rodtownsend: Guilty as charged, but wondering if the xoxo signoff (a la Gossip Girl) was just amazingly perfectly to the point or just wonderful happenstance. Ha! I don’t watch (or really care about) Gossip Girl, just wanted to show that my criticism came from a place of actually enjoying what a lot of people write when they aren’t flogging people who don’t deserve it, if...
Look, I get why certain Tumblrs who have the vapidity of your typical Hills principal, the rich-girl entitlement issues of a My Super Sweet 16 subject, and the “whatever, I do what I wuuuuant!” attitude of a Maury panelist stoke the ire of some of the people I follow. (Believe me, I really, really get it.) But please, can we maybe do them one better in the self-editing department and...
The difficulty I have with being a musician in a Web 2.0 world is the fact that...– Rhodri Mardsen. This whole piece is well-written and (thankfully) “the Internet and touring will save everyone” bullshit-free, if utterly depressing. (via Ad-Supported Music Central)
The Annie record leaked. The “Two Of Hearts” cover is nowhere to be seen, according to the tracklisting I found.
I wonder if the next season of Big Love is going to use the housing bubble as a plot point, or if the timeline doesn’t fit? Henrickson’s Home Plus would, of course, be affected by the slowdown in Utah that’s happening right now. But I’m not sure how soon the next season will pick up from the previous one. Hmmm
Slow on the uptake.
Wait wait wait…. DEE WON SHEAR GENIUS???? WTF!
McCain is playing Rock and Roll, Part II at his...
jeffbaum: I guess he didn’t get the Gary Glitter memo? And I’ll refrain from making a Vietnamese prison joke, thank you. Ha. I won’t…
The Top 1 Most Annoying Internet Writing Tactics
catbird: 1. FUCKING LISTICLES. Enough already. But the Digg kiddies like numbers, Ryan. Don’t you see? Quantifying everything in meaningless ways is the only way they can engage!
A martini is not a martini without an olive. That, at least, is the thinking...– Sure, this article is two years old. And it’s worth noting that New York had a ton of pieces like this run in reputable publications when Krispy Kreme arrived here. But still, I can’t help but blog this if only to maybe inspire someone who actually knows how to cook Italian food to go...
In which I crowdsource.
thomaswheatley: maura: Does anyone know what time Barack Obama’s speech tonight is supposed to happen? I have combed through about 20 Google News pointers to articles on the speech and its historic import, etc., but none of them are conveying this (kinda crucial!) piece of information. Thanks. From CSPAN: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (LOCAL) Video/Remarks SENATOR BARACK OBAMA DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL...
In which I crowdsource.
Does anyone know what time Barack Obama’s speech tonight is supposed to happen? I have combed through about 20 Google News pointers to articles on the speech and its historic import, etc., but none of them are conveying this (kinda crucial!) piece of information. Thanks.
My wish for today (journalism edition).
Stop using the phrase “has learned exclusively.” All it means is that you’re better friends with a PR rep than “reporters” at other rags.
Stuff Grouchy People Like. →
I’m not really so into Stuff White People Like, but the AV Club’s interview with the creator has made me a fan of him. He talks about a very particular subset of peoples’ obsession with “tasteful” conspicuous consumption, and he seems to have a pretty grounded take on being “Internet famous,” unlike way too many other people these days.
American Democracy At Work.
Guns N’ Roses and references to Whois sleuthery in the same legal document = all this needs is a reference to the Mets for me to really geek out.
From a friend on people who start those anonymous...
nickdouglas: antikris: whoever they are, all of those anonymous cowardly snarky tumblrs need to die. who do they think they are? like, microgawkers? nanogawkers snarking on the nanofamous. disgusting. having them follow me reminds me of having one little piece of poo that you JUST CANT SHIT OUT! and then you just get up, because you can’t sit on the john ALL DAY, but you KNOW that that little...
They selling Daniel Murphy jerseys yet?
youngmanhattanite: Can we get a read on this? Anybody? OH MY GOD IT’S BAAAACK!!!! i guess it was a matter of time, what with casey serin blogging again and all, but still, yaaaaay!!!
Chocolate-Covered Fleur de Sel. For your ice... →
If you argue for legal royalty payments, you have to accept the reality of that...– Marco.org: Online music economics The biggest problem with the new media landscape and music is that this question is seldom answered properly: Is the [new media music service X] giving you “The Product” or is it merely giving you “The Commercial For The Product?” Under current standards,...
Things Stacy Horn Taught Me, Part XXVIII.
The first bulletin board that I was really active on took pains to remind users, when they logged in, “You own your own words.” To me, that phrase encompassed everything from copyright to what standards the level of discussion should be at — the idea being that ownership of your words would maybe make you think more about what you posted, make you less inclined to say things like...
A few points, because it's too early.
