Ryley Walker’s debut record, All Kinds Of You, came out yesterday, and it is as good and expansive as I anticipated. This guy channels some deep spiritual music, obvious references are Bert Jansch and Nick Drake, but he also goes deeper and spacier at times. Just a wonderful record.
Courtney Barnett - Being Around (Lemonheads cover)
My wife tends to be a casual music listener. She’s generally pretty happy listening to music that the already knows she likes, so I’m always interested (and happy) when she discovers something new that excites her.
A few weeks ago she found Courtney Barnett: we’ve had A Sea of Split Peas in particular in heavy rotation since, and in digging around the rest of Barnett’s catalog I came across this absolutely perfect Lemonheads cover.
Excellent record, on the funky end of a southern rock sound. Also, for your musical factoid of the day, this album is widely considered the first “Jesus rock” record.
Mylon himself is an interesting story: teenaged gospel performer has a chance encounter with Elvis, who then records the first song that teenaged Mylon ever wrote, and it proceeds to become become a huge hit. Through the late ’60s and ’70s Mylon went hippie/mainstream, played with big stars (Clapton, the Who, Grand Funk, George Harrison) and sold a lot of records on his own, but his mainstream fame didn’t survive into the ’80s, when he returned to recording explicitly Christian music.
For the last year, this has been one of my go-to albums. All because last Spring I walked into Ella Guru records and told the owner that I tend to always like Cotillion Records. He reaches behind the counter and pulls out a never opened copy of a record called Mylon. He had procured it from a storage shed. This shed was owned by someone from Joe South’s publishing company and housed copies of albums by, featuring or including songs by Joe South.
The story alone was enough to hook me, but it turned out to be a great album. Nothing beats a good record store.
Basically, all the shit that analytics apps track today has nothing to do with what actual humans care about. But for millions of us, there will be value in tracking our steps online in the same way a FitBit or FuelBand lets us track our steps offline, and for the same reasons. It might be enough to change our behavior just a little bit, or give us a sense of purpose to the way we spend our time.
Every single analytics tool out there is focused on “enterprises” instead of humans. That’s an opportunity.
It’s worth noting that “analytics” here is actually referring to something that’s meaningfully different from the enterprise Omniture reporting.
For most of us, tracking the response to our activity online is already pretty straightforward, if we choose to look. And it’s also generally pretty sobering: we simply don’t get all that many visits, likes, or retweets.
But if the personal analytics that Anil is talking about starts to blur the line between analytics about what you do when “consuming” as well as creating or sharing, that becomes more interesting.
While the FitBit comparison seems apt, I’d go with the iOS pedometer app Moves as the starting point for thinking about this. What’s appealing about the app is that it isn’t simply a series of charts documenting your steps, but something that comes closer to a narrative presentation. The data is all there, but it’s not represented in the traditional manner.
If we assume that what we make and share online is informed by what we see online, a view of personal online analytics that takes that into account could take some very interesting forms.
“Digitisation has given us the ability to fund, record, market, disseminate and sell our self produced music via social networks in a manner that simply wasn’t possible in the 20th century. Yes, you may have to initially give your music away to rustle up a crowd, but who among us didn’t start out doing gigs for free in order to build an audience?”—
Yo La Tengo - Pretty In Pink (Psychedelic Furs cover)
Perhaps because of the ’70s merch that was all over Tumblr this week, it was vaguely in my head to post something Daft Punk-ish for cover Friday. I had almost settled on Daughter’s version of Get Lucky when I stopped and considered that while I don’t mind hearing either of those bands, I’m not a particular fan of them, either.
So here’s Yo La Tengo covering the Psychedelic Furs.