Who Let the Blogs Out?
There's so much info out there nowadays that it's become, as Vimeo and College Humor co-founder Jakob Lodwick said recently on a panel about entrepreneurial websites, "stressful to consume."
The silt in the stream may never settle, so we'd like to point you in the direction of some people who are making their mark in the music Web wilderness right here in Philadelphia.
These are music blogs we read on a daily basis. Blogs like Philly Shit, which is the city's most kickass portal into its hip-hop underground. Blogs like the ones written by Bruce Warren--Some Velvet Blog, Philadelphia Freedom--that are maintained with a passion for music that's contagious. Blogs like 51:51 that approach the party DJ scene with an insider's eye that's often humorous, or Girl About Town, who can almost be guaranteed to have a review and photos of that show you couldn't make it out to the other night.
What's great about the music blogs we've chosen to highlight is that they get what Lodwick believes is the future of music on the Web: simplicity. They know their niches, and mine them well.
Read these profiles, and give these music blogs a look. You'll undoubtedly find something you like. And if there's one you think we've left out that deserves some shine, send it our way. We'll be sure to make mention of it on our own music blog, the fantastically entertaining, drop-dead hysterical, groundbreakingly unique makemajormoves.com.
|Some Velvet revolver: Bruce Warren features an idiosyncratic mix on his blog.|
In the history of Philadelphia, no one has ever worked harder than Bruce Warren, assistant station manager for programming at WXPN and blogger supreme--not Ben Franklin, not Michael Nutter, not Allen Iverson (obvs). Warren has taken time each day since late '04 to write Some Velvet Blog, a handy, highly readable chronicle of the bands and songs currently floating his boat. On top of SBV, he launched Philadelphia Freedom to shout-out local acts from the great blogging beyond.
Where'd you get the name for your blog? "From the song 'Some Velvet Morning,' by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. When I signed up to do the blog it asked me for a name and I happened to be listening to that song at the time."
Do you feature mp3s?
How often do you post?
"At least once a day."
What blogs do you frequent?
"I have about 125 blogs I look at daily in my RSS feeder. The ones I can always count on include Gorilla vs Bear, I Am Fuel You Are Friends, the Walrus Music Blog, Passion of the Weiss, Aquarium Drunkard, My Old Kentucky Blog, Nah Right, the Late Greats and I (Heart) Music (an amazing blog about Canadian bands)."
What are Some Velvet Blog's future plans?
"To stay real and continue to offer a showcase for new music and cool older stuff."
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