This is what the long game looks like.
As an Amazon supplier, I know this graph well. Sales of our main product - Alkalol Nasal Wash - are up triple digits year over year at Amazon, but I bet the web retailer’s net on the item is actually flat to down. Short-term margin means little to Amazon. They want your shopping basket for the next 50 years. And guess what? They’ll probably get it.
State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
Regions Of Light And Sound Of God
Played 2 times
I freaking love this album. Jim James free of his “My Morning Jacket” constraints is a wonderful thing.
The Return of Myrtle the Turtle: The queen of the Giant Ocean Tank is back, as Aquarium divers continue the process of moving animals into the newly renovated exhibit. See how the divers transported all 550 pounds of this pretty lady.
This made two little people in my house very excited this morning.
In some ways it’s like we’re running on a highway going the opposite direction to everybody else
Thomas Bangalter, half of Daft Punk
As a small business owner or entrepreneur you could do worse than study Daft Punk and the way they manage their brand. Yes, the music is ground-breaking, brilliant, insert superlative here, as every rock journalist is killing themselves to do in an attempt to describe Daft Punk’s new album - Random Access Memories.
But I could argue the way Banghalter and Daft Punk partner, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, continually innovate, experiment, and ultimately keep their music and their brand fresh after 20 years in the fickle music biz is just as impressive.
“It’s a problem that confronts many innovators: When the rest of the world catches up with you, where do you go next?” asks Simon Reynolds in his fine NYT profile of the band. “In a paradox that informs the entire project, doing something new for Daft Punk involved embracing the methods and mind-set of the past. The result is an album that is impressive but backward-looking, drawing on influences like soft rock, progressive rock and New Wave. … In part, the promotional campaign for the album also looked back to an era before Twitter and free downloads. Daft Punk and its team orchestrated a suspense-building trail of hints about a new project with billboard ads and teaser minicommercials on TV. Deliberately frustrating fans who have become used to instant gratification, Daft Punk stoked anticipation and created an aura of mystery around “Random Access Memories.”
As a small business owner, here’s my takeaway from two brilliant French guys in shiny robot costumes: Trust your gut, your talent, and your team. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain. Believe in your ideas and your vision. Dip into the past for inspiration, but don’t dwell on it. Innovate relentlessly. … and find a robot costume.
Monday morning woof! Marley (left) and pal
Ready for some footballing nostalgia? Alexandre Bourouf found an old Panini album for sale dating from 1976 – it was the first album released in his home country, France, and coincidentally was the year of his birth. Like many others, Bourouf had collected Panini stickers as a youngster and had albums dating back to 1984. After spotting the ‘76 album, he felt compelled to renew his collecting days. He runs a blog, old-school panini, documenting his finds. Check out our gallery of some of the gems.
Photograph: Old School Panini/Old School Panini
Soccer stickers! The Henry one from his days at Monaco is hilarious.
Helpers (at Rockport)