BW Weekly Content Churn/What I’m Reading — Oct. 15-21

Hi friends. The website was down for a bit while the back-end needed some work, but now that we’re back let’s get back down to business.

I will also use this as an opportunity to flood this page with pictures of my beautiful daughter.

Here’s this week’s content churn as I keep you up-to-date with everything I’m working on. Furthermore, here’s an added wrinkle — from now on, I’ll also add what I’ve been reading to help share good work I see.

Direct questions/comments/etc. to @Brandon_Warne on twitter.

Sunday – Oct. 15

Monday – Oct. 16

Tuesday – Oct. 17

Wednesday – Oct. 18

Thursday – Oct. 19

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BW Weekly Content Churn/What I’m Reading — Oct. 8-14

Hi friends. The website was down for a bit while the back-end needed some work, but now that we’re back let’s get back down to business.

Here’s this week’s content churn as I keep you up-to-date with everything I’m working on. Furthermore, here’s an added wrinkle — from now on, I’ll also add what I’ve been reading to help share good work I see.

Direct questions/comments/etc. to @Brandon_Warne on twitter.

Sunday – Oct. 8

Monday – Oct. 9

Tuesday – Oct. 10

Wednesday – Oct. 11

Thursday – Oct. 12

Friday – Oct. 13

Saturday – Oct. 14

  • Can you believe I didn’t write anything today? Me neither.

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BW Weekly Content Churn (Sept. 3-9)

Hi friends. Here’s this week’s content churn as I keep you up-to-date with everything I’m working on:

Sunday – Sept. 3

Monday – Sept. 4

Tuesday – Sept. 5

Wednesday – Sept. 6

Thursday – Sept. 7

  • Daily Pitching Column for The Sports Post

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BW Weekly Content Churn (Aug. 27-Sept. 2)

Hi friends. Here’s this week’s content churn as I keep you up-to-date with everything I’m working on:

Sunday – Aug. 27

Monday – Aug. 28

Tuesday – Aug. 29

Wednesday – Aug. 30

Thursday – Aug. 31

Friday – Sept. 1

Saturday – Sept. 2

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BW Weekly Content Churn (Aug. 20-26)

Hi friends. Here’s this week’s content churn as I keep you up-to-date with everything I’m working on:

Sunday – Aug. 20

Monday – Aug. 21

Tuesday – Aug. 22

Wednesday – Aug. 23

Thursday – Aug. 24

Friday – Aug. 25

Saturday – Aug. 26

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BW Weekly Content Churn (Aug. 13-19)

Hi friends. Here’s this week’s content churn as I keep you up-to-date with everything I’m working on:

Sunday – Aug. 13

Monday – Aug. 14

Tuesday – Aug. 15

Wednesday – Aug. 16

Thursday – Aug. 17

Friday – Aug. 18

Saturday – Aug. 19

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My Top-15 Kanye West Tracks

About a year ago I wrote this for a website called “The Takery” that has since fizzled out. It went unpublished, so I thought hey, why not bring the #takes to my own personal website to help build my #brand?

All jokes aside, here’s my top-15 Kanye West songs, which I’m sure you’ll disagree with. Suck it, haters.

The greatest thing the American society has been able to do in recent years is sell you a product that was already readily available, and get people to buy into that concept. Before Starbucks there wasn’t a coffee shop on every corner; you could literally make your own at home, and yet we have people who still scramble to spend $4 on a cup of joe. *extremely ‘back in my day’ voice* My grandparents didn’t drink $4 worth of coffee in a month. Anyway, the same thing is true of frozen yogurt, taxi cabs and probably a whole host of other things I can’t think of right now.

So what we’re trying to accomplish here at The Takery is finding a way to review elements of pop culture from years gone by. You know, by taking a broader look while mixing in some of the trademark takes that make this place so great. Since this is Kanye Week, we’re taking a look at his broad and diverse body of work that has spanned parts of two decades now.

It may not necessarily be fresh, but it should be fun. We’re glad you’re along for the ride.

And now, the takes:

  1. Flashing Lights – Graduation

Money lyric(s): “Feelin’ like Katrina with no FEMA; Like Martin with no Gina” | “I’m just saying, hey, Mona Lisa, come home, you know you can’t roam without Caesar.”  

Breakdown: I’m not totally sure why, but this song gives me a vibe like I’m sorting out my shit at 3 am in a dark room with a glass of whiskey. It starts with sultry sounds and vibes, and closes with them as well, as well as an echo as the song slows to a crawl. I get goosebumps just thinkin’ about it. I wouldn’t say this song was the runaway — see what I did there? — favorite for the top spot, but it was pretty safely atop the list.  

  1. Paranoid – 808s and Heartbreak

Money lyric(s): “Yeah you see ‘em look, baby let ‘em look, give us cold looks, cause we look cold.”

Breakdown: For me, Kanye’s songs do two things: they absolutely melt my brain with complex, intelligent lyricism, or they lean more on cool sounds and beats. This leans far more to the latter, with the beats right away hooking me based on the low, repetitive sounds underneath being countered by the higher pitches that follow to make it have sort of a quasi-echo effect. Plus, the concept of being paranoid — while not to the level of Kanye in this song — resonates with all of us to some degree, I suspect. Continue reading

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