Famous artists and their recipes for good luck

Creatives obsess with how other successful creators do their work. Witness the 2013 bestseller by Mason Currey. But instead of focusing on the productive habits of successful artists, author Ellen Weinstein highlights their oddities. Her book contains some fascinating and funny habits. Thom Yorke prepares for live concerts with a headstand ritual NASA engineers eat peanuts … Continue reading “Famous artists and their recipes for good luck”

Loop Dreams via Giphy

Whether you pronounce GIF with a soft or hard “G,” GIF can be described as a type of format, just like the Jpeg or MP3. With the likes of Apple’s Live feature, Instagram’s Boomerang and Google’s Motion Stills app, making GIFs is easier than ever, turning them into into their own respectable, artful medium. Giphy is the … Continue reading “Loop Dreams via Giphy”

Tilman Robinson – Where We Began

Tilman Robinson is a experimental electronic producer from Melbourne, Australia. However, he ventured to Reykjavik, Iceland to record the contemplative cut ‘Where We Began’ for his new album, Deer Heart.  The cinematic composition ‘Yours, Deer Heart,’ is also an emotionally driven roller-coaster. Thom Yorke, grab a mic.

Christoph de Babalon – Could We Be?

The greatest DJ of all time John Peel played his music before ‘breakcore’ existed as a recognized genre. Thom Yorke of Radiohead once called his music ‘menacing.’ He opened for Radiohead in 2001. Christoph de Babalon AKA Jan-Christoph Wolter is an electronic music producer from Hamburg, Germany. His discography is exhaustive, but he hasn’t always … Continue reading “Christoph de Babalon – Could We Be?”

Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix)

Mark Ernestus is a German rhythm and dub sound producer, known for his work as Basic channel and more recently, The Rhythm and Sound’s ‘See Mi Yah.’ He also opened the reknown Hard Wax record store in Berlin in 1989 to celebrate dub and reggae imports. On the Yermande EP, Ernestus takes his goal of … Continue reading “Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix)”

Too Smart For Their Own Good

Smart people are unhappy because they overthink and over-analyze everything. Smart people are unhappy because they toggle between sides, rising above sidedness altogether. Managing paradoxes is stressful and time-consuming. Smart people are unhappy because they seek meaning everywhere. They think Thom Yorke writes lyrics just for them. Smart people are unhappy because they care too … Continue reading “Too Smart For Their Own Good”

Start before you’re ready 

Inspiration is not a prerequisite for creativity. In fact, it confounds what making things is all about—a dedication to the craft. If you only work when you’re inspired, you’ll get nothing done. Inspiration doesn’t strike all day, nor should you have to build it up to get started. Do the work Inspiration can be a … Continue reading “Start before you’re ready “

Thom Yorke pulls albums from Spotify

“Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no[t] get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.” Back to downloads, copies. It’s the only way to respectfully pay for music. Or this: iTunes Radio is also going to help drive incremental download sales, which is of course, as Apple tries … Continue reading “Thom Yorke pulls albums from Spotify”

Why Seth Godin opts out of social media

Writer’s block is a fallacy, according to Seth Godin. You just write bad sentences and bad ideas until you something good to play with. After all, whoever got talker’s block? Seth’s thoughts on social media are also thought-provoking and to the point. If you listen to his latest interview with Brian Koppelman, you’ll hear Seth … Continue reading “Why Seth Godin opts out of social media”

Thom Yorke: What I’ve Learned

My favorite Yorkisms, complex and simplified: All walls are great if the roof doesn’t fall. I’ll go to the bookshop in town, grab three or four books of poetry, sit in the coffee shop, and read those for a while. It’s like loosening up your muscles before a workout. Getting everything you want has nothing to do with … Continue reading “Thom Yorke: What I’ve Learned”

Thom Yorke: ‘If I can’t enjoy this now, when do I start?’

Some of my favorite quotes: Tortured often seems the only way to do things early on, but that in itself becomes tired. Just being looser in your thinking allows you to avoid fixed ideas. Thom Yorke also surfs.  

“I mean what’s weird about putting a record out now […] it’s just the fact of volume, literally the shear volume of stuff that gets put out. It’s like this huge frickin’ waterfall and you’re just throwing your pebble in and it carries on down the waterfall and that’s that. Right, okay, next.” — Thom … Continue reading “”