My all-time favorite record label.
If you are a sucker for 90s-influenced indie rock like Beach Bunny, Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, and Hatchie you will love this.
Very good explainer on conspiracy theories and thinking.
Come on New York. We stick out like a sore thumb.
QAnon fascinates me (and confounds and scares me), probably because I enjoyed ARGs in the early 2000s. A good read.
A super good conversation.
“They are seeing there is damage to the lungs in these asymptomatic children. … We don’t know how that is going to manifest a year from now or two years from now,”
Sounds like in-person school is a good idea.
Professional consequences start off dire for the people who are cancelled en masse by structural racism. At least old white dudes get the respect of being cancelled on a case-by-case basis.
Good responses from all four writers.
Another new one from Bully. So good.
An even larger list of questions from teachers. SO many issues. It’s not as simple as “we need to open.”
So how can someone object to an endorsement of free speech and open debate without being opposed to those things in and of themselves? You can’t. And people are objecting to it because social justice politics are plainly opposed to free speech. That is the most obvious political fact imaginable today.
Pretty sure no one is against your ability to say things, just that there are consequences for saying things (an even more obvious fact) and that, holy shit, people are finally being held to account for the racist, misogynist, hateful stuff they say (and do) and if enough people feel that way, maybe you finally feel the repercussions. If you feel that forces you to censor yourself or limits your free speech, that is on you. There are plenty of soapboxes for you to spout your bullshit.
A great episode of Joe Talbot’s (IDLES) web series where he talks with fellow musicians during the pandemic. Love Billy Bragg!
The new songs are so good!
The kids and I accompanied my wife to the educators rally in downtown Buffalo this evening. Super inspiring. Glad the kids got to see it!
So good. Perfect soundtrack for 2020. Can’t wait for the new album!
Crucial. Watch the whole episode.
Sanders and any other Senator who didn’t show up for amendment vote should be ashamed.
Pretty much America right now.
“Free” is a bold headline, as it’s pay-what-you-can and the money does go to the artists. Definitely worth checking out. Some of my favorite bands of all time.
An excellent historical look at the lengths politicians have gone to shore up white (and usually male) minority power.
This is Zoey’s fifth year playing youth/girls hockey and my second as a volunteer. I’m so glad she has role models like Kendall Coyne and the Buffalo Beauts to look up to every time she steps on the ice.
Between this and climate change, the only moral and logical choice is a Green New Deal. Any argument against is simply (short-term fossil fuel industry) profits over people.
Such a good conversation.
Comes out April 3rd. I dig it.
Great interview. This makes me love @sharonvanetten even more. Hope she comes to Buffalo some day.
One of my fave albums of all time. Will be listening today.
The ultimate aim of society should be to make sure that people are not targeted, not harassed, and not murdered because of who they are, where they come from, who they love, or how they pray.
Or more simply, the algorithm:
You can find yourself wondering why you’re seeing this now — or knowing too well why it is so. You can feel amazing and awful — exult in and be repelled by life — in the space of seconds.
Shady at best, criminal at worst.
SO good. I don’t know how she plays Seventeen every night.
Extreme weather events, melting arctic ice, and species extinction expose the lie that growth can forever be prioritized over planetary boundaries.
“Fundamentally, it is a business model that is flawed —- capitalism is still functioning on the premise of endless resources.”
Also, endless growth and endless waste. None of which are sustainable. Yes, capitalism has improved the quality of life for many people. It has also left many behind – through inequality, oppression, and overwork.
Between inequality, climate change, and resource depletion something needs to change. I doubt America would ever go for socialism, so I am hoping for some kind of compassionate capitalism that blends elements of capitalism, socialism, and social justice. It’s going to take a bold vision and a lot of work – just hope we’re up for it. Time is running out before huge change is forced upon us by nature.
Just as an official impeachment inquiry of President Trump begins, a new study finds 38% of Americans were already stressed out by politics, with 11.5% saying they’re so stressed it’s making them physically ill, even if only a little.
I’ve talked to numerous friends about this subject. Based on the responses, I’d guess those numbers are low. I’m definitely in both categories.
This took me back to high school and freshman year of college. Absolutely love this album.
Crucial listening. Please give up 45 minutes of your life each week to follow this series. We grow as a country when we learn about the lives and history of our most marginalized.
Super good list.
Visit for the amazing art, stay for the vision of a forward thinking economy and just society that tackles climate change head on.
Excellent and insightful talk. Via: Do By Friday, episode 126
Such a great episode from one of my favorite artists.
I’m not sure how anyone can think the status quo is sustainable.
A good counterpoint to my post from today.
Guess what you see when you look at your RSS reader? Exactly what you chose to subscribe to. Neither less nor more.
Agreed, 100%. I think the problem with a lot of these Apple News silo posts is that it’s portrayed as a binary choice. It’s not. You can use Apple News and a feed reader, which is what I do…
Apple News, for me, is where all high volume and mass media subscriptions go (so magazines fit well here) and my feed reader (Feedbin) is for everything else, plus any site where I don’t want to miss any post.
