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New music from the Rice Cultivation Society

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By Derek Smith in New Music on Monday 25 March 2013

Rice Cultivation Society is a band based around songs that I write, with the intention of getting the listener to looks inside themselves and at the strangeness and wonderfulness of life. The subjects of the songs are usually my flights of fancy; being shot into the sun, the lives of ocean creatures, watching circuses on […]

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Letters from Kurt Vonnegut

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By Derek Smith in New Trends on Wednesday 20 March 2013

This collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s private letters sheds a light on a side of him I never thought to consider. He writes about needing money, not wanting to work a job, worrying about his mental health, writer’s block, and I’m less than 100 pages in. It’s heartening to see my hero’s frailty and how he […]

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Strangely humorous art by Paul Motisi

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By Derek Smith in New Art on Wednesday 20 March 2013

Paul Motisi is a good friend of mine, so I have nothing bad to say about him. It’s good that I don’t, because he’s exceptionally talented and creative. On one level, his work is very sleek and cartoonish, but the concepts and delivery of it have such heart and humor that comes across instantaneously. I’ve […]

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Music video for I’m So Depressed by Abner Jay

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By Derek Smith in New Music on Tuesday 19 February 2013

How can you argue with such raw expression? Abner Jay’s I’m So Depressed surpasses in its heart much of what’s been released by all sorts of darling indie bands. And it’s one guy with no fancy production, instruments, or promotion campaign. It makes me wonder what the future of so called “outsider” art is since […]

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