It’s the last footy pie night for the year
I’m 3.5 weeks into a “4-5 week” recovery from a grade 2 AC strain. It’s at a point where only extreme angles, heavy weights and strong contact hurt which means it barely affects my day-to-day life. Yay!
I haven’t exercised since I first did it and I’d forgotten how easily the excuses come back when you’re starting from scratch. For three days straight I’ve stepped over my running gear in the morning. “My shoulder is still pretty sore”/”I should get to work early today”/”it’s so cold”.
Maybe tomorrow is the day when it starts again…
Just your standard veggie patch.
(photo stolen from my brother).
My favourite time is the few moments between an article getting published and the inevitable backlash on social media. Blessing or curse that my name isn’t on the article despite selecting the team and writing all but the first two sentences?
I know a few of you have been to San Francisco recently, so if you feel like sharing:
- Good areas to stay? We’re currently looking at a hostel near City Hall.
- Things to do during the day.
- Things to do at night (though I think I already have gigs/festivals to go to)
Fair day for it
MØ - No Mythologies To Follow
This has to be my find of the year. It might sound like nearly all Nordic pop/electro from the last five years, but that’s my jam. The music videos are stunning too (e.g. Don’t Wanna Dance). She’s playing at Treasure Island in San Francisco and I’m pumped to see her live.
The worst thing would be if you died and they played that “Time of Your Life” song at your funeralhttp://noisey.vice.com/blog/the-123-worst-musicians-of-all-time (via morefunthanbeingsad)
I went to see Pentatonix last night and had no idea what I was in for. I thought they were just some a cappella group that had a moderate following, but it turns out they are some reality TV show thing. The crowd was full of screaming teenagers. I was so confused. They’d just start screaming at the top of their lungs at random points - halfway through one line of a song, when someone hit a high note, when someone hit a low note, when someone looked at the audience, when someone spoke. Bizarre.
As for the show itself, it was lame as fuck for the first half. It was all four-piece harmonies with a beatboxer, doing covers/medleys - Beyonce, Daft Punk and an “evolution of music” thing - all with highly choreographed dancing. I imagine this is what the kids these days are into. Why bother writing an actual song when you can just sing one line of every other song they already like?
Halfway through they had an interlude where their bass vocalist did some overtone singing. Weird. I get that it’s difficult, but I don’t understand how it’s something you hang your hat on. It’d be like being really really good at lighting your own farts. Sure, show off to your mates, but not to a crowd of a few thousand strangers… The other part of the interlude was when their beatboxer pulled out a cello and beatboxed over himself playing cello. That was very impressive.
The rest of the set was better than the start. They actually sang some original songs which were heaps better than the shit medleys they did.
David Byrne - How Music Works
As someone who is deeply passionate about music, but has no connection to the music industry, this was a fascinating read.
He states early on that it isn’t intended to be a memoir, but the middle third of the book is a personal recount of his connection to performance - how music was performed/heard in the early days of cinema through to how he borrowed ideas from Eastern theater for Talking Heads shows.
Early on it’s about how the history of performance halls and later, recording methods, changed the type of music being played - essentially saying that the environment has had more of a say in creative influences than anything internal or passed on from other music.
There’s also a detailed section about the finances of the music industry - how record deals differ now to when he first started out, and a breakdown of the pros/cons of distribution throughout the scale of 100% label-driven to 100% independent.
Worth a read if you are at all interested in any of the above.