Instant Karma Police

Jon Sung is a live-wire creative eclectic, a white hole emitting ideas into our universe at a rate only modelled theoretically in quantum mechanics. His podcast Idea Factory Giveaway shares the fruits of his ever-active mind, while bi-monthly he brings people together at an event born of just one of these ideas: Instant Band Night. Show up, put your name in a pot associated with one or more instruments that you can play (to any degree), and revel as new bands drawn at random before your eyes, given 7 minutes to write an original song, and then perform it before you on a stage. Jon shares a set of music tied into his love of improvisation and musical joviality, and we talk about the upcoming event — this week on July 11th. You should come!

Meanwhile, our album of the week comes from one Thom Yorke, whose third solo album-proper ANIMA just came out. It's an accomplished effort with long-time collaborated Nigel Godrich, familiar in tone to his work with Radiohead, but as ever more indulgent in his electronic and dance influences. It's a more coherent work than his previous Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (which I also like a lot), and has some interesting continuity to older Radiohead work too.

Playlist

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  1. Taste by Ty Segall on First Taste (Drag City) $ Buy
  2. Easy Way Out by Ilgen-Nur (Power Nap Records) $ Buy
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  4. Not The News by Thom Yorke on ANIMA (XL) $ Buy
  5. Bulletproof by The Soft Cavalry on The Soft Cavalry (Bella Union) $ Buy
  6. Repetition by Ride on This Is Not a Safe Place (Witchita) $ Buy
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  8. Mack the Knife by Louis Armstrong on 1956 (Top Twenty) $ Buy
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  10. Take Your Medicine by Cloud Cult on The Meaning of 8 (Rebel Group) $ Buy
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  12. Vital Nerve by Company Flow on Funcrusher Plus (Rawkus ) $ Buy
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  14. Twist by Thom Yorke on Anima (XL) $ Buy
  15. 15 Step by Radiohead on In Rainbows (XL) $ Buy
  16. Impossible Knots by Thom Yorke on ANIMA (XL) $ Buy
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  18. Down to This by Soul Coughing on Ruby Vroom (Slash/Warner) $ Buy
  19. Like in Our Graves by Dave Matthews Band on Crash (Sony) $ Buy
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  21. Why Does My Mind by Hot Chip on A Bath Full of Ecstacy (Domino) $ Buy
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  23. Linked by Bonobo on Linked (Ninja Tune) $ Buy