When the Grammy Award nominations for 2014 were announced last week, they were filled with names of artists and musicians who at this time last few had ever heard of. One hasn’t even graduated from high school yet. Lorde, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves and the rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rose to stardom on a wave of self-distribution, YouTube and social media.
‘Retrograde’ by James Blake
James Blake (@jamesblake) is one of the five worthy @TheGRAMMYs nominees for Best New Artist. Listening to “Retrograde” it’s not hard to see why.
This video provides a great explanation of the chemical process that occurs during baking most cookies and pastries.
If this kind of stuff interests you then you’re likely to enjoy Harold McGee’s book, “On Food And Cooking: The Science And Lore Of The Kitchen”.
It is one of the required “textbooks” (if one can call it that) at many well known cooking schools. You’ll find most professional chefs usually keep a reference copy handy.
Just when you thought the online music streaming space couldn’t get any more crowded along comes Deezer. With 5 million paying subscribers in 80 countries, Deezer plans to launch in the United States where they will compete with market leaders Spotify and Pandora. However, none of these much hyped music services, including Rdio and MOG, are actually profitable.
‘Stompa’ by Serena Ryder
Canadian musician Serena Ryder has been around for a while, but I only discovered her after hearing “Stompa”.
‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by Arctic Monkeys
"Do I Wanna Know?" is a great track that shows how Arctic Monkeys have returned to form on their latest album.
According to Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse the reason the entertainment industry is obsessed with blockbusters is simply because they work. She explains why in a wide ranging interview about her new book on the subject, “Blockbusters: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment”.