The arrival of a new year motivated me to reach out to the all-knowing, all-seeing show business prognosticator, The Not Great, But Well Above Average, Darini, who specializes in show business predictions. At first, Darini was reluctant to share his gifts with us.
If Jacky Bam Bam listed his favorite, all-time songs, there’s a strong chance “O Dem Golden Slippers" would rank higher than “Enter Sandman” or “War Pigs.” Although the veteran DJ with the Marilyn-Manson-meets-Ron-Wood visage currently spends weeknight evenings (7 p.m. to midnight) playing classic and current tracks from rock’s harder precincts on WMMR-FM (93.3), it turns out his passion is for sounds conjured by the plume-wearing, banjo-strumming, glockenspiel-tapping folks who comprise the...
Two weeks ago, I used this column to vent my spleen about a topic that has had me seething for years: The appropriation of secular, winter-inspired songs for the “Christmas music” canon. This week, I’m revisiting the seasonal-song realm, but from a different angle. While so much of what we hear this time of year is lazy and bland (just how many swing-arrangement versions of “Sleigh Ride” do we actually need? ), there are, of course, numerous gems among the dross.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".