC regulations were killed off quietly without much public fanfare and without any meaningful push-back from Democrats most Americans dont realize that the game has changed that it is entirely legal now for Fox News to be usedas a propaganda wing of the Republican Party without violating the terms of its license to broadcast And so you hear things again and again and again broadcast at you and you may well feel that they must therefore be true Because how could they not be How could they otherwise get away with saying these things with such fervor and righteous anger day after day after day I knew a man once who liked to argue a lot And interestingly enough he didnt like to lose Now he was a pretty smart guy but he hated to lose way too much to rely on those smarts to win all these arguments So he made stuff up stuff that would be really compelling for the point he was trying to make if it were true And aftera while it occurred to me that he had been using this technique so long that he no longer knew the difference he had lost the ability to know what was really true The Republican Party today is facing a dilemma Theyve been playing fast and loose with the truth for so long ginning up diversionary issues and using corrupted language in their chase for votes from people whose interests they do not serve that some of their own candidates have now drunk the Kool-Aid so to speak They have come to believe in the crazy stuff theyre saying to get elected This deeply worries the Republican establishment because the underlying understanding down in the bowels of that machine has always been that they know what theyre doingthey know the tactics theyre using to play on peoples fears hopes disappointments resentments and prejudices and they know that the real goal never wavers the goal of manipulating our government for the sole benefit of giant corporate interests and the very wealthiest Americans It has often been said by savvy folks who watch American politics that the worst thing that could ever happen to the Republican Party is to have Roe v Wade overturned In private candid Republican operatives will tell you the same If you remove the social diversionary issues from the table then what is left for Republicans to run on other than their real platform which of course can never be said out loud And what is the Republican Party to do now with so many of its candidates actually believing that these social issues should be the focus of the partys legislative efforts rather than serving those who pay for all these efforts to the tune of billions of dollars in contributions to the party This whole mess has created a bit of a Catch 22 for the GOP and the nature of the tactics they use in these elections is such that they escalate each season At this point there is a litmus test a candidate must pass in order to be electable in a Republican primary that is almost guaranteed to produce a nominee so extreme that he will be unpalatable to the majority of Americans in a general election no matter how much well-funded propaganda is put out there It would be funny if it werent so tragic Funny because the Republicans deeply-cynical tactics have led them to be hoist on their own petard But tragic because all this creates a dysfunctional government that has no will to address the many serious issues that face us today Our middle class is disappearing into a new American feudalism and all those novels and movies portraying dystopian futures where the rich nobles are barricaded behind fortified compounds and protected by private gunmen with the rest of the citizenry left to fend for themselves in a broken landscape do not seem as far-fetched today as they did even 30 years ago Im not saying that America will sink to that level but I am saying that I do not want it to move one inch towards it Not on my watch Words have meaning And they have consequences In 2003 do you remember the Bush Administrations Clear Skies Act that was actually a subversion of existing clean air laws and a major windfall to corporate polluters That travesty is not only a symbol of this corruption of language but it led to real impacts on real Americans increases in air pollution resulting in a worsening of direct health effects as well as contributing to our alarming climate change situation a situation thats getting worse every day before our eyes One wonders if a new Republican-controlled Congress and White House would call new legislation making Protestant Christianity the official United States religion mandatory for all the Religious Freedom Act Catholics Jews Muslims Hindus agnostics and atheists need not apply I read online one time as you may have a quote from an unnamed Karl Rove staffer during a George Bush presidential campaign which bragged that largely due to their efforts surrounding that campaign we now live in a post-factual political world when it comes to American elections Think about that A post-factual world Elections based on purposeful lies that cannot be exposed because the people believing them dont care if theyre true Lies so craftily constructed through the best psychological research that marketing money can buy that they find in their targets willing listeners pre-disposed to believe just such lies I implore you to ask yourselves if you may have fallen victim to this tactic I know youre hurting and you want answers and you may well want someone to blame But take a deep breath and think about it for a minute Remember that old quote from All the Presidents Men that movie about our heartbreaking Watergate Scandal of the 1970s Follow the money Look to see who really stands to gain from the policies of today s Republican Party and ask yourself if that includes you Ive been accused of trying to foment class warfare when I talk about these things But is it surprising to you that they dont want to talk about the issue of class when were living in an age of the greatest wealth inequality in American history since the 1920s And we all know that the Gilded Age of the 20s ushered in the Great Depression which almost destroyed this country Class warfare At a recent public appearance I saw someone wearing a button with a very interesting slogan on it It said If you think theres no class war then youre losing it The war has certainly already been waged and I assure you I did not start it But Im here tonight to tell you that I stand with you in it on your side in this titanic struggle Nobody likes being made a fool of and the longer a deception goes on the more likely a person subconsciously doesnt want to admit it to himself for fear of having to face how long he believed the lie But is that prospect worse than the alternative If people who are ground down by the economic policies of the Republic Party keep voting for them they will wake up one day to find themselves mired in a poverty so profound that they have virtually no chance of emerging from it And that day is almost upon us Strip away the rhetoric the lies and distortions and inflammatory talk Look with the critical eye that I know you have and ask yourself who stands to gain really Put yourself in their shoes the billionaires and the politicians they own how would you run political campaigns that face the perennial problem of getting votes from people who would be hurt by your policies once youre elected Do you see the answer to that question on the TV today on the radio or on-line Words have meaning Language can facilitate communication or subvert it The next time you hear that the sky is falling that the days have never been so dark that Im some kind of crazy Socialist who wants to destroy America ask yourself if that really makes sense Whose interest does such talk serve and do the folks doing the talking really have your best interests at heart Together we can reclaim language just as we can reclaim our nation from parasitic interests who want to continually take take take while giving nothing in return We can re-establish the promise of our great Constitution and move forward together as a country where opportunity is truly open to all and where the social contract is real heart-felt and made manifest in our lives We can reward innovation while having strict measures in place to curb the endless rapacious corporate greed that threatens to stamp out everyone but those few up in the penthouse For its not class warfare I want for us allits class opportunity Too long has the system been rigged You feel it and it fuels your anger and despair Take those feelings and turn them around to energy action and resolve Together we can make this once again a country where the rule of law looks out for the interests of the greater good and the rights of every man woman and child not just the corporate bottom line Mankind was not meant to be ruled by a legal fiction We have greater truths to live by you and I Together we can march forward and uplift this country to a higher ideal a higher purpose I thank you
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the insecurity of joy

the insecurity of joy

the insecurity of joy Something that we wonder about a lot is when we dont have a significant other what were going to do when we feel bad Who are we going to go to when we feel small or when we dont feel confident or when something goes wrong in our life And I think thats one of the biggest fears about losing somebody thats close to you You lose your confidante You lose that person that you know has your back and you dont have to think twice about having your back And you have other friends but that person has been the most intimate person to all of the messy stuff in your life And so we worry about that a lot But I think something Ive realized not having a significant other is that theres also a situation that happens a lot where good stuff happens where joy happens and where you dont have somebody that comes to mind automatically that you want to share that with right after you ve been in a relationship I mean sometimes if its subject specific or if theres this film Ive really liked and wanted to tell somebody about it Ill think about my friend whos into films So theres things like that where its like Ill tell this friend who shares this interest with me about the good news Theres situations like that But in the little things that are really important to you that dont really have a category you dont have anybody-well this is the problem you do have a lot of people to share that joy with but in your head when that happens sometimes its hard to figure out where to process that Because the person not only that was there for you to go through the confused parts theyre not there for you to go through the happy parts anymore with either So I realized that my joy and my happiness had to be transformed too At first I was really kind of bummed because all this good stuff would be happening and Id want to tell somebody