Wild Throne - Blood Maker
One of the coolest little EPs I’ve ever heard. Weird, melodic, progressive metal with more heart than brains. It’s glorious.
Wretched - Cannibal
Super-fast death metal, with such dry production, you can hear the pick on the strings. Excellent listen.
Tombs - Savage Gold
Still the best band no one’s ever heard of. No one who doesn’t listen to metal, that is. We’ve liked this band since Winter Hours.
Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed
Finally, a metal album that doesn’t need a sub-genre classification. Just metal. And, with members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, Sepultura (or more specifically, Soulfly), and The Mars Volta, it’s worth checking out.
Death Angel - The Dream Calls For Blood
Fun new thrash record that came out last year. I didn’t check it out then.
Chevelle - La Gargola
Boris - Noise
Behemoth - The Satanist
Best album I’ve heard all year. And my favorite from them thus far.
Avatar - Hail The Apocalypse
Weirdo Swedish pirate metal? Yeah, OK.
Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love
I just saw this band open for Deafheaven, and am further investigating this cool noise/punk record.
Nux Vomica - Nux Vomica
This cool little band (named after the Strychnine Tree) released one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. It’s only 3 tracks, but it’s 40 minutes of gorgeous crust-doom. I can’t describe it. Go check out their bandcamp page and revel in it.
Deafheaven - Sunbather
I loved this album, and seeing them live a few days ago confirmed that they do, indeed, kick ass. They played this entire record, with a new track (I believe called “The Kettle and The Coil?”) in the middle. Great band, great album. Someone online called them “black-gaze,” which might be the best description I’ve ever heard of them.
Also, I have a ton of albums that I haven’t been able to get to yet, specifically the new ones from Enabler, Agalloch, Epica, Crowbar, Uncle Acid and the Downbeats, and of course, the new Triptykon. That’s going to be a delightful one.
Richard Feynman discusses why there is a difference between the past and the future, in this clip from his legendary 1964 lecture series at Cornell: The Character of Physical Law.
It’s well worth taking 45 minutes out of your day to hear Dr. F explain why the workings of nature unfold in one direction. You see, while we innately know that the future is different from the past, and so much of our conscious experience is built around the fundamental just-so-ness of time moving forward, the equations of physics describing phenomena from gravity to friction can be run in either direction without breaking the rules. Yet irreversibility is what we observe.
That’s where entropy and probability come into play. When we take into account complex systems, like the jiggles and wiggles of the uncountable atoms that make up our bodies and this chair and my coffee and our world and even out to the scale of the universe itself, there is simply a greater chance that things will become more disordered than less. It’s not that the universe can’t run in reverse, it’s just that there are so many other ways for it not to.
Or as Feynman says, nature is irreversible because of “the general accidents of life”.
This seven-part series, which Open Culture has assembled in its entirety, captures the physicist in his prime, one year before he won the Nobel Prize and became a household name. Feynman was seemingly born for the scientific stage. He had this uncanny ability to weave profound observations of the universe’s inner workings with off-the-cuff (and often brash) humor. James Gleick wrote of Feynman’s unique style and skill:
He had a mystique that came in part from sheer pragmatic brilliance–in any group of scientists he could create a dramatic impression by slashing his way through a difficult problem–and in part, too, from his personal style–rough-hewn, American, seemingly uncultivated.
This clip was a huge influence on my recent video Why Does Time Exist? Although my take scarcely measures up to Dr. Feynman, you can watch below:
Here’s @David_Rees just SMASHING movies into paste with some big old books.
Look, you know that GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES begins tonight at 10PM on @NatGeoChannel.
BUT I AM GOING TO KEEP TELLING YOU ABOUT IT AND HOPING YOU WILL WATCH IT ON TV TONIGHT.
That is all.