I don’t do iPhone betas usually but I’m trying the iOS 10 beta this time. It took me two attempts two get a stable working phone but all seems fine now. Scrolling and app switching feel sticky but battery life is just as decent as before. No regrets so far.

Alan Parsons may be correct but he should’ve been saying this fifteen years ago. It’s too late now.

“We’ve now got MP3 as the main format, which is another big mistake. The only real hi-fi is high-resolution audio, which you can find on the internet. There’s various companies offering high-resolution audio – and the stuff that’s available on Blu-ray and DVD. That’s all quality. But MP3 needs to go away very, very quickly.”

Source: Alan Parsons: MP3s need to go away fast – News – Prog

Andy Partridge Interview

One of the things I like about vinyl LPs is that they still have that sense of magic about them. I think the relative scarcity of vinyl, as opposed to the abundance of digital, is a major part of that as well. If my NAS drive full of digital music was accidentally wiped tomorrow it would only cause inconvenience. Losing albums and CDs would be a different matter.

“…music is so abused these days. You hear it in every shop you go in; you hear it in every taxi; you hear it in every pub; you hear it coming out of every car door, every car window that passes you in the street. It’s in everybody’s house; it’s on every phone while you’re waiting to complain somewhere. It’s been demeaningly pulled down, whereas it used to be so much more magical and sensory. Now it’s kind of oral, dirty wallpaper.”

(Via: XTC’s Andy Partridge opens up about songwriting, painting and developing the “cruel parent gene” toward your own art – Salon.com.)

How Steely Dan Wrote “Deacon Blues”

It’s hard to pick one favourite Steely Dan song but Deacon Blues is a candidate.

“‘We’re both kids who grew up in the suburbs. We both felt fairly alienated. Like a lot of kids in the fifties, we were looking for some kind of alternative culture — some kind of escape, really — from where we found ourselves.’ Becker describes the song’s eponymous protagonist, who dreams of learning to ‘work the saxophone’ in order to play just how he feels, ‘drink Scotch whiskey all night long, and die behind the wheel,’ as not a musician but someone who ‘just sort of imagines that would be one of the mythic forms of loserdom to which he might aspire. Who’s to say that he’s not right?’”

(Via How Steely Dan Wrote “Deacon Blues,” the Song Audiophiles Use to Test High-End Stereos | Open Culture.)

Social media has killed off any meaningful debate about politics online and it’s doing the same to any kind of discussion. Make any genuine criticism of a band, or a film, somebody else likes and don’t be surprised to get insulted or called a “hater”.