The wrap is still rocking in the free world
Cash, Lyor Cohen, closed music venues, The Jam, the useless class, Tokyo theme cafes, Roger Stone, Yuval Noah Harari etc
(1) In praise of cash: “the cashless society – which more accurately should be called the bank-payments society – is often presented as an inevitability, an outcome of ‘natural progress’. This claim is either naïve or disingenuous. Any future cashless bank-payments society will be the outcome of a deliberate war on cash waged by an alliance of three elite groups with deep interests in seeing it emerge.”
(2) It’s not Irish constituents who hassle their public reps by phone, email and in person. Kathryan Schulz investigates why calling your rep on the phone is the best way to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.
(3) What Lyor Cohen did next. The Def Jam and record industry rep talks about what he’s up to at YouTube as head of global music. The full-tilt boogie is still go: “for a 57-year-old man who was plastering Snapchat with videos and pictures of his emergency hospitalization for a pulmonary embolism a few months ago, Cohen looks as vigorous as a panther”. More Lyor: best what-I-do-on-a-Sunday profile ever.
(4) What happens to venues when the doors shut? Mathy & Fran’s Loud Places documentary looks at three iconic London, Paris and Berlin venues in their current state as a restaurant, gym and theatre to explore the addresses that were once home to seismic live music.
(5) Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the oldest and perhaps most liberal justice on the US Supreme Court. Meet the personal trainer who is keeping the 83 year old two-time cancer survivor in good fettle.
(6) Inside Tokyo’s theme cafes: who wants to go for lunch today to a maid cafe, owl village or robot restaurants?
(7) Absolute beginners: the literary references in the work of The Jam
(8) Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow author Yuval Noah Harari on how the AI revolution will create a new unworking class: “such new professions will probably require much more creativity and flexibility than current run-of-the-mill jobs, and it is unclear whether 40-year-old cashiers or insurance agents will be able to reinvent themselves as virtual world designers (try to imagine a virtual world created by an insurance agent!).”
(9) What changes and downgrades in the New York Times’ jazz coverage mean for a scene and its players if your name isn’t Kamasi Washington.
(10) One of the most fascinating things about the age of Trump is the focus on the various eejits who’re in his court. Roger Stone was in the news at the weekend for being a numptie, so here’s a profile of the political fixer and dandy from a while back.