Jim Carroll

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This week’s miscellany including Junior Boys, curation, the Grammys, record fairs, time zones, Fatima Yahama, recycling etc

Lucian Freud in the studio with David Hockney sitting for a portrait. Photo: David Dawson

Mon, Feb 15, 2016, 09:39


(1) Tonight, the great and the good (and Yezzy, if someone takes pity on him and changes his Twitter password) of the music world will gather in Los Angeles for the dinner dance shemozzle that is the 58th Grammy Awards. Here’s my interview with Ian Brennan about the Zomba Prison Project, one of the most unlikely Grammy nominees of all time, here’s Herbie Hancock on the night he rocked the Grammys with two turntables and a keytar and here’s Andreas Hale’s oral history of the album which should win the album of the year song, “To Pimp A Butterfly”.

(2) The changing nature of curation as the term and practice moves from the rarified spaces of galleries and museums to the world at large.

(3) Two wheels good: why bike-sharing schemes, from the 20,000 bikes in Paris to the proposed 175,000 bikes in Hangzhou, are good for cities.

(4) John Doran heads to Utrecht to visit the world’s largest record fair, the Mega Record And CD Fair: “When I enter the actual record fair itself, it doesn’t resemble anything from Star Trek: Next Generation, 2001: A Space Odyssey or Star Wars but does in fact mirror the closing scene of Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It is a dizzyingly huge space that boggles the senses; but rather than legendary occult artefacts that can be used as weapons which have been rescued from the Nazis, it is piled to the rafters with tens of millions of Cliff Richard picture discs.”

(5) The release of the new Junior Boys’ album “Big Black Coat” provides Ryan Burleson with a steer for some smart, pointyheaded musing about the cultural irrelevancy of the Straight White Male and the changing shape of music criticism: “in 2016, one can’t thrive as a music critic without participating in the Music Think Piece Industrial Complex, and that invariably influences not just how we cover music, but who, in increasingly limited quantities, gets covered.” The album, by the way, is ace

(6) Tinder for data scientists: for those who didn’t get loved up for Valentine’s Day, don’t despair, you were probably not looking for love in the wrong occupation. Bloomberg’s Adam Pearce and Dorothy Gambrell scanned the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey to find out why female dancers have a thing for male welders and other data quirks.

(7) Fascinating piece about neuroscientist and author (“This Is Your Brain On Music”) Daniel Levitin’s work with Sonos on listening to music out loud at home as opposed to on headphones.

(8) What time is it? Time to get rid of all time zones with economist Steve Hanke and professor of physics and astronomy Dick Henry talking up their plan for Universal Time.

(9) Ahead of Fatima Yamaha’s appearance alongside Jackmaster at Dublin’s District 8 next Saturday, here’s the strange tale of how Dutch producer Bas Bron’s “What’s A Girl to Do” continued to throw shapes nearly 12 years after its initial release on D1 in 2004.

(10) With green bin charges on the way regardless of who gets to form the next government after February 26 – a change which will, contrary to the spin, actually increase waste charges for those who currently make full use of their freebie bin rather than just sticking stuff into the other ones – is it time to reconsider just why we bother with recycling?