Because thats what happens when theres good news you want to share it So I had to figure out how to take something extremely person like getting a really good score on a French oral examination- thats really personal nobody really cares about that-its not universal thats not something you go around and tell everybody So I had to figure out how to take my happiness with something like that and be grateful about the human condition I realized this is a pretty good exercise because sometimes when were in relationships we think were focusing on the other person but were also so used to having somebody focus so much on us that we put a lot of emphasis on ourselves Because the other person is asking about us all the time the other person is like how are you or did something happen today thats good So were used to viewing the world through this kind of self-centered lens sometimes Its not all the time but sometimes we can slip into that So its been good not having a significant other because its made me realize that all of the things in my life I have to be thankful for even though theyre specific instances I can take that energy and I can challenge myself to make it something relatable Or I can take the energy and bring it to somebody to one of my friends or just somebody I know who is having a bad day and I can take that extra energy and that extra gratitude and that fleeting moment of being really happy to be human in all its imperfection and lend it to somebody else and gift it to somebody else And so I just thought this was somewhat interesting because we often panic that now we dont have anybody there for us for the sad stuff or the stuff were insecure about but I mean how often do you wonder who youre going to share joy with I dont think we think about that as much And so its been an eye-opening experience not having just one person to be grateful about life with Its also made me realize I think that a lot of couples have really strong relationships because they do share the joyous things with each other And thats why its more rare in our American culture to have really intimate relationships with other people in our community because we allocate that joy and those revelations oftentimes to our partners Ive also realized its kind of more relatable to see how film directors and musicians and artists create so much because creating is transforming feelings and thoughts into something tangible And when you dont have somebody else to gift yourself to or even if you do and you choose not to gift yourself to them in that moment you can gift yourself to creating Which is in essence for something outside of yourself Its outside of yourself because creating is telling a story its storytelling A lot of good art is simply storytelling revealing something about the human condition I want to tell myself that because Im being forced to or because Im practicing reallocating my feelings that even though Im stumbling over them and cant really articulate them very precisely that it will make me a more effective human being for my next partner And I say that because I think because its so culturally acceptable to share intimacy with somebody that we have that structure with even in our moments of vulnerability with another person theyre kind of expected to take the time and pay attention to us or to listen to us or to comfort us or to celebrate with us and so were sort of secure in that sense when were sharing intimacy with our partner There are plenty of relationships that arent perfect and arent good and people dont do that sort of stuff but culturally and societally thats kind of what your partners for Theyre for a lot of other things but that is expected of them So when we have to engage with the community share joy with people outside of your relationship with people that are strangers or perhaps just acquaintances or perhaps people we dont know that well that makes us stronger people Because it challenges us to relate and to be understanding to people that dont owe us anything that we dont owe anything and that we dont have a guaranteed or a more guaranteed continuum with And so when you practice freely giving joy or freely sharing joy or reaching out to other people that youre not guaranteed anything back with even temporarily thats a good habit to get into To be honest its still kind of different ending my day just driving home and going to sleep by myself and ending the day by myself Thats still kind of weird to me Ive been able to spend more time with my friends and to make more friends Thats something that if I sat down and recognized- if I was pursuing another relationship right now Id probably would just be dealing with the other person I probably just would be using my time to spend with the other person because I mean thats how people fall into relationships Its oh this is the person Im most intimate with well oh were meant to be together or oh we should be together Or you know thats how people get into relationships too quickly They had found somebody to start sharing all their stuff with and then they started expecting something from the other person back instead of remembering what it is to gift your time and to gift your person to another And right now when Im living fulfilling days with my friends Im also learning from them and we also help each other And when I meet new people its the same way but its less about my self Because when youre spending time with your friends and meeting new people youre carrying your own weight And sometimes in relationships maybe that are stagnant or youve been in too long or you just havent been grateful for you forget how much another person is living part of their life for you Because when youre in a relationship with somebody else youre looking out for them youre remembering things for them youre helping them out And so thats wonderful but when youre in a relationship you also can take a deep breath a lot because youre like oh if Im missing something Ive got somebody else looking out for me And I mean Id like to say that Ive always carried my own weight in relationships but I dont think any of us ever have There are times when you trade off When somebodys really tired or being really cranky and the other person is the bigger person And I mean I think thats how were meant to exist with each other Nobody is going to be on top of things all the time Even with friendships But in friendships it reminds you that when you spend time with your friends and dont have a significant other it reminds you that you do have an identity outside of being somebodys other half or you know however you want to say it But you do have an identity outside of being somebodys other Ive probably said a lot of wrong things right now I guess the point of all of this is yeah sometimes I go home and Im disappointed I havent seen him at the end of the day but other times I take that feeling and then I think about it for about two minutes and it comes to me that this is a good thing And I go do a lot of work I go get a lot of stuff done I attend to my friendships or relationships with other people that I usually wouldnt put that much time into or wouldnt look into that much I think the period in our life of being single also remind us how important it is to value other people just because they exist And thats something we can carry with us when we do get in relationships Is not only to value our friendships and strangers merely because they exist because well be in the habit of it but also to value the other person who makes a commitment to us Because we know that it is possible to live by yourself and to go through life by yourself and that nobody owes you a commitment just because theyre positioned in the potential romantic category And when youre single and youre seeing people sometimes you dont always know maybe youre seeing a couple people or maybe youre going out and getting drinks with a couple different people because youre just trying to take it easy for a while one of them could end up being your next partner But you dont know that at the time So you have to look at people and value them just because they are other human beings that are spending time with you And you know when youre in a relationship sometimes we think theres no expiration date on this And a lot of times thats true But sometimes relationships ends and if were looking at them and were grateful for them for being in them for the sense of security they give us I think thats the wrong reason to be grateful The reason to be grateful is that another person at that moment in our life is choosing to be present with us
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Nick Cave - The Secret Life Of The Love Song

Nick Cave - The Secret Life Of The Love Song

Nick Cave - The Secret Life Of The Love Song Read on September 25 1999 in Vienna To be invited to come here and teach to lecture to impart what knowledge I have collected about poetry about song writing has left me with a whole host of conflicting feelings The strongest most insistent of these concerns my late father who was an English Literature teacher at the high school I attended back in Australia I have very clear memories of being about twelve years old and sitting as you are now in a classroom or school hall watching my father who would be standing up here where I am standing and thinking to myself gloomily and miserably for in the main I was a gloomy and miserable child It doesn t really matter what I do with my life as long as I don t end up like my father At forty years old it would appear that there is virtually no action I can take that does not draw me closer to him that does not make me more like him At forty years old I have become my father and here I am teaching What I wanted to do here was to talk a bit about the love song to speak about my own personal approach to this genre of songwriting which I believe has been at the very heart of my particular artistic quest I want look at some other works that for whatever reason I think are sublime achievements in this most noble of artistic pursuits the creation of the great love song Looking back at these twenty years a certain clarity prevails Midst the madness and the mayhem it would seem I have been banging on one particular drum I see that my artistic life has centered around an attempt to articulate the nature of an almost palpable sense of loss that has laid claim to my life A great gaping hole was blasted out of my world by the unexpected death of my father when I was nineteen years old The way I learned to fill this hole this void was to write My father taught me this as if to prepare me for his own passing To write allowed me direct access to my imagination to inspiration and ultimately to God I found through the use of language that I wrote god into existence Language became the blanket that I threw over the invisible man that