Media indulgences

We all have some things in our media consumption that are the informational equivalent of the perfect bacon sandwich (in my case: thick-cut processed white bread, smoked bacon grilled until it will shatter like glass and Chef brown sauce.) Here’s mine:

  • Vice magazine Dos and Don’ts – Dos and Don’ts is kind of like sitting in a pavement cafe and doing people watching with a couple of good friends with a caustic sense of humour. A combination of snappy copywriting, great street style-book pictures versus Walcreature shots make this must-click viewing
  • Ransack Your Dignity – when Popbitch, Holy Moly and People of Walmart don’t give me a a sufficient dose of schadenfreude Ransack Your Dignity usually hits the spot. An online pictorial scrap book of Broken Britain, the misadventures of the unfortunate people featured never fails to cheer me up
  • RCRD LBL – back in the day when I used to DJ on a regular basis in Liverpool promotion agencies used to send me records, in return I would fax back my opinion and a list of tracks in my current playlist (which I would also submit to Mixmag | DMC). I got some great records out of it, but the one that sticks in my mind is the worst record I ever received; Italian techno remixes of Musical Youth’s Pass the Dutchie by Walter Cremonini put out by MCA through DMC to DJs. I wasn’t that tactful in my return sheet and the amount of vinyl I got from them moving forward diminished considerably. Overall, it was a good deal, I got to meet some handy people, do a bit of A&R work for an Italian record label and produce an unreleased track in an afternoon with a producer then on the roster of Loaded Records. RCRD LBL doesn’t give you much scope for real world adventures but does give you new music for free similar to a promo agency but without the filling out forms etc, so you can to can enjoy the lucky dip experience of new music
  • JNKsystem – A Japanese-authored photo blog which happens to blog about street style, I particularly like the bit of randomness in the curation of the blog. Its not as focused as Swaggerdap or Format, but that’s part of its charm
  • Rhett & Link’s video blog – Rhett and Link are a creative duo who put together some great comedy and do some interesting advertising creative work as well. They are also responsible for I love local commercials – I managed to discover the credit mack daddy through their site

What’s your media indulgences?

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