Hello, my name is Adam Ayrton Stoner and this is Recently, a monthly email round-up letting you know what I’ve been doing, reading, watching, listening to and enjoying recently.
In a typical month, I usually finish these newsletters about a week before they land in your inbox but this edition was hard to write for reasons that, if you flick to any news channel for 30 seconds or more, are plainly obvious.
This update began as a lengthy rant about a handful of wealthy companies that, in the face of lacking professional guidance of any kind, have announced a return to business as usual, all while your rule-abiding local florist, café or barbers stay shuttered – were we ever ‘all in this together’? If there is to be a silver lining for this virus, let it be further highlighting the dogshit companies to avoid when we come out of lockdown, none of which have ever featured in these newsletters.
Here’s the much more simple (and relaxed!) form this edition ended up taking instead.
Providing guidance to friends on starting their own podcasts, including which platforms to use and what it should look and sound like. If you’re thinking of starting your own podcast and are after feedback, want some artwork, or want to find out how a producer can help lift your solo project to the next level, send me an email.
I’ve been using the time at home to get a grip on the mundane day-to-day tasks that sometimes escape us in our usual lives. I’ve been upgrading a lot of my monthly subscriptions to annual ones, eschewing monthly bills and saving some cash in the long-run and giving everything a good clean and tidy!
I’ve been listening to:
I’ve created an Apple Music playlist of the tunes I’ve been listening to recently. Tap here to give it a listen (or take a look, so you can find tunes on your platform of choice). It contains tunes from Hayley Williams’ solo project Petals for Armor, Broadcast, Cornelius, Gorillaz, Femi Kuti, and more.
I’ve also been listening to longform interviews from the likes of Thom Yorke and more, most courtesy of Apple’s radio station, Beats 1, which, although I ripped into it in my 2016 university dissertation, is absolutely killing it right now. My opinion on the station has almost 180º’d – I need to write a follow-up!
I’ve been watching:
Masterclass. I’m not one of these people eager to make every waking moment of their life a mission in productivity but Masterclass is a fantastic way to fill moments you might be saving instead of, say, commuting. Vogue’s Creative Director Anna Wintour has been teaching me leadership, a former FBI negotiator has been telling me how to haggle, and Gordon Ramsay has been teaching me cookery, all from the comfort of my bed.
Creative Review, the design magazine. Their February/March 2020 ‘Truth and Lies’ issue contains stories on Quiz, the show-cum-TV drama, and reality TV, featuring Daniel Eatock’s Channel 4 Big Brother eye designs.
Frontline Brew from Redemption Roasters, the café down Lamb’s Conduit Street in London that supports prisoners with coffee roasting programs, now supporting frontline workers with gestures that matter: supplies, not applause.