gave him shape and form Actualising of God through the medium of the love song remains my prime motivation as an artist The love song is perhaps the truest and most distinctive human gift for recognising God and a gift that God himself needs God gave us this gift in order that we speak and sing Him alive because God lives within communication If the world was to suddenly fall silent God would deconstruct and die Jesus Christ himself said in one of His most beautiful quotes Where ever two or more are gathered together I am in your midst He said this because where ever two or more are gathered together there is language I found that language became a poultice to the wounds incurred by the death of my father Language became a salve to longing Though the love song comes in many guises songs of exultation and praise songs of rage and of despair erotic songs songs of abandonment and loss they all address God for it is the haunted premises of longing that the true love song inhabits It is a howl in the void for Love and for comfort and it lives on the lips of the child crying for his mother It is the song of the lover in need of her loved one the raving of the lunatic supplicant petitioning his God It is the cry of one chained to the earth to the ordinary and to the mundane craving flight a flight into inspiration and imagination and divinity The love song is the sound of our endeavours to become God-like to rise up and above the earthbound and the mediocre The loss of my father I found created in my life a vacuum a space in which my words began to float and collect and find their purpose The great W H Auden said The so-called traumatic experience is not an accident but the opportunity for which the child has been patiently waiting had it not occurred it would have found another- in order that its life come a serious matter The death of my father was the traumatic experience Auden talks about that left the hole for God to fill How beautiful the notion that we create our own personal catastrophes and that it is the creative forces within us that are instrumental in doing this We each have a need to create and sorrow is a creative act The love song is a sad song it is the sound of sorrow itself We all experience within us what the Portugese call Suadade which translates as an inexplicable sense of longing an unnamed and enigmatic yearning of the soul and it is this feeling that lives in the realms of imagination and inspiration and is the breeding ground for the sad song for the Love song is the light of God deep down blasting through our wounds In his brilliant lecture entitled The Theory and Function of Duende Frederico Garcia Lorca attempts to shed some light on the eerie and inexplicable sadness that lives in the heart of certain works of art All that has dark sound has duende he says that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher can explain In contemporary rock music the area in which I operate music seems less inclined to have its soul restless and quivering the sadness that Lorca talks about Excitement often anger sometimes but true sadness rarely Bob Dylan has always had it Leonard Cohen deals specifically in it It pursues Van Morrison like a black dog and though he tries to he cannot escape it Tom Waits and Neil Young can summon it It haunts Polly Harvey My friend and Dirty 3 have it by the bucket load The band Spiritualised are excited by it Tindersticks desperately want it but all in all it would appear that duende is too fragile to survive the brutality of technology and the ever increasing acceleration of the music industry Perhaps there is just no money in sadness no dollars in duende Sadness or duende needs space to breathe Melancholy hates haste and floats in silence It must be handled with care All love songs must contain duende For the love song is never truly happy It must first embrace the potential for pain Those songs that speak of love without having within in their lines an ache or a sigh are not love songs at all but rather Hate Songs disguised as love songs and are not to be trusted These songs deny us our humanness and our God-given right to be sad and the air-waves are littered with them The love song must resonate with the susurration of sorrow the tintinnabulation of grief The writer who refuses to explore the darker regions of the heart will never be able to write convincingly about the wonder the magic and the joy of love for just as goodness cannot be trusted unless it has breathed the same air as evil the enduring metaphor of Christ crucified between two criminals comes to mind here so within the fabric of the love song within its melody its lyric one must sense an acknowledgement of its capacity for suffering In Lou Reed s remarkable song Perfect Day he writes in near diary form the events that combine to make a Perfect Day It is a day that resonates with the hold beauty of love where he and his lover sit in the park and drink Sangria feed animals in the go to a movie show etc but it is the lines that darkly in the third verse I thought I was someone else someone good that transforms this otherwise sentimental song into the masterpiece of melancholia that it is Not only do these lines ache with failure and shame but they remind us in more general terms of the transient nature of love itself that he will have his day in the park but like Cinderella who must return at midnight to the soot and ash of her disenchanted world so must he return to his old self his bad self It is out of the void that this songs springs clothed in loss and longing Around the age of twenty I stared reading the Bible and I found in the brutal prose of the Old Testament in the feel of its words and its imagery an endless source of inspiration The Song of Solomon perhaps the greatest love song ever written had a massive impact upon me Its openly erotic nature the metaphoric journey taken around the lovers bodies breasts compared to bunches of grapes and young deer hair and teeth compared to flocks of goats and sheep legs like pillars of marble the navel- a round goblet the belly- a heap of wheat its staggering imagery rockets us into the world of pure imagination Although the two lovers are physically separate Solomon is excluded from the garden where his beloved sings it is the wild obsessive projections of one lover onto another that dissolve them into a single being constructed from a series of rapturous love-metaphors The Song of Solomon is an extraordinary love song but it was the remarkable series of love song poems known as the Psalms that truly held me I found the Psalms which deal directly with relationship between man and God teeming with all the clamorous desperation longing exultation erotic violence and brutality that I could hope for The Psalms are soaked in suadade drenched in duende and bathed in bloody-minded violence In many ways these songs became the blue-print for much of my more sadistic love songs Psalm 137 a particular favourite of mine and which was turned into a chart hit by the fab little band Boney M is a perfect example of all I have been talking about The love song must be born into the realm of the irrational absurd the distracted the melancholic the obsessive the insane for the love song is the noise of love itself and love is of course a form of madness Whether it be the love of God or romantic erotic love these are manifestations of our need to be torn away from the rational to take leave of our senses so to speak Love songs come in many guises and are seemingly written for many reasons as declarations or to wound I have written songs for all of these reasons but ultimately the love songs exist to fill with language the silence between ourselves and God to decrease the distance between the temporal and the divine In Psalm 137 the poet finds himself captive in a strange land and is forced to sing a song of Zion He swears his love to his homeland and dreams of revenge The Psalm is ghastly in its violent sentiments as he sings for love of his homeland and his God and that he may be made happy by murdering the children of his enemies What I found time and time again in the Bible especially the Old Testament was that verses of rapture of ecstasy and love could hold within them apparently opposite sentiments hate revenge bloody mindedness etc that they were not mutually exclusive This idea has left an enduring impression on my songwriting Within the world of modern pop music a world that deals ostensibly with the Love Song but in actuality does little more that hurl dollops of warm custard-coloured baby-vomit down the air waves true sorrow is not welcome But occasionally a song comes along that hides behind its disposable plastic beat a love lyric of truly devastating proportions Better The Devil You Know written by hitmakers Stock Altkin and Waterman and sung by the Australian pop sensation Kylie Minogue is such a song The disguising of the terror of Love in a piece of mindless innocuous pop music is an intriguing concept Better The Devil You Know is one of pop musics most violent and distressing love lyrics Say you wont leave me no more I ll take you back again No more excuses no no Cause I ve heard them all before A hundred times or more I ll forgive and forget If you say you ll never go Cause its true what they say Better the devil you know I know I think I know the score You say you love me O boy I can t ask for more I ll come if you should call When Kylie Minogue sings these words there is an innocence to her voice that makes the horror of this chilling lyric all the more compelling The idea presented within this song dark and sinister and sad that all love relationships are by nature abusive and that his abuse be it physical or psychological is welcomed and encouraged shows how even the most innocuous of love songs has the potential to hide terrible human truths Like Prometheus chained to his rock so that the eagle can eat his liver each night Kylie becomes loves sacrificial lamb bleating an earnest invitation to the drooling ravenous wolf that he may devour her time and time again all to a groovy techno beat I ll take you back I ll take you back again Indeed Here the Love Songs becomes a vehicle for a harrowing portrait of humanity not dissimilar to that of the Old Testament Psalms Both are messages to God that cry out into the yawning void in anguish and self-loathing for deliverance As I said earlier my artistic life has centered around desire or more accurately the need to articulate the various feelings of loss and longing that have whistled through my bones and hummed in my blood throughout my life In the process I have written about two hundred songs the bulk of which I would say were love songs Love songs and therefore by my definition sad songs Out of this considerable mass of material a handful of them rise above the others as true examples of all I have talked about Sad