Monthly Archives: April 2012

“Dark Steering” by Squarepusher

I’ve always found Squarepusher’s output a bit hit-and-miss, though it’s probably just me, but this new song “Dark Steering” is simply fantastic, and it certainly bodes well for the forthcoming new album, Ufabulum, out on 14 May. [via YouTube]

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Rojak: Atoms for Peace.

Rojak is a regular collection of assorted links as well as a bulletin summarising the week (or thereabouts) on this blog.

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Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich debut new Atoms for Peace songs. [via Consequence of Sound] Including this:

[via YouTube]

A preview of the Radiohead edition of Austin City Limits with “Lotus Flower”. [via Vimeo]

On reading and disagreeing. [via NYRBlog]

Some pictures from the second weekend of Coachella, including St. Vincent. [via Pitchfork] Some more, including Girls. [via Pitchfork]

Daniel Cockburn’s You Are Here will be showing on two Fridays (4 and 11 May) at the Singapore Art Museum 8Q building. Get your tickets. [via Singapore Art Museum]

The New Yorker is running something on Susan Sontag. [via The Book Bench]

Also, happy new release day to Anne Carson’s Antigonick!

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500.

Well, that certainly didn’t take very long. This is the 500th post on this blog. Please allow me to celebrate with a Flaming Lips song.

[via YouTube]

I hope you’ll use this as an excuse to go buy yourself a cake or a balloon today. Have fun!

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Bob gets Medal of Freedom.

Bob Dylan is among the thirteen people who will receive the Medal of Freedom in this batch of recipients. [via The Telegraph]

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Quarterly Conversation #27.

I have been having lots of fun reading big chunks of the latest edition of the Quarterly Conversation, which includes stuff on (among others) Juan José Saer, Clarice Lispector, Geoff Dyer, Sebald, Heinrich Böll, and Edouard Levé. Unforuntately, I am too tired (well, actually, lazy) to put up a nice neat summary about the highlights, so you should check out the rundown over at Three Percent.

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Some Nelson Freire.

Always a good day for some Nelson Freire. [via YouTube]

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Clarice Lispector Roundtable.

I think one of the more fascinating and profound common factors, or threads is Lispector’s peculiar brand of silence as a crucial ingredient to both structure and plot in her works, especially the novels. There are many interesting treatises of the significance and intentions behind the discourse of silence in Lispector’s canon. In Near to the Wild Heart there is purported to be an “annihilation of intimacy,” and, allegedly, an abiding theme is the destruction for the capacity for silence. A particularly telling quote is “Lispector’s work acts as a model for a heterosexual relationship where the characters participate in a complex form of intimacy, fueled by silence.” Silence and intimacy resolve into a cradle for the “ethics of the intimate”—a sort of male/female reciprocity ensues. Some attention has been made of the themes of “interiority of self” and “silence and intimacy” in the context of a struggle between self and love as a mediator of desire.

With Barbara Epler, Benjamin Moser, and David Randall. [via The Quarterly Conversation]

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Judith Butler on reading Kafka.

A Judith Butler seminar on reading Kafka and the relationship between literature and philosophy.

[via YouTube]

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Record Store Day music.

Here’s the two St. Vincent songs:

[“Krokodil” via YouTube]

[“Grot” via YouTube]

Here’s the B-side off of the Beach House single:

[“Equal Mind” via YouTube]

Here’s the B-side off of the Sigur Rós single:

[“Kvistur” via YouTube]

Here’s the whole Animal Collective release, Transverse Temporal Gyrus in two parts:

[Part 1 via YouTube]

[Part 2 via YouTube]

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Rojak: Record Store Day

Rojak is a regular collection of assorted links as well as a bulletin summarising the week (or thereabouts) on this blog.

A happy Record Store Day (and Earth Day) to everyone!

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On reading Thomas Bernhard. [via The Millions]

I’ve got my eyes on whiteonwhite: algorithmicnoir, the new film by Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation. [via The Paris Review]

Alfred Hitchcock season. [via The Telegraph]

Have you seen the New Directions catalogue yet? [via New Directions]

Werner Herzog and Into the Abyss. [via The Guardian]

Conversational Reading points to an article on Tzvetan Todorov. [via Conversational Reading]

Enhance your Louvre experience with the Nintendo 3DS. [via Kill Screen]

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Notable posts from these past couple of weeks:

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