The Beatles’ "White Album" turns 50. We’ll return to Abbey Road.
Samin Nosrat is a food writer, educator, and chef. Her new book is Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. “I kind of couldn’t exist as just a cook or a writer. I kind of need to be both. Because they fulfill these two totally
Pick up a femur, order a moon sandwich, and always remember to bring your space helmet with you! On its 50th anniversary, we’re discussing Stanley Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” What is the Monolith’s purpose? When and why does HAL become murderous? And why is there so much solarized stock footage of landscapes? Watch out for cheetahs!
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Kamasi Washington on Street Fighter II, South Los Angeles, and Touring with Snoop Dogg
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is one of the most talented jazz musicians around. He’s collaborated with Thundercat, Ryan Adams, Flying Lotus, Run the Jewels - that’s just naming a handful. On Kendrick Lamar’s classic "To Pimp A Butterfly," you can hear his saxophone and arranging work, too.
To define Kamasi Washington by the people he’s collaborated with, however,
would be doing him a disservice. He’s recorded about half a dozen solo records. He’s a dynamic, thrilling composer and bandleader.
If you love the work of Alice Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders, you’ll hear something familiar in Kamasi’s music. Like them, Kamasi writes songs from a transcendent, spiritual place. It’s strange and lush. There’s usually a melody that hypnotizes you. The songs run long, but just like the free jazz greats, you’ll lose yourself in them.
Kamasi was born in the 80s, raised in Los Angeles, and he grew up listening to jazz classics, but also N.W.A., Marvin Gaye, and Snoop. The music he makes is eclectic. It’s why his albums have ended up on so many critics’ top 10 lists, and it’s also why those same critics often ask whether Kamasi Washington is the one to make jazz a young person’s game again.
His latest album Heaven and Earth is out now, and he’s also
touring North America.
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Simon Rich Reads from His Latest Book: Hits and Misses
Simon Rich is one of Jesse’s favorite comedy writers. He started young: first as editor of the Harvard Lampoon, then, at just 23, Simon was hired as a writer on SNL. He’s also written for Pixar, The New Yorker, and is the author of seven books. He created the FXX TV series Man Seeking Woman and just had another pilot picked up by ABC.
Simon hasn’t even turned 35 yet.
Earlier this year he wrote a book called Hits & Misses.
It’s a collection of short stories - some of his funniest work to date. This week, he reads us a story called "New Client."
Click here to listen to Simon Rich read from his latest book on YouTube.
The Talk Show
‘Welcome to Dongletropolis’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann
Friday, 9 November 2018
Special guest Merlin Mann returns to the show. Topics include the new iPad Pro and the state of iOS as a work platform, the mid-term election results, and holiday parties of yore.
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Affinity Designer for iPad.
Matthew Cassinelli — former Workflow/Shortcuts engineer now posting great Shortcuts stuff.
Cassinelli’s Twitter account.
Jason Snell’s setup for writing on an iPad.
Deliveries — great iOS and Mac app for tracking deliveries.
Do By Friday.
This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.
John is joined by Merlin Mann to discuss managing family tech use and the upcoming iOS 12 Screen Time family features.
These books, written in the early days of the internet, illustrate how technology shapes the way we see the world.
Today I’m joined by a journalist of such lethal cunning… Chris Hewitt - news editor for film journal Empire Magazine and host of their massively popular podcast - joins me to talk about an overlooked classic in the catalogue of Georgian alt-rockers REM - 1996′s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’.How does the near death of drummer Bill Berry hang over the atmosphere of the album? How did Michael Stipe’s vocal style evolve from Murmur to this album and beyond? Why does Chris think Ringo Starr is the worst drummer in rock history? What was the REM’s controversial original name? How did the band end up outlasting some of the acts it influenced? and most importantly - which members of the Avengers cast will play REM in the movie that tells the story of their reunion to take down President Donald Trump?
Oh Mercy, aka Melbourne singer-songwriter Alexander Gow, joins me for our first examination of one of Australia’s most beloved bands, the Go-Betweens, and their album ‘Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express’.Alex talks about discovering the Go-Betweens in high school as he was just starting to write songs, their ‘inviting, un-elitist’ magic, Lindy Morrison’s amazing atypical drumming, the thread between the Go-Betweens and Burt Bacharach, whether Alex is a Grant or Robert guy, the influence of the humor and literary quality of Go-Betweens lyrics and the best thing about imitating greatness unsuccessfully.Plus, we talk about how he comes up with the unique titles of his records, why he still issues his albums on vinyl and what it’s like to have your records reviewed by your musical heroes.Oh Mercy’s latest album ‘Cafe Oblivion’ is out now.
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