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Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult

FRONT COVER FINAL_printBlack metal is fast, loud, theatrical, angry, and murderous — both musically and in the scene that surrounds it.

If you dig Black Metal, or if you like to read about things odd and dark, check out Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult by Dayal Patterson. Patterson is an expert on the scene and is the man behind Cult Never Dies. You can check out his store here.

My interview with him is below.

For the uninitiated, what constitutes Black Metal?

Well that’s a question that I’ve been exploring over two full-length books – not least because there is a lot of disagreement about its definition within the scene. So that’s a tough question! What is fairly safe to say is that black metal is one of the most extreme, ambitious, and varied forms of heavy metal… and one might argue contemporary music in general. It was born in the early eighties but reinvented itself around 1990/1991 and has continued to explode in terms of activity and popularity since then, with bands and scenes existing in almost every territory you could care to mention.Read the rest

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Dustin Hoffman on Duplicity and Famosity

The latest episode of Blank on Blank features a rarely heard interview with Dustin Hoffman from 1971. He was 33 at the time, just a few years removed from The Graduate and Midnight Cowboy. In the interview, Hoffman focuses on duplicity and famosity, with a dose of sex, drugs, switchblades and the Weather Underground bombing that took place next door to his apartment.

Learn more about this interview and the bombing that was referenced here.

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Vice Interview About Porn Documentary

A few years ago, Rashida Jones, known for her roles in “The Office” (US) and “Parks and Recreation,” found herself embroiled in a debate concerning the pornification of culture, due to Twitter remarks she had made about pop musicians. The controversy and criticism opened the opportunity for her to create a documentary about the Miami porn industry.

“Over the past few years, she’s also ventured into writing and producing films, currently tackling projects like writing Toy Story 4. We had a chance to hang out with Rashida and talk about her shift behind the camera, and the documentary she recently produced on Miami’s amateur porn industry, ‘Hot Girls Wanted.'”

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Music, Aesthetics & Making Sense: A Conversation with Andrew Bowie

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This post originally appeared on four by three magazine.

What is music? Can music make sense of the world or even transcend it? Philosopher and jazz musician Andrew Bowie talks to four by three about the connection between music, aesthetics, language, and time, with reference to Adorno and Heidegger, as well as about the relationship between philosophy, the arts and sciences, asking: why does art matter?

‘Art is supposed to engage your whole being and not just your conceptual capacity’
— Andrew Bowie

four by three: The philosophy and philosophical significance of music has been a major preoccupation of much of your writing. What is it that motivates you to write philosophically about music?

Andrew Bowie: When I started doing philosophy, I used to regard my playing as completely separate from my philosophy, because I wasn’t very good at playing in any case [I still am not great, but I have got better].… Read the rest

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Human, All Too Human: The Look of Silence

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What is deception? Why are we deceiving ourselves individually and collectively? Can art help us to see ourselves clearly? 
four by three talks to Joshua Oppenheimer about The Act of Killing and its spellbinding companion piece The Look of Silence, giving an insight into how the past relates to the present and how to break an imposing silence of fear and guilt through cinema.

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence is the impressive companion piece to The Act of Killing, which won over 60 awards around the world. Both films open up space and time for the perpetrators of the 1965-66 Indonesian genocide to look at themselves anew, exposing their fractured humanity to their families, neighbours and the world. In The Look of Silence a family of survivors discovers not only how their son was murdered, but as well the identities of his killers. This award-winning documentary focuses on the family’s youngest son Adi, who makes possible the seemingly impossible: breaking fifty years of visible blindness and audible muteness.… Read the rest

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Aesthetics, Immanuel Kant & Imagination

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Does an artist perceive or invent his creation? How does imagination relate to freedom, beauty and nature?
Paul Guyer talks to four by three about the relationship between aesthetics and morality in the work of Immanuel Kant, Hegel’s rejection thereof and Schopenhauer’s positive conception of the aesthetic experience.

four by three: A substantial part of your work as a philosopher has been in the field of aesthetics. What motivated you to start working on this discipline of philosophy?

Paul Guyer: In hindsight, three things.  First, I started taking classes with Stanley Cavell as a freshman at Harvard (his large humanities class, some of the material from which turned up forty years later in his last book, Cities of Words). Cavell did not teach any conventional aesthetics in that course, or at any time during my undergraduate and graduate years at Harvard, but his title was ‘Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value,’ and that may have both piqued my interest and licensed the subject of aesthetics for me.… Read the rest

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Cornel West on Bernie Sanders, Michael Eric Dyson, Black Lives Matter, Trans Rights and More

From GRITtv:

In an exclusive new interview on The Laura Flanders Show, author, activist and public intellectual Dr. Cornel West responds to criticism from MSNBC host Michael Eric Dyson and discusses Bernie Sanders, Palestine, Black Lives Matter, B.B. King, and the LGBT movement. Dr. Cornel West has written or edited dozens of books, including classics like Race Matters, and Democracy Matters. His most recent is Black Prophetic Fire, written in conversation with Christa Buschendorf. He has also been an outspoken supporter of the causes others won’t touch. and an equally outspoken critic of President Barack Obama. He was the civil rights elder most warmly embraced by Black Lives Matter activists on the ground in Ferguson and Baltimore.

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Craig Finn: Punk Rock, Literature, and the Art of Being an Optimist

Craig Finn, best known as frontman for The Hold Steady, sat down with Ron Placone at a coffee shop in East Nashville. Topics include the Punk and Hardcore movements of the 80s and 90s, Poetry and Literature, Spirituality and Religion, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Songwriting, why Craig doesn’t like Jim Morrison, the comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Minneapolis, Brooklyn, the Replacements, and last but certainly not least, Craig’s first solo effort, Clear Heart Full Eyes, and his upcoming album and tour. YES!!

For more interviews like this check out Ron Placone and the Indie Bohemians Morning Show.

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