Archive for December, 2008

Happy New Year

December 31, 2008

Well, I guess I’ll be the one to wish everyone a happy new year. Hope you’ve all got wonderful plans and such. Mr. Farr and I are rendezvousing in NYC with another Brandeis friend. So woo Brandeis reunions.

Despite the shit economy, I think 2008 was a good year. Barack got elected, we’ve all graduated and entered the real world, and Guns ‘N’ Roses released an album. Not bad at all. I know we’ve all got our goals and such for the coming year. I guess mine is to get into Grad School at NYU for Music Business and continue to work over here at Flatiron Media. Oh yeah, and go to Israel or the UK. How about everyone else?

Here’s to ’09.

Future Plans

December 17, 2008

Alright. I’m hunkering down. Here are tentative plans for 2009!! Or so I’d like to think/hope. Call it an early new year’s list of goals let’s say…As they happen, I’m going to cross’em off. So hopefully next December 31st, there will be more strikethroughs than non strikethroughs.

–Workin’ hard at Flatiron Media.

–Stayin’ at SPIN for as long as possible. (left mid- January 09)

–Apply to NYU Music Business at the Steinhardt school for the Graduate School Master’s program.

–If I get in, look into financial stuff:

option a) FAFSA (form submitted)

option b) leave SPIN and use the extra money I’d be getting for F/T work on one or two night classes. Though I do enjoy SPIN ever so much.

option c) forgo a raise in exchange for tuition money, etc

option d) get a roommate (NYU student, sketchy person off CL, sister for the summer, Dbear)

option e) move to BK! Greenpoint would be nice. Don’t think I could take Williamsburg.

option f) defer a year (look into this a bit more) and save.

backup schooling options: Media Studies program at The New School.

If I get into neither: Work hard, apply again in a year.

–Travel plans: Either birthright Israel/ or London. Or the wild card would be to visit my friend Paul if he’s in Poland or Europe still. Or get him as my option d. This trip to occur In the summer. DC for Barack’s inauguration. Free trip to Toronto. See parents and sister in March here. Go to MN at least once. Go to Philly to see sister. Boston once a month or so.

Bands to see: Blur, The Verve, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, R.E.M., Santogold, MBV (that one might be tough), Sonic Youth / Led Zeppelin show in BK, The Prodigy (they should be touring again), Supergrass, Crystal Castles (new year’s eve, maybe?), Glasvegas. Be more involved in music industry events during CMJ. Free summer shows of course. Go to at least 1 festival besides CMJ.

Side projects: work on super secret idea. Maybe work with a music startup? Get to some .com conferences?

Stuff to do: Yankees and Mets at the new stadium. Rangers/Knicks game. Go to Minnesota Vikings bar nearby. Explore Park Slope a bit. Take the Staten Island Ferry. Astoria. Museums. Join a poker club? Tour some microbreweries. Find some cool rooftop hangout spots. Smithsonian museums in DC. Philly shenanigans. Niagara Falls? Something crazy for b-day (Letterman taping). July 4 rooftop party. Gym it more.

To buy: cable? if I can afford it/ rationalize having it.

So here’s to 2009. May most if not all of these things happen. Huzzah!

Top 17 albums of the year post

December 16, 2008

my music of 08

17. does it offend you, yeah?- you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into, was impressed that they pulled off the electro stuff so well…
16. fleet foxes- s/t, great debut. these guys are this years indie darlings.
15. hot chip- made in the dark, just as good as their last album. great dance music.
14. Los Campesinos- We are beautiful, we are doomed. they came out with two albums in one year. and they’re both pretty good. take that axl rose. that’s 28 times your level of productivity.
13. Little Joy- S/T, what can i say, i’m a fan of the strokes. and these guys have that vibe.
12. NIN- The Slip, taking that over the instrumental they released as well. This one rivals Year Zero. trent is the man.
11. of montreal- skeletal lamping, really its tough to not have a full feature of montreal album not in the top 10 whenever they come out with something
10. Portishead- Third, what a nice comeback they had.
9. R.E.M.- Accelerate, back in style. ranks up there in my top 4-5 REM albums. a shame i had to miss seeing them.
8. Glasvegas- s/t, great, but very hyped up uk band. only makes sense i’d love them.
7. Vampire Weekend- s/t, the new arcade fire/gnarls barkley/buzz band that is trendy 101. very good debut, and its a nice new sound. hope there’s no sophomore slump though.
6. The Verve- Forth, was aptly numbered until i moved it to 6th place. will never stop loving the verve.
5. Cut Copy- In Ghost Colours, catchy and nice pretentious spelling of colors
4. The Last Shadow Puppets- Age of the Understatement, what can i say, i’m an arctic monkeys fan. plus these songs resemble something out of a james bond opener or something.
3. Crystal Castles- s/t, man this one is probably the best electronic music ive heard in quite some time. blast it all the way thru.
2. Bloc Party- Intimacy, love this album. hard choice for #2. some killer songs and was lucky enough to see them live for free.
1. Santogold- S/T, very catchy stuff. better than MIA in my opinion. if you havent heard of her now, you will

honorable mentions: the summer ep- Dustin Smith aka Bitcrushr, kings of leon- only by night, the kaiser chiefs- off with their heads, basically anything Justice put out that you could call 2008, i’m from barcelona- who killed harry houdini, the futureheads- this is not the world, fujiya and muyagi- lightbulbs, foals- antidotes, ac/dc- black ice, black keys- attack & release, mgmt- oracular spectacular (wayyy overrated in my opinion but good), vivian girls- s/t, tv on the radio- dear science, cage the elephant- s/t

edit- ** add the new oasis album- dig out your soul, to honorable mentions. its no definitely maybe or WTSMG, but its decent. **

Here’s to 6 months

December 12, 2008

Well, it has been 6 months of living here now. That number seems fairly crazy. And it has been a good 4.5-5 of those months of working over at Flatiron Media. This past month has been especially great, as I’ve gotten an extremely generous holiday gift, given out a couple of my own, and played shuffleboard with my co-workers. I have to say, it is quite a fun thing to try, though I have to work on my skills a bit. They recently hired another person, so I am no longer the newbie too! My coworkers are coming in more often, so it has been a bit more lively here, which is nice.

Spin has been pretty low key as usual. I got to write an article for their website. It’s more of a promotional thing they’re doing, but nonetheless I’m pretty psyched to have at least gotten one thing up. I am not sure how long I’ll be there for, though I’m going to hope it is for more than these few months.

Also went to an info session at The New School, which is literally five minutes away from work. They have a decent Media Studies program, and its fairly inexpensive, so its a nice possibility. They specifically cater to students who are working full-time, and most of their classes are at night. It would be a nice fallback if NYU Music Business falls through. That program is also on my list of things to investigate. Now that would literally be a dream come true. They even send their students to London for like a month to work on projects.

Other random updates: got a hookah set, saw Kyra Sedgwick, loaded up on a bunch of free bus tickets all over the East coast, met a nice girl, got a grinder and some coffee beans, plans to see family in March, probably going to Brandeis NY event in January. Ah, and Blur are back together. Best news ever.