Wednesday, November 23, 2011
In the interest of demonstrating thankfulness (and being meta) it seemed appropriate to make our next blog post be about blogs. Specifically, two of the best music-focused blogs around, extremely well-written and engaging, albeit in very different ways.
I Am Fuel, You Are Friends (better known among regulars as Fuel/Friends) has been masterminded since 2005 by the phenomenally talented Heather Powell Browne. It’s rare to see someone write about music with this much unrestrained passion and joy, and the experience is made all the more memorable by Heather’s tremendously evocative descriptions. A master at conveying the emotional texture of the music listening experience, she is also a terrific photographer and raconteur on any number of topics related to music and creativity (e.g. her recent post on Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia). Heather is the real deal, both a gifted artist herself and a true believer in the artists she cultivates and amplifies through her work.
Riff Raf, a more recent acquaintance, shares the essential ethos and personality of the Vault itself – musically all-encompassing, intensely curious and frequently quirky. In the last ten days alone, maestro Richard Fulco has published features on the new Rolling Stones reissue, the 112th birthday of the jukebox, an indie band called The War on Drugs, and Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem (complete with individual member profiles). The entertainment value of Riff Raf is so high that you might not notice there’s a lot to be learned here about music history as well.
Enjoy, and give thanks for these two talented writers sharing their unique voices with the world.