The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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In this edition of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly we have music, classic looking headphones and quality maxims:




The Found Sound Orchestra: Aussie mash-up artist takes a leaf out of The Avalanches playbook and produces some of the most sublime productions that would have made Gnarls Barkley happy.

My personal favourite is Bam Bam featuring Bobby Kray.

Modern Guilt by Beck: the new album by Beck makes you want to go out and buy the vinyl, cover it with clotted cream and strawberry jam and wash it down with lashings and lashings of ginger beer.Beck keeps moving the styles around to provide an interesting package that still hangs together Music industry: why not just save up your pennies, buy a Mitsubishi Zero and fly it headfirst into an LPG tanker? Your end would be painless and not as much of a spectacle. Chronic mismanagement and a failure to invest in talent has left the industry exposed to piracy since there is relatively little vibrant content to track down
Sennheiser HD250 linear II – the classic modernist style of 1980s and 1990s Sennheisers, not as quite as ubiquitous as HD25, but have all the benefits in terms of sound quality and user replaceable parts available from good pro studio gear suppliers.

Sony MDR 7506 / MDR-CD900ST – rocked by a number of famous DJs over the years and film makers. Their function-based 1980s design makes them great to wear, without the bulk and weight of Beyerdynamics D100s. The big downside is that none of the bits are user serviceable :(

Panasonic RP-HTX7 – Retro styled headphones that hark back to the big aluminium and teak trimmed hi-fi separates of the 1970s that have great emo appeal but don’t sound as sharp as they look.
PCQ – The manifesto that Rickshaw Bagworks use to make their bags. It stands for Passion, Craft and Quality. Like the Japanese saying goes: In order to do something well you have to burn yourself in it. More on PCQ from the folks at Rickshaw Bagworks.6 Sigma – I am sorry but anything that awards some pencil pusher a black belt like as if they are Bruce Lee cannot be taken seriously.

TQM – Total quality management smothered businesses in paperwork and annual inspection visits induced a huge amount of sick days. Made things consistent and traceable. Notice the words good or quality improvement didn’t appear once in that last sentence? I burn toast every time I cook it, that doesn’t make me a Michelin-star chef.