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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.
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