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I like Mexican food. I like ice cream. I write stuff, talk on the radio sometimes and put together the @_FirstFloor newsletter.

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Also, the article gets major bonus points for spotlighting @MilesBowe, a talented writer whose work is terribly underrated.Yes it's another article about how great @Bandcamp is but... Bandcamp actually is amazing and @pizzalane (whose wri… https://t.co/VZDHqgLPPF
7/2
2020
And of course, thanks so much for reading. If you'd like to subscribe to @_FirstFloor (don't worry, it's free), jus… https://t.co/idD0Z5yQrnAnd of course there's a bunch of new music inside @_FirstFloor, including @LucreciaDalt @blackxnoise @sk33maskhttps://t.co/GLZQGIJc2cMusic journalism might be a cursed profession, but there's no excuse for it being a closed shop. If anyone out ther… https://t.co/Z9eE686EOuSeveral weeks ago, I had a chat with @IlianTape mainstay Andrea about his album 'Ritorno' (one of 2020's best LPs),… https://t.co/dUstg1p1OB
6/30
2020
One of the best tunes I've heard this year. Put this one in yesterday's @_FirstFloor newsletter as well. Thanks to… https://t.co/djAVpbLF5R
6/24
2020
@_davidturner_ @_FirstFloor Sadly yes, but I'm hoping there will still be some sort of niche that at least some ind… https://t.co/VipgOsMUxLBig thanks to Donelle from The Collective Studio for all of the publishing info, and also to everyone reading… https://t.co/4mQW8m2WdgThere's lots of new music in today's @_FirstFloor as well, including @kush_jones_ @Alibabba19 @IceboyViolethttps://t.co/p4dOqO8jWAWith gigs on pause and income drying up, it's a shame that so many independent artists aren't more familiar with th… https://t.co/TVmd8LIrKg
6/23
2020
Helena Hauff's new 'Kern Vol. 5' mix for @TresorBerlin seriously rips, and I reviewed it for @pitchfork. Warning:… https://t.co/day8lJv400
6/22
2020
One of the easiest ways to directly support black artists is to simply buy their music. @Bandcamp is donating its s… https://t.co/2nuPkuT76z
6/19
2020
Last month I interviewed @indiajordan8 and wrote about their fantastic (and highly personal) new EP on… https://t.co/aLnmZ9vtKi
6/18
2020
@plurletariat @Sorayea I’ve said many times that I have a lot to learn, and I will do my best to keep looking at my… https://t.co/VtlSlJDq9j @plurletariat @Sorayea Moving forward, I will no longer post tweets from artists in my work without their permissio… https://t.co/AaxBb653NS @plurletariat @Sorayea That's doubly true in relation to the incorporation of black and POC voices, and I’m committ… https://t.co/7F07juecC9 @plurletariat @Sorayea As for the other newsletter where I posted two tweets from MoMa Ready, I was following what’… https://t.co/8OWsTB6Lor @plurletariat @Sorayea Although I never intended to target any particular individual or organization with my writin… https://t.co/TTsggumvRHDuring the past few weeks, I've repeatedly committed to be more open to criticism, so I wanted to acknowledge this… https://t.co/E1fGNA1nfA @plurletariat @Sorayea At the time, it was a giant unknown that had me incredibly worried, both on a big-picture an… https://t.co/8RrC1MmoNy @plurletariat @Sorayea I could have used my platform to advocate for folks being unfairly attacked, and instead I e… https://t.co/07uA7aJijv @plurletariat @Sorayea Looking back at this essay, I can absolutely see how what I wrote was insensitive to anyone… https://t.co/NbhdDlWCk4 @plurletariat @Sorayea Thank you for bringing this up. Over the past few weeks, I’ve pledged many times to be more… https://t.co/7O2CXJVZNCGiven that it's an Australian event, the timing won't work for most people in the Americas, and even here in Europe… https://t.co/MurKqXndy8Obviously there's a lot going on in the world right now, but tomorrow I'll be moderating an online panel for… https://t.co/Y0uEUu8HKL @posthuman @djbensims Amazing song. Back in 2003, The Soft Pink Truth did a cover that's also pretty fun, although… https://t.co/KlqyCTGeHI
6/17
2020
Reading about illegal lockdown raves is infuriating, and doubly so when it turns out that @residentadvisor is selli… https://t.co/6NIY0tNMGF @FaltyDL I totally agree! It's a problem that needs to be addressed from multiple angles. I talked a lot about thos… https://t.co/jr8R92jcFbLots of new people have been signing up lately (thanks so much), but if you haven't subscribed to @_FirstFloor yet,… https://t.co/NN3grd2wVfThere's also tons of great new music inside @_FirstFloor, including new @Manny_Teklife @nickleon @Equiknoxx_Musichttps://t.co/juPjQQTsmXOne way to help make the music industry more equitable: eliminate the secrecy around the basics of how it all works… https://t.co/fXZkl8XnY1
