As a native Coloradan, I try to keep tabs on Colorado bands and The Fray is the biggest commercial success to emerge from the Mile High City. I’ve never been a passionate supporter, although I have an anecdote about visiting England and hearing “How to Save a Life” on BBC1, thinking it was appropriate that this Coloradan arrived across the pond at the same time as the band.
Earlier this month, My Bloody Valentine resurfaced after more than two decades to issue “MBV.”To put that layoff in perspective, the last time the Irish shoegazers released a new album, grunge thundered into the mainstream, George H.W. Bush sat in the White House and San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey was 4 years old. The comeback album is a tricky party to throw. It’s trying to invite people back to the house after the cops show up to shut down the fun.
The duration of “Paralytic Stalks,” of Montreal’s 11th LP, reminds me of what it’s like to use a Sharpie permanent marker. When first opening the pack, the markers are astonishingly precise, writing letters in pencil-thin marks. After extended use, however, the tip dulls, the letters become fat and suddenly, writing “The Decemberists” looks like some unholy concoction in Cyrillic. Once writing becomes indistinguishable, another pack is opened.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".