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BBC Radio 1 Benji B Show with Thom Yorke

On September 7th, 2016 Thom Yorke joined Benji B for a back-to-back 3-hour radio show. There’s banter, decent conversation, Thom talks about touring in 2017, he and his son’s favorite song right now (love that he’s telling us he’s listening to tracks with his kid), some really good stuff in here. One of the best listens I’ve found in a while.

Here’s the playlist.

Radiohead – Daydreaming

Radiohead – Everything In It’s Right Place

Clams Casino – Blast

Burial – Truant

Radiohead – Bloom (Jamie XX Remix)

Abul Mogard – Half Light Of Dawn

Girl Band – Paul


Liquid Liquid – Optimo

Sampha – Blood On Me

Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande (Kick And Bass Mix)

James Blake feat. Vince Staples – Timeless (Remix)

Vince Staples feat. Andre 3000 – War Ready

Beautiful Swimmers – Joyride

Frank Ocean – Solo (Reprise)

Death Grips – Guillotine

Firefox & Glamour Gold – Check Da Skills

Quasimoto – Goodmorning Sunshine

BadBadNotGood – Lavender

Christoph de Babalon – Scylla’s Night Out

The Gaslamp Killer – Residual Tingles

Scott Walker – Opening

Scott Walker – Dream Sequence

Cocteau Twins – But I’m Not

Atoms For Peace – Reverse Running

Thom Yorke – There Is No Ice (For My Drink)

Cliff Lothar – Running Out of Time

C/OR – Bells Walking

Shabazz Palaces – Dawn in Luxor

Abul Mogard – Despite Faith

Pye Corner Audio – Ways Regained

Zomby – Thaw

2 Bad Mice – Limit Of Paradise

Radiohead – Idioteque

Mark Pritchard feat Thom Yorke – Beautiful People

Flying Lotus – Coronus the Terminator

Flying Lotus feat. Thom Yorke – And the World Laughs With You

MF DOOM – Gazelle Remix

Laurie Spiegel – Patchwork

J Dilla – Say My Name

J Dilla – First Time

Radiohead – The Numbers

Sasha – Resident Advisor Mix 491


This mix is absolutely incredible. It was released all the way back in October of 2015 and I keep coming back to this mix time and time again.

No other words to describe it, it is phenomenal.

Listen in full on Soundcloud or each individual track below. So good.

Track by track.

Sonar Pilot – Heartbeat

Rival Consoles – Recovery

Jacques Greene – Another Girl

Kenton Slash Demon – Syko

Nuage – Haunting

Terranova – Make me feel Feat Billy Ray Martin (Till von Sein Remix)

DJ Wild – When You Feel Me

HVOB – Azreal

Florian Rietze – Treibholz feat. Blancah (Soul Button Remix)

Stereofysh – The Race (Ruede Hagelstein Remix)

Chvrches – Leave a Trace (Four Tet Remix)

Kenton Slash Demon – Harpe


Four Tet on Gilles Peterson’s Show

kieranandgillesKieran Hebden was on Gilles Peterson’s show recently and gave a fantastic interview. Definitely worth a listen.

Here is the track listing.

Percussions – KHLHI

Fridge – Anglepoised

Fridge – Kinoshita (Go Beat Records)

Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Theme De Yoyo

Echoes Feat. Bundy K. Brown – Directions

Four Tet – Field

Four Tet – Misnomer

Four Tet – She Moves She

Four Tet – As Serious As Your Life (J Dilla Remix)

Madvillian – Money Folder (Four Tet Remix)

Quasimoto – Come On Feet

Thom Yorke – Atoms For Peace (Four Tet Remix)

Justin Timberlake – Suit And Tie (Four Tet Remix)

Beth Orton – Rectify

One Little Plane – Take Me Home

Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid – Morning Prayer

Four Tet – Love Cry

Martyn & Four Tet – Glassbeadgames (8 Hours At Fabric Dub)

Eric Prydz – Opus (Four Tet Remix)

1 Month In

In December I had the good fortune to start a new job. This job was a new city, with a new staff, and a new work environment. The offices and the venue are two different buildings and there are five times as many events outside of the main venue as my last organization. I came from an annual operating budget three times of the new spot and for the first time in my career had as much or more experience than a majority of those on staff.

