I saw British electronic music legend Gary Numan perform last week (it was a great show; I wrote about the show here). Tomorrow, October 16, Numan is playing a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Here he is in the store, talking about his favorite albums, by T. Rex, Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Be Bop Deluxe, Marilyn Manson, and Nine Inch Nails. He came across as a very nice, humble person when I saw him being interviewed last week, and this video reinforces my opinion that he's a swell guy.
Above, from 1965, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones's screen tests for The Monkees. From Wikipedia: In September 1964 Davy Jones was signed to a long-term contract to appear in TV programs for Screen Gems, make feature films for Columbia Pictures and to record music for the Colpix label. Rafelson and Schneider… READ THE REST
Pete and Bas are septuagenarian rappers from Britain working in the drill genre. [via Indy] The duo – celebrated on the UK grime scene for top hits including Dents in a Peugeot and Old Estate (which have racked up more than 4 million YouTube views between them) The earlier stuff is well-executed zaniness (cf. The… READ THE REST
Next month sees the release of a deluxe edition of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's iconic album Déjà vu that includes outtakes and early demos of these seminal songs. To tease us, the group have released the stunning early version of "Our House" (above) and a demo (below) of the title track. Also below, the… READ THE REST
High school Spanish class is permanently embroidered into most of our brains. Vocabulary quizzes. Verb conjugation drills. Language lab. It's all tattooed on our souls like it happened yesterday, right? Estudiantes. Escuchen. Language learning doesn't have to be like that. Instead of being trapped in endless repetitions and dry academic book learning, Jumpspeak wants to… READ THE REST
Leadership is a magic quality that few truly possess. Oh sure, many people have to lead as part of their job description, but few actually have the inherent ability to make others better, cultivate trust, focus on problem-solving, and give team members confidence. Of course, not everybody has to be born with the ability to… READ THE REST
For any companies or individuals who fear being hacked by malevolent cybercriminals, there's some good news… and some bad news. According to an annual M-Trends report on cyber attacks, companies are spotting intrusions on their networks a lot faster than in the past. Last year, it took an average of 56 days from a first incursion… READ THE REST