I spent the morning working from home with Spotify to keep me company (headphones on because laptop speakers are rubbish).
The ‘New stuff…’ list is usually populated from within Spotify these days, via Spotify’s New Releases page and a couple of apps - any Decent Music and Pitchfork.
Sometimes recommendations creep in and, when they do, it’s via Twitter. For example, Lyle Bignon mentioned that Jungle’s debut is available so I added that to the list. That went to the ‘Good stuff 2014’ list too.
I also listened to Royksopp & Robyn’s ‘Do It Again’ and Owen Pallett’s ‘In Conflict’.
Work was interrupted by lunch (watched a saved video on Vimeo - no music) and a bus down to the Southbank Centre - talky podcasts while walking, Mr Fine Wine’s Downtown Soulville while reading articles.
Meeting done and back to Owen Pallett and then some S. Carey before a tweet from @cybrum mentioned Gotan Project, which made me think of St Germain (possibly also influenced by an email asking me to proofread a short French translation). I queued up a few tracks from Tourist, which was played everywhere when I lived there many years ago.
Work done, I wandered down to a meet-up (talky podcasts on iPhone) and after that caught the bus home (Mr Fine Wine).
Interesting to note that, as compared to last year, radio plays a much smaller part in my day. Otherwise, my musical processes are much the same.
The Gervais Principle is this:
Sociopaths, in their own best interests, knowingly promote over-performing losers into middle-management, groom under-performing losers into sociopaths, and leave the average bare-minimum-effort losers to fend for themselves.
the training is “about giving precision to their instincts.”
Daniel Kitson and his machines (at St. Ann’s Warehouse)
Gregory Is A Dancer (by Dice Productions)
Circa and Debussy String Quartet, Opus
Barbican, 21 Feb 2014
Prince at King’s Place, 14 February 2014
Setlist from princevault.com.
black vultures (by Dennis Hlynsky)
There’s no time for a rebuild. “I don’t have time for that.” The expectation is that Texas wins now.
From a list of expectations a college football coach apparently has of his players. Must say I much prefer that to the ‘Oh, nevermind, let’s all try to do better next time’ cult of failure that’s become so trendy.