New Classics has moved once again. I decided to bring the blog to Tumblr for several reasons, but the two most important are aesthetics, and time management. It’s simplified now, so you’re just getting the music but I’ll sporadically chime in with a review or article for some written content. Also, plan on receiving weekly mixtapes of the week’s best tracks, every Friday, an artist database, genre filters, and a few other fun things I’m cooking up. Here goes:
Taking the blog in a different, experimental direction for the new year. Instead of trying to constantly come up with descriptive new synonyms to call a song “catchy” or “terrible”, I’m going to be going lighter on the words and heavier on the ratings system. If inspiration strikes, I’ll step up with a long-form post, but the majority from here on out will be audio/visual and mathematical. And if you’re wondering, Beach House’s Teen Dream stood the 12-month test of time to become my favorite album of the past year. I’ll see you in the next one.
Continuing to build on the brand. If you’ve signed up for Apple’s Ping on iTunes, you might as well follow the New Classics because it’s pretty much just me and Yo Yo Ma on there right now. Either follow that link, or search “newclassics” if you can figure out how to navigate the damn thing.
Also, remember to follow my pathetic attempt at a Twitter page: @gM_newclassics. I can’t promise that every tweet won’t be about pizza.
I haven’t been in the mindset lately to put up full posts, but I’m going to try something new for the next few weeks. I’ll be back here fulltime eventually, but for now: Follow me on Twitter. I know, I know. But trust me, it’ll be worth it. @gM_newclassics – I’m going to try to convert the New Classics blog experience into shortform, and make it all more personal and interactive for YOU, THE READER! We’ll see where this goes. Once again:
Let’s do this right.
This is really sad. The former Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven and Hell, and of course DIO singer passed away this morning of stomach cancer. Nothing more can really be said. AV Club has a good writeup, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing many tributes throughout the week and coming months, but if you have any interest at all in heavy metal, you owe a lot to Dio; including the “devil horns” hand signal. I was going to post a music video as tribute, but I think a concert performance is more suited for this occasion, to show how human and superhuman the man was. RIP Ronnie James Dio. He was 67.
Indisputably legendary MC Guru passed on over night due to cancer, at the age of 43. To put that in perspective, that’s only three years older than fellow Brooklynite, Jay-Z. You know the man from his partnership with DJ Premier as Gang Starr, and he’s been immensely influential in fusing jazz and hip hop throughout his entire career. Hopefully his legacy lives on. Here’s my favorite:
Initial gut post:
Since November of 2009, I’ve been using Blogger as the home of The New Classics, and have been writing not only some of my best reviews and personal thoughts on the current landscape of music, but an incredible volume of posts. More than I should be capable of on my schedule. About ten minutes ago, Blogspot completely deleted all of my work, without a trace left, citing “infringement”, and that I went against their terms of service. Somehow, when all of my posts were made up of my own words, youtube embeds, and LINKS to either the sites whom originally posted the music, or the actual links that those sites hosted. NONE of the links I posted were of my own personal files, and was merely relaying already uploaded (and presumably ok with the artists) files. I am incredibly aggrivated at the moment that the last four months of my site have literally disappeared for no good reason, especially since in the 9 or 10 months that I called WordPress home last year, I never had a single problem like this.
I am very sorry that I ever left WordPress for the bullshit (and less-advanced in many ways) blog world of Google’s Blogger. So fuck it, I might have lost over 500 posts and countless irreplaceable pieces of journalistic opinions, thoughts, and archived ideas, but I am not going to stop.
The New Classics is returning to WordPress, as early as later today, and I’m gonna keep this motherfucker truckin’.
I am starting to re-archive all of the posts from this year, and they will be appearing sporadically throughout the next few weeks. This will take a while, but I think it will be worth it. As this goes on, business will go on as usual at The New Classics, besides the new URL. I’m still tinkering with the look of the new-new digs, so that may change from time to time, but everything else will be as much the same as it can possibly be. So let’s do it.