Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The wrap is in the mood to kick some leaves

Including High Valyrian, sound design, Grand Royal, the BBC, jukeboxes, frequent flyers, bouncy dancefloors and the death of Soho

Madame Jojo’s, Soho, London 1989. Photo: Jeanette Jones/Rex

Wed, Oct 7, 2015, 09:51


(1) Do you speak Dothraki or High Valyrian? Meet the man who invented those languages for Game Of Thrones. More lingustic thoughts: the work done by Taiwanese academics and radio DJs to keep the Hakka language alive.

(2) “The sound, originally of vintage tape decks turning, had ended up evoking a sci-fi odyssey rather than a jazz biopic. One of the problems, it was agreed, is that to the untrained ear, 1970s tape decks sound a bit like lasers.” Read this evocative profile of sound designer Skip Lievsay and you too may begin to hear things differently.

(3) An online conversation last week made us realise how much we miss Grand Royal magazine. Here’s a brief history of the Beastie Boys’ publication – and here’s a PDF of the first issue.

(4) Another great long read from the Guardian, this time about the battle to save – or change – the BBC and its public broadcasting model

(5) The endorsement battles between Nike and Adidas over who gets to put their footwear on your feet. Fat laces: you’ve gotta see David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge’s Sneakerheads’ documentary about the cult of sneaker collecting

(6) Journalism gongs: the winners of the 2015 online journalism awards. Complete with links, natch.

(7) Don Muller is the jukebox guy, the man with hundreds of jukeboxes to his name. B-side: how data from more than 60,000 jukeboxes across America show how tastes change from city to city.

(8) Floored: why the dancefloor at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland is better than all the rest

(9) Mile high club: meet the man who flies for free. “It took Ben Schlappig about a year to master the dozens of convoluted techniques, exploiting mistakes in ticketing algorithms and learning the ins and outs of the frequent-flyer programs airlines had created”

(10) The slow death of Soho: excellent piece about the gentrification of London’s sleazy heartland