How to describe Julia Holter? Is she a singer-songwriter? Composer? Sound designer? Holter is one of the most innovative artists on the music scene today. While she has roots in classical composition and piano, Holter has developed an unparalleled and thoughtful sound that eloquently interweaves avant sensibilities with sophisticated pop. We focus on her full length albums starting with her highly conceptual debut, Tragedy, that captured the focus of the underground blogosphere. She found her way to Domino crafting the opulent Loud City Song and her highly praised pop record Have You In My Wilderness. The episode culminates with Holter’s stunning beast of a record, Aviary, which stands as possibly her most ambitious and outward looking effort to date that is sure to dazzle the sensorium. We at Philosophy of the World look forward to what Julia Holter does next.

 

1. “Goddess Eyes” from Tragedy

2. “Try to Make Yourself a Work of Art” from Tragedy

3. “Fur Felix” from Ekstasis

4. “Marienbad” from Ekstasis

5. “World” from Loud City Song

6. “Maxim’s I” from Loud City Song

7. “Sea Calls Me Home” from Have You In My Wilderness

8. “Feel You” from Have You In My Wilderness

9. “Voce Simul” from Aviary

10. “I Shall Love 1” from Aviary

 

Companion Material
Julia Holter web site
John Cage and the mesostic poem
Euripides’ Hippolytus
Gigi by Colette and Gigi (1949)
Aviary Recording and Players

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As summer slips away, Philosophy of the World tries to hold on, immersing itself in the wondrous, bright and lysergic pop of Animal Collective. The quartet of David Portner (Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Josh Dibb (Deakin), and Brian Weitz (Geologist) has made music together since childhood and through an independent spirit of sonic exploration, created an enduring legacy in experimental music. Early efforts including the bizarre fairy-tale imagery of Spirit They’ve Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished and the acid-fried Here Comes the Indian turned heads but it was the freak folk masterpiece, Sung Tongs, that broke them out. The subsequent string of dense, kinetic records of forward-thinking psychedelia culminating in Merriweather Post Pavilion solidified their influence on independent music. Join us as we explore the impressive discography of Animal Collective.

 

1. Avey Tare & Panda Bear – “Someday I’ll Grow to Be as Tall as the Giant” from Spirit They’ve Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished

2. Campfire Songs – “Doggy” from Campfire Songs

3. Animal Collective – “Slippi” from Here Comes the Indian

4. Animal Collective – “Who Could Win a Rabbit” from Sung Tongs

5. Animal Collective – “Grass” from Feels

6. Animal Collective – “Chores” from Strawberry Jam

7. Panda Bear – “Comfy in Nautica” from Person Pitch

8. Animal Collective – “Summertime Clothes” from Merriweather Post Pavilion

9. Animal Collective – “What Would I Want? Sky” from Fall Be Kind

10. Animal Collective – “Today’s Supernatural” from Centipede Hz

11. Animal Collective – “Hocus Pocus” from Painting With

12. Animal Collective – “Hair Cutter” from Tangerine Reef

 

Companion Material
Animal Collective’s 2010 Visual Album, ODDSAC
Audiovisual Album, Tangerine Reef
Coral Morphologic

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In just over a decade Daniel Lopatin, best known as Oneohtrix Point Never, has created an impressive catalog of experimental and forward thinking electronic music. We discuss his early CD-R and cassette releases of Tangerine Dream-esque soundscapes, his inadvertent creation of the vaporwave genre with his Chuck Person project and his string of celebrated releases on labels like Editions Mego and Warp Records. Driven by strong concepts to shape his music making, Lopatin crafts a distinctive and otherworldly sound that is continuously built upon with each subsequent LP. From his parent’s air-conditioned house to Brooklyn DIY shows to collaborating with Iggy Pop for film music, this is Oneohtrix Point Never.

 

1. Dania Shapes – “Sunset Corp” from Sound System Pastoral

2. Magic Oneohtrix Point Never – “Behind the Bank” from Betrayed in the Octagon

3. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Transmat Memories” from Transmat Memories

4. Oneohtrix Point Never – “A Pact Between Strangers” from A Pact Between Strangers

5. Oneohtrix Point Never – “I Know It’s Taking Pictures from Another Plane (Inside Your Sun) from Young Beidnahga

6. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Time Decanted” from Russian Mind

7. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Computer Vision” from Zones Without People

8. Chuck Person – “A7” from Chuck Person’s Eccojams Vol. 1

9. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Preyouandi” from Returnal

10. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Sleep Dealer” from Replica

11. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Still Life” from R Plus Seven

12. Oneohtrix Point Never – “I Bite Through It” from Garden of Delete

13. Oneohtrix Point Never – “The Pure and the Damned” from Good Time OST

14. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Black Snow” from Age Of

 

Companion Material
Rare Frequency Astronaut Interview
Sunset Corp YouTube
Cryptic Garden of Delete Press Release
Kaoss Edge
Masqves (Lopatin + Hauschildt) Live Collaboration
Myriad Trailer

 

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Sonic Youth changed the landscape of guitar music through their experimentation with free-form noise, off-kilter rock/pop songs and dissonant alternative guitar tunings. The core members of the band (Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo) formed in 1981. On episode 35 of Philosophy of the World we revisit the output of this essential indie rock band from their early years to the end of the 1980’s. We start with their debut EP highlighting Sonic Youth’s no-wave roots, journey through EVOL and Sister which established them as powerful underground artists and finish off the show with instant classic Daydream Nation launching them into the pantheon of legend.

