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How far are we from actual Facebook or Tumblr-based news organization? Are you a news publisher? Ask yourself what your CMS does that Tumblr doesn’t.

Scott Lewis: Learning from social platforms to build a better news site » Nieman Journalism Lab (via wonklife)

1) Control your site’s functionality
2) Control how your site looks to the majority of users
3) Control your site’s architecture
4) Have a working search function

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If you put me in that dungeon, and remember Rockefeller at Attica, you’ll get a hell view of Bellevue, where the E flat shoes of the fisherman’s wife are some jive ahhs flat slippers – assuming of course that Sigmund Freud’s wife is Faubus’ mother. Eat that new now chicken and get it in your know how soul.

Charles On The Move  Birthday Bash On WKCR



His mom would ask who he was talking to and he’d say, “Ol’ Dirty Bastard.” Dirty had passed a couple of years earlier.

“So what was he saying?” “He was telling me what bus to get on when I cross over. He said, ‘Don’t get on the red bus, get on the white bus. The red bus looks fun, but that’s not the one.’” So Dilla’s mother told me that and when we were in the studio the night we heard about his passing, we paid homage to him, resting in beats, by writing that song.

“It’s Ol’ Dirty, wants to give you directions home, says it won’t be too long.”


Now I can move to Hawaii and take up oil painting!

Randy Newman Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame 


i never asked to play clarinet. literally. in sixth grade, after giving up piano and trombone, i decided i wanted to play the saxophone. my parents decided instead that i would play the clarinet. this decision was partly economic (cheaper rental fee) and partly aesthetic (my mom hated the saxophone). i went along with this and pretended the clarinet was a saxophone. i did this so i could stick with clarinet long enough to get a real saxophone (something my parents promised me if i showed some discipline). consequently, i became pretty good at an instrument that i never really wanted to play. and so my plan backfired. getting good at an instrument made it harder to convince my parents that i should be allowed to quit so i could instead play a different instrument. but after five years, i finally did get a saxophone. and even though i’ve studied the saxophone diligently, i’ve never developed the natural affinity for it that i have with the clarinet. and even though i’ve tried to quit the clarinet several times, excellent composers like darcy argue have stipulated that to be in their band, i need to play (bass) clarinet. so here i am, thirty years later, still playing the clarinet.

this is why i describe my relationship with the clarinet as “ambivalent.”

Josh Sinton’s Blog (featuring his rather gorgeous “M’Pingo Suite”)

photo courtesy of downtown music 


The percussionst/composer’s sextet can seem like two or three different bands during the course of a set: They’re enamored of precision, and make their sharp turns and signature rhythmic shifts with perfection, but they also crack open their tunes, giving interplay as much room as needed to detonate a series of explosions. On this two-nighter they integrate Theo Bleckmann’s dreamy vocals into the mix.

Final Night


You had Sugarhill Gang and Blondie playing on the same bill. It was before the time when people were afraid of mixing up genres. It was so new, no one knew what genre they were in, really. And New York being geographically small, it was quite easy to get around, so there was lots of people connecting. The Clash did great dance remixes, you know? And they were played on that radio station Frankie Crocker used to DJ on (WBLS), and it was kind of exciting on that level, because that was new, that was different. In a lot of ways, Some Girls reflects those comings and goings. – MICK JAGGER

Mick Jagger Interview