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Supercontext repost: Nick Cave Double Feature

This repost of our two Nick Cave episodes is a mess of grief, awe, love, and aspiration.

This repost of our two Nick Cave episodes is a mess of grief, awe, love, and aspiration.
 

Part 1: Nick Cave’s Lament
 

In anticipation of the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album “Skeleton Tree” and its accompanying documentary “One More Time With Feeling,” we discuss the tragedy of losing a child and its effect on art, performance and persona.
 

Part 2: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree
 

By becoming a more vulnerable frontman, Nick Cave has transformed after a major tragedy. To understand this better, we cover his latest album Skeleton Tree, the companion film One More Time With Feeling and the Bad Seeds’ latest North American tour.

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Supercontext: Westworld, Season 1

This HBO series remake about artificial intelligence, violence and consciousness was made with expert care by everyone involved in its production. But we ask, why then wasn’t its depiction of its big themes ultimately satisfying?

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Supercontext: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

This 1996 novel is infamous for its length and complex narrative structure, while being critically lauded for its themes and style. We discuss how Wallace approached the project, while grappling with revelations about how he treated women both on-and-off the page.

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Supercontext: The Neon Demon

Thank you to our Co-Producer patron Miriam Meaney for selecting this week’s topic!

This 2016 film by Nicolas Winding Refn is about beauty, jealousy and the entertainment industry. We look at Refn’s thematic intentions and the myriad of arguments about his “misogyny” or “feminism,” to try to understand how the glamour industry portrays women.

 

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Goodnight PunPun, Volume 1

This 2007 manga serial by Inio Asano seems like a simple story about a middle-school boy growing up in Japan. But we find that using symbolic simplicity together with the detailed, weird world of adults, Asano has been described as the voice of his generation.

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Supercontext: Angel Dust, by Faith No More

This 1992 album is celebrated as one of the best of the era but we look at the dysfunctional, toxic relationships between the five band members, and we find that the pressures of the music business, touring, and getting older, led to internal conflicts that made it harder for Faith No More to just be a group of goofy weirdos.

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Supercontext: The Prisoner

This 1967 British TV show is revered as a cult classic that was radical and countercultural, while symbolizing philosophical arguments about individualism vs. collectivism. We take a deeper look at star Patrick McGoohan and the commercial interests behind the show to ask if it’s ultimately more conservative than pop culture likes to remember.

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Supercontext: The White Album, by Joan Didion

This 1979 collection of essays attempts to reveal the 1960s and California as stories without narratives. We discuss how Didion’s work was branded because of her gender, class, and lack of politics, despite her insistence that writing was only an attempt to make sense out of chaos.

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Supercontext: The Money Store by Death Grips

This 2012 experimental noise record was heralded as an important moment in musical evolution. We look at how the band approaches their process while unpacking their relationship with major label Epic Records. And we ask, how do noise, magick, and defecation contribute to the future of music?

 

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Library 20/20: Episode 004 – In the Stacks, Part I

What happens when the library moves its book collection out of the building and down the road?

Music: “The Informant” by Steelism, “I’ll Become Everything” by Dean Jaina, and “The Zeppelin” from the Blue Dot Sessions.

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