- The big (bad) news this month is an eye injury resulting from a combination of a scratched contact lens and my keratoconus. The gist of it is that I’ve been living in a world of fuzzy vision for almost three weeks. The first several days of the experience I could not spend time on screens as my healing cornea was extra-sensitive to light. My work pace was at a snail’s pace, but I somehow didn’t get too far behind. This became a learning experience, and I have a lot of thoughts. I also started listening to audiobooks (something I never warmed up to before), and it was easy to imagine that The Obstacle is the Way was written about my eye condition.
- A big thanks to Craig at ReverbNation for turning me on to the Cocaine & Rhinestones podcast. This got me through the toughest days of wounded eyesight. Host Tyler Mahon Coe (son of David Allen Coe) is affable, coming off like an opinionated friend filling you in on his obsessions. There are times when Coe gets a little carried away with the nit-picky details (often relegated to the final ‘liner notes’ section of each episode), but it’s endearing and shows his investment in the subject. I highly recommend his history lessons about this important American music and culture. If you’re unsure, then I suggest trying out the fascinating Bobbie Gentry episode or the Rusty & Doug Kershaw episode. The latter inspired me to listen deeply to Neil Young’s On The Beach with headphones in darkness at the dead of night, one of my favorite music moments of the past few years.
- I posted my recent article Why Streaming is the Future of DJ’ing on Medium, and it’s gotten a fantastic response. It was even reposted by the terrific newsletter Platform & Stream as the top story of the day.
- Nirosta Steel’s The Dry Ice Remixes 12” is out. It features two hot shot remixes by my friend Sleazy McQueen in collaboration with Colombian DJ duo Vagabundo Club Social. Beautiful modern disco pressure that I can’t recommend highly enough.
- What I Read This Month:
- What I Watched This Month:
Brian Eno: 1971-1977 – The Man Who Fell to Earth
- What I Listened To This Month:
Yung Wu – Shore Leave
The Windows 95 start-up sound, time-stretched 4000%
Laraaji’s stunning FACT mix 648
Group Listening’s lovely cover of Arthur Russell’s “A Little Lost”
Neil Young – On The Beach
- A Few Other Things I Enjoyed This Month:
But Does It Float (try the ‘Random’ tab)
This interview with Steve Albini
Great advice from Sloan on how to keep a band together
How Miles Davis Changed Jazz
The amazing + addictive Tones web app
An Introduction to Conny Plank in 10 Records
My friends David + Jennifer go to Düsseldorf and meet a Kraftwerk
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