The first month was a blur. My new organization schedules event in ways that are completely foreign to me. The unavailability of the Hall during the Holiday makes operating incredibly difficult during and forces the operation to become extremely mobile. Four venues in one week with three different programs is challenging under the best of circumstances. Add four different venues to the mix and it is a recipe for disaster. I experienced all of this in my second week on the job. I was running events before I had a parking pass. The third week was just as bad. The fourth week was Christmas. It was intense in nearly every way possible.

The first month was all about getting up to speed on the logistics of events and right at the month mark, BOOM, “Welcome to the party, pal!!” Co-workers opened up, began sharing their concerns, even made feeble attempts to put down decision my boss has made that resulted in less than happy feelings. They asked for meetings and kept me after events to chat about their needs. Similarly my boss dropped an enormous amount of duties right on my desk, all in one day.

I find the timing remarkable. It wasn’t five weeks, or six weeks, or 90 days, all of this arrived simultaneously on the one month mark.

As I am approaching the two month mark now, I have been feeling a little more groove to the days and weeks. The insanity of the schedule has become slightly less daunting and I’m viewing the planning and execution a bit more confidence and perspective.

It continues to be a fantastic learning experience.

Outlook/Gmail Hack

Being a Mac OS person working in a Windows dominated office environment is not as seamless as one might hope. The software utilized on Windows machines does not always play nicely with Mac OS. In my office, we use Kerio Connect. It saves the organization money as an email service when compared to Microsoft’s Exchange, but with those savings come some big challenges.

One of the main challenges in the workplace is email storage space. We are given a downright meager 175mb of email storage. This makes searching old emails impossible. The bulk of emails I receive are stored on a machine that is inside of the office, hard wired on a closed network, and the archive is only searchable while on the machine at my desk. I could manually archive, create a .zip file of the archive, place it on a USB stick or perhaps in a Dropbox folder, and then copy that file to my Mac, but that is a lot of work to keep up with. Simply put, I want all of my email together in one place. I want it all to be searchable, and I want the storage quota my work’s email account to remain low. I want the comforts and convenience of using Gmail in the workplace while continuing to conform to what my IT Department sanctions as acceptable forms of email.

I needed a solution and this summer I found one. Outlook 2011 for Mac and a fresh Gmail account provided me with a decent solution.

Here’s how to create your own searchable archive of all your email.

On your Mac, open Outlook 2011. It will immediately prompt you to add an account.

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Click on ‘Exchange or Office 365’ and enter your work account’s information.

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Once your main email is installed, or if you have already have your work account activated, navigate to Outlook’s preferences.

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Once there, click ‘Accounts’ and then click on the small ‘+’ symbol in the lower right hand corner of the ‘Accounts’ window.

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Add your new Gmail account here. (I suggest a setting up fresh Gmail account, even if you already use Gmail. This insures the archive of messages you are about to create is separated from your personal emails. If you are a Gmail label and filter wizard, and want to combine, more power to you.)

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Here’s where the fun starts.

While in your work email’s Inbox, create a new folder called ‘Archive’. This is where you will place emails that you want to move out of your Inbox, but you want to keep searchable. This keeps your storage quota down but retains the functionality of all the email being there in your work’s email.

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Next, navigate to your work email’s Inbox and select all of the messages you’d like to archive.

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Drag those emails to the new ‘Archive’ folder to move them out of the main Inbox.

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This next step is where your personal email handling habits will come in to play. Personally, I like to keep a clean Inbox. If an email is in my Inbox, it needs to be acted upon. Once I’ve acted upon an email, I move it out of the Inbox and into a folder for keeping. Since I implemented this Outlook/Gmail partnership, I have moved nearly everything to the Archive folder and I now keep than 5 folders in my work account.

Once you are ready to see that magic happen, navigate to the ‘Archive’ folder, command-A for select-all, and drag all of that selected email to the Gmail Inbox.

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You’ll see this little window pop up.

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Immediately following you’ll see the window pop up that shows the upload process.

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Note: This upload process is very slow. It can take hours depending on the amount of email you are uploading and your connection speeds. For a frame of reference; I have 95mbps symmetrical at work and I’ve tried upload ~1500 emails and it took more than 6 hours. Your mileage may vary. I recommend having a cup of Aeropress prepared coffee while you wait.


