Jim Carroll

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Start-ups, The Bridge, Club to Catwalk, Detour, overlooked albums of ’13, using science to spot talent, Marvin Gaye and much, much more

Marvellous Marvin

Wed, Jul 10, 2013, 09:15


The music industry’s 99 per cent: why the majority of touring musicians are working for peanuts as income inequality takes hold.

The other side of the start-up buzz

After packing ‘em in with the David Bowie exhibition, London’s V&A will be hoping for similar crowds with Club to Catwalk, a look at London fashion in the Eighties and how it was inspired by the city’s club scene.

Long-read of the week (1): Jason Everman’s trip from Nirvana and Soundgarden to the US Army Rangers and Special Forces in Afghanistan

How Twitter works: inside the real machine which keeps all those billions of selfies, snarks and 140 characters of rage flying around the planet.

Your next TV fix may well be The Bridge, a remake of the Swedish/Danish series of the same name which premieres in the US tonight. It’s been a decent enough few months for TV and we’ve enjoyed The Fall (way, way, way better than the band of the same name), the second series of Scandal and the mildly divering Suits. Looking forward to catching Top of the Lake next. All other tips welcome (note: no sci-fi please).

Mr 10%: interesting profile of sports agent Casey Wasserman

Profile of would-be live music business disrupter Detour

Inside the Red Bull Music Academy: I’ve already written about my take on this year’s excellent Academy in New York, but here’s a look at how Irish participants Emma Bedford (AKA Quiet Dust) and Orlando Fitzgerald (Orquesta) got on

One for the health and fitness junkies (and FuelBand wearers) in the OTR audience: just how much body data do you need and is this kind of tracking good for your health?

The bump: who were the sales winners in the post-Glastonbury music charts.

You’ve already read my albums and tunes of 2013 so far, but there’s obviously a ton of albums which didn’t make that cut or, indeed, have been overlooked. P4K rounds up some of the albums it feels need more love – +1 for Omar S, Classixx, Jagwar Ma, Jenny Hval, Torres, Parquet Courts and Laura Mvula.

Why major acts are recording their new albums in secret (which reminds me of this from a few weeks back)

A history of The New Yorker. And a different history of the same magazine from Renata Adler, whose collection of journalism Canaries in the Mineshaft is highly recommended.

The A&R report: can science help us spot talent? Right now, some major label talent spotters are diving into data mining as an A&R tool so I’m sure this is just down the road.

If you thought gaming the Irish music charts was easy, it’s just as WTF with getting an Apple app into the Top 10 with just 4,000 sales needs to cracked the top level. And it’s easier on a Tuesday.

Inside YouTube’s new studio space in Los Angeles

Long-read of the week (2): the strange rise and fall of Buddhism guru Michael Roach

And finally…..