Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The wrap: now with guacamole and salsa

Longform radio, Detroit techno museum, Samsung’s White Glove programme, Frank, iconic New York club mixes, Quirky, resident DJs and much more

Let's be Frank: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson star in Lenny Abrahamson's film about Frank Sidebottom based on Jon Ronson's script

Tue, Jan 28, 2014, 11:08


List of the day: 10 things that need to change to save independent venues. Our favorite is “the nine major booking agents need to lighten the fuck up

…the biggest, most powerful gang of unaccountable thugs in the music business, with some exceptions.”

Social media dept: lessons from the New York Times in how to use Twitter.

Is this the new world of work? “Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less. But things can change”

Longform radio: say hello to Long Play Radio, Pete Paphides’ new fortnightly online radio show which presents long-form laidback interviews with various artists about their life and work. First up is Jimmy Webb.

More radio: “I dated a girl a few years ago who always had the Pandora “Radiohead” station on, and after listening to it for three or four hours, I was bored out of my mind. It was the same thing over and over again.” Nic Harcourt on why Spotify and Pandora’s idea of curation sucks

Don’t forget the Motor City: great piece on a visit to 3000 East Grand in Detroit, a former laundry workers’ union hall where Jimmy Hoffa used to hang out, which is now home to Submerge, Underground Resistance and techno museum Exhibit 3000.

Even more radio: how Bill Simmonds is aiming to turn sports podcasts into a business.

Have you a film script you think will be a hit movie? Well, meet Remington Chase and Stefan Martirosian, the Hollywood producers behind Lone Survivor with a colourful past involving convictions for cocaine trafficking, ties to the Russian oil business, the Armenian government and the African diamond trade and allegations that they orchestrated a contract killing in Moscow.

Inside the White Glove programme to persuade celebs to use Samsung phones.

Yes, even more radio: the Bantercasts from the Banter talks and interviews are now well and truly up and running. The latest in our weekly series is a conversation with “The Spinning Heart” and “The Thing About December” author Donal Ryan about Russian gangsters, arm wrestling and getting inspiration from your local hinterland. You can check it and the other Bantercasts out here or subscribe via the iTunes store here (Android users can use this link)

Lenny Abrahamson’s new film Frank was the toast of Sundance last week and it’s the movie we most want to see in the coming months. Here’s screenwriter Jon Ronson remembering Frank Sidebottom’s creator Chris Sievey and what it was like to play in his band.

10 iconic mixes from the dancefloors of New York including Larry Levan, David Morales, Grandmaster Flash and Junior Vasquez

“So, what has changed in the artist record company relationship over the last 40 years? Not very much really, the record company scams are different but the rip-offs are much the same. Why do the labels still do this to artists? The answer is simple, because they can.” Ripping record labels a new one (again)

One for the music hacks and bloggers in the audience: a call to action to cover music in a different way

Inside Quirky, the start-up that filters 2,000 ideas a week from a community of 600,000 inventors into the inventions which might be worth pursuing.

In praise of resident DJs

How craft beer has become the new rock’n'roll

High five for Lyor Cohen. Here’s how the record label executive spends his Sunday in New York. Sounds a lot like our Sunday, to be honest.

Sports dept: how data mining and analytics has become as important as the transfer window for many football clubs.

Sports dept (2): interview with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti

Sports dept (3) sort of: how to turn 15 seconds with David Beckam into a 1600 word feature

The tale of the world-renowned physicist, the bikini model and a suitcase.