The wrap is sizzling
Featuring headphones, Six Degrees of Musical Seperation, Lollapalooza, Hootie & The Blowfish, Vivien Goldman, playlists, Schoolboy Q etc
(1) Who needs Pokemon Go? Best waste of time this week is Six Degrees of Musical Seperation which can connect Kanye West to Nathan Carter in four moves. Speaking of Yeezy…just call me Illest the Third.
(2) We’re big fans of Sylvia Patterson and her new book I’m Not With the Band at OTR, as we explained last week. We’re also fans of Observer writer Miranda Sawyer, who also has a new book, Out of Time, on the shelves at the moment. Jude Rogers took both women for what sounds like a merry old brunch.
(3) How A&R really works: great yarn from Tim Sommer about how he signed the biggest band of 1995 AKA Hootie and the Blowfish.
(4) Have you heard the new Schoolboy Q album yet? What the heck is keeping you?
(5) Where vinyl goes to die and be sold for a dollar: inside The Thing, the Brooklyn store with 130,000 secondhand records in the basement
(6) Amanda Petrusich takes off her headphones and wonders what’s going on: “anyone who has recently spent time in a public space has likely noticed the sudden and extraordinary ubiquity of headphones. “Do people really like music this much?” I have wondered, incredulously, while tallying endless white earplugs. The outside world, once a shared auditory environment, has been effectively fractured. We now lilt about in our own bubbles of self-programmed sound.”
(7) Vivien Goldman is more punk rock than you: great piece on the colourful woman who was Bob Marley’s first UK publicist, music journalist, French pirate radio DJ, reggae backing singer alongside Neneh Cherry and the Slits’ Ari Up, NYU’s visiting “punk professor,” Kid Creole’s biographer and musical writer.
(9) Good interview with Rukmini Callimachi, the New York Times’ reporter who has been covering the ISIS terrorists since they first emerged, about their ruthless tactics, the perils of getting close to dangerous sources and the emotional toll of her reporting on terrorism.
(10) The various streaming services are betting the farms on playlists pulling in more mainstream users. Meet the secret weapons, the lads and lasses who are combing the millions of tracks and producing those playlists.