6/16
2020
@frasoragna @_FirstFloor Thanks for reading. As for class, I don't think it can/should be considered on its own, bu… https://t.co/YIESNB4dSf
6/10
2020
@katehutchinson Thank you Kate.Thanks to everyone who's been reading @_FirstFloor (especially during a time like this). If you'd like to subscribe… https://t.co/QzGYzda9GDInside @_FirstFloor there's also a round-up of fantastic new electronic music from black artists like @kingbritthttps://t.co/XXIRgW6CfSIn an effort to move beyond pledges to "do better," in today's @_FirstFloor newsletter I tried to unpack some of th… https://t.co/XrDDtv4jBb
6/9
2020
This is so good. https://t.co/Ytb0ToHKWu
6/8
2020
Spoiler alert: They make a lot more on @Bandcamp. @MarcHogan writing for @pitchfork about a topic that's near and… https://t.co/YtATKEU0yyAn easy, concrete way to support black artists is to buy the music that they make – especially tomorrow when… https://t.co/cgp6G8cVJn
6/4
2020
@ting_hecha That's a fair critique, and I've unblocked everyone. I reacted badly that day, but I shouldn't have tri… https://t.co/r4RPhSn8W3 @pipouchouette @AcidAunt Fair points. For what it's worth, I blocked a bunch of people that day (most of who were w… https://t.co/Rbw3HYeKME @peterkirn I absolutely agree with the eating bit. And thank you for the offer, but we're actually not a vegetarian… https://t.co/arSIxuaYdNAnyways, thanks for reading. I've been lucky enough to have worked in music for more than 20 years now, and I've ma… https://t.co/YIPca0Ij3SI'm not looking for absolution or forgiveness, just wanted to take responsibility for my actions. I'm going to unbl… https://t.co/AfCVoNhHDBI've been reflecting on the incident a lot, and obviously that has kicked into overdrive given the current state of… https://t.co/HXIIXLZQgoI should have reacted better and realized that my intentions didn't absolve me of responsibility, and I now realize… https://t.co/kYlUWhIN5vInstead of listening, I immediately sought to defend myself to the accuser and present "my side," which was insensi… https://t.co/yEsRxiQrzFBack in April, I made a tweet about my wife (who is Arab) and her preferences when it comes to eating meat. I meant… https://t.co/uvkY1XAC0lRay is an excellent writer/editor, so definitely hit him up, but I wanted to extend the same offer to any black ele… https://t.co/iDMNUKiUjU
6/3
2020
@intlblk for recommendations for writers or artists, making sure that black people are included in my suggestions.… https://t.co/aUfdpxPBGA @intlblk Not saying yes unless the rest of the team includes black people. When I'm sent music by black artists tha… https://t.co/sSKq278kIb @intlblk For me? Plenty of things, but for example, making a larger effort to seek out black music and artists, as… https://t.co/gUTBSqnKiLOne of the smartest things I've heard all day: "If you have a hammer, you use it to repair a black person's house.… https://t.co/7zBEeuVKS4There are lots more, but I'd love to keep this going. Who are your favorites?In an effort to amplify black voices, here are some of my favorite black music writers. Follow them, hire them and… https://t.co/A3PFUzHLFR @nuno_kinetic @_FirstFloor Perhaps I will in the future, but as for today, I prefer to take a step back from the we… https://t.co/IzjI1DoOtfI've worked with black and brown artists and industry professionals for years, but I could have (and should have) b… https://t.co/s1pJ8V49AUTo be clear, I'm not holding myself up as an example of perfection. I'm not an editor or manager right now, but whe… https://t.co/1MdLKP72HTWe need more black and brown faces, period. And not just in the DJ booth or the studio. Representation is even wors… https://t.co/z0GCsMb7s5Even within the electronic music industry, where folks should theoretically "know better," far too many people are… https://t.co/hEjKMraD4IHouse, techno, electro, disco, boogie, hardcore, jungle, drum & bass, grime, dubstep... none of these would exist w… https://t.co/3VSgKbzdc1Just FYI, there will be no @_FirstFloor newsletter today, not because of any "blackout" (which feels like a typical… https://t.co/AAhS7rR0DAp.s. The irony of @Spotify including a 9 minute long silent track when the ability to SKIP songs is one of the prim… https://t.co/HDcRboPBxfI’d really love for artists, labels and other industry folks to explain again why they’re okay with using @Spotify,… https://t.co/lYJC2NtdM8
6/2
2020
Leave it to @Bandcamp to once again show other music platforms how it's done. Their portion of all sales on this ye… https://t.co/aI2Jtw8dyL
6/1
2020
