Farewell Fall 2013

Here we are, another semester completed, memories made, a blog created, and an undergraduate student left with effective ways to use social media (appropriately). When promoting one self via internet the rules of etiquette are ones to follow. Before this course, the thought of creating a twitter account nearly gave me an aneurism. Just thinking about the headache of unbearably constant news feed updates full of ever-changing but always confusing abbreviations made my stomach turn. I won’t say that I was never interested in this fast paced, icon of the youth’s debauchery of the electronic age, it prior to this class, but suppressed that inkling of desire, instead pursuing, what I believed to be, more important endeavors. I undoubtedly exhausted little effort towards understanding Twitter’s main purpose. Personal branding through social media is key to sucessful self-promotion. In this course I learned that one advantage of news feeds is  informing its followers about current events or breaking news. Webpages allow people to connect across vast areas through an intricate virtual world full of possibilites and information. Learning the effective ways of properly using the internet for an advantage to enhance self image can be tricky. A blog is a great way to jump start yourself. By sticking to the 80/20 rule, crowd pleasing topics, and accurate writing, self promotion becomes easy. For years, I’ve spent countless hours and late nights on media sites connecting with friends on Facebook, Myspace, and even AOL (I FEEL OLD), reading through threads, music blogs, and NPR news. Learning new techniques on self-promotion is a must have in the world of Mass Communications, allowing the mind-numbing experience of aimlessly wandering through webpages to become an advantagous experience, drawing people to your own personal page full of your own personal thoughts and expressions. This course thought me about the importance on social media and the ways to use it to my advantage. I will continue to update this blog, even after this semester ends. Thanks for tuning in.

-M

During the Noah & the Whales performance at Empire Control Room in Austin.

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“Conversation Piece”

The lead man from Circa Survive, Anthony Green is on his winter tour; promoting his current album titled ‘Young Legs’. Green being a father of two children couldn’t help being long distance from his family during the tour, so he brought them along with his wife. When I first heard Green play a solo show I was at the utmost amazed with his presence on and off stage. He places his fans as a first priority and makes sure to praise them for it. During the Austin show, Green constantly interacted with the crowd not just with sing-a-longs but divided crowd into two verses of sing a longs, creating a musical masterpiece with his guidance. His presence and enthusiasm presented him as gracious and appreciative artist. ‘Young Legs’ can be found online on Spotify and iTunes, it’s definitely worth listening to.

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November 25, 2013 · 11:18 am

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Enjoy listening to female singer/songwriters? Maybe your girlfriend likes it? Or perhaps you have a secret love for the music? Check out Cat Power(Chan Marshall) perform at Antones in Austin on December 14.  This lovely lady can sing and play the guitar, what’s not to love about her.

Here’s a video of Cat Power playing on the Jools Holland show:

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November 11, 2013 · 1:08 am

Music, Taco Cannon, & Fun

In need of Fun?

Austin’s annual music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest (because one Fun isn’t enough), is taking place this weekend. If you have time off to check out live sets or catch a stand up show, FFF is most definitely the place for you. The line up this year ranges from the music entertainments biggest names and to the under dogs. Whether you’re a festival novice or frequent festival go-er Fun Fun Fun will be a blast. Did I mention the taco cannon?

My must see performers this year are:

MIA

Snoop Dogg

XXYYXX

Cut Copy

&

Doug Benson (at the comedy stage)

Stay safe out there!

 

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November 5, 2013 · 5:20 pm

“I’ve got a story to tell…”

With Tim Kasher outside Red 7

With Tim Kasher outside Red 7

Already an indie music fan? If so then you’ve probably heard of Tim Kasher or atleast unknowingly listened to his music. Once the lead singer in Cursive and The Good Life, Tim has done it again; managed to make another great album. Released earlier this year ‘Adult Life’ is a lively album that’s sure to get your body dancing. Tim’s solo 2013 tour kicked off in his hometown of Omaha, Neb and made a pit stop in the Live Music Capital in October. Kasher’s second solo album is filled with songs that are sure to make fans stomp their feet and sing a long to the catchy chorus’. Kasher’s unique style of writing lyrics has his fans yearning for more. Even after Curvives break up, Kasher is still on stage performing for his fans (die hards and new).

Here is my Storify:

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Create-a-App

App Store

App Store

When creating an app, one must heavily consider it’s use to the population. If you have a smart phone, odds are that you already are acquainted with the term ‘app’. In a nut shell, an app or application runs on your phone much like a computer program; it could be an educational, music, or an entertainment app. My friend and I were brain storming about a new app that we would find useful; an idea that came to our minds was to create an app exclusively for students who are on campus and need to find the nearest computer or printer. This application would involve a map of your current location and place points to the closest printer center and computer lab. Perhaps this app could also allow the user to upload files ready for print and pick up. As of now this is our vague idea of how we would like to design an app for students at Texas State but it is something that would help out immensely.

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Bloggers To Admire

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When I first started my blog, I kept thinking back to a person who I have been keeping up with their blogs and reviews, and couldn’t help but think they were who I admired the most. A few years back I stumbled across a few articles by Marc Heilbrunn and a website he founded called Mostly Junk Food. Marc’s reviews stand out from the rest of the music bloggers because of his unique style of writing. The Mostly Junk Food articles are definitely my ‘go to’ reviews. Over the weekend I tweeted out to Marc and shortly after I got a tweet back from him.

Another person who I admire, is Dave also known as the Brooklyn Vegan.I first read his blog after SXSW 2011. I began to follow him on Twitter, and truly enjoyed each and every piece of writing he has published. I sent “BrooklynVegan” a tweet, but unfortunately didn’t get a response back.

These two are my ultimate ‘thought leaders’.

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