ROCKIN' OUT

Culture Shock blog launches; reporter returns to roots

Emily Burnham
Emily Burnham
Posted Nov. 28, 2011, at 5:26 p.m.

In the ongoing digital revolution here at the Bangor Daily News, the most recent step has been the launch of numerous blogs on our website. I’ve got one myself: Culture Shock, where I’m writing about arts, entertainment, food, pop culture and more, here in our beloved 207.

I like to think of myself as an early adopter when it comes to blogs. I started my first blog — before they were ever even called blogs — when I was 16 years old, in 1998, when the Internet was still new and exciting, and the term “social media” didn’t exist yet. I recall posting a lot about how much I loved David Bowie. In college I had a LiveJournal, which was the precursor to blogging platforms such as WordPress, except with way more animated GIFs and entirely-too-personal screeds. Then I went through a number of failed attempts at starting “serious” blogs, which largely amounted to several weeks of posts about whatever was on my mind, followed by swift, merciless abandonment to the Internet dustbin.

I had a blog with the Bangor Daily News for a little while: Rock Blogster BDN, which was where our popular 5 Things To Do This Weekend feature started. By the end of 2009, however, it too had fallen into disuse, leaving me blogless for the first time in more than 10 years. And now it’s time to keep going with our pretty, new, streamlined, superfast BDN website that’s built to support today’s media. So I am back in blog action. It feels right, like getting back into your own car after using a loaner for a week.

So please, bookmark Culture Shock in your browser, add the link to your phone or friend me on Facebook and Twitter. I have more to write about than we could possibly ever fit into the print edition of our paper, so while I’ll cross-post all the stories I normally write solely for the Bangor Daily News print edition, such as Rockin’ Out, I’ll also post plenty of Web-only content, from album and show reviews to restaurant recommendations and posts about events happening around the state. And we’re bringing back 5 Things To Do This Weekend — just as text at first, but we hope to soon have video, too.

Speaking of things to do, there are lots of options for musical adventures all week long. For starters, those of you who enjoy jazz and haven’t had a chance to check out the jazz jam at Nocturnem Drafthaus on Tuesday nights are truly missing out. Each week, between 8 and 11 p.m., a group of players both veteran and up-and-coming play a loose jam, with and without vocals. The crowd has been growing each week, and it’s a laid-back vibe, perfect for an early evening cocktail. Down the coast, Rock City Coffee in Rockland — now also an amazing restaurant — offers up an Irish jam session 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, with featured artist A Pint of Plain.

There also are two great shows in downtown Bangor this weekend, including a night of indie rock featuring Tree Streets, Great Western Plain and Temperature of the Sun at Ipanema Bar and Grill, and funk powerhouse Juicebox at Paddy Murphy’s, both Friday night, Dec. 2. Saturday, Dec. 3 brings Mellow Endeavor, a super groovy acoustic band, set for 8 p.m. at Nocturnem Drafthaus.

Down Portland way, the Clash of the Titans this week features Guns N’ Roses vs. Motley Crue starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Port City Music Hall; you can also see Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies at the Flask Lounge starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. Friday night, the Jerks of Grass will play their brand of bluegrass at Bayside Bowl in Portland, while bluesman Samuel James is at the Frog & Turtle in Westbrook. Saturday night, get your indie rock on with Metal Feathers, Nuclear Boots and Headband at Bayside Bowl, and rockabilly with Sasquach and the Sick-abillys, Eddie Price and the Pretty Things Peepshow at Geno’s Rock Club.

And don’t forget to frequently check Culture Shock to see even more updates on what you should be seeing and listening to.

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