The wrap is waiting for Paper Boi’s mixtape to drop
The weekly reading list with slang, hyperloops, Taylor Mac, turntables, Thelonious Monk, touring, army surplus stores, NxWorries etc
(1) Author of new book Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang, Max Décharné on the changing nature of slang. “Since the 1980s, a new wave of puritanism has emerged that increasingly seeks to ban anything it holds to be suspect. Witch-hunts are conducted against words, thoughts and modes of behaviour. Judgments are made, sentences passed, and appeals are futile. Ultimately, slang will have no place in this world, because the best of it is guaranteed to offend someone somewhere.
(2) What’s going on with Elon Musk’s hyperloop idea to whisk folks from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes in a giant pneumatic tube?
(3) How politics and the general public fell out of love with the idea of the expert.
(4) A deep dive into Chipotle, the Mexican fast food restuarant which was largely responsible for the burritto boom on your local street. Just how did a huge food success story come back after an E. coli crisis?
(5) Inside, outside and upsideside down the turntable
(6) #Bandtips: Thelonious Monk lays down the law for his bandmates with a list of tips for a playing a show with him. We like this on: “you’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?”
(7) What happened to the army surplus shop? The rise and fall of the place which made its money from being “the go-to place for individuals looking to find a good deal on products to outfit themselves for camping or hunting, prepare for the apocalypse on the cheap, or simply pick up a stylish pea coat at a bargain price”.
(9) If you only go to see one show at the Belfast International Arts Festival this week, make it Taylor Mac’s takeaways from his 24 Decade History Of Popular Music project. The New York Times were raving about it so join the chorus.
(10) How good is “Yes Lawd!”, the NxWorries’ album from Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge? This good