So I've started getting into black midi because I do what smarty pants music critics tell me to. Their latest album, Cavalcade, is great, even if it can get a little challenging to listen to while I'm at work.

Anyway they've just released an EP of 3 fan-voted covers called Cavalcovers: King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man", Taylor Swift's "Love Story", and Captain Beefheart's "Moonlight on Vermont". The first and last are right up black midi's alley, but the middle one's a bit of a curveball—and is fantastic. It's earnest where the other two are a little funny—which I think is what you're meant to expect from black midi—but earnest in a very lovable, respectful way.

My other main highlight of the EP is the final verse of "21st Century Schizoid Man": the way that the vocals go completely off the deep end feels somehow more honest to the spirit of the song than the original is.

Cavalcovers by black midi



OTR messaging

A lot more goes into off-the-record messaging than I thought. Suddenly I can appreciate all those end-to-end encrypted messaging services a lot more.


Hybrid online/offline transactions

Patrick McKenzie's fantastic breakdown of how online transactions work in a society where not everyone has access to online payments.