 

1. “I Don’t Want to Push It” from Sonic Youth EP

2. “Shaking Hell” from Confusion Is Sex

3. “Death Valley ’69” from Bad Moon Rising

4. “Brave Men Run (In My Family)” from Bad Moon Rising

5. “Tom Violence” from EVOL

6. “Shadow of a Doubt” from EVOL

7. “Schizophrenia” from Sister

8. “Pacific Coast Highway” from Sister

9. “Into the Groovey” from The Whitey Album

10. “Making the Nature Scene” from The Whitey Album

11. “Kissability” from Daydream Nation

12. “Teen Age Riot” from Daydream Nation

 

Companion Material
Goodbye 20th Century by David Browne
Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon
Confusion is Next: The Sonic Youth Story by Alec Foege
The Year Punk Broke
Sonic Youth Concert Chronology

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The legendary MF DOOM’s (Daniel Dumile) work can be found under a plethora of monikers but his style is unmistakable. Through his unique blend of hip-hop and nerd culture, husky flow, and indelible, off-kilter rhymes DOOM has built an enduring, broadly loved and influential legacy. On episode 33 we take a deep dive into the super villain’s catalog, starting with early KMD years as Zev Love X. After being abandoned by the music industry, he returned to the scene with revenge on the mind, dawning a metal mask and spitting with a new ferocity. The result was a string of several classic albums culminating in a gold standard of underground hip-hop in Madvillainy. Since then, MF DOOM’s output has become more sporadic, but while he may not do exactly what we want, he’s the super villain we deserve.

 

1. 3rd Bass – “The Gas Face” from The Cactus Album

2. KMD – “Who Me?” from Mr. Hood

3. KMD – “Black Bastards!” from Black Bastards

4. MF DOOM – “?” (feat. Kurious) from Operation: Doomsday

5. King Geedorah – “Anti-Matter” (feat. Mr. Fantastik) from Take Me to Your Leader

6. Viktor Vaughn – “Let Me Watch” (feat. Apani B) from Vaudeville Villain

7. Viktor Vaughn – “Fall Back-Titty Fat” from Venomous Villain

8. MF DOOM – “Hoe Cakes” from MM.. FOOD

9. Madvillain – “Accordion” from Madvillainy

10. Madvillain – “ALL CAPS” from Madvillainy

11. Danger Doom – “Sofa King” from The Mouse & the Mask

12. DOOM – “That’s That” from Born Like This

13. JJ DOOM – “Gov’nor” from Key to the Kuffs

14. DOOMSTARKS – “Victory Laps” (Madvillainz Remix) from Victory Laps EP

15. DOOM – “Notebook 3” from The Missing Notebook Rhymes

16. Czarface & MF DOOM – “Nautical Depth” from Czarface Meets Metal Face

 

Companion Material
3rd Base – “The Gas Face” Music Video with Zev Love X
The Story of Little Black Sambo
Special Herbs Guide
Real MF DOOM Replaces Imposter

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Ariel Pink (Ariel Rosenberg) is the focus of episode 30 of Philosophy of the World. We explore two decades of his outsider pop ranging from the early, blasted and lo-fi home recordings, to the Haunted Graffiti records that earned him a cult following, and up to present day with his slicker, widely renowned records. We begin with the compiled early recording experiments from Thrash & Burn and the early albums under the moniker Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti that partially inspired hypnogogic pop and chillwave in underground music. Some of these records were eventually reissued on Paw Tracks thanks to Animal Collective, vaulting Ariel Pink into newfound prominence and accolades. Since that time he’s released a consistent string of excellent LPs on 4AD and, earlier this year, on Mexican Summer with Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. Tune in to enjoy decades of music from this controversial weirdo outsider.

 

1. “I Disguise You” from Thrash & Burn

2. “Tractor Man” from Underground

3. “For Kate I Wait” from The Doldrums

4. “Are You Gonna Look After My Boys” from Scared Famous/FF>>

5. “Interesting Results” from House Arrest

6. “Credit” from Lover Boy

7. “Jules Lost His Jewels” from Worn Copy

8. “Round and Round” from Before Today

9. “Menopause Man” from Before Today

10. “Dutch Me” from Ku Klux Glam

11. “Driftwood” from Mature Themes

12. “Put Your Number in my Phone” from Pom Pom

13. “Jell-o” from Pom Pom

14. “Tears on Fire” from Myths 002 EP

15. “Bubblegum Dreams” from Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

16. “Feels Like Heaven” from Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

 

Companion Material
Ariel Pink’s Coachella Meltdown
Ariel Pink at Red Bull Music Academy
Ariel Pink’s Lost Media
Ariel’s Rumored, Unreleased Werewolf Movie

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Philosophy of the World is back by not-so-popular demand with episode 28! We’re mixing up the format of the show and keeping things themed, but still weird. For our return episode, we’re focusing on the discography of a favorite band of ours, Liars! We cover their music from their early days as a NYC-based dance punk quartet, through their excellent high concept albums, and into their foray incorporating electronics into their sound. In the end we share two new songs off of the newly released TFCF, which is now essentially a solo album by the front man Angus Andrew. Join us and see exactly why Liars is a timeless project of weirdos creating unique sounds.

 

1. “Mr. Your on Fire Mr.” from They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

2. “Broken Witch” from They Were Wrong, So We Drowned

3. “It Fit When I Was a Kid” from Drum’s Not Dead

4. “The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack” from Drum’s Not Dead

5. “Plaster Casts of Everything” from Liars

6. “Sailing to Byzantium” from Liars

7. “Scissor” from Sisterworld

8. “Proud Evolution: from Sisterworld

9. “The Exact Colour of Doubt” from WIXIW

10. “Flood to Flood” from WIXIW

11. “Mess on a Mission” from Mess

12. “No Tree No Branch” from TFCF

13. “The Grand Delusional” from TFCF

 

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