Weekly Recap #2: What I’m Listening To, Reading and Watching

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LISTENING TO…

Un Blonde – Good Will Come To You [ALBUM]
Montreal artist. Beautiful vibe with lots of acoustic sounds and soulful vocal harmonies. Got this last month as a birthday gift from my friend Felicity, but I didn’t give it a proper headphone listen until this past week.

What Is Technology Doing To Us (Waking Up With Sam Harris #71 – Tristan Harris) [PODCAST]
I found this episode so interesting that I listened to it twice this week. And I took some notes:

  • The psychology of cults and Facebook
    People who leave cults are often confused because they genuinely got real benefits from being in the cult, but they also come to realize how they were manipulated and persuaded. It’s hard to reconcile those two things. Facebook does this to us. It enriches our lives in certain ways, but, like a cult, they’re using manipulative design techniques behind the scenes.
  • Attention City
    Imagine that we live in a place called “Attention City.” Google, Facebook and Apple are the urban planners. The city is designed for commerce – to maximize our attention at all costs. How could we re-organize this city so that it reflects the values of the people living in it? That’s what urban planners do. Think about how Jane Jacobs describes a great city.
  • Decoupling the link
    There was a time when the energy companies benefited from you being wasteful with energy. The longer you left the lights on, the more money they made. It took a regulatory commission to come in and say no, that’s a perverse incentive. So that link has been “decoupled.” How could we decouple the link between attention and money?

READING…

Contagious: Why Things Catch On – Jonah Berger [BOOK]
A very quick read about how products and ideas catch on and spread.

A Wrinkle In Time – Madeline L’Engle [BOOK]
I didn’t read books as a kid. But I might’ve given this one a try if someone had told me it was about time travel! I’m halfway through it now, so please don’t tell me how it ends.

WATCHING…

Arrival [MOVIE]
Good movie to watch at least twice.

Weekly Recap #1: What I’m Listening To, Reading and Watching

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I have a long-standing habit of documenting all the things I listen to/read/watch each week. But I usually keep it all to myself.

After a nudge from my friend Kerri, I decided to turn this personal weekly recap into something shareable. At first I wasn’t sure if this would be interesting to anyone, but then I thought to myself I’d love to read a weekly post like this from people I like and respect.

So here it is.

Once a week, for the next 6 weeks, I’m going to post a short recap of what I’ve been listening to, reading and watching.

If this inspires you to do something similar, please share it with me!

LISTENING TO…

Cass McCombs – Mangy Love  [ALBUM]
My friend Drew Smith turned me on to this album. Been listening to it every day on repeat. Current favourites: Bum, Bum, Bum, Laughter Is The Best Medicine, Meduca’s Outhouse.

Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Vol 2  [ALBUM]
I come back to this album every few years. It instantly transports me back to being 15 or 16 years old, sitting around in my basement and contemplating the universe 😉

Mavis Staples Interview on Sound Opinions  [PODCAST]
This interview is mini musical history lesson. If you haven’t heard Sound Opinions before, I highly recommend it. It’s a radio show/podcast from Chicago. A mix of reviews, interviews, and always interesting commentary on new and old music.

READING…

Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss [BOOK]
This book is almost 700 pages long, so I’ve been reading it a few pages at time, usually with my first coffee in the morning, since January. It’s easy to digest that way because the book is broken up into short sections that profile “billionaires, icons and world-class performers.” This past week I read sections on BJ Novak, Maria Popova, Kevin Costner, Kevin Kelly, Whitney Cummings, and Alain DeBotton. 

100 Days Sober – Kerri Ough [BLOG POST]
Kerri is one of my closest friends and I’m endlessly inspired by her. She wrote this great piece about not drinking for 100 days straight! For those of us who play music for a living, alcohol is always around and often free. That doesn’t necessarily make it a problem, but it certainly doesn’t encourage the most healthy habits. 

WATCHING…

Vince Gill – “Killer Guitar Player [YOUTUBE]
Holy moly. Vince Gill is an alien. This whole video is great, but if you’re pressed for time and just want to see him rip on the tele, go to 5:20.

13th [DOCUMENTARY]
On a much heavier note, this documentary (on Netflix) is so powerful and educational.