Category Archives: music

Being Great

“From the beginning, all I’ve ever cared about is things being great. I never cared about when they were done. Because I also feel like I want the music to last forever. And once you release it, you can’t go back and fix it, so you really have to get it right. And that takes time.”

Rick Rubin

Purple Rain

Albums reimagined as book covers.

Purple Rain


10,000-Hour Rule

Started in ’88, got warm in ’92 / I landed in ’96, that’s the year I came through

—Jay-Z, “Primetime”

Related reading: The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance.

David Lynch Meets Terrence Malick


Lana Del Rey – Serial Killer


(Hat tip: André Brock.)

Previously: “Born to Die.”

The Wu-Note Project

The Wu-Note Project – Wu-Tang Clan album covers re-imagined in Blue Note Records style.

Redo your iTunes album artwork. You’ll be glad you did.

Related viewing: Project Thirty-Three

No One Knows What It Means, but It’s Provocative

Born to Die

How to Handle Criticism Like Robert Mitchum

What do you know about scenery, or beauty, or any of the things that make life worth living? You’re just an animal — coarse, muscled, and barbaric.

You keep right on talking, honey. I like the way you run me down like that.

—Barrie Chase and Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear (1962)



Related reading: “The Failure of Post-Feminist Hip-Hop.”