Interesting Lineup

Interesting generation-spanning lineup at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park: Green Day headlining, with the lower-on-the-bill bands including The Damned and The Stranglers. Interesting questions of seniority there. They should really get Stiff Little Fingers as well, for the full High Fidelity vibe.

Some Town

There's a new podcast out from the makers of Serial. Seems like it's going to be very interesting. It's called S-Town, which stands for "shit town," but I guess they don't want to put a swear in the title. They don't bleep anything out in the show, though. It's about a guy from rural Alabama…

The Night Before

I couldn't let this night pass without acknowledging that tomorrow will be the start of us losing something great. In years to come the names of Cameron, May, Farage, Gove, etc, will be reviled, of course, but that doesn't help us now. It doesn't help us prevent the slide into the abyss of small-minded, inward-looking…

Singles

I was thinking about the loss of singles. Not individual tracks released individually: that still happens, of course; perhaps more than ever. But back in the days of actual, physical singles -- 45 rpm records, or even CD singles later -- you didn't just get an individual track. I'm here to celebrate -- and maybe…

Publishers and Sinners

Borrowing that title from (what used to be) a regular section in Dave Langford's Ansible newsletter. The publishing sin in question, though, is quite astonishingly egregious, if the story is true. And I have no reason to doubt it. There's a book called Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer. I read a review of…

Demo

Sadly, I couldn't make it to the anti-Brexit/pro-Europe demo today. I had a work thing that ended up taking most of the day. But I was there in spirit. Last night was Comic Relief, which included Red Nose Day Actually. I thought the speech by Hugh Grant's prime minister character was amazingly relevant to the…

Podcast Ads and Pricing

Podcast adverts are the least offensive of all types of advertising. Because even though they're in your ears, they're not in your face. I'm talking, here, about the sponsorship kind, wherein the podcast host reads some ad copy in their own voice. Sometimes copy supplied by the company, sometimes their own words. Sometimes they just…