Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The wrap was first up and best dressed

Breakfast, FBI vs FIFA, spuds, Seymour Stein, Gobbledygook, magazines, The Breaks, Pittsburgh’s Hot Mass, distractions etc

Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton and New York mayor Abe Beame mug for the cameras in September 1976. Photo: Neal Boenzi/New York Times

Mon, Feb 22, 2016, 09:25


(1) The breakfast club: the importance of the first meal of the day. Of course, you could always eat nothing but spuds like Andrew Taylor: “Taylor will get enough thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, even allowing for losses of these nutrients during cooking. Also, he has boosted his chance of getting enough vitamins A and E, iron and calcium by agreeing to include sweet potatoes in his diet. But his diet lacks vitamins D and B12.”

(2) Soccerball department: superb long read about the FBI’s takedown of various FIFA officials

(3) Ireland may be experiencing what looks like the country’s first social media election (sort of, kind of, maybe), but here’s a look at what the first US presidential campaign websites looked like back in 1996.

(4) The music moguls speak: Seymour Stein tells some yarns about his career, the view from Irving Azoff’s desk and the new kid on the block Jonathan Dickins talks Adele and other matters.

(5) Do you speak Thieves’ Cant, Polari or Gobbledygook? A potted history of secret anti-languages from Tudor times to the modern day.

(6) The life and death and life of magazines: Evan Ratliff’s introduction from the latest collection of The Best American Magazine Writing traces the history of the form

(7) Worldwide music nerds department: Berlin DJs Africaine 808 dig deep for smashing African electronic grooves, Oakland drummer Michael Clark on bringing the funk to Herbie Hancock and after hours at Pittsburgh’s Hot Mass nightclub

(8) The distraction economy: how and why we became hopelessly hooked to our devices within a decade. “What does it mean to shift overnight from a society in which people walk down the street looking around to one in which people walk down the street looking at machines?”

(9) Are you an Empathizer, Systemizer or Balancer? Psychologist David Greenberg on how your personality affects your taste in music.

(10) These are The Breaks, 2016 version. Seith Mann’s likeble film follows three friends and aspiring hip-hop players around New York in 1990 as they seek to get ahead in the game.