1. Finally, my first accusation of causing “Tumblr drama.” And there’s even a racial aspect. Hooray? Look, when I see points being made about the music industry that I think are kinda techno-utopian and dumb and from a somewhat in-a-bubble-where-everything’s-awesome perspective, I’m gonna say something. It’s what I do. 2. When I see someone take down those...
nick-lcc: I, for one, look forward to the day when all artists are being bankrolled by what’s apparently the only appropriate source of funding in these “new” times: their parents. Frankly, there are not enough upper-middle-class, mostly white, mostly male twentysomethings making music these days, and all the ones that do are so much better than everyone else, that I will be happy when they are...
why do people watch the hills?? IT DOESN’T EVEN HAVE SEX SCENES, YOU GUYS.
PS: Your “constant stream of music discovery”? It absolutely, positively is because you work in music “journalism,” sweetie. Just saying.
7-7 pt. 2
I wish I could reblog my own posts, just so I could take this Tumblr into the 10th. Sigh.
youngmanhattanite: Maura, I want to read all of this, especially someone trying to talk shit on you, but DO NOT GET. Please explain the state of assholes explaining the state of the music industry in three sentences. People who claim insidery status and work in “the industry” but are ignorant of the realities of the business because of their tastes/proclivities/snobbishness should...
THIS FUCKING TEAM, YOU GUYS.
barthel: This is fucking ridiculous, you guys. Please, if you’re so head-up-your-ass that you haven’t been paying attention to the stuff that Idolator talks about every goddamn day, try not to embarass yourself in public, OK? britticisms: This is why the major label record company must cease to exist in its current format. They will always, ALWAYS, look for the opportunity in which they can...
Living in New York may be more expensive than ever, but let’s face it, it’s...– Let’s Move to Buffalo! (via thisisareallybadidea) Here’s the Didion essay in question. (I’m putting the link here for myself as much as anyone who may be reading.)
I think Twitter belongs to the category of Paradigm-Changing Technologies That...– Alex Beam.
I’d like to thank Sam for letting me know that I’m two blog degrees of separation from Hillary Clinton!
I wish this trade had happened on a Tuesday.
“The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired lefthanded pitcher Eddie Guardado from the Texas Rangers in exchange for righthanded pitcher Mark Hamburger.”
Dancing With The Sharks
I guess the producers of Dancing With The Stars don’t read Jump The Shark, huh?
Comparing and contrasting.
Big music news from August 2007: - VMA nominations! - Britney Spears had a weepy ballad leak, then put out “Gimme More.” - Kanye West and 50 Cent were in a sales battle to the death, one that was broken up by both their albums leaking the same day “Gimme More” came out. - 50 Cent decided, in a last-ditch plan to save his album, to record a song with Justin Timberlake...
Mtv: 7 MTV-Defining Stars Who Wouldn't Be Allowed... →
thisisareallybadidea: But would Panic! At the Disco been allowed on 1992 MTV between Nirvana and Pearl Jam? well, jellyfish did play mtv spring break in 1991… (also, i would have put beavis and butt-head on this list, for a lot of obvious reasons.) (also, 30f = always making sense.) (also, the whole ‘mtv doesn’t play music videos anymore’ argument is kinda tired as a...
'needlessly contrarian webzine,' five letters
Anyone who thinks crosswords and sudoku are the same thing at all a) has clearly never tried a puzzle more difficult than those proffered by TV Guide and b) is a thousand percent wrong, and can eat me. This means you, Ron Rosenbaum.
Calm down, you guys.
A sex-related site that I’m not going to name just sent me a pitch for its latest music-related listicle: “11 Songs About Vaginas.” (It sure has a ring, no?) This, after sending me the following pitches on the following dates: “Dirty Food Songs,” 8/6. “15 Songs For Gettin’ Busy,” 8/1. “Booty Music,” 7/30. Why do I feel like...
feat. public announcement
the new gym class heroes song is very good. don’t be turned off by the fact that it’s credited to the gym class heroes. seriously.
The surging Rays won for the ninth time in 11 games Tuesday night, using Willy...– Angels vs. Rays I thought the Rays would be done with Longoria and Crawford out. How in the hell did the Rays become the best team in baseball? (via thisisareallybadidea) obviously, dropping the word ‘devil’ from their name did it. NOW THEY ARE TOUCHED BY THE LORD.
Which famous blogger was pitched an item by a New York daily paper’s...– From Michael Musto’s latest blind-item rundown. I’d think the answer would be “all of them,” no?
Just another reason I want to be cremated when I...
cajunboy: Seriously, this is one of the most fucked up things I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a lot of fucked up shit. way way wayyyyy too early for this. holy god.
Dear Andrew Kuo,
Yes. We get it. You like going to McCarren Pool, listening to Power 105, the font choices of Wes Anderson, and abusing Photoshop. The message: Loud and clear. Now can you just… stop? Please?