- Dick O’Dell of Y Records did a fantastic podcast of early ’80s post-punk, largely Y-related. Reminding you that post-punk was considerably black and female.
- The story of writing the first Yamaha DX-7 presets. You know these sounds — they were all over every pop record in the early ’80s. The video doesn’t have the sounds, but Dave Bristow tells the story.
- The origins of the audience participation lyrics for Billy Idol’s version of “Mony Mony,” and how they spread before the Internet: an ongoing series. In case you were wondering.
- In 2018, Kaitlyn Tiffany wants to find music without algorithms. I applaud, but must confess that Spotify’s Discover Weekly has totally been delivering for me, both new and old. Also my inbox is often outdone by my favourite method of musical discovery: going through “New Arrivals” on a tag in Bandcamp — maybe a 1 in 30 hit rate, which is actually pretty awesome for literally going through the slush pile. How do you think I find so many things nobody’s ever heard of to review? I go looking. So if you’re after an algorithm-free discovery experience, you should just read Rocknerd.
- Of course, this requires me to find time for reviews any time soon — it’s still all go here, my word. The bl*ckch**n book got reviewed in the New York Review of Books, holy shit! “A sober riposte to all the upbeat forecasts about cryptocurrency.” I have a review quote with authority! So media’s been taking off too. (I did BBC Tech Tent on Friday. The segment from 9:20–16:15.) I also wrote a series for the blog called “Why you can’t cash out”, which has been as popular as you’d expect with that name.
- And my piece Why You Can’t Put The Music Industry On A Blockchain, a reprint of chunks of chapter 12 of the book, is the seventh most-read piece on Hypebot for 2017. Must spend more time over here telling the music industry why they’re full of it.
My ten hour white noise video now has five copyright claims! :) pic.twitter.com/dX9PCM1qGx
— Sebastian Tomczak (@littlescale) January 4, 2018