Happy halfway through 2014!
Best albums so far, I reckon…
- Sun Kill Moon - Benji
- Warpaint - Warpaint
- Mille & Andrea - Drop the Vowels
- Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
- Swans - To Be Kind
- Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch
- Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials
- Lykke Li - I Never Learn
- Ben Frost - A U R O R A
- Venetian Snares - My Love Is A Bulldozer
- Actress - Hazyville
- Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
- Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
- Clay Rendering - Waters Above The Firmament
- Beck - Morning Phase
- Mogwai - Rave Tapes
- St Vincent - St Vincent
- Liars - Mess
- EMA - The Future’s Void
- Owen Pallett - In Conflict
James Lavelle closing Meltdown yesterday. Weirdness of hearing ‘Higher State of Consciousness’ on the South Bank.
Friday 13th full moon over Clarach Valley, #wales. Last was in 1919, next will be in 2049 when I’m 68. (at Clarach Valley)
Apple and Beats believe that a great music service requires a strong editorial and curation team" "[Beats] had the insight early on to know how important human curation is. That technology by itself wasn’t enough — that it was the marriage of the two that would really be great and produce a feeling in people that we want to produce
Ex-Mennonite centre on Shepherd’s Hill, this sodden bank holiday. In 1994 the hymns and chanting freaked out next door neighbour Brett Anderson, who was recording Dog Man Star #britpop #london #highgate #suede (at Shepherds Hill)
Best thing about the rubbish Robocop remake: he’s built in a giant Foxconn-like Chinese factory
Did I just hallucinate Brad Pitt’s plane crashing outside Cardiff?
Beats’ products are big, bold, and closely identified with the celebrities who help design them—Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Sean (Diddy) Combs. Apple products, on the other hand, are known for their minimalist design and understated elegance. It’s hard to imagine Apple’s design chief, Jonathan Ive, knowing what to do with the Beats aesthetic.
Ive could change Beats’ design to fit his tastes, but then what would be the point of buying the company? Meanwhile, the idea of Beats’ current designer continuing in his job seems far-fetched. Beats headphones are designed by Ammunition Group, which is owned by Apple’s first industrial design chief—and Ive’s former boss—Robert Brunner, whom Ive has openly criticized inside Apple.
Let speculation begin about what else might be on Tim Cook’s shopping list in the new era. Cash reserves of $159 billion mean Apple could easily afford…
Anyone know what this truly weird vehicle is? As @bowbrick said, it’s halfway between a Segway and unicycle. (at BBC Broadcasting House)