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13 Oct 2016 // 2:30 AM

Future Technology in the ‘Star Trek’ Reboots: Complex Future(s)

Star Trek doesn’t foretell a type of future as a concrete inevitable outcome and final destination, it presents us with a fictional diegetic vision of how the world could be.

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Brought to You By the Letter ‘E’: Thalia Zedek on Her New Records, New Band

Thalia Zedek discusses how she turned toward quieter music after the breakup of Come and how a creative rut led her back to the land of the loud.

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“This Is the Next World”: The Stealth Futurism of ‘Person of Interest’

Beneath the procedural trappings, Person of Interest offers a nuanced portrayal of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.

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Hymns and Confessions: A Conversation With Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter

Crescenzo is proud yet humble, blunt, and occasionally enigmatic in discussing Act V, as well as the past and future of The Dear Hunter in general.

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Future Technology in the ‘Star Trek’ Reboots: Tethered and Performative

If space is the “final frontier”, then the technology that facilitates the adventure is one of the central mechanisms by which we can learn new things about ourselves and our society.

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Real Dreams of the West Coast: An Interview with Shawn Lee of Young Gun Silver Fox

"This was the first record I've ever made where I felt like it was totally understood by people."

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10 Oct 2016 // 2:00 AM

Nick Cave Predicts the End of Western Civilization

With “Higgs Boson Blues”, Cave simultaneously bemoans and embraces the existential crisis caused by hyperreality.

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Just How Heroic Is Star Trek’s “I Don’t Like to Lose” James T. Kirk?

Captain James Tiberius Kirk sets the benchmark by which we can measure the decline of the “hero” into anti-heroism.

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Part Journal, Part Art Exhibit: An Interview with Hiss Golden Messenger

"I had just quit my job and I think I was having a bit of an existential crisis because all of a sudden I had gotten what I had been hoping for, which is to be able to devote my days and waking hours, creative hours, to making music, to making art."

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The Absolution of Paul Theroux’s ‘Saint Jack’ in a World Lacking Irony

The narrative of Paul Theroux's (and later Peter Bogdanovich's) Saint Jack offers a palliative to the high-priced hedonism taking place in an American-owned compound in Singapore.

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6 Oct 2016 // 8:15 AM

Why Isn’t American TV Comedy Funny?

It's as if Americans are afraid to find anything funny about their reality.

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Jon Brion’s Meaningless: An Appreciation

Jon Brion is well known as a successful composer of film scores, but his 2001 self-released album, Meaningless, a lost power-pop classic, should be better known.

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When the Wide World Narrows: A Conversation with Spain’s Josh Haden

With the release of Carolina, Spain's sixth record, founding member Josh Haden looks back at his punk rock roots and how his desire to escape a crumbling scene spawned a particular strain of slowcore.

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Fade Into the Machine: Bon Iver’s ‘22, A Million’

Bon Iver's 22, A Million may be the first album that, truly, should be dedicated to Big Digital if not artificial intelligence.

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What Are You Laughing At?

LGBT+ comedians are enjoying enough success to offset the barrage of gay jokes that seek to demean. They have Paul Lynde and Jack "Moms" Mabley to thank.

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Things Strange: The Dungeon Master of ‘Stranger Things’

Stranger Things crafts something wholly individual out of the chrysalis of the past, turning the comfort of nostalgia against itself.

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Hidden City to Hidden Cities: An Interview with the Cult’s Billy Duffy

Wrapping up a blazing tour supporting new album Hidden City, The Cult's Billy Duffy reflects on the band's dynamic, their style, and how best to irritate the critics.

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“Music Is Up There and You Can’t Touch It”: Macy Gray Talks About Her New Album ‘Stripped’

The soul singer's latest was made with just one microphone and four jazz musicians covering mostly her older hits. Simplicity has its merits.

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Forever Out There: 25 Contributors to the Space Disco Era 1976-1986

Outer space on the dance floor: from the avant-garde to Star Wars commercialism and beyond.

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Star Trek’s George Takei’s Influence on an LA City Council Election

Can animated, "idealized" versions of political figures sway the average voter?

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How Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.' Brought Electronica Into the Mainstream

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"With their debut, the Norwegian duo essentially provided the everyman's guide to electronic music.

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