As for right now, I found this resource guide to be helpful (and quite comprehensive). There are more out there - a… https://t.co/ziJdx6Pvp1Black lives matter, and the rest of us need to do better than just consuming the music and culture they create. Rea… https://t.co/A0f9Ugtd0wThat said, my work with electronic music (and the industry it spawned) is inextricably tied to black artists, black… https://t.co/1tp6BtZKLII know I haven't said much on here over the past few days, not because I wanted to "stay quiet," but because as a w… https://t.co/vA3Gd8ZW29Just donated to the @bailproject, a national organization that posts bail and assists people across the US. https://t.co/9MTcMQBq2q
5/31
2020
I would read Lawrence's writing about just about anything, but this piece about George Floyd, his history with DJ S… https://t.co/Hf496EFyHF
5/29
2020
@MarlonHoffstadt @_FirstFloor @AFEMORG @clubcommission Also the more "industry" side of electronic music is definit… https://t.co/iKzrE61qIf @MarlonHoffstadt @_FirstFloor There are some organizations out there (@AFEMORG is one, and there are things like Be… https://t.co/jq2m0VxmsL @deepchild I don't know about courage (humility might also be tough to claim when I'm writing thousands of words in… https://t.co/FLXZsxYUWx
5/28
2020
@opiumhum @_FirstFloor @theQuietus Absolutely, I tweeted out that article myself earlier today, it's excellent. (O… https://t.co/I35qe5PYbi @opiumhum Thank you Michail.Thanks so much to everyone who has been reading and supporting the newsletter. If you'd like to subscribe, just hea… https://t.co/7kgACS9UlxThere's new music inside @_FirstFloor too, including @indiajordan8 @MatthewDavidMcQ @thehammerhits @MATRiXXMANhttps://t.co/RivXKS4EdbAfter seeing "that video" last week, I've been thinking that dance music's "new normal" is going to look a lot like… https://t.co/jQDIL5FmQQOn the most recent Bandcamp Friday, @nathanmicay dropped a surprise new album that largely abandons the dancefloor… https://t.co/smJauDtR7np.s. I honestly had no idea that one of my Twitter threads was quoted in there until I came across my name while re… https://t.co/ekXDhpCbr3This essay by @ehgillett for @theQuietus is an excellent examination of how underground music culture gets co-opted… https://t.co/jDaqLHWh1j
5/26
2020
@_morelian @profgenius @jujujordash @schmorgasbord A lot of labels do, but Rush Hour doesn't do much promo these da… https://t.co/RKG5OOHOAZ @jujujordash @schmorgasbord I don't know about that... looks like the complaining worked. https://t.co/4p5pqrkoqY @jujujordash @schmorgasbord Ironically, your annoyance with the cookbook is something I definitely DID notice. @jujujordash @schmorgasbord I think it would be interesting to editors, but neither Terrence or Rush Hour is very "… https://t.co/wa7jwl8xmD @schmorgasbord @jujujordash That said, you honestly don't need a full-blown PR campaign. A simple email to journali… https://t.co/9n7E6VhlyS @schmorgasbord @jujujordash I do all of the things Oli mentioned (and try to be pretty obsessive about it - I liter… https://t.co/c7IMWFYjXz
5/22
2020
@matdryhurst The whole poptimism trend also fed into this. Once the "indie"/underground music sites also started co… https://t.co/ptnoOOoOQM @matdryhurst It varies from publication to another, but I think the switch was more driven by user behavior and bas… https://t.co/128tdfKtQUAn extra boost for yesterday's newsletter. Give it a read and start looking at YouTube just as skeptically as you l… https://t.co/ueCZpvPSCi
5/20
2020
@posthuman @_FirstFloor For sure, and I addressed that a bit in the piece. There's a huge perception gap between Sp… https://t.co/a5iptct2jC @thomasragsmusic Thank you, and yes, I think a lot of it boils down to how the companies are perceived by consumers… https://t.co/7sP4AZ4ED5And I know lots of you are subscribed to @_FirstFloor already (thank you so much for that), but if you haven't yet… https://t.co/TMtQ7J7Ou1Lots of new music in today's @_FirstFloor as well, including @JoseyRebelle @kaitlynaurelia @urulu_musichttps://t.co/EJbwVU6RdWThere's a lot of anti-Spotify energy out there (and I heartily support that), but it's odd so little of the streami… https://t.co/uP6EwPkCyO
5/19
2020
The new @JoseyRebelle mix compilation on @BISrecords is special: great tunes, a total disregard for genre boundarie… https://t.co/MCPv518pA8
5/15
2020
@NoeliaRMontes Que guay Noelia. Esto es GRANDE. Supongo que vais a hacer la charla en inglés?I usually don't step out of the techno zone on here, but this @NatGeo article from 2015 about the psychological mot… https://t.co/P4qTvqZ6SN
5/13
2020

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