Blog Spotlight- “Pigeons and Planes”

In the lives of most college students the word “January” is usually synonymous  with mind numbing boredom.  January means we either work or we embrace our laziness and splay out on the couch to watch hours of Boy Meets World at a time.  Depending on motivation levels some of us might even be going for a run or dieting  in the dwindling haze of a poorly thought out New Year’s resolution.

Don’t let this be you.
Screenshot by Emily Akin/Gavel Media

It is in this spirit of the New Year we here at Gavel Media are going to help you kill two birds with one stone. Nip boredom in the bud and embark on an entirely different kind of makeover with “Pigeons and Planes”, our new favorite music  blog.

How is this a makeover you ask? Well, this is the year when you are going to be the musically inclined friend sharing videos and singles the day they are released with a group of awestruck peers huddled around your computer. Think of the possibilities. New year, new musically-hip-you.

“Pigeons and Planes” is a music blog that is updates daily to keep you on top of all the developments in the industry. The ENTIRE industry. The writers of the blog describe it as ”…a place where you can keep up with good new music, whether it be mainstream hip-hop, indie rock, or anything in between.”

They particularly specialize in this enigmatic “in-between”.  The blog definitely tends towards what would be deemed “hipster” music, although not to the extreme that other sites take it.  They dabble in the mainstream occasionally, but don’t expect to read any rave reviews of Katy Perry on the site.  Their mission of educating people in non-mainstream music results in a site that is full of interviews with artists, insightful articles on the trends in the industry, and FREE, that’s right FREE, playlists for you to download.

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But what’s with the weird name? Why pigeons? Well according to the site’s creator, “I like alliteration and I like pigeons.” But there’s deeper meaning behind the title, which all of you English majors have probably analyzed to death already. (It’s okay, I’m allowed to say that. I’m one of you.)

The Pigeons symbolize the “starving artists” who have real talent and lyricism who are often overlooked. The planes are the high-profile artists who dominate the radio. The blog celebrates both, recognizing that good music can come from anywhere. The writers fight the stereotype both ways, with the radio pop junkies who wouldn’t listen to a Grimes song if you paid them, and the underground die-hards who turn up their noses at Bruno Mars. Overall “Pigeons and Planes” sends the message that good music doesn’t require a big name to qualify it as such.  It just has to be good music.

“Pigeons and Planes” is just one example of a blog which has helped open up new and different music to a large online audience.  It works to continue the trend of  the increasing public accessibility to the local artist and “underground” music scene through different social media sites and blogs.  Now that we’ve told you about it you have no excuse for being musically-challenged in 2013. Get to work.

Screenshot by Emily Akin/Gavel Media




About Emily Akin, Editor-in-Chief

School, major and year: A&S, English Major 2015
Hometown Charlton, MA
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? The AWESOME and TALENTED staff.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? Hillside Breakfast, Hockey Game, Mods.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self?
Dear Younger Self,
Maybe try to have a little less fun and actually go to class freshman year?
Good plan.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? Upstairs of Lower
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? Strawberry F’Real with a pound of chocolate sprinkles mixed in.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? “4ever” by the Veronicas. Sorry I’m not sorry.
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? My clown costume was pretty epic, especially because I wore it when I was like 16.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Dunkin’ Donuts or bust.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? I would be biffls with the Chandler from "Friends" because we are soul mates. Or Ferris Bueller because we could get into all sorts of shenanigans together.
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