Listened Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated from Pitchfork

On her fourth album, the Canadian pop star is doing what she does best, calibrating lovesick or lovelorn synthpop that’s neither too hot nor too cold—and sometimes, regrettably, only lukewarm.

There is no faulting the slickness associated with this album, but there is just something missing. I think Anne Gaca captures this best in describing the album as ‘chill disco’. It feels like it lacks the depth of sound that was present on E.MO.TION.

Place between Robyn and Taylor Swift.

Listened The National: I Am Easy to Find from Pitchfork

With a cast of female vocalists guiding and redirecting the songs, the National’s eighth album is their largest, longest, and most daring.

I Am Easy to Find is both an album and a film. Where Sleep Well Beast flagged something of a change through their collaboration with Mouse on Mars, the addition of different voices in this album allows the music to explore different characters. different roles within the music. One of the hardest things I found was that I went into the album expecting something. I remember having a similar experience with Radiohead when they released Kid A/Amnesiac. This album started offereing more once I stopped trying to hear what was not there. Mike Mills, Matt Berninger Aaron Dessner also provided a track-by-track reflection of the album.
Listened Ep. 129 Clive Thompson from

Clive Thompson explains how the values of code become the norm, and how some coders are successfully avoiding the Lust for Scale.

Clive Thompson and Douglas Rushkoff reminisce about the early days of coding when it was more akin to origami. Thompson argues that scale and efficiency created by the venture capital model breaks the social system. This produces a focus on measurement and engagement, A/B testing, over humans and representation. It is interesting to consider this alongside Thompson’s previous book Smarter Than You Think. The challenge we have is to move away from the magic of coding and automation, the focus on coding as a career.
Listened The Road: Part II (Lost Highway) – UNKLE | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic from AllMusic

Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for The Road: Part II (Lost Highway) – UNKLE on AllMusic – 2019 – The reanimated UNKLE’s second album in three…

James Lavelle has described this album as something of a mixtape. I remember struggling to get the first album in this series and wonder if I was simply looking for something different, maybe something with a clear narrative. For me, this is one of those albums that is easy to drop in and out of. A soundtrack to everyday life?

Place inbetween Massive Attack and DJ Shadow.

Listened Nick Murphy has made an album that Chet Faker never could from triple j

Run Fast Sleep Naked is the result of Murphy’s four-year spiritual journey of self-discovery and musical evolution.

I have really enjoyed Nick Murphy’s latest album. It is a real slow burn. The longer you listen the more it seems to entrance.

Sure, if you’re looking for the simpler seductive pleasures of a ‘Talk Is Cheap’ or ‘I’m Into You’, prepare to be disappointed. Run Fast Sleep Naked is more spiritual than it is sensual, and while it demands more of you, Nick Murphy’s evolution from the slinky electro-soul that first gained him attention is part and parcel with his own journey of self-discovery since ditching the Chet Faker stage name.

Place between Snow Patrol and Guy Pearce

Listened CM 131: James Clear on Making and Breaking Habits

Whether we want to adopt good habits or avoid bad ones, we need to think beyond willpower or setting bigger goals. Instead, James Clear, author of the book, Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, argues that the secret is designing a system of small, repeatable habits. He challenges us to ask ourselves, “How can we make these small changes that we layer on top of each other – these little 1% improvements or tiny advantages – and in the process of integrating them all into a larger system, end up making some really remarkable progress?”

Through compelling stories and brain research, James teaches us how to design game-changing habits and sustainable systems. In addition, he shares ways we can leverage environmental factors and addictive tendencies to our advantage. Finally, he helps us see how a commitment to daily habits leads to the identity we seek: “Every action you take is like a vote for the person that you want to become. Doing one push up or writing one sentence or reading one page, it’s not going to transform you right away. But it does cast a vote for being that kind of person, for reinforcing that kind of identity.”

James Clear talks with Gayle Allen about his new book Atomic Habits. Some of the take-aways from the conversation were:

  • The most important aspect to behaviour change is identity
  • Four stages to a habit: Cue, craving, response, reward/outcome
  • A high level framework involves making habits obvious, attractive, easy and satisfying. If you are trying to break a habit, then invert this.
  • If you want a habit to be a part of your life, make it a part of your environment.
  • We need habits of action, rather than motion. This is about showing up.

I think that this book would have a lot of implications for education and change.

Listened How worried should we be about Huawei? – podcast from the Guardian

Guardian reporters Rupert Neate, Alex Hern and Tania Branigan discuss the company at the heart of a diplomatic tussle. Plus, David Kogan argues Labour needs clarity on Brexit to have a chance of winning power

This discussion continues the conversation around Huawei, 5G and the future of technology.

