That’s a wrap Friday.



New music

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Spinning Coin. “Raining on Hope Street.”

If I had to describe it, I’d call it punk dream pop with a touch of Neil Young and Quasi. But we don’t need new labels.

From the Domino Records websiteTellingly, they’re part of a tradition of socialist independent pop from Glasgow, one with a strong history of DIY creativity against the odds, of making the most of what you’ve got in front of you, and of finding a way through the world by gathering like-minded souls around. They understand that the collective is the way forward, their 45s and cassettes as magnitizdat postings from the front.

All my thoughts while watching Taylor Swift’s new music video.


Whoa. This video has a pretty big bird cage.

I like the motorcycles.

There’s some serious Madonna going on here.

Whoa, now we’re back in a big fancy New Orleans house….OK so, that’s why they said it was riffing on Beyonce…. I think she did a music video in New Orleans for Lemonade.

This song isn’t all that great.

Whoa…that’s a pile of people.

Who directed this?

Why didn’t I direct this!?

I could probably buy a car.

I like the green lasers.

“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now” – brilliant line

 WAIT. She’s dead?

Wait. Is this like when Hannah Montana became Miley?

I wonder how many producers this song had…probably those older guys in Denmark.

Is that Scarlet Johansson? (No that’s Taylor Swift).

Wait what? This is getting kinda creepy.

 The plane with the word reputation on it was awesome.


This post is dedicated to web developer Leandra Tomaine and social media strategist Kimberly Helling. 

It’s OK to suck.

Caryn Ganz, Joe Cascarelli, Jon Caramanica, and Jon Pareles did this great interactive piece for the NYT yesterday, “Women are making the best rock music today. Here are the bands that prove it.”

I appreciated the storytelling and the mixed media (and dug the band Snail Mail). And found this excerpt to be insightful:

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A lot of people (myself included) would love to sit down behind a drum set and go right into a solo or grab a guitar and wail on it. But when you do that without experience or education – it can sound like sh#t.

Nobody wants to suck. But if you’re willing to suck for awhile….YOU CAN ROCK!