“Electronic music boundary-smasher Richard D. James, otherwise known as Aphex Twin, isn’t exactly cranking out new material at Lil Wayne speeds these days. His last proper album,Drukqs, came out in 2001, though he’s released music under various names in dribs and drabs since then. But according to an interview with James in the British magazine AnOther Man (via Fact), Aphex currently has six albums in the can.
James told AnOther Man, “I’ve got six completed. Two are very non-commercial, abstract, modular-synthesis, field recordings— those I finished four years ago. Another one isMelodies From Mars, which I redid about three years ago. There’s one of stuff I won’t go into, a comp of old tracks which is never really finished and always changing, and then one I’m working on now. There are also loads of tracks which don’t belong anywhere.”
Since James likes to remain mysterious, it’s anyone’s guess whether we’ll actually hear any of these new albums. Still, the very existence of a whole pile of Aphex Twin albums is welcome news indeed.”
“I’m a recovering Republican, and I don’t recognize my party any more. I’m ashamed so many Republicans don’t recognize the science. The writing is on the wall. … My dad was the biggest Republican that ever walked the earth. He always said: ‘Actions have consequences.’ To pretend that a 38 percent increase in greenhouse gases isn’t going to have any impact, that we can have our cake and eat it too, and smear it all over our face, and maybe have our grandchildren deal with the hangover, I think it is immoral.”—Meteorologist Paul Douglas, from “Paul Douglas: ‘I’m a recovering Republican, and I don’t recognize my party any more’” by David Brauer (via minnpost)
For the first time in human history, a poorly trained peasant army humbled a great power with the gun its fighters carried in their hands. This is the story of that gun, and of the scandalous way that Washington responded to it.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—Ira Glass (via Rabbit Write’s interview on Gala Darling)