Well, around here we’re still recovering from the excitement and exhaustion of Coachella. There will be some reviews of that experience coming shortly as well as an interview I did with Cornelius after his performance saturday night, but in the meantime I’ll be dealing with a whirlwind of changes in my personal life that I can’t really talk about until a few more things settle down.
For now though, I wanted to talk about a few things. A few weeks ago Matt over at los amigos de durutti gave us a nod while selecting his picks for the “Thinking Blogger Awards“. Apparently this has been going around for a bit, and I feel honored to be recognized by fellow bloggers whose writing I respect. I wanted to take the time to pass along the recognition. As stated in the original propogation of this “meme” I don’t really care for masturbatory random linkage, but there are some blogs that I feel are worthy of mention and fit into the ethos of what this particular movement is about… or something like that.
So without further ado… here’s how it works:
the meme “award” rules
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the congratulations! you’ve won a “Thinking Blogger Award” badge.
And here are my 5 picks:
Now there are more blogs I love such as Soul Sides which were already mentioned elsewhere, so I left them off of my list in order to spread the love. I also have to mention that Get Downnn will always be special to me as they were the ones who inspired me to start blogging to begin with. But I picked these for recognition here because as of most recently they are the ones that have kept me coming back religiously to see what thought provoking insights they have to provide, regardless of who they’re posting about. Maybe they’ll be moved to continue spreading the love. I should also point out that these “Thinking Bloggger” awards are not limited to music blogs, but being as how that’s mainly what I follow, my selections obviously reflect that.
Also, right before I left for Coachella I was contacted about a new movement being mobilized within the WordPress blogging community. I know that “Blogger” gets a lot of love as a host, but I have to say I have been immensly pleased with using WordPress for this project of ours. It seems as though every time I turn around we are getting new features and plug-ins to play with. Some of which we’ve been able to take immediate advantage of and some others which may come in handy somewhere down the line for us. Everytime I’ve sent an email to the support team I’ve received a response within 24 hours, and in general the staff at WordPress works very hard to create a sense of community among it’s users.
So I was happy to see that within that community the music bloggers of WordPress have decided to try and come together and promote our little tribe. The last I heard we were still trying to create a list of all of our fellow WordPress blogs that are strictly dedicated to music writing. Go check out our peers and let them know that we sent you. Who knows, you might find a new regular read. So far here are the sites we’ve come up with, if you know of any others give us a shout:
- Sound As Language
- Berkeley Place
- standard lipsum
- All Things Go
- The Blanathema
- Scene, Not Heard
- Shameless Complacency
- >>just like music
- Martini & Jopparelli’s Music Selections
- The Best Yet
- A Tune A Day
- 20 Minutes of Junk
- Binky The Doormat
Last but not least, this week we just got in some brand spankin’ new Alternakids stickers. I was hoping to get them in before the Coachella trip, however luck didn’t work in our favor as far as that was concerned. But they are here now and they look pretty damn good if I may say so myself. Thanks to “nueve” for putting together the design.
If you’d like to have a few to help spread the word about the coolest music bloggers on the web, then just shoot us an email and we’ll try to get some out to you ASAP. Also if you’re lucky enough to win one of the contests we still have going on, I’ll be sure to throw in a couple when we mail out the prizes. Much props to Sticker Robot for hooking up the final product. Check them out yourself if you ever find the need for some good quality stickerage at great prices.
Coachella wrap-up will be on the way very shortly… until then leave us some love in the comment section, we like that.