- Guernica mag is more popular than I previously thought perhaps. This is definitely a good thing: we need more high brow, intelligent articles and fiction pieces. This week they’ve got an interview with Jimmy Page and Jack White:
“The key is you don’t want to copy the blues; you want to capture the mood. On III, we knew we wanted to allude to the country blues but, in the tradition of the style, we felt it had to be spontaneous and immediate. I had this old Vox amp, and one day Robert plugged his mike into the amp’s tremolo channel, and I started playing and he started singing. And what you hear on the album is essentially an edit of our ﬁrst two takes. The band had an incredible empathy that allowed us to do things like that.
But that gets back to what you were saying before: You can’t overthink this music. Mood and intensity can’t be manufactured. The blues isn’t about structure; it’s what you bring to it. The spontaneity of capturing a speciﬁc moment is what drives it.”
- The new POS is streaming in it’s entirety at NPR. I do have some initial reactions about it, but I’d rather just wait to write a proper review after multiple listens.
- Rebel Cities.
“To wander Manhattan is to step into the modern fulfillment of an earlier age. The hurtling traffic, the stylish storefronts and bars, the pyramids of cupcakes, the lantern light of iPhones—it may all seem dreadfully contemporary, but its antiquity lies in the time of steam. “New York is a product of the nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution,” Lewis Lapham observed in the fall 2010 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, “built on a standardized grid, conceived neither as a thing of beauty nor as an image of the cosmos, much less as an expression of man’s humanity to man, but as a shopping mall in which to perform the heroic feats of acquisition and consumption.””
- We’ve Just Found The Nearest Exo-Planet… it’s revolving in the Alpha-Centuri galaxy. Unfortunately it is still 4 light years away. So… impossible to get to.
- This Munich subway looks like something out of a realist science fiction flick: