April 16, 2013 |
It's hard to keep up with everything floating around about Twitter, Facebook and the like. We know. So here are a few social media noteables to keep tabs on this week. Twitter music app -- nope, still not out The new music community app from Twitter launched exclusively to music "influencers"--like Ryan Seacrest? OK ... -- last week on an invite-only basis, and, so far, it sounds promising. According to tech bloggers who have tried it, Twitter Music will have both a web interface and a downloadable app; integrate with YouTube and Vevo; pull in tracks from Spotify, iTunes, Rdio and...
April 7, 2013 |
The multiple clone characters Tatiana Maslany plays in BBC America's "Orphan Black" might look alike, but they definitely don't act the same. That meant Maslany had to create histories, attitudes, accents and mannerisms for each of the very different clones viewers will meet throughout the season. Part of that process, the Canadian actress told me during a recent phone interview, involved making music playlists for each of the clones she plays. "I played around with music, different playlists for each character, soundtracks that...
September 30, 2012 |
When I began using the music program Spotify sometime last year, it changed my music-listening life. With literally any and all of the world's recorded music now available in a five second search, it was like suddenly having the Holy Grail as your morning coffee cup. I took the scrolling list of my Facebook friends on the right side of the player as a strange addendum to this revolutionary new program. After all, what did I particularly care what my friends were listening to? So what if Chad Peterson was listening to this or Laura Beatty Muteti...
August 14, 2012 |
When I first heard "Starry Eyed Surprise" by Paul Oakenfold in a Diet Coke commercial, I fell in love, and the song made it onto my wedding soundtrack. Later, I ran across Black Sheep's "This or That" in a Kia commercial and was compelled to dust off some of my favorite old hip-hop records. There may be few of us who admit it, but the truth is many of us discover - or rediscover - some of our favorite bands and songs through advertising. As a creative director for an ad agency, maybe I'm just more likely to notice - or more likely to cop to it. That's why I was so disappointed to read...
June 6, 2012 |
If you Google my name, you will not see a list of articles I wrote for my college newspaper, my name on the high school honor roll or even my LinkedIn page. If you Google "Niki Fritz," you will get listings for Nikki Fritz, a surgically altered, B-list '90s porn actress. And, yes, I actually have had to tell people, "No, sorry, that is not me in the 'Nikki Fritz Making Love So Hard' video. " That is the thing about Google. It leaves you with more questions instead of the concrete answers you were searching for - and it's especially dangerous when you're dating.
April 20, 2012 |
Nicole Boudreau stares intently into the camera, lip-synching along with a booming recording of herself as the name of her band glitters in bright lights behind her. This music video for the Royalty's addictive song “Bartender” isn't happening on some Hollywood sound stage, though. It's to the right of the bar inside the Blue Line Lounge and Grill, just under the Damen blue line stop. The spot's retro vibe matches perfectly with the soul-influenced rockers, who may not be unknown much longer thanks to being tagged as an MTV Buzzworthy artist.