Five Things #127

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. A band from L.A. booked a European tour by deceiving music venues into thinking they had a large fan base, when in fact they had no fan base at all. Unsurprisingly, when no one turned up to the shows people got a little bit suspicious. It turns out "the band" was just one guy and that he'd set up a fake booking agent and record label to arrange the tour. The whole story is nuts. Bands often big themselves up to impress their fans and to book better gigs, but this is something else. How on earth did he think he'd get away with it?!

  2. A great episode of the Reply All podcast, The Snapchat Thief. If you aren't using a password manager and an app for two factor authentication on your accounts, this should convince you to reconsider that!

  3. Part 1 of a fascinating four-part investigation by Der Spiegel into how Manchester City and its owners broke UEFA's financial fair play rules.

  4. I really like Vox's Earworm series on Youtube. This is my favourite episode to date: Jazz Deconstructed: John Coltrane's "Giant Steps"

  5. The Beatles have released a 50th anniversary edition of the White Album and it's HUGE (107 songs on Spotify). Enjoy!

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