What Is The Modern Age?
The Modern Age was started in November 2001, and was one of the very first music blogs on the internet, making it among the longest running music blogs on the Web. It has served as the inspiration for dozens of music blogs in New York and around the world. It’s the sole creation of one person known as Miss Modernage and is published from New York City.
Tell me more…
Miss Modernage was born, raised, and currently lives in New York. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism (back when magazines and newspapers existed) from a fancy university located in downtown New York City. She has traveled to various cities in Europe and Asia and briefly lived in London, England in 2001.
Her freelance rock journalism portfolio includes writing the Spring 2004 cover story on The Von Bondies for Venus, interviewing The Distillers for NME, and talking to Whirlwind Heat for Earlash. She has also written for Paper, CMJ Music Monthly, Blender, Let Them Eat Lead, and Jersey Beat. Miss M was tapped to serve as the New York City correspondent on the wildly popular Jo Whiley Show on BBC’s Radio 1, reporting on music, fashion, and culture to over 6 million listeners in the UK and in the US on Sirius XM Radio. She has also appeared as a guest on OneClick Magazine (BBC Radio 4) and on Hype Machine Radio.
Miss M’s photos have been featured in SPIN magazine and NME. In 2012 a selection of her rock concert photographs were exhibited in a group show, 120 dB, at Fort Useless in Brooklyn and later at the renowned LES music venue, Cake Shop.
Miss Modernage was declared “Best Scenester” by The Village Voice in 2003 and has been interviewed by The New York Press about bloggers and the New York rock scene. Miss M has done several DJing stints at various clubs in the New York metro area. She has spun at Filter 14 (for Modern Snack Bar), Southpaw, Pianos, and Rothko.
Fun fact: Between 2006-2008, Miss M launched a side project by creating and running a popular website called So More Scene that reported on the commercial emo music scene during its hey-day, covering bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, The Academy Is…, and other creatively named groups. Even though the site was short-lived, its reach was wide, gaining a mention in Everybody Hurts — a guide to emo culture, written by Leslie Simon and Trevor Kelley.
Miss M’s all-time favorite movies include Clueless, 200 Cigarettes, Trainspotting, and “Sliding Doors”. Her current TV picks include “GIRLS,” “Nashville,” and “Downtown Abbey”.
Miss Modernage loves extreme couponing, slow cooking, musical theater, and rock shows. She will take on anyone who dares challenge her in a karaoke cage match.
And one time, while taking a photo together at a Guy Oseary VMA after party, Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon felt compelled to lift her up and cradle her in his arms like a child.
What has the press said about the site?
The Modern Age was nominated for a 2003 Bloggie Award for “Best Weblog about Music.” It was cited as the Number Two site in the “Top Ten Websites Which Aren’t NME.com or Popjustice.com” in the 2004 NME Big Book. (Friendster.com was Number One.)
The Sept/Oct 2003 issue of Magnet magazine reviewed TMA calling it “a cheat sheet for those who can only pretend they’re cool enough to live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.”
Also, Tricia Romano of The Village Voice covered the “close” of TMA for her gossip column, “The Fly Life,” in October 2003.
TMA won a 2008 Shockwaves NME Award for “Best Music Blog”. TMA also received kind words from the snarky buggers at the NYP, this time calling the site the “Best Music Blog That’s No Longer Really About Music” in their “Best of Manhattan 2004″ issue.
You can read more clips in the “In The Press” section.
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Why “The Modern Age”?
The Strokes. The name of the first Strokes UK single was “The Modern Age.” But more than anything, it’s a cool name. This is not a Strokes fansite. I may post about them quite frequently, but this is not a site about the band nor is it affiliated with The Strokes.
Where can I send my promo songs/cds/press kit?
Please save the planet and do NOT send physical promos or press kits. Instead, send an email to promos @ themodernage.org. Only submit URLS of where I can download a promo copy of your songs/album. PLEASE, NO ATTACHMENTS! Although I cannot guarantee to respond/listen/review every submission, I love hearing from new artists from all over the world.
What type of tools are used to create this site?
In January 2005, I switched over to WordPress. I am hosted by Dreamhost.com. All original photography that appears on the site was taken with one of the following cameras: Canon 20D, Canon S95, or my from my phone. Old photos could have been taken with a Canon PowerShot SD700IS (digital). Prior to 2005 it might have been on a Contax T3 (35 mm), Minolta Freedom (35 mm), Nikon Coolpix 885 (digital).