Blake O'Connor

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  • Blake O'Connor
    Published 2 years ago
    11 Deep House DJs You Need to Know

    11 Deep House DJs You Need to Know

    Aa a sub-genre of house music, deep house fuses elements of Chicago house music with jazzy elements and touches of soul music. Larry Heard is credited with being one of the genre's early adopters; he made deep house deep. From the abandoned factories of Chicago in the 80s and 90s, the torch of deep house has been passed on to a bourgeoning deep house scene in Europe. It's no wonder that the emotive house music created in the United States has quickly proliferated into one of the most popular genres in Europe. Record labels like Toy Tonics and Heist Recordings are helping young creatives release top quality content. From the men who invented the genre to well-established names on the European touring scene (and some tropical deep house music mixes for those summer vibes), here are the top eleven deep house DJs you need to know more about.
  • Blake O'Connor
    Published 2 years ago
    What Other Countries Are Doing About Climate Change

    What Other Countries Are Doing About Climate Change

    When Donald Trump absconded from the Paris Climate Accord about one year ago, it set the media ablaze. Attacks from the left and praise from the right, the story eventually fizzled out sight due to other spectacles of “Breaking News.” The United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreements marks a long history of poor long term investment, crumbling infrastructure, recurrent boom & bust bust business cycles, and underfunded educational systems. Policy has done its best to patch-up the systemic issues mentioned above, but the most looming and greatest existential threat of all is being ignored. Any consideration of transitioning away from fossil fuels or what other countries are doing about climate change gets labeled “un-American” or “liberal nonsense.”
  • Blake O'Connor
    Published 2 years ago
    What is Lo-Fi Hip Hop?

    What is Lo-Fi Hip Hop?

    An astute purveyor of culture would notice that irony is hot right now. People feel important by standing out and being unique, one way to do that at the moment is by banality, irony, and nostalgia. It has spread like an airborne plague to all forms of creative culture—fashion, tv, and music. Demna Gvasalia, creative director of Balenciaga and head designer of Vetements, shocked the world with a $2,000 Ikea bag and a $200 DHL shirt. Stranger Things released in 2016 and amazed audiences all over the United States with its pronounced resemblance of the 80s. Want to hear distortions and environmental interference in your music? Great, because there are a plethora of destinations to hear live steams or long mixes of lo-fi hip hop. Confused as to why people want to listen to washed out and muffled reproductions of hip hop beats, read further to understand the question, "What is lo-fi hip hop?"
  • Blake O'Connor
    Published 2 years ago
    The History of Raves

    The History of Raves

    From dungeons bunkers, to sublime warehouses and vast open fields—people find a way to rave in any location. Today, raves are grand productions with large budgets and operating crews. That was not always the case though; people used to hide from the police and authorities to rave. The act of partying in this kind of self-indulgent fashion originates from a point of rebellion, a behavioral trait that will likely never disappear. Before you learn about the things you should know before your first rave, find out how an alternative form of music sparked a cultural revolution, and become the impetus for the history of raves.
  • Blake O'Connor
    Published 2 years ago
    Signs You Are Living in a Oligarchy

    Signs You Are Living in a Oligarchy

    "At the parliament of animals, the rabbits demanded equal rights, and the lions replied, ‘But where are your claws?’”
  • Blake O'Connor
    Published 2 years ago
    12 Types of Government

    12 Types of Government

    Since Aristotle produced his comprehensive work Politics—Treatise on Government, things are different, but not by much. In the 4th century B.C., he laid out the distinguishing features for three types of government; namely, monarchy, aristocracy, and polity (enlightened democracy). The distinctive characteristic for each form of governance is the magnitude of distribution for political power—with one, a few, or many in power. Each system of government is also characterized by an ideology of socio-political attributes relating to how the rulers achieve their status, by birth right, wealth, or popular opinion. Reading through the different types of government, note how many rulers there are, and how those in control achieved their status.