Waters Black Hair I Let Love In Deanna From her to Eternity Nobodys Baby Now Into my Arms Lime Tree Arbour Lucy Straight to You I am proud of these songs They are my gloomy violent dark-eyed children They sit grimly on their own and do not play with the other songs Mostly they were offspring of complicated pregnancies and difficult and painful births Most of them are rooted in direct personal experience and were conceived for a variety of reasons but this rag-tag group of love songs are at the death all the same thing life lines thrown into the galaxies of the divine by a drowning man The reasons why I feel compelled to sit down and write love songs are legion Some of these came clearer to me when I sat down with a friend of mine who for the sake of his anonymity I will refer to as J J and I admitted to each other that we both suffered from psychological disorder that the medical profession call erotographomania Erotographomania is the obsessive desire to write love letters My friend shared that he had written and sent over the last five years more than seven thousand love letters to his wife My friend looked exhausted and his shame was almost palpable I suffer from the same disease but happily have yet to reach such an advanced stage as my poor friend J We discussed the power of the love letter and found that it was not surprisingly very similar to the love song Both served as extended meditations on ones beloved Both served to shorten the distance between the writer and the recipient Both held within them a permanence and power that the spoken word did not Both were erotic exercises in themselves Both had the potential to reinvent through words like Pygmalion with his self-created lover of stone ones beloved Alas the most endearing form of correspondence the love letter like the love song has suffered at the hands of the cold speed of technology at the carelessness and soullessness of our age I would like to look finally at one of my own songs that I recorded for The Boatmans Call album This song I feel exemplifies much of what I ve been talking about today The song is called Far From Me For your dear I was born For you I was raised up For you I ve lived and for you I will die For you I am dying now You were my mad little lover In a world where everybody s everybody else over You are so far from me Far from me Way across some cold neurotic sea Far from me I would talk to you of all matter of things With a smile you would reply Then the sun would leave your pretty face And you d retreat from the front of your eye I keep hearing that you re doing best I hope your heart beats happy in your infant breast You who are so far from me Far from me Far from me There is no knowledge but I know it There s nothing to learn from that vacant voice That sails to me across the line From the ridiculous to the sublime It s good to hear you re doing so well But really can t you find somebody else that you can ring and tell Did you ever care for me Were you ever there for me So far from me You told me you d stick by me Those were your very words My fair-weather friend You were my brave-hearted lover At the first taste of trouble went running back to mother So far from me Far from me Suspended in your bleak and fishless sea Far from me Far from me Far From Me took four months to write which was the duration of the relationship it describes The first verse was written in the first week of the affair and is full of all the heroic drama of new love as it describes the totality of feeling whilst acknowledging the potential for pain for you Im dying now It sets the two lovers it describes against an uncaring world a world that s everybody over and brings in the notion of the physical distance suggested in the title Strangely though the song as if awaiting the traumatic experience that I spoke of earlier to happen would not allow itself to be completed until the catastrophe had occurred Some songs are tricky like that and it is wise to keep your wits about you when dealing with them I find quite often that the songs I write seem to know more about what is going on in my life than I do I have pages and pages of fourth verses for this song written while the relationship was still sailing happily along One such verse went The Camellia The Magnolia Have such a pretty flower And the bells of St Marys Inform us of the hour Pretty words Innocent words unaware that any day the bottom would drop out of the whole thing Love songs that attach themselves to actual experience that are a poeticising of real events have a peculiar beauty unto themselves They stay alive in the same way that memories do and being alive they grow up and undergo changes and develop A love song such as Far From Me has found a personality beyond the one that I originally gave it with the power to influence my own feelings around the actual event itself This is an extraordinary thing and one of the truly wondrous benefits of song writing The songs that I have written that deal with past relationships have become the relationships themselves Through these songs I have been able to mythologize the ordinary events of my life lifting them from the temporal plane and hurling them way into the stars The relationship described in Far From Me has been and gone but the song itself lives on keeping a pulse running through my past Such is the singular beauty of song-writing Twenty years of song-writing has now past and still the void gapes wide Still that inexplicable sadness the duende the saudade the divine discontent persists and perhaps it will continue until I see the face of god himself But when Moses desired to see the face of God Exodus 33 188 he was answered that he may not endure it no man could see his face and live Well me I don t mind I m happy to be sad For the residue cast off in this search the songs themselves my crooked brood of sad eyed children rally round and in their way protect me comfort me and keep me alive They are the companions of the soul that lead it into exile that safe the overpowering yearning for that which is not of this world The imagination desires an alternate and through the writing of the love song one sits and dines with loss and longing madness and melancholy ecstasy magic joy and love with equal measures of respect and gratitude The spiritual quest has many faces religion art drugs work money but rarely does the search serve god so directly and rarely are the rewards so great in doing
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Mindful Cyborgs - Episode 20 - Mindful Cyborgs: the Beginning - A Look Back at 2013

Mindful Cyborgs - Episode 20 - Mindful Cyborgs: the Beginning - A Look Back at 2013

Mindful Cyborgs - Episode 20 - Mindful Cyborgs: the Beginning - A Look Back at 2013 Mindful Cyborgs Episode 20 - Mindful Cyborgs the Beginning - A Look Back at 2013 HOSTS Monkey Chris Dancy twitter-com servicesphere Spider Klint Finley twitter-com klintron Cheetah Alex Williams twitter-com alexwilliams GUEST none TOP STORIES SHOW NOTES Monkey Chris Dancy twitter-com servicesphere Spider Klint Finley twitter-com klintron Cheetah Alex Williams twitter-com alexwilliams News Lost Year in Tech qz-com 161443 2013-was-a-lost-year-for-tech argument is most trends were bad or overhyped not a lot interesting or legitimately new Bitcoin Big data Amazon drone Stories that cast tech industry in bad light Arrogance of silicon valley etc Alex less about technology more with how it fits with humanity Meatspace techcrunch-com 2014 01 01 meatspace-a-world-of-animated-gifs-human-robots-and-the-ephemerality-of-snapchat-like-apps 2013 was the collapse of the super-node rise of mini super-nodes Chris saw more people swearing in headlines and online more stories about culture and culture-lite more about belief systems and theories Tim Draper wants to make Silicon Valley its own state techcrunch-com 2013 12 19 tim-draper-six-californias-secede-silicon-valley-ballot-initiative And call that state Elysium Conferences with disclaimers Digital affirmative action Feels late for it to be happening PR person fired over AIDS tweet theguardian-com world 2013 dec 22 pr-exec-fired-racist-tweet-aids-africa-apology Shanley is hyperpolarizing twitter-com shanley Show here 2 show of the year mindfulcyborgs-com shows 2013 10 21 episode-12-power-and-privilege-in-the-new-working-order 1 show of the year - Alexander Bard mindfulcyborgs-com shows 2013 11 11 episode-14-attentionalism-netocracy-and-the-all-consuming-flame-of-todaymorrow Main points of discussion based on Alexanders theories Netocrats vs Consumtariat Attentionalism overtaking capitalism Klint doesnt think its a new economy but new ways people achieve elite status But on to something in terms of that divide tech-savvy creative interesting Netocrats vs those that arent Artistic world with technology Klints fiction piece dreadfulcafe-com publications membrane Dark Night of the Cyborg Soul mindfulcyborgs-com shows 2013 10 5 episode-11-dark-night-of-the-cyborg-soul Chris and Klint dove in to their experiences with depression Nathan Jurgenson twitter-com nathanjurgenson Digital dualism Documentary-style vision People talk and phrase things as if talking about social media when talking about IRL event Chris live posted body stats while keynoting in London Klint riffs on impermanence Chriss Dark Night was 18 months in to meditation practice Would get so sad and disconnected from all hope 2013 Chris got okay with all going down As long as you are breathing there is more right with you than there is wrong no matter how ill or how hopeless you may feel -John Kabat-Zinn Alex in a crowd I count how many are looking at their phones Find concerning Too immersed Alex Soojung-Kim Pang The Distraction Addiction amazon-com The-Distraction-Addiction-Information-Communication dp 0316208264 vs Nathan Jurgenson IRL Fetish thenewinquiry-com essays the-irl-fetish IRL Fetish when offline others around you are still plugged in and telling you information and offline person often thinking about what they will do when online Real life is where you get your facebook photos -girl on bus Distraction Addiction effects of blended reality encourages people to try to disconnect Disagreement is how important those things are Can agree on just design tech better Nathan fetishize disconnected state pathologize people connected Becomes way to try to prove that youre better than someone else Playing with phone during takeoff and landing Words of the show 2013 visions - unusual competence in discernment or perception intelligent foresight prophesy - to predict with assurance or on the basis of mystic knowledge void - completely empty commons - refers to the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society including natural materials such as air water and a habitable earth These resources are held in common not owned privately The resources held in common can include