About a month ago we made a significant switch on THE DROP website. The adjustment came as a way to incorporate the multitude of ways that users would interact with the website. We had been using a social plug-in and it really started out working amazing. Last month I was introduced to ShareThis and I found that the plug-in was easy to use and that it actually gave the user more options to pass around the info and would be crucial in the interaction of social media to the site. The user would then be able to add or share the posts via their Myspace or Facebook but could also email them to friends if they so chose. A little while back The Drop was featured on the ShareThis site. We got sandwiched between infertility and obscure movies – I don’t think it’s a bad start.
I also had a chance to join their Publishers Group on Facebook. What I loved about this was that I then could put faces with the code writers and other bloggers/new media types who were employing the same pieces and any additional strategy that they may have. ShareThis has just been named one of the Top 20 plugins to have on WordPress and I highly recommend it.
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Myk Porter (guitarist/vocalist of Brandtson) has been taking of advantage of the bands time off. He has come up with a few alternative experimental tracks for your listening pleasure under the moniker May This House Be Safe From Tigers. Turn off the lights and check out the music its better in the dark.
Also in stores tomorrow:
Cartel ” self-titled [Epic] (find out what they really accomplished in the bubble)
Rilo Kiley ” Under The Blacklight [Warner Brothers] (indie/disco/alternative?)
and it’s my friend Casey’s birthday tomorrow, wish him a happy one.
In a recent poll conducted by The Associated Press and MTV among 1,280 people ages 13-24 on the nature of happiness among America’s young people.
Spending time with family was the top answer to that open-ended question. Next was spending time with friends, followed by time with a significant other. And even better for parents: Nearly three-quarters of young people say their relationship with their parents makes them happy.
My first order of business is Fountains of Wayne. Like Bruce Willis in Die Hard, these guys are back with a vengeance. If you read that last sentence and it evokes a humdrum “blah blah blah,” I’ve been there with you. However, if you’ve got any soul to your music tastes, you will take my vehemence of passion and see for yourself the goodness these guys possess in their latest record, Traffic and Weather. Don’t be one of the countless paltry listeners who dub these guys the “Stacy’s Mom band” and write them off as a one-hit wonder. Trust me. With songs like the title track, “Fire In The Canyon,” “Yolanda Hayes,” and the balladry of, “I-95,” you’ve got powerpop at its finest. Skip the foreplay of their myspace, and just buy the record here. Here’s to these guys sticking around for the long haul.
Second order of business. Go read Coury’s last post and show him some honor and support by checking out, A Fine Frenzy. Only $7.99 on Itunes right now!!! No explanation needed.
Like our own Mr. Benson, I too have a soft spot for female vocalist. The last week, I can’t seem to pull away from a melancholy little ditty by the name of “Near to You”. This achingly beautiful ballad can be found on A Fine Frenzy’s debut album, “One Cell In the Sea”. Buried towards the end of this piano pop odyssey, “Near” is a standout and is quickly becoming an itunes favorite. Check it out.
You might not know John Paul White yet but you soon will. Last year the world got a small taste of his haunting acoustic sound on the OC compilation, “Covering Our Tracks”. His cover of ELO’s “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” is an intimate slow burn that makes you long for an entire album of similar treatments. Available on itunes.
I’ve been on hiatus finalizing plans on The Great American Road Trip – here’s this weeks playlist
Oh John – Jeremy Enigk
Distant Street Lights – Codes in Clouds
Section 29 (Light to Follow) – The Polyphonic Spree
Penny On A Train Track – Ben Kweller
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb – Spoon
You Don’t Know Her Name – Maps
I Believe – Abra Moore
Boundaries – Kyte
Big Day – Tahiti 80
When Did Your Heart Go Missing – Rooney
Samson – Regina Spektor
Girls Who Play Guitars – Maximo Park
Rest My Chemistry – Interpol
This weeks episode features international troubadour, Josh Rouse. Dan talks with Josh about the latest album, Country Mouse, City House, his thoughts on world music and how you can get a hold of Josh’s latest recommendations through his Bedroom Classics. Download it today.
Check out this article written in Globe St.com aimed at primarily the real estate market in New York City but I think it gives some insight into YP’s nation wide.
The young professionals said they felt their companies offered good career advancement opportunities. Roughly 62% of respondents said their companies offered good mentoring and training programs.
Connect. Grow. Live.
This months 5:35 rocks the jam at Macchu Picchu restaurant. Come on out for a taste of Peru, at the incredible buffet (just $10), door prizes and meet up with area Young Professionals – just like yourself. Get connected this Thursday and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org