Listened China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority – podcast from the Guardian

Some of the technologies pioneered in Xinjiang have already found customers in authoritarian states as far away as sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, CloudWalk, a Guangzhou-based tech startup that has received more than $301m in state funding, finalised an agreement with Zimbabwe’s government to build a national “mass facial recognition programme” in order to address “social security issues”. (CloudWalk has not revealed how much the agreement is worth.) Freedom of movement through airports, railways and bus stations throughout Zimbabwe will now be managed through a facial database integrated with other kinds of biometric data. In effect, the Uighur homeland has become an incubator for China’s “terror capitalism”.

Darren Byler explains how smartphones and the internet gave the Uighurs a sense of their own identity – but now the Chinese state is using technology to strip them of it.

This provides another perspective to the report from Chris Buckley, Paul Moz and Austin Ramzy. This is another piece exploring the rise of surveillance capital and social credit in China.

Listened Going viral: Fox News, Davos and radical economics – podcast from the Guardian

Rutger Bregman became a social media sensation after his onstage tirade at the gathered elite in Davos this year captured the imaginations of millions who viewed the speech online. But can his utopian ideas be translated into realistic policy changes? Plus: J Oliver Conroy on David Buckel, a year on from the climate protester’s death in New York

Rutger Bregman discusses his book Utopia for Realists and his pushback at Davos.

For Bregman, the future is in Universal Basic Income, borderless world and more taxes. When asked about what he would stop doing today, he said to stop reading the news and find other people.

It is interesting to consider the similarities and differences between Bregman and Douglas Rushkoff, presented in his book Team Human.


Brian Eno discusses the body and character of speakers and instruments on space and sound. In the process he summarises his work with generative music. The conversation soon moves to politics, capitalism, neo-liberalism and taking action.

You cannot do technology now without a political position.

Eno ends by sharing an interesting idea of a developing a backwards calendar to plan your life based on how long you think you have left to live.

via Austin Kleon

Listened Goodbye Google+, the end of privacy, and once were warriors from Radio National

Google+ will soon be shut down. So why did the social network fail? And what does its demise tell us about social platforms in general? Also, understanding the real history of our current data privacy dilemma; and why the tech titans of today look a lot like the railway barons of old.

Listened mikedawesofficial from YouTube

Welcome to the official Mike Dawes YouTube channel. Tour Dates and Tickets: Pre order ‘Era’ signed and direct from Mike: http://mi…

Mike Dawes takes the acoustic guitar to a whole new level with his finger picking style. This is personified by his cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know

In an interview for Andertons, Dawes shares his setup

He discusses his choice of guitar, pedal setup and use of a ToneWoodAmp.

via Katexic

Listened A History of Electronic Music by an author

Here’s a podcast on the history of electronic music, suitably called A History Of Electronic Music.

I remember first listening to this podcast from Paul Sheeky years ago. In a series of episodes he charts some of the technology and movements. I returned to it recently spurred on by the work of Chris Beckstrom and the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (not that I have been). Along with the compilation OHM: Early Gurus of Electronic Music and the documentary Synth Britannia, this podcast is a great resource for appreciating the history associated with electronic music.
Listened I’m a Barbie girl in a digital world: Chips with Everything podcast from the Guardian

To celebrate 60 years of Barbie, Jordan Erica Webber looks back at some of the key moments in the history of the world-famous doll, and examines how Barbie became a representative of the tech world

In this exploration of the reimagining of Barbie in a digital world, there is discussion of what was created and how things might have been different if different choices had been made. A part of this intent is to explore alternatives for moving forward.

When we imagine different histories we can imagine different futures.

Listened Radio Edutalk 13-03-19 Ian Guest “Exploring teachers’ professional development with Twitter”

Dr Ian Guest talking about his recent PHD “Exploring teachers’ professional development with Twitter”.

Another interesting discussion about Twitter summarising some of Ian Guest’s learnings associated with his PhD. Was nice to mentioned in regards to my involvement with the village.
Listened Can free public transport save our cities? from Radio National

Luxembourg is just about to make its public transport free. The first country (albeit a small one) to do so. But do the promises of a cleaner, less congested urban environment really stack-up?

In this edition of Future Tense, Antony Funnel looks at the positives and negatives to free public transport. This includes questions around accessibility, frequency and public value. He also wrote a pieces for ABC News, which can be found here.
Listened Beninese musician/activist/genius Angélique Kidjo has released a tribute to Talking Heads’ Remain in Light and IT. IS. FUCKING. AMAZING. from Boing Boing

Beninese musician/activist/genius Angélique Kidjo has released a tribute to Talking Heads’ Remain in Light and IT. IS. FUCKING. AMAZING.,Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese musician of enormous talent and repute (and three Grammys!); with 10 brilliant albums to her credit; album number ten is special, though: a tribute to Talking Heads…

It is always interesting to hear this reimagining of the Talking Heads. Kidjo both brings a new sound to the songs, as well as placing the music in a whole new context.