🌪 TL;DR Section 🌪
- First things first, get yourself signed up to the excellent new newsletter from Joe Muggs.
- Go and bathe in the forest, find yourself some tranquility, and be healthier – it’s been proven that exposure to nature is beneficial to your health.
- This interview with Fiona Cartledge (who set up super-influential 80/90s street wear shop Sign Of The Times) does an amazing job at exploring and explaining the link between fashion, and club culture (thanks to Joe Muggs for the link!).
- I enjoyed this Bruce Davidson interview from The New Yorker.
- I don’t really watch much TV, so I don’t exactly feel like the best person to be making recommendations, but I’ve been obsessed with Chernobyl. The music, the writing, the way it’s shot – epic.
- I found this article on ‘Pristine Inner Experience’ (AKA the voices inside your head) to be absolutely fascinating.
- I enjoyed this interview with The Last Poets.
- There’s a new documentary on Blue Note coming that explores its enduring impact.
- This conversation between two pop critics at The Ringer is interesting – most particularly, the way in which the pop machine rolls on, and how some artists stay afloat and others sink – see also this interview with Madonna (the best line is the end line; “I wanted to be somebody, because I felt like a nobody”).
- I’m really excited to see what Rihanna is going to do with Fenty. Citing Kwame Brathwaite as the core influence is strong.
- I know I mentioned it a few weeks ago ahead of release, but the Basquiat tribute album, Untitled (18 Artists), is out now and it is amazing.
- Order yourself a copy of Vinyl London: A Guide to Independent Record Shops.
- Listen to The Quietus’s John Doran’s show Urban Hinterlands on BBC Sounds.
- Please for the love of god read Luc Sante’s beautiful piece on New York and being now.
- Finally, I’m tearing through books at the moment, and I’ve just started reading Dick Hebdige’s Subculture, Techno Rebels, the new book from Emma Warren, and finally a history of Surrealism and Dada (which I hadn’t realised were so intimately connected).