everything from natural resources and common land to software from Wikipedia hustle - to move or work in a quick and energetic way or from urbandictionary a make money doing something slightly shady b dance from the 70s paradigm - a distinct concept or thought pattern object - anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form micro-aggression - the idea that specific interactions between those of different races cultures or genders can be interpreted as small acts of mostly non-physical aggression disillusionment - a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be performative - being or relating to an expression that serves to effect a transaction or that constitutes the performance of the specified act by virtue of its utterance worried-well - people who are healthy but are worried about becoming ill and so take medication or see a doctor when they dont need to pathologizing - regard or treat someone or something as psychologically abnormal or unhealthy contemplative - expressing or involving prolonged thought monastic - of or relating to monasteries or to monks or nuns precariat - in sociology and economics precariat is a social class formed by people suffering from precarity which is a condition of existence without predictability or security affecting material or psychological welfare as well as being a member of a Proletariat class of industrial workers who lack their own means of production and hence sell their labour to live Specifically it is applied to the condition of lack of job security in other words intermittent employment or underemployment and the resultant precarious existence en wikipedia-org wiki Precariat electromyography- a technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles big pharma - pharmaceutical industry MONDO2000 en wikipedia-org wiki Mondo 2000 Fractalnoia wired-com geekdad 2013 03 fractalnoia-excerpt-from-douglas-rushkoffs-present-shock Present Shock Its a strange time to have multiple selves - Alex Bitstrip to communicate every waking moment Simulacrum amazon-com Atmospheric-Disturbances-Novel-Rivka-Galchen dp B003JTHTQC When Dr Leo Liebensteins wife disappears she leaves behind a single confounding clue a woman who looks talks and behaves exactly like her A simulatcrum Black Mirror imdb-com title tt2085059 Excitement over Alan Turing getting a pardon pissed off Chris lots of people sharing are phobic in daily lives uality is still criminal in many countries Alex would have been better if UK gov admitted shame and disgust with actions Dont all of a sudden get all Gay and Mighty on me Department of Defense released 170 pg manifesto on 25 year plan to make unmanned weaponry WORD OF THE WEEK Visions Unusual competence in discernment or perception intelligent foresight TWEET OF THE WEEK none EVENTS SXSW - March 7-16 2014 Austin TX sxsw-com POSSIBLY SEE KLINT AND CHRIS PRESENT Cyborg Camp - MIT Media Lab - August 2014 - Boston MA Buddhist Geeks Conference - October 16th 19th 2014 - Boulder CO buddhistgeeks-com conference THANK YOU FIND US AARON JASINSKI Artist work for the mindful cyborgs aaronjasinski-com ROSS NELSON Brown Hound Media for mixing brownhoundmedia-com FACEBOOK facebook-com MindfulCyborgs GOOGLE PLUS plus google-com u 0 communities 1 97482352220770025 TWITTER twitter-com mindfulcyborgs SOUNDCLOUD soundcloud-com itsmweekly sets mindful-cyborgs-the-podcast ITUNES itunes apple-com us podcast mindf orgs id641214272 STICHER RADIO stitcher-com podcast chris-da borgs refid stpr TRANSCRIPT Mindful Cyborgs Contemplative living in the age of quantification augmentation and acceleration with your hosts Chris Dancy and Klint Finley CD Welcome to Mindful Cyborgs Hi Klint KF Hey hows it going CD Good We just released chicken fries to APIs the final of the extravaganza that was like 8 shows out of Defrag and were joined today by someone weve been joined with before Alex Williams How are you doing Alex AW Im great Chris How are you Hey Klint KF Hey hows it going AW Good CD So Alex we thought because sometimes Klint and I cant be around weve been trying to get Alex to commit and still a no because were all still in our Buddhist closets some things and cyborg closets but Alex I think its kind of unofficially official youre in the third house now right AW Come in CD Youre in All right And your spirit animal is AW Cheetah CD Cheetah and Im monkey Now Klint you werent there for the not so secret epic party that happened on a mountainside - I cant even say the persons name - during Defrag KF Yeah I think I picked spider during the last podcast CD All right So we got spider and cheetah and monkey So guys lets catch up and get to the news because this is going to be an epic show because weve got a lot of stats and a lot of data to cover and shows to review So Klint why dont you kick off You said there were a couple of stories One I didnt get a chance to read but everybody I follow was tweeting about the 00 02 00 Well whats that all about KF Well the argument is that audio skip were either bad or over-hyped for example Bitcoin Big Data I dont know somehow the rest of the world kind of picked up on Big Data finally towards the end of last and this year so it also kind of brought along I guess the debunkers who also finally started to pay attention to this big buzzword The Amazon drone non-story I think was another example If it wasnt it should have been audio skip then realizing its actually just total bullshit And then some of the other thing this year were the story took a lot of the just cast tech the tech industry in a really bad light and a lot of the stories that we kind of talked about the arrogance of Silicon Valley audio skip Im kind of looking at all that audio skip look like a bad year for tech Not a lot of new This argument wasnt a lot of interesting legitimately new things coming out Just a lot of people piling on to a few trends CD Would be new but what would make Christopher Mims happy I wonder KF I would argue that quantified self is a pretty interesting thing this year I guess its not a new trend in 2013 but there were some pretty interesting things that weve talked about this year CD I dont know We had Ernesto on The movements been around since 2008 Everybody talks about 00 03 40 top quantified self resources but to me I kind of figured it was mainstream when I saw this literally the 65 year old woman at Tokyo Joes with a BodyMedia on She might not even have known the term quantified self but she was measuring So strange AW Seems to me like its not as much about the technology anymore as it is about how does this fit with humanity and I think thats the big question right now Technological milestones come and go and perhaps this year didnt have as many milestones or didnt have the excitement of years past but to me the discussion is starting to shift more toward what does this mean for me what does this mean for us as people and how were going to balance the powers that have such control over such large 00 04 34 of technology I hate that word but Im going to use it and have such financial control and so what does that mean really for all of us out there And so the interesting things to me then is like how are these new technologies going to fit with our view of humanity and I think beneath that there is an endlessly fascinating story I think Quartz is looking at the headlines and they make an argument that can be defended and it makes an argument of their own that technology is a funny thing and innovations come and go and you dont know really what is going to affect the future or not but it kind of all swells up So that to me is like the more interesting story is these developments underneath the surface because I still think theres really interesting things that are emerging that I think are a lot of fun that are going to kind of transform existing technologies that we have now Ive been really hooked on this Meatspace this app developed by this application engineer from Mozilla which is like snapshot combined with animated gifs So you have like this ephemeral chat session but every time you leave an update you also like pose for the camera and leave an animated gif Its almost better than video Theres no audio so you dont have to listen to the person and it all goes away CD You guys hit on a couple of interesting things What I noticed - I think youve explained this story Klint Im trying to read it but now that youve said it it makes sense 2013 was really about almost the collapse of the super node right So these people who are like super connectors almost like okay Im connected enough and like the rise of these kind of mini-super nodes and then you talked about what does this mean for humanity I saw more people swearing online and swearing in headlines I saw more stories about culture or culture light The stories about kind of the crazy stuff that happen at conferences or on ism and racism and phobia I saw more stories about peoples belief systems and feelings and there seems to be this kind of epic battle brewing for 2014 over how badly can you offend me I tweeted out earlier in the week 2014 I think this will be the year that humanity goes on trial online because it doesnt seem like theres anything that can happen that we cant just attack and thats not new but what is new is the reasons around it are getting to be very very very kind of hyper political and polarized Do you guys notice any of those AW The polarization is quite apparent to me at least I think that the story at the end of the year just last week about Tim Draper saying that Silicon Valley should be its own state to me is a real sign of that polarization CD What do we call that state Elysium AW Yeah and thats just to me an effort to really consolidate the power of the rich into one super state I think thats a clear example of the polarization CD Klint did you we had Shanley on Shes one of the shows were going to talk about in a bit but you saw some of the things that happened at conferences Defrag opened up their conference with a whole section on there will be no talk of this and there will be no 00 08 05 Conferences with disclaimers theres a OReilly conference coming up called Solid and when you apply one of the things they ask you is are you gay black or are you one of these things that we dont normally have on stage because were going to instantly give you more credit in consideration When I filled out the Solid to speak at Solid I thought to myself wow this is kind of crazy What did they call it back in the 60s and 70s when they moved people through government ranks because they were minorities Affirmative action Theres digital or affirmative action happening Its just really strange AW Digital affirmative action yeah KF Yeah It feel like its really late for it to be happening When you said affirmative action happen everywhere else decades ago theres also an argument to be made that things are