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    brand vs paxman

    Luka's first few posts put this as eloquently and reliably as I have come to expect from him. He has always recognized the spirit and taste of a thing being worth more than the quabble and that's why he remains important here long after it's had its day. Cheers luka.
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    Philosophy / cultural theory / psychoanalysis etc

    ^ Simon Critchley's Infinitely Demanding is worth a look.
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    mainstreaming of VICE // VICE mainstream

    VICE Magazine got too much for me with this one in particular: TLDR: It's a guide to the gang signs of the Herschelwood Crips, complete with photos and illustrations. I am amazed that Zhao in particular doesn't have a golden race card in his deck set aside...
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    RIP Bigas Luna

    I will agree that Harmony Korine's movies are shit. I never watched Kids as... a kid... but I watched it very recently for the first time after years of putting it off and it is totally cynical exploitative garbage with very little substance. It represents, as Padraig said, a middle-class...
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    House & Bass

    An unfortunate shift, I'd say. We have all been assimilated back into the reign of our benevolent house overlords. Long live house music.
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    Music 2013

    The juke suggestions are much appreciated jack.
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    Music 2013

    That being said, I like what Slackk is doing right now. It's honourable. That juke shit in Chicago is still one of the best things going to my mind as well, though I rarely hear people talk about it anymore. EDIT: As a final note, I'd like to say for the record that this nu-Trap shit is way...
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    Music 2013

    From what I gather this is how things look. Correct me if I'm wrong: 1. "Brostep" appropriates dubstep sounds for a younger American audience, calls itself dubstep, alienates some listeners of dubstep proper. 2. "Trap" appropriates Southern trap sounds for a whiter American audience, calls...
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    Music 2013

    I came here to find out what Dissensus considers good in 2013, since I'm hopelessly out of touch now, and after 6 pages I haven't learned much more than that some people here think the new fucking Justin Timberlake is good. Is that really all that is happening? I'll believe you if you say yes...
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    Brooklynization ??

    Honestly, I don't really think I understand it.
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    Brooklynization ??

    I read the end bit with its nauseous "What this essay is about" statements, and I'm glad those were included because it lets you know that even if there is something true in this whole article, by the end of it you're going to be too annoyed to care anymore.
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    Philosophy / cultural theory / psychoanalysis etc

    Also, personally, I wouldn't recommend jumping straight into Hegel as a starting point. Hegel makes a lot more sense reading in depth when you've got a bit of a feel for the history of philosophy, and the evolution of ideas across it. Since you're interested in cultural theory and...
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    Philosophy / cultural theory / psychoanalysis etc

    lol I assume this is a joke Anyway, it's a little hard to make suggestions given how broad your criteria is. It's easier to answer your second question. Basically the worst thing you can do in beginning to read philosophy is treat it like you're going through the discography of a recording...
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    Hip-Hop 2012

    This is why Drake is a millionaire! He's the fucking simulacrum of a rapper.
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    Hip-Hop 2012

    Thanks, just stopping by really. Personally, I think that separating content from form in listening to rap should be a much bigger cause for hand-wringing in listeners who exist outside of the class and race demographic of its creators precisely because it allows you to enjoy Drake.
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    How England Sees Itself

    Not gonna jump in too hard right now because I have to run, but we might be getting a little mislead viewing racism, in its current manifestations, as strictly structural, institutional, and ideological in a "world-shaping" sense. This a kind of high-modernist top-down critique, based in...
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    a conceptual dining experience

    And Luis Buñuel did it 40 years ago! Albeit with less panache.
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    Hip-Hop 2012

    If you have somehow found a way to separate this song from its content so much so that you can actually enjoy it, I think you'd better say how. (I imagine part of it involves forgetting everything you've ever known about, heard, or seen from Drake.)
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    The iPad is amazing for reading comics. Unfortunately, and somewhat incredulously, the digital vendors for comics have been somehow convinced by the retailers that they need to match the prices of print copies so all the comic shops don't go out of business, so some titles are horrendously...
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    questions you are dying to ask but are too scared to b/c of music nerd cred?

    Why is J Dilla so great that he needs an entire month dedicated to him?