Recent Vine Articles, etc
I’ve been slack at updating o-song, clearly. Since the last time I updated I have written these things for the Vine:
According To Study: Do your Facebook likes prove how smart you are? (Someone asked me last night if I was giving royalties to Ben Goldacre - which is, you know, fair point. Maybe I’ll eventually collect them into a book called Bad Psychology. Though this study wasn’t so bad.)
Number Ones: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton): ‘Can’t Hold Us’ (Yup, third straight Macklemore single to go to #1 in Australia. Australia being a very white place and all. In the end, this bit of writing’s less about Mackelmore and more about how people use music. My little brother said on Facebook that he was reading about Uses and Gratification Theory for a sociology(ish) class, and then saw me post this on Facebook, and figured it would be a nice fun thing to read as a break. He then discovered to his horror that it was simply more of the same.)
Music Reader: Amanda Palmer, David Bowie, Alyssa Milano, Meat Loaf (Last week’s Music Reader linking to awesome stuff written by Ian Rogers, Mike Barthel, Marcello Carlin, etc)
Music Reader: Justin Timberlake, Napster, My Chemical Romance, Bluejuice (This week’s Music Reader linking to awesome stuff written by Lindsay Zoladz, Brandon Soderberg, and Aidan Moffat)
- I enjoyed this article at The Awl about John Polidori, who (mostly) wrote the first modern vampire story, and who was the member of Lord Byron’s posse who they picked on.
- The series on The Lock Pickers at Slate by Tom Vanderbilt was very enjoyable.
- This one on the super rich in London and who they are and how they live was alternately fascinating and depressing.
- The Will Schaff artwork (and the story behind it) for the upcoming Jason Molina tribute covers album thingy is sad and beautiful.
- I starting giving lectures in first year psych at UQ this week, which was fun, and this year I’ve been writing an online music psychology course for Griffith University.
- Have started Skype-ing with friends in Sydney to have conversations about #1 singles in Australia in the 1990s, which has been lots of fun. It’ll be a podcast before too long, and I’ll probably promote it here a bit.
- This new Low album is very good.