A gallery of vintage album cover art from the Folkways Records catalog → Folkways Eye Candy 🎵🔗
“The near complete space suit, also worn by different actors in many scenes throughout the film, comes with the MGM shipping crate, boots, and helmet.”
Hi, friends. I would like your recommendations for an iPad email app. Some requirements:
- plays nice with Gmail
- can receive + send emails from multiple email addresses
- key commands via bluetooth keyboard
- dark mode
I haven’t found a good app that ticks all those boxes yet.
Discovered via this fascinating article → Promoting Outlawed Music in Uzbekistan’s Culture Cold War 🎵
This weekend’s episode of my email newsletter — Ringo Dreams of Lawn Care — has hit the streets!
Topics include: the psychedelic Walkman, wobbling around genres, listening with friends, and salvaging the theme song.
It’s in your inbox now or you read it online here. 🎵
Today Perrière is still considered a national star — yet, like every story involving the feared Bokassa, Perrière’s path to celebrity was far from a conventional one.
Bandcamp spotlights ‘Nine Essential LPs’ from ‘Experimental Dub Label On-U Sound Records’
All of these albums are tremendous, especially that New Age Steppers one. Treat yourself if you haven’t heard any of these before.
New on the blog → Unpacking an ‘unnamed’ artist’s criticism of Bandcamp’s charitable activities. 🔗📝
This new interview with influential post-punk bass guitarist Jah Wobble is worth a read. My favorite part is his answer to the question (paraphrasing), “Why dub?”:
Dub in its true sense was very fundamental. It was a real revelation. When I first heard dub, it made me feel very free. It made my mind feel spacious. For a guy who’s naturally very anxious, that was fantastic. When I first heard King Tubby that absolutely rocked my world.
No other form of music has rocked my world the way dub did. It has emptiness and reflects the interdependence of everything. Dub isn’t a fixed state. It’s not about any kind of concrete reality. It shows that everything’s in a state of flux, including people. I embraced that philosophy and reality. It resonated with me. It has all these dharmas and theories, as well as being an expression of emptiness. It’s about the relationship between the temporary and what’s constantly moving.
I just ordered 2 sheets of these hip hop postage stamps. 🎵
It’s getting cosmic up in here today → The Kosmische Path Less Traveled: Nine Krautrock Rarities to Know 🎵
The mind-boggling pervasiveness of nostalgia may reflect a deep pessimism toward the future. “If you’re moving in a bad direction, and every day is worse, then every previous day feels like it was better,” explains the artist and social media researcher Joshua Citarella, who’s previously investigated the irony politics of Gen-Z. To some extent, nostalgia is normal—every generation experiences it—but the window for nostalgia seems to have contracted significantly. “Rather than a 25-year frame it becomes a 20-year frame, then 15, and it slowly gets closer,” elaborates Citarella. Now teenagers are making Instagram memes expressing nostalgia for 2015.
Today’s #Worktones → Groupe RTD - The Dancing Devils of Djibouti 🎵
“The first ever international album to emerge from Djibouti” and it’s terrific. This jubilant music is adding a lift to the work day. Read more about its fascinating story here.
The reason the Speak & Spell, despite being a primitive device by modern standards, was such a fundamental piece of technology was that it hit a masterful mix of ambition and access.
Beautiful things grow out of shit. Nobody ever believes that. Everyone thinks that Beethoven had his string quartets completely in his head—they somehow appeared there and formed in his head—and all he had to do was write them down and they would be manifest to the world. But what I think is so interesting, and would really be a lesson that everybody should learn, is that things come out of nothing. Things evolve out of nothing. You know, the tiniest seed in the right situation turns into the most beautiful forest. And then the most promising seed in the wrong situation turns into nothing. I think this would be important for people to understand, because it gives people confidence in their own lives to know that’s how things work.
If you walk around with the idea that there are some people who are so gifted—they have these wonderful things in their head but and you’re not one of them, you’re just sort of a normal person, you could never do anything like that—then you live a different kind of life. You could have another kind of life where you could say, well, I know that things come from nothing very much, start from unpromising beginnings, and I’m an unpromising beginning, and I could start something.
h/t Austin Kleon
Solving a grocery store music mystery — how did one man’s unreleased song end up on an in-store holiday playlist?