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When the blog updating rains, it pours.

Arts & Literature Trivial Link
Written by Nathan Mattise

What’s the best way of returning to regular blog posting after an impromptu hiatus?

Starting a new blog?

It isn’t the first time and likely won’t be the last. Table Read is simply the latest project to join the family of networks that includes In Pursuit of The Trivial, Diners Without Frosted Tips and (at one time) Questions for Ira Glass. The about page says it all. This isn’t a new idea, simply a good one being applied in a different way. If you’re an avid magazine reader or long form journalism enthusiast, make sure to periodically check it out for a few pieces to keep you entertained any afternoon.

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“Eyelid Movies” is out

Entertainment Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 was a big day. Sure, there were free Grand Slams from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The release of “Eyelid Movies” from Saratoga Springs duo Phantogram was (dare I say)… ever tastier?

We’ve been avid Phantogram supporters since our first time back in Geneva, N.Y. – even getting the chance to interview them, have them sign a styrofoam sword and writing the official Wiki entry. It’s no surprise at all “Eyelid Movies” is an In Pursuit of the Trivial favorite already in light of all that, but check out all the positive reviews flowing in from these outlets below:

SPIN

BBC

KEXP.com

AfterEllen.com

NPR

As a good friend of the band has said, the unique thing about Phantogram is that once you hear them you can’t help pushing the sound upon all your friends.  We’re just doing our part. You can check out the tribute video above from a recent Phantogram gig for starters.

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Trivial Links: Read the August ’09 SPIN Magazine

Entertainment Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

  • Lots of food entertainment news as of late – Alton Brown is celebrating 10 years on the job and Padma from Top Chef is (unfortunately) never going to make it that long.

(Links today from SPIN Magazine, sashafrerejones on Twitter, USA Today’s Pop Candy and Wired Magazine)

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WFOMYLs # 2: The Trivial Links (From The First Half!) Of 2009

All Categories Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

The end of 2008 brought a list of web sites and people with it. Initially the thought was to do a trends list for mid-2009 in order to combine those two ideas, but what better way to actually see what was actually buzzworthy than to compile the best Trivial Links of 2009? This list may not include MJ (no Trivial Links posted since then) but some other topics that would have to be noted (Obama, Twitter, Publication deaths, etc.) are certainly fair play.  Continue reading

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Trivial Links: The SPIN/Canon photo contest follow-up

Entertainment Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

  • One more way of immortalizing that (and other concert experiences) has just sprung up over at Songkick.com.

(Links today from SPIN Magazine, USA Today’s Pop Candy, NYT.com, 20 Watts and Wikipedia)

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Want a good roadtrip? Find a Girl Talk concert.

Entertainment Column
Written by Nathan Mattise
Photos by Nathan Mattise courtesy of SPIN & Canon

Ask someone what makes a good roadtrip and the responses you get are as widespread as location possibilities. It may be the sort of entity where you only know what works after you’ve experienced it. So follow me here:

This week I won a concert photo contest sponsored by SPIN Magazine and Canon. The prize was two tickets to a private SPIN-sponsored Girl Talk performance in NYC, a new Canon digital camera and the opportunity to take photos at the event that may or may not be used by SPIN in the future. It was a rather easy decision to tackle the 8-hours plus of driving and Girl Talk, as usual, didn’t disappoint.

Now ask someone what makes a Girl Talk concert and the answers will also run the gamut. Plenty of folks have tried to capture it (myself included, twice even) but it’s such a unique concert experience that you never really understand until you go. So maybe it was the anticipation for this event or the loads of reflective travel time it took to get there, but I realized something so incredibly simple.

A Girl Talk show is the perfect roadtrip because the show itself has what you look for in a roadtrip. Continue reading

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