actually - CD Worse KF - worse outside of the tech industry but Im glad that all these things are getting more attention I dont know how its all going to play out but theres definitely a strong reaction against all of it as well The more women that speak out the more just misogynistic douchebag guys also like react to it and actually kind of double down on being pricks and I dont know where its all going to end up I dont know if theres a better way of addressing the issues I think that a lot of times people get carried away with attacking individuals over tweets rather than thinking more about the big picture but at the same time usually people need to be called out on for what they say So I dont know 00 09 45 CD Who was that PR person she tweeted about AIDS KF Oh yeah I dont remember her name CD I saw the tweet and Im like okay and then I went back and some blogger had collected all her tweets from like 2 years worth of like her kind of question of content and yeah as a body of work yeah maybe shes a little bit dicey but I dont know There is a coming super witch hunt online and I just can feel it in my bones KF Yeah Well its not coming its here It feels like people are really CD You think KF Yeah She wasnt the first person that something like that happened to There was CD No I think its going to get like really crazy worse I go back to watching Shanley I love her Some people I like and I follow and respect looked at who I was following and said Why are you following Shanley and like came after me Im like What does it matter to you KF Yeah she is really hyper polarizing in that way AW Shanley is also a real fighter and thats to me whats important about Shanley she really fights what she believes in and I like to see more people fighting what they believe in and I think there is a corollary here to the civil rights movement when people were afraid to speak out and when people started to speak out then you started to see change and Shanley is one of the first who started to speak out and I think in a very positive way Ive known Shanley since 08 or 09 when I was at ReadWrite web and Shanley once pitched me and she wanted me to come to a conference in New York She was working for a PR firm and Ive always liked the people who work for PR firms are usually young women and you know that they are in a kind of a tough situation Its like theyve got a pretty good paying job but really theyre given a list and theyre supposed to call it down and theyre supposed to then email incessantly until they get their numbers You know that a number of these women are actually very very bright and so I started talking to Shanley I started talking about APIs and I was just curious what she knew about them and she knew a lot and from that point then I had a different view and context about Shanley and who she is and she went on and shes become a bona fide technologist and I think theres just a lot more people like that There are a lot more people like out there and Id love to see more CD If you could suggest some Id love to follow some more of them But for those of you who would love to check out Shanley shes at - I think shes at Shanley online But she was Episode 12 this year Some other guy Shanley statistics guy she was one of our top 3 shows So our most popular show she was up in one of the top 3 Shes actually show 2 She was the second most popular show That show was recorded in October It was called Power privilege and the new working order and actually the word for that show was my co-aggression Thats just a little bit of quantified self That was actually also the highest heart rate recorded for any show I do My heart rate was 91 bpm as average in that show so little bit of stats there and that show total plays so far since we recorded it a little over 2 600 So interesting stuff for Shanley KF Its encouraging that that show was listened to so much because it shows how interested people are in this stuff right now whether theyre for I dont know what you would call it like reform or what I would call reactionary but one way or the other like people are definitely paying attention and I feel like thats got to be the first step CD Speaking of paying attention lets talk about the 1 show of the year I dont know if this is a good thing or how it feels I had so many people who spoke to me after this show going I could tell you were a fan and Klint was kind of skeptical but the show of the year ended up being Alexander Bard The show was called Attentionalism Netocracy and the All-Consuming Flame of To day morrow Close to 4 000 listens It was show 14 recorded in November Actually Shanley was the second highest heart rate Alexander Bard was the highest at 93 And the word of that show was paradigm but Alex I dont know if you had a chance to listen to that show but Alexander Bard is a Nordic internet philosopher and he believes that were in this time of uber connected creativity So basically you can be really well known and you can be really rich but its all going to go away and all thats going to really matter is if youre actually kind of artistic and can you keep someones attention and he thinks weve left capitalism and weve moved into what he calls attentionalism and this economy of attentionalism basically there are two groups of people the netocrats which are the uber people cant stop paying attention to them and then the consumeriat He said some very colorful choice words about what these people do online Basically how theyre just mouth breathers digitally Thoughts on attention and I mean the attention economy is not new but the fact that he thinks that basically there are these two groups of people online which I think kind of goes back into this separation and polarity we feel about work and job and money KF I still think that its not really a new economy insofar what were seeing is just new or different ways that someone achieves or retains their elite status but that said I do think hes onto something in terms of that divide Weve talked about it over the last few episodes what to actually do about it a world where you have a relatively small group of tech savvy people It really goes beyond being tech savvy as he points out and I like the use of the semi-artistic just having some means of actually grabbing and holding somebodys attention for some amount of time CD That really is the point You can be tech savvy but thats not really enough anymore You actually need to be tech savvy and interesting which is scary for a lot of people because they start doing all those kind of 00 16 45 part of the show am I interesting what is interesting I meet a lot of people I work with and in conferences ago I would do more online I would be on Facebook or on Twitter but I dont have anything to say and you got to go gosh what can we do I dont even know what to say to someone when they say stuff like that to me You are interesting I always tell people especially people who want to tweet because everybody wants to tweet like Cray tweets that a year from now are little fortune cookies to yourself If you can read your tweet a year from now and it doesnt make you cringe thats a good tweet but like thats how I treat it All my tweets are little messages from the future because I have all these services repeating back to me I dont know Alex do you have an opinion on this sort of thing AW I think that Bard gets to something Im just reading about him Hes quite the character out there I think that maybe Bard to me is representative of kind of this community still of very much forward thinkers who are helping kind of try to define this time were in CD Alex he actually on the show said that Googles paying him to help them figure out how all this functions I dont about you Klint but when you said that on there I thought thats pretty grand thing to say KF Yeah CD Wow Okay AW Hes also an artist and I think thats noteworthy I think were still lacking kind of this an art movement that kind of speaks to kind of this changing time were in in terms of literature and music and artistic works be it digital or otherwise CD Speaking of artistic and literature Klint you got your piece up now and I finally did get through it Amazing But Alex just made me thinking there is kind of the gap in the artistic world between where we are technologically as a culture and what were seeing in art It seems like it go super retro or its like completely modern with some type of strange filter or ephemeral nature or some type of weird Id love to ask Nathan about that but where can people find your piece your fiction piece KF Dreadfulcafe-com CD Dreadfulcafe-com So check that out and then our third most popular show for the year we got a bunch of different ways we looked at this We looked at just total numbers and we looked at total sound card numbers which we can get some interesting stats on like what countries and that sort of thing was the show with no guest interestingly enough and that was Dark Night of the Cyborg Soul That was show 11 with just over 2 000 listens since we recorded it That show was really interesting because for Klint and I Im not sure Klint if you remember recording that one but we kind of dove into kind of some dark mindfulness and wasnt really disillusionment as much as you can get pretty profoundly depressed when you or at least for me what the show was about was being slightly aware and paying attention it can feel pretty lonely KF And it can also start to make you feel crazy AW How so CD I dont know Alex Were pretty sure youre a cyborg We never really questioned you on your mindfulness We should have screened him better Klint AW I want to explore that because I think theres something to it but Im curious on how so from your perspective CD Its one of the first shows where we actually got hard into Buddhism and it was right after my Buddhist Geeks conference experience We talked a little bit about what is human suffering and suffering was basically attachment to people outcome sort of things I think whats interesting about the show was it was one of the shows were Klint actually dove in a little bit of his past and his experiences with depression and I dove into my mind which maybe I dont know people found that really interesting but for me as I become or practice a level of awareness some days are better than others obviously I find people would be Alexander Pang would just masturbate all over those but itd be profoundly disconnected Even without technology I think this goes back to something that I heard Nathan Jurgenson say when we interviewed him Social medias strongest when were not on it because were obsessed with getting back to it I cant help observe the general populous even when theyre not on some form of technology fetishizing about getting back to some form of technology You can just see people stare Nathan Jurgenson calls it documentary style vision and you can see people