When the upload process is complete, and you confirmed the emails are in the Gmail Inbox, delete the email from ‘Archive’ folder in your work email. Feel the sweet relief of a nearly empty email account.

I’ll write up how to set up this Gmail account on mobile devices in another post, but for now, if you follow these steps you’ll have all of your email searchable wherever you have your Mac and a connection to the internet.

iPhone 5 Battery Woes and Improvements


In September 2013, following the release of the iPhone 5s, there were claims that Apple had programmed previous iPhone models to crap out once that year’s new device was released. In October I began encountering symptoms similar to those claimed on my wonderful Darth Vader device.

Several months went by and battery life became complete untenable. On February 11th, I left my house for work at around 730am on a full charge. I listened to approximately 25 minutes of episode 51 of ATP on the drive in, and I used Tweetbot for 5 minutes or so. I  scrolled through my feed a few times, no more than 20 minutes of use through the hours of 930am and 100pm. When I finally sat down at my desk that afternoon around 100pm I was at 45% charge.

To be clear, I did not use the device during those hours, no messaging, no streaming video, bluetooth was off, background app refresh was completely off, and parallax was turned off. I only allow Apple apps and Tweetbot to use cell data. In less than 5 hours I had dropped more than half my battery life and had done very, very little on the phone.

Out of complete frustration at the lack of battery health, I made an appointment at my local Genius Bar. The Apple Store Employee plugged my 5 into his device, did some stuff, and informed me that the iPhone 5’s battery has 4 “cells”. He went on to say that two of the cells in my battery were good, two were not. He said I should make a backup and do a fresh install, then restore from the backup. If the backup and restore did not work, I could replace my phone for a couple hundred dollars.

There are many problems with this diagnosis, I know, but I rolled with it.

After the appointment, battery life became even worse. Nearly at my wits end, I spoke to a  friend who has direct access to extremely well-informed and accurate information regarding the 5. He urged me to do a fresh install, as painful as that may be, start fresh and see what happens. I bit the bullet, made a complete backup of the device, made a separate backup of my pictures and stored those separate from the full backup, and I did a fresh install of 7.0.3.

In descending order of size, the apps that were installed prior to my fresh install on February 11th.

SuperPro Snowboarding
Temple Run 2
Angry Star Wars II
Advanced English Dictionary & Thesaurus
NBC Sports Live Extra
Subway Surfers
Pocket Trains
Nike+ Running
Nike+ Basketball
Pocket Frogs
Scanner Pro
Temple Run
NBA Game Time 2013-2014
Pocket Planes
Day One
Write for iPhone
Fantastical 2
Team Stream
Tweetbot 2
Chase Mobile
n-Track Tuner
SnappyCam Pro
Watch TNT
Tweetbot 3
Reeder 2
Check the Weather
Apple Store
Dark Sky
Articles for iPhone
Cartoon HD
Flappy Bird
Data Usage

When I restored the phone and setup as a new phone, I only reinstalled the following:

Tweetbot 3
Nike+ Running

I setup 2 iCloud email accounts and did not setup my work email. I disabled push and set everything to manual fetch. I charged the phone on the evening of the 11th and took it off the charge at 830am on the 12th. The following day I used the phone as little as I possibly could. I sent very few iMessages, used Mobile Safari much less frequently, and I stayed completely off Twitter and Tweetbot. I did not have to charge my phone again until February 13th at around 630pm. I immediately saw 36 hours of battery life on a device that is nearly 17 months old and has seen daily, frequent, very often very heavy use. I would conservatively estimate that 60% of the time I have had this phone, I end up with less than 20% battery by the end of the day. I am comfortable with this and have grown to expect it as an iPhone user. To go from that type of usage to 60% gone in 6 hours was unacceptable.

Since that 36 hour period I have resumed more normal daily usage, but have limited myself as to the number of apps installed. This has also cut my usage back considerably.

I have since reinstalled
Advanced English Dictionary & Thesaurus
Fantastical 2
NBA Game Time
Nike+ Basketball
Dark Sky
Team Stream
Day One

The next few weeks will prove interesting. I’m eager to see if any of these apps are the culprit of the spectacular battery I was experiencing.

I’m trying this again

I’ve tried before and I’m trying again.

I was offered a job at the symphony in town and I accepted the offer. My life and days should get much more interesting if not more note-worthy. I hope to be posting here more frequently.