June 30, 2008

The Power of Hospitality

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I read Danny Meyer's “Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business” last year when it was given to me by Phil Terry. I have to admit I was skeptical about the relevance about a restauranteur's book having much relevance or applicability in my own life. After reading it, though, I realized that it confirmed many of the same principles I hold so near and dear to my heart...most significantly the fact that a kindly tongue can act as a magnet to people. Danny Meyer's success in the highly-competitive New York City restaurant business is the proof in the [ahem] pudding. This is not to say that the food at, say, Union Square Café isn't terrific (it is) or that the locations he picks aren't inspired (they are). But there are plenty of restaurants with great food and a great location that don't make it. I think Danny's principled approach to managing his business is the reason why he's been so consistently successful. Oh, and his book has done much better than other similar business books.

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June 11, 2008

A Few Music Sites

Muxtape is amazing but I'd been itching to search the mixes when I was itching for a particular song. Ffffound! Muxfind.
The Rock Hard Times is a great place to get lost in musical information. I've been itching for something close to this for a while. Downside? They don't have The Replacements in their DB yet?!

Written while listening to http://usvsthem.muxtape.com/

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June 04, 2008

The Cool Kids

Saw them last night and this morning saw this description of the genre which I was having trouble describing...

Hipster-Hop : An extension of the “skurban” (skater meets urban) fashion movement, one of the latest trends in music is a new breed of hip-hop that targets hipsters rather than the traditional “urban” audience. Artists such as Kid Sister, Cool Kids, and Santogold mix hip-hop sounds with hipster-approved retro influences and clubby electronica and are winning over ethnically diverse audiences of influencers by playing venues such as Brooklyn's Studio B and happenings sponsored by tastemaker events website Flavorpill.These artists tend to share a “geek chic” sensibility that fans can relate to rather than the flashier images of radio hip-hop artists.

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