literally look at things as if its a picture and then describe them to you as if theyre a picture People talk and phrase things as if theyre talking about social media even though theyre talking about an event and Im wondering if you know in 2 years when people talk in numbers when people talk in quantified self sense this is how everything was this is how measured it was I dont know So for me Alex Im dealing with my own way Klint pretty aware KF Weve already touched on that in the show where you pointed out these were the shows where I had the highest heart rate You didnt say these were the shows I was most excited about You looked at it like the most quantified like possible way CD Yeah Only because we had that other show where I talked about when I was in London I posted my stats up on this when I was keynoting my heart rate movement and a bunch of other stats real time on the screen and I cant remember who was on the show I think Ernesto was on that show Ernesto from the quantified self KF I think it may have been one without a guest but thats when I talked about emotional CD Handicap digital emotions and what I thought was interesting about that Alex so now were talking about awareness and stuff but what I noticed about that show now were kind of going forward what we think people will be doing was when I did that it was first keynote Ive ever done Actually thats not true I did Salesforce when I did a little bit of quantification so people could see my posture as I was presenting This woman came up to me afterwards and she goes I just could not stop watching your heart rate while you were speaking and when you got kind of choked up it just really moved me and Im like - AW Wow CD I thought I kind of held it together She goes Oh no you held it together but I could just see your body reacting to it and I thought to myself wow I think Im kind of freakish that I look at everything under this kind of data layer Once Klint introduced me to this data exhaust Sometimes Ive to really be aware that people are organic and not look at temperature changes and light on their faces and also the kind of stuff that I look at I thought wow she just looks at numbers and some people just look at numbers but then I thought well maybe thats normal Maybe some people just love their dashboards and their cars I dont know But if youve ever ridden in a Tesla its info overload Its just like wow theres information everywhere in this car AW So for Klint how does that to you equate to depression KF It doesnt necessarily equate directly to depression In my case I felt like it had more to do with anxiety as you start to become more aware of things in general In my case it was less about data because Im a bit less data obsessed than Chris but just the more you come to realize and accept I guess maybe even before you reach acceptance but the more you realize how little you really know about the world how little anybody knows about it how its I guess kind of a Buddhist buzzword impermanent everything is the more you start to pay attention to that sort of thing and realize those sorts of things the more it can really start to wear on you after a while I guess CD My data obsession is separate than my dark night because on this show I talk my dark night was directly 18 months into my own meditation practices where I while meditating or while groups with people and practicing really really strong beginners mind or really accepting impermanence where I would become so sad and so deeply disconnected from any feeling of hope because I just thought gosh will I ever know anyone again because I realize these people didnt even have a relationship that I was starting to form with myself So when I spoke to them when I watched them wander in their minds and watched their hands fidget and little bit of sweat all the little things you notice were the cues I thought my gosh do I have a relationship or am I just okay with okay its impermanence so it doesnt matter Im not going to know you in a month and I think this was the year that I really became okay with its okay everythings going to die Im okay with that This relationship this podcast this tweet nothing Its all going away and Im really like going into 2014 Im really coming to terms with Im fine Its really that temporary It doesnt really make a difference Jon Kabat-Zinn says If youre alive theres more right with you than wrong with you and I tell friends who call me sometimes depressed Im seeing a lot of people who are depressed lately who have no reason I dont know I cant say no reason but I tell them all the time the end is like when youre dead so like everything else is fixable AW Right CD So like just take a breath Everything else is fixable Youre still here with us AW Right CD Lets get through those I hope that cleared it up Alex AW I think it helps because I feel similarly so about the world we live in I think especially people like us who are talking who are thinking about this stuff all the time Its like I think a thinking process changes perspectives quite a bit For me at least I try to live in the moment as much as possible but I find that the moments theres variables Theres different variations within that So for instance this is an engaging conversation and so I feel very much kind of alive right now I feel very alive when Im writing a story thats kind of making me think in a different way but I look at the dark side of things and thats when I start to get little bit more I think depressed I think for instance if youre ever in a crowd Im sure you guys do this but I do it quite a bit if Im a crowd of people I count how many people are looking at their phones and its often It doesnt take you long to start really adding up the number of people who are looking at their phones I think thats the part of me that I find I find concerning is that we are getting too immersed in that CD Lets pull that apart because we had two guests this year that I think kind of really defined both sides of that spectrum We had Alex Soojung-Kim Pang I probably wrote his name but I know its Pang Alex wrote a book called The Distraction Addiction and Nathan Jurgenson And to me Klinit chime in quickly they represented either end of that spectrum right KF Yeah definitely Those are my two favorite shows of the year I dont have any heart data to back that up CD Can you summarize for Alex because he wasnt with us on those shows kind of Alex or Nathans point of view KF Yeah I think theyre at either end of a spectrum but I dont necessarily think that theyre like opposed to each other I think theres some things they would disagree about some of the specifics but I dont think that theyre like polar opposites or whatever So Nathan wrote a piece called IRL Fetish where he makes the case that theres no such thing as online and offline Everything is a blended reality now because like Chris was earlier when youre offline youre theoretically offline youre away from your computer you dont have your phone For one thing other people around you are still unplugged in very often like looking things up on their phones and telling you information and also youre often thinking about what youre going to do when you get back online He quoted somebody he overhead like theyre on the bus say that real life is where you get your Facebook photos from or something like that Alexander Pang wrote the book Distraction Addiction He talks a lot more about I think the effects of that blended reality and encourages people to try to disconnect Both he and Nathan I think get into disagreement is how important that sort of thing is and 00 30 17 possible CD Alex had also made the case that we just need to design tech better KF Yeah CD Thats the only place where I did want to choke him because people theyre on their phones all the time for Gods sake Look how much electricity you got your lights on all the time Im like what is this Are you my grandfather from 1961 Of course theyre on their phones all the time but when you say if we just design tech better and it just was more a something is simple and I love this I think this is the classic example that friends Amber Case Alexander Soo Pang all of our guests a really simple thing and if the recipe I saw this year they basically just used your hue lights and basically said if its cold outside the lights are bluer If its hot out do you know what I mean So just making the information accessible without getting in the way KF Yeah AW I think thats it right there Theres passive technologies KF One of the other thing is that Nathan talks about was that we start to fetishize the disconnected state as well as pathologize people who are on their phones too much He actually says in the article at the beginning that he wrote it while he was just outside while he was disconnected from the internet He has no problem with wanting to get away from the internet connection for a while but that it becomes like this way of kind of trying to prove that youre better than somebody else Alex Pang agreed with that during the show too As I recall he said now that people are spending tens of thousands of dollars to go unlike anti-technology retreats or whatever so that they can kind of brag about it to their friends is kind of 00 32 13 to what hes talking about which is mostly just take a day off every week and read a book CD I made that point at Defrag If youre upset that someones on their phone in front of you youre the one with the attention problem I dont know KF It depends on who it is AW I dont know about that I think you need to look inside I think you need to look inside yourself Thats what Im always trying to do because its like if Im looking at people all on their phones and try to think inside myself about okay Im seeing people on their phones How does that reflect on me more than anything CD But it doesnt reflect on you I think thats the thing AW No my perceptions about those people being on their phone CD My own awareness This is where I think my own meditation and my own kind of Buddhist travels have helped me with this is I dont know I dont know that that person just didnt get a text saying theres something with a family member I dont know that that person isnt worried theyre going to lose their job tomorrow Theres a lot of stuff I dont know So I literally look at people and go okay thats what youre doing and thats what Im doing and were okay with this I worry more about the lost look when they just look at me and they cant - well partly because they think what the hell is he talking about but lets pretend they do know what Im talking and theyre just I have no idea Its just like wow I dont know if you guys have flown a lot but some of the freakishest behavior Ive seen with technology is now that - I fly United - now theyve lifted the band on takeoff and landing Oh my goodness It is almost like a blatant flip the bird Safety demonstration