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The Black Flag logo is sort of like the Coca-Cola script: it’s been subverted and remixed so many times, it’s become bigger than its original intended use. Now, thanks to a mini-documentary produced by Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, we know the fascinating story behind the creation of the iconic mark — which, according to Henry Rollins, “every cop in LA remembers”.
Scott Matthews, the son of Electro-Harmonix founder Mike Matthews, not only pointed me towards my favourite (Brooklyn-made) bicycle, but also once took me on a tour of the Electro-Harmonix guitar and effects pedal factory. Not only is it in the United States, when just about everything these days is made somewhere else, but it is in New York.
Yesterday, news emerged that Pandora had acquired an FM radio station in South Dakota for an undisclosed sum. Yes, you read that right. The world’s largest internet radio station is getting into the terrestrial radio business, and it’s not because Pandora’s trying to build out its antique antenna collection.
If you’re just as concerned by the origins of your technology as their quality, then these speakers could be just the thing you’re after. Designed by Neue Werkstatt, the NW3 speaker series combines audio hardware from danish audio company Peerless with cases handmade n a small German carpenters’ workshop using sustainably harvested pine wood.
If you want to make music, you’ve got a plenty of different instruments to choose from. But if you want to make really unique (or weird) music, you’ve got to find something off the beaten path. That’s why Joseph Bertolozzi chose the Eiffel Tower.
I pretty much never ever want to hear the edited version of any album. But for some reason that ‘s exactly what Spotify wants me to hear. Or it least that’s the way it seems. In most cases, the cleaned up version is what Spotify shows you by default, and you have to do extra work to find the real deal. C’mon, Spotify, why?