A couple days before 2017 ends, I jump on a plane headed for Las Vegas to see the original lineup of the Misfits. I never used to be the go-somewhere-to-see-a-band-type of guy, but given the despair in the world right right now, I’ve acquired a carpe diem-like enthusiasm for even banal activities. Plus, punk rock has always been one of my favorite escapes, and I’ve been mainlining the nostalgia I feel for bands I listened to in high school as if I was a junkie.
So sings Dashboard Confessional’s frontman Chris Carrabba in their annoyingly earnest hit, “Stolen.” Well, “sings” may not be the word. Yearns? Pines? At any rate, they’re the lyrics of someone so resolutely smitten that it borders on obsession. I bring up this song because 1.) the music video for “Stolen” was filmed at the iconic Hotel del Coronado and; 2.) it pretty much sums up my own feelings for the Hotel Del. I’ve always had a slight obsession with the famous hotel.
Indie rock from the aughts has not aged well. I mean, it’s certainly not as cringe-worthy as what came before it (we can all agree that the bleach-tipped, soul patch’d “rock” that ravaged alternative radio after grunge was the worst era of music, right? ), but listening to hyped-up blog bands now just feels empty: The production is too lo-fi, the drums sound weak and the hipster coolness prevents anyone from sounding too excited.
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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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".