Twitter: because you don’t find music, music finds you #followon
Pop is pastiche at its finest; sometimes you need nothing more than to collect the right pieces and be the sound canvas. Half of Pop is creating the story, the other half is capturing the stars in that momentary align when the stories converge to recognize themselves
BlinkkIt: “When Yeezy met Ziggy”
We are on the brink of a sea change – the Post-Apopcalypse is upon us…
Out with the old
… in with the new
#mytwocents: This is big. This is massive. This is the changing of the guard. Britney Spears, reigning zeitgeist from 2000-2008, about to lose the top spot on Twitter to Lady GaGa. This is like Bad Romance leapfrogging Circus on TRL: #itslikethat. Just as the Pop cultural barometer du jour last decade was the illustriously dubious TRL, so this decade it has become Twitter. Britney was the indisputable Queen of Total Request Live, but just as the show retired – so must she. Kids nowadays need something for an attention span that can’t – hey look a butterfly! What? Oh, right; they need someone who’s crazy – but in a “way existentialist” way, not an “okay, so maybe I was strapped to a gurney once” way. Back then: kids needed a whole day to decide who to vote for 38 times on the way home from school, just in time to see the results on television at said home 10 minutes later. Now: kids love, hate, envy, loathe, approve, tolerate, and swear allegiance to their favorite celebrity in 10 minutes – television just can’t keep up with that – but just like Droid does, Twitter can. The revolution will not be televised, but the evolution will be digitized: enter Twitter – the crowds have spoken: #papapaparazzi
Is that… is that you? Yes, it’s me – more importantly, it’s Friday. Which means one thing: well, that it’s Friday (obvs), but also it is Follow Friday (for those of you who still celebrate, like opposite day – it’s a strong niche holiday… digress) so let’s get to stalkin’!
This Friday comes in like a breath of fresh air from the Windy City, we have a trifectious Pop trinity of Chitown’s finest – native and newcomers alike.
So much to be said about these three… but nothing that could define them better than the figures themselves
@kanyewest – Kanye West
One of Chi-Town’s pre-eminent gods tweets in perfect Pop Art prose… that is all – anything more that needs to be said, he has tweeted, is tweeting now, or will tweet in the future
@ladygaga – Lady GaGa
#GaGapalooza: that is all – for now… #soimpossiblynotfinished
Intermission: … and now a word from our happily wed couple – proof that they are movements by themselves, but forces when together. Art is art is art – and they literally are the long and short (form) of the renaissance…
and the short…
Now to round out the triad is a man who studies this like it’s his job – oh, wait…
@mattrett – Matthew Rettenmund
Mr. Rettenmund honed his Pop palate and crafted his cultural connoisseurship at the University of … yep … Chicago – on his way to conquering Boy Culture.
So there you have it: a short, sticky, sweet post – just as the culture intended; all of which is to say: happy Friday, here’s a few totally stalkable tweeps, and, well, powerful paws up for Popapalooza.
Watch this space: If New York is where stars are born, and Los Angeles is where they go to die – I suppose Chicago is where they go to catch some air in between.
As the old saying (read: book title) says “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” well as the new saying goes “Everything I Need to Tweet I Learned on TV” (because if it isn’t worth tweeting about, it isn’t worth knowing; and who needs school when you’ve got Google – from socializing to social studies: Google’s got it!).
Judging by Twitter last night the revolution may not be televised, but social evolution is; when it comes to race relations in 2010, Dave Chappelle is the modern Magellan.
If tweets were transcripts…
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Paper Magazine dropped their “Social Networking Issue” earlier this month and – amidst the usual prime Pop culture prose and noteworthy points – featured their own “Who’s Who” primer of the Twittasphere:
When the world says they’re on their paper chase, it’s no wonder why with Paper’s taste: impeccable. Their 140 keep Twitter witty and wise… and ego-checked. A look back at the month’s last – but furthest from least – list of Tweeps to follow, know, love, @, #, RT, and DM the %*!&# out of, courtesy of Paper Magazine… featured below are a few of the finest from the character reel…
@questlove – Questlove
Drummers keep the beat – and Quest is no different keeping to the root of the Tweet
@whitegrlproblem – White Girl Problems
This edition of Follow Friday is an homage to those District Attorneys who made the enigma that was @swiper_bootz a reality. It was these TwietCong that welcomed me into their sandbox and showed me how to run the playground that is Twitter. So here they are: DC’s Finest
The self-proclaimed (widely-seconded) “Premier Freelance Music Journalist in the DC Metropolitan Area” is the founder and Co Editor-in-Chief of True Genius Requires Insanity (TGRIOnline).
His writing, clear, poignant and thoughtful, can not just be found here, but at other premium sites around the internet as The Couch Sessions, DC megablog Brightest Young Things, and Atlanta’s soon to be print Art Nouveau Magazine. He has interviewed everyone from established legends like Teena Marie, Darude, Rakim, Scottie B and Warren G, to rising names like Wiz Khalifa, DJ Blaqstarr, Nadastrom, the Trouble and Bass Crew and a plethora more of all levels of note in between!
Why Follow: Marcus has his finger on the social pulse: he’s a hustler of culture. He – like MTV to an early Madonna – “believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself” (kind of, I never really didn’t believe in myself, he just found me when I was busy believing in Santa and Jesus first and foremost).
The Couch Sessions is the premier online destination for alternative urban music and culture. The online magazine, created in 2005, covers emerging artists in hip-hop, R&B, electronica, house, rock, and all things in between, and has attracted tech savvy and progressive music lovers from around the world who are seeking new, underground and underheard talent. In addition to it’s flagship website, The Couch Sessions is leveraging its brand through Facebook, and Twitter attracting visitors from over 20 countries. With a readership that spans America’s largest urban markets, The Couch Sessions has consistently been ahead of the mainstream, solidifying itself as a destination for a new generation of iPod armed consumers who are on the cutting edge of technology and music.
Why Follow: Winston is the sonic connoisseur. In the midst of two line “hot or not” blog posts that satiate only 12 year old’s case of ADD, Ford – and Dowling – take time to delve and appreciate music; translation: they cultivate culture.
In light of the MTV premiere of Summit on the Summit
Grammy-nominated musician, philanthropist, and “actionist” Kenna has organized an expedition to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the billion people worldwide who lack access to clean drinking water. The climb will not only raise awareness of the global clean water crisis, but also raise funds for various charities and organizations
this Music Monday playlist features three of the freshest, PURist, cleanest, coolest artists to rock the mic – or trek the globe in pursuit of water as fresh and clean as they are. So below, are the Dime’s Ten Picks for “Sounds from the Summit” featuring Kenna, Santogold, and Lupe Fiasco – enjoi