High volume, multi-topic sites in feed readers are a nightmare, so that’s where Apple News can provide value. For Apple News to work well, you need to do a couple things:
In General Settings > News, check the ‘Restrict Stories in Today’ to only display stories from channels you follow.
Subscribe to a good number of channels and topics. I am up over 60 at this point…
Use it! The more you read, love, and dislike stories, the better your device gets at recommending things to read.
No, Apple News is far from perfect. It IS closed, no read/unread state, no portability, there are minimal controls for changing the reading experience, etc, etc. (Text IS selectable and shareable on my device, so not sure where that negative came from…)
Ultimately, I want journalism to survive and prosper in the Internet age. We need it, now more than ever. The current model obviously isn’t working (advertising supported anything promotes clickbait, as we’ve all seen) and I don’t think a $10+ subscription for every site/thing under the universe is the solution either.
The Apple News+ bundle is a tremendous value if you are interested in even a handful of the publications involved AND Apple can provide enough of a market for it to possibly benefit the news industry – revenue that isn’t dependent on advertising, so that’s at least a start. I’m not sure it’s the best idea or the solution, but time will tell. In the end, if it gets the masses used to regularly paying for digital content, then I am all for it.
How can a legit research service use both ‘sometimes’ and ‘rarely’ as options on this? Regardless, the results are sad.
Check out some of my photos from the 90’s hardcore scene in Western New York and surrounding areas! More here.
Great interview and a couple acoustic songs, including a Whitney Houston cover.
Probably my favorite live band. We saw them many times over the years, including a New Year’s Eve show in Seattle. I booked them for a basement show in Buffalo just as we were moving to Seattle – I wish I was able to stick around to see that mayhem.
Interesting episode on Amazon’s growth and how it’s wielding power to get even bigger.
I like this version better than the recorded. So good.
Love Songs of Praise – it’s one of my faves from 2018. Hope to see them live someday!
So good. If I was a talented musician, this is the band I’d want to be a part of… eccentric, R&B influenced indie rock.
If this deal goes through in NY, I am off Amazon. No more. Quarterly profits > $1.5B since Q4 2017. Bezos’ wealth +$36B this year. WTF.
Can’t wait for this show.
Saba’s Care for Me is one of my fave’s from this year.
Tim Wu on having hobbies:
Lost here is the gentle pursuit of a modest competence, the doing of something just because you enjoy it, not because you are good at it.
The capitalist, ironically enough, is trying to earn his freedom from capitalism — just like everyone else. The only difference is that he’s a step closer
Seeing J. Cole tonight! So excited.
Seeing Bully tonight – so excited!
This is pretty amazing and a super creative use of Shortcuts. Hope there’s more like this coming!
Hat tip: @ismh
Love DeConnick’s run and McKelvie’s design.
Found myself nodding in agreement throughout the 11+ minute video. Worth a watch!
Check for other coverage, find the original, investigate the publisher. But unlike much information literacy, these concerns are bonded to quick web-native techniques that can be practiced as habits.
Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online → Super excited to be able to play some of my favorite NES games from childhood. And my kids are the same age I was then, so I get to share with them as well!
It’s not speech per se that allows democracies to function, but the ability to agree—eventually, at least some of the time—on what is true, what is important and what serves the public good.
Apple Music Gains Better Organization of Releases on Artist Pages – MacStories → Lots of changes to artist pages on Apple Music. Big improvements!
A very nice tribute to Scott. Still can’t believe he’s gone.
A great episode and reminder: regardless of how you feel, it’s easy to be complacent when you have privilege on your side. Large scale change needs continued action and education by all. 🎙️
Between this and the Accountable Capitalism Act, Warren is on fire. A 2020 bid has to be in the works…
I wish current members of Congress were held to as high standards as Ocasio-Cortez.
WANT. I loved LOST so much – probably the last time I watched a “live” TV show every week. Comics would be a perfect way to wrap up loose ends & add depth.
Manton hits the nail on the head:
Facebook and YouTube are conflicted about how to handle this because their model is wrong. Unlike podcasts and blogs, which can live at a custom domain and move between hosting companies, videos on Facebook and YouTube are served directly on those platforms. If the videos are blocked, especially by YouTube which controls nearly all video on the web, there’s no obvious migration path away.
The solution is clear: post to your own site, encourage other people to get their own domain name, and support smaller social networks like Micro.blog that are empowered by design to curate.
Bummed for the Seattle music scene! My wife and I spent many nights at the Showbox when we lived in Seattle.
My first podcast! A little nervous to listen, though I guess I already lived it once.
I am so excited for the next version of Sunlit. Exactly what I was hoping for from Manton, in terms of direction, when he launched version 2 a few months back. Also appreciate the feature in the demo video! :)
So excited for this… one of my all-time favorite comic books.
Liz Phair and Brad Wood take a look at Divorce Song.
So excited for this! Jeff Lemire has been my favorite writer over the last few years. Out March 7th on Image Comics. 📚