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If you’re a friend of Playtonic Ds or a real life friend of mine, you’ll know that since your humble fabulist caught wind of the War On Drugs’ 2010 release last November, (the very LP-like Future Weather EP) the band has been in constant roto here at headquarters.  (more…)

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Nerves Junior just made the best record of the year so far.  So I made a video.  I guess this is becoming a trend. (more…)

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I’ve gushed about Meursault before on Playtonic Dialogues. The band has figured prominently on the tapes I’ve shared and their 2010 LP All Creatures Will Make Merry is one of my favorite records of the past couple of years. “One Day This’ll All Be Fields” is a choice selection off of Creatures, so of course I put it in a video shwag collage.  (more…)

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About a month ago, here on PD’s, I introduced some of the a/v collages I’ve put together this summer.  Since then I’ve kept up the trend, hopefully making a little progress.  Here is some more (mostly) public-domain music video schwag. Feast!

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Hey yall, hello hello.  After a couple month hiatus I’m back in the Playtonic D’s universe to share my newest foray into multimedia literacy.  I put together these music videos using stock footage from the public domain that I found on archive.org – a great archival site for live music, stock footage, and a cornucopia of other great public shit.

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A consensus appears to be forming. According to three leading music publications (Rolling Stone, SPIN, and, ugh, Stereogum) Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the best album of 2010. Additionally, it is a matter of when rather than if indie taste maker Pitchfork awards the same honor to West, given that Dark Fantasy received a perfect score of 10.0. Thus, with all the praise that is and will continue to be showered upon Dark Fantasy before and after the end of 2010, I believe it is worth evaluating the mass critical reaction in addition to the album. Much like the self-perpetuating nature of groupthink, the music news establishment is loosing its independence and creativity to general consensus.

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Merry Monday Playtonics!

Let’s kick off the week right and bring back the long dormant column “Is This Music?” According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, philosophy of music is the study of fundamental questions about the nature of music and our experience of it. In keeping with these questions, “Is This Music?” aims to present thought-provoking expeditions into sound and ask, “Is this music?” Playtonic Dialogues is all about sparking discourse so please make a case for why X piece is or is not music. Without further ado…

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