no one looking Im kind of old fashioned that way If youre going to put on a uniform and suck oxygen and fasten Im going to pay attention I dont know Plus its kind of funny to watch them do it Im not saying its funny Okay safety demonstrations are funny Im going to say it Have you guys been on a plane and seen how people react now that you dont have to you can use devices on takeoff KF No because I have not been paying attention AW Me neither KF No seriously I have not watched a safety demonstration in years AW Ive been busy fiddling with my phone KF Im usually reading a book CD And thats the other Im upset about is all the magazine subscriptions Ive kept for like 5 years to read during takeoff and landing I now have no purpose for them AW Exactly Thats when Im reading my books and Im like oh I could read my book during the takeoff and the landing CD Amazon didnt kill Barnes Noble Now that we can actually paper was killed by takeoff and landing devices All right I want to go through something kind of fun for you guys So we usually do a word of the show Each show we have like a word we just pick a random word and Ill read you the words from this year and you can maybe pick a word that you think is interesting Some of these I cant pronounce Im so sorry Im going to mess some of these up but prophecy void commons object hustle performative disillusionment pathologizing precariat contemplative paradigm monastic worried well micro-aggression Mondo 2000 electrorockgraphy - I cant pronounce it - and fractalnoia So those were the words for the year AW Whats the last one CD Fractalnoia Our very first show we talked about Present Shock Douglas Rushkoffs book AW Ah oh good Okay I was going to get to that one when we were just in the last part of the conversation the present shock CD So lets maybe end on Present Shock Thats how we started this year KF Yeah If you kind of get back a little bit I think that for me a big part of the issue with all of the permanently connected state is the sense of anxiety that it all creates what Rushkoff calls Present Shock Thats why I think that this idea of like disconnecting is so appealing but its hard because even when youre disconnected the things that were producing the anxiety to begin with dont really go away Your job is still there with you possibly getting laid off from it Your family is still out there possibly having health problems that you may or may not know about So its a strange time to be alive I guess AW Its a strange time to have multiple selves I think as well CD Yeah Identity I think is huge I dont know Ive kept people whore using bit strip basically to communicate their every waking moment I dont know what bit strips are Ive never used them but I see them as avatars on Twitter now I think they started on Facebook but identity is so fluid I dont think Ive ever seen identity as fluid as it is because of fractalnoia in these connected states and how easily you can slip in and out of There is this great little I dont want to say its great but theres this interesting little application I found that Star Trek I cant remember the name Ill put on the show notes But basically if someone favorites your tweets you can basically take over their Twitter account and while I can allow someone to take over my Twitter account and navigate my Twitter account for one or two tweets So lets them slip in as me Not with my credentials but basically through this interface they put in something they want to tweet me I did it to this gal named Jenny 00 37 57 up out of Portland and I thought to myself thats just pretty wild that there is how youre allowed to do it is if someones favorited or you favorited their works you both opt in and say yeah Ill let you start and they call it start piloting Ill let you start pilot my Twitter account AW So who is that then So once that happens is that you or is that her CD Its her acting on my behalf because I gave her permission AW So who is that then When you read that a year later who is that CD Ive no idea It kind of blew my mind when I did it last month AW So that leads me to think of this word that Im thinking a lot now is this simulacrum right And I actually just picked up this book last night that Im reading of Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen And the premise is that - Im reading here - When Dr Leo Liebensteins wife disappears she leaves behind a single confounding clue a woman who looks talks and behaves exactly like her Thats the simulacrum CD Are you watching Black Mirror You guys have to check out Black Mirror You can get it on television KF Yeah Ive seen it Are you talking about the episode with the robot based on Tweet CD Yeah that episode blew my mind There was one line and Ive actually got it at a presentation Im doing this year where his girlfriend says this guy passes away and she has him reconstituted based on his social media activity She says to him Gosh you look so good and he goes Well I intended to take only the most flattering pictures of myself So this is what you got Im like wow I like that I really like that Yeah thats such good stuff Literally theres so much going on thats why Mindful Cyborgs I think is a fun show to record with you guys AW Its a great show I want to thank you for having me a part of that CD Oh no I cant wait cheetah I dont want to end without mentioning two pieces of news and just kind of get you guys feedback on it because they both kind of they both made my body change I wont put an emotion name on it The excitement people had over Alan Turing get a pardon Ill just say that pissed me off AW Yeah right CD Thats great but and then it was really interesting Two days later it was like all of these people were going what about 00 40 22 good you get it right So fine The other thing the Department of Defense like 2 days before Christmas releasing 170 page manifesto on their 25-year plan to make unmanned weaponry Im like wow thats pretty ballsy Oh well Ill just leave it at that AW The tech leaders saying cant happen soon enough KF So what pissed you off about the Turing pardon CD Because there were a lot of people sharing it who are pretty phobic in their day to day lives and maybe they just didnt realize they just saw a headline Alan Turing gets a pardon So thats the first thing that made me angry I know some of these people who were really excited about this Im like you know hes gay Hes getting a pardon for being gay and like thats a big deal and the second thing was uality is still criminal in a lot of countries and Ugandas killing people I dont know I just think theres a profound disconnect and maybe Im heavily vested because I talk funny and I like flowery cologne but get over yourselves AW I think it would have been better if fans said we are so ashamed CD That and apology AW Yeah and we are so outraged by our own behavior and this is such a reflection on who we are and we need to think about this deeply and have a long discussion about it and decide what were going to do CD Ill be excited thinking of Oscar Wilde a pardon AW Yeah CD Yeah lets do that It kind of infuriates me also that I know once the Olympics comes people are going to be freakin out all over again Part of me is upset because gosh I hate the LGBT AIQ and all the other letters we have added to this thing is kind of mainstream now and everybodys suddenly a queer expert Sorry I feel like Shanley in this respect Youre not a queer expert Im a queer expert I know what its like to use hanky codes right AW Right on Right on CD Ive done this all right So dont sit there all of a sudden get all gay and mighty on me AW This is an awesome one Its great to hear CD Sorry Klint Klint are you happy that Turing got a pardon KF Im glad it finally happened I didnt see a lot of phobic people tweeting that theyre happy about it Mostly I saw people being like it was too little too late and its like yeah obviously but its like at least something happened eventually Its mostly pointless Its such a just token gesture but I dont know I didnt think it was anything worth getting upset about one way or the other either AW I think another way to look at it is that yeah its a token gesture and everything else but its out there now Its out there and once its out there theres no taking it back and that means other people are like have heard it and whether they believe in it or not they tweet it Now thats out there So I think theres something to say about that when any kind of company any individual makes some statement that seems like a token of gesture Well its out there now and that has an impact of its own CD Yeah All right guys Great show We always kind of end this show with kind of events and some thank you So any place we can find you guys officially or unofficially over the next few months AW Ill be in the Valley in January Im doing something with Dell some brainstorm kind of event Thats all I have planned right now CD Nice KF I dont think Ive got anything coming up that I know about until like October where the Mindful Cyborgs at the MIT Media Labs Not Mindful Cyborgs cyborg camp at the MIT Media Labs CD It might be renamed by then We dont know Stranger things have happened I got our little official list we put on the website By the way we have a website It was another interesting stat from this year Most of our listens come from iTunes and SoundCloud but then Technoccult your site Klint and then APIs and ServiceSphere and then something Ive never heard of called Mp3skull me which scares me just in the name Check out Mindfulcyborgs-com Weve got all the show notes but we distribute it everywhere Alex is over there and everything else Weve an events page where you can meet any one of us so if youre ever out and about Ill be at the Humana Challenge So Im talking to a bunch of doctors on Palm Springs on January 15th I dont know why No I am Its very nice of them to ask me And then RootsTech which is a big genealogy conference in Salt Lake on February 5th Some of us will be at South by Southwest I dont you guys might slip out there Thats in March AW Im moderating a session at Southwest CD There you go And then if I have to kidnap Klint go to theorizing the web in April out in Brooklyn Its Nathans conference KF Oh I like to go there CD Being sponsored by Snapchat Yeah its going to be hot and then we got cyborg camp MIT in October and then we got Buddhist Geeks October 16th So a lot of stuff coming up Im sure Ill have a lot pretty now and then Gentlemen I just saw you both in Portland Its an honor and a pleasure to know both of you and consider you friends and peers and everything else Its been a great 2013 AW Thank you Chris You as well And Ill hope to see both of you soon KF Yeah see you next year CD All right guys This is Mindful Cyborgs 2013 It was good year Go be kind to yourself KF Thanks guys Bye AW Thanks CD Later
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