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by Rob Horning

5 Oct 2009

Over at Generation Bubble I have a post up about using complexity to intentionally sow confusion in markets. This NYT article about meat inspection and a woman’s paralysis from eating a tainted burger seems relevant to the issue too—the issue being what the government can do to ensure that the products we rely on are “safe” within some reasonable margin. Something about the way the meat of the E. coli burger was cobbled together in the industry reminds me of complex financial securities.

The frozen hamburgers that the Smiths ate, which were made by the food giant Cargill, were labeled “American Chef’s Selection Angus Beef Patties.” Yet confidential grinding logs and other Cargill records show that the hamburgers were made from a mix of slaughterhouse trimmings and a mash-like product derived from scraps that were ground together at a plant in Wisconsin. The ingredients came from slaughterhouses in Nebraska, Texas and Uruguay, and from a South Dakota company that processes fatty trimmings and treats them with ammonia to kill bacteria.
Using a combination of sources — a practice followed by most large producers of fresh and packaged hamburger — allowed Cargill to spend about 25 percent less than it would have for cuts of whole meat.

by Tyler Gould

5 Oct 2009

The new Los Campesinos! album doesn’t have a title yet, but its first single does have a music video. You will be able to procure a 7” recording of this song at any of their upcoming U.K. shows (dates after the jump), which will also be a coming out party of sorts for new member, Kim Campesinos!.

by Tyler Gould

5 Oct 2009

Lowell Brams
Music for Insomnia
(Asthmatic Kitty)
Releasing: 8 December

Sufjan Stevens has been busy lately, debuting new music and giving old projects a resplendent release, and here he is again as a guest on this album by his stepfather and co-founder of Asthmatic Kitty, Lowell Brams. Music for Insomnia also features Bryce Dessner of the National, and is part of a whole new series of background music.

01 Chattering Garden Trolls
02 Alpha to Theta
03 Short Circadian Partita
04 Hypnagogic Hallucination
05 Melatonin Lullaby
06 Horse Spindles
07 Dream About Vince Guaraldi
08 A Cross Section of Clown Mountain

Lowell Brams
Alpha to Theta [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

5 Oct 2009

London’s the xx played Jools Holland’s show last week in advance of their US release of xx. The buzz is building on this young group of 20-year-olds who traffic in a minimal form of pop that’s unusually mature for their tender age. Look for a PopMatters review later this week.

by Ashley Cooper

5 Oct 2009

This Is It is the culmination of hours of footage from the late Michael Jackson’s final tour, appropriately named “This Is It”. The series of concerts was made up of fifty shows, all set to take place at the O2 Arena in London, from the end of 2009 into 2010.

Made up of rehearsal footage, interviews, dance sequences, and other special effects that only concert attendees would have witnessed, This Is It promises Michael Jackson fans all across the globe one final chance to see the Gloved One perform some of his most well-known and respected music.

This Is It premieres in theaters worldwide on October 28th, and will only be shown for two weeks.

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