Author Archives: Brian

About Brian

"About you," it says? This whole THING is about me.

I Just Met the Bot I Could Text for the Rest of My Life

Actually, not “just.” This happened about a week and a half ago. I tried to share it on Facebook, but in that format the image came out all shrunken and horrible-looking, so I decided to post it here instead. I … Continue reading

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Welcome to Ello. Here’s Your Tinfoil Hat

So, I joined Ello two weeks ago, during that wave when, out of nowhere, your Facebook feed became peppered with people either giving away or asking for invitations to the beta-phase social network. Fifteen days later, Ello kind of feels … Continue reading

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Racism, Linguistics, History and a Little Band Called “Me Chinese”

Sometimes you just can’t predict what takes over your social media feed. Here my local Greater New York City musician friends were, gearing up for the coming CMJ festival, booking shows and announcing dates, same as every October. But right … Continue reading

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That Summer When Jeff Lynne Really Understood My Pain

Here’s something I haven’t done in a while: A long-form music feature published somewhere other than this blog. My buds Jon Mann and Derek Hawkins — two men of many talents, whom New Yorkers of a certain persuasion might recognize … Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin Probably Lifted “Stairway” From Spirit. So Why Sue Now?

I’m normally a big proponent of proper attribution in all media. I’m also a proponent of giving Jimmy Page hell for the sheer number of guitar licks he lifted without attribution throughout Led Zeppelin’s existence, and I dig the band … Continue reading

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2013: The Year in Epigrams

If you’re a Facebook user at all, you’ve probably noticed the recent appearance in your news feed of a whole bunch of “2013 Year in Review” posts from your friends and acquaintances. This is a feature where, if you choose, … Continue reading

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Three Alt-Weeklies, My Own Salad Days and One Long Goodbye to Them All

This morning, the final editions of the three alt-weekly newspapers that serve Connecticut — the New Haven Advocate, Hartford Advocate and Fairfield County Weekly — all hit newsstands. The Hartford Advocate, which I discovered on the floor of my high … Continue reading

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