- Scroobius Pip has released a fantastic solo album, Distraction Pieces. Check out “Introduction”, “Let ‘Em Come”, “Try Dying” and “Broken Promise”, which has the wonderful flow “I bought the heartbreak hotel/alone with no investors/tore it down, reopened as the ‘fuck you, get over it’ Bed and Breakfast”. Bastard always gets the best lines.
- From Mr Pip I’ve discovered the spoken word artist PolarBear, whose Keep It Simple EP has some excellent songs, particularly “Seven Thirty” and “Fade to Black”.
- Kat directed me to an article on the inevitability of human disobedience (and how it applies to smoking on planes). The fact that lighting up on a long-haul flight was only made illegal in 2000 provides further evidence to my “I was born a decade too late” theory.
- By way of Ian, ages, ago, the essay “Groupware Bad“, which suggestions software use cases should all be “there’s a 22 year old college student living in the dorms. How will this software get him laid?”. That’s…definitely one way of structuring things, sure.
- She Makes War, one of my favourite musicians, recently tweeted a link to this video. As a guitarist and formerly frequent gig attendee it had me cackling with laughter.
- Also by way of Kat, Supreme Cart, a review of DC/Northern Virginia food carts in the style of supreme court opinions. Quoth “We granted cartiorari to Sol Mexican Grill on the questions of three varieties of taco: (1) steak with red sauce (hot), (2) chicken with green sauce (medium), and (3) carnitas with red sauce, each ensconced in corn tortillas and paired with pico de gallo”. Great fun.
- A Wired article on forging as art somehow turned up in my bookmarks; fascinating read.
- Creature Feature, an oddball band of horror rockers, has a new album out. Still waiting for it to turn up in the post, but if it’s anywhere near as fun as their first it’ll be worth buying.
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