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Options April 26, 2016: RIP Prince



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Today: RIP Prince
Today on Aerial View I head out to Ave of the Americas (AKA 6th Ave) between 48th and 50th streets in New York to ask passersby for reactions to the death of Prince (and for theories on what happened). Listen for:
  • A family of French tourists responding in French.
  • A confused kid searching for subway.
  • Someone named George.
  • Billy, a homeless person, who loves The Beatles
  • Lots of commuters who ignore me.
  • Some other "randos".
Below are some pictures from yesterday's foray.  First up is Homeless Billy. Then there are shots of various locales up and down the Ave of the Americas where I tried to pry interviews from folks. 

RIP, Prince. You are most definitely missed.
Elevator Ride
DCSMPO
I've identified a phenomenon I've dubbed "Dead Celebrity Social Media Pecking Order", or "DCSMPO" for short. Here's the way it works:
  1. A celebrity dies.
  2. People react on social media.
  3. Those people quickly establish a pecking order of who feels the loss the deepest, depending on various factors. Here's the levels I've identified, based on Prince's death:
  • Ex-wives.
  • Relatives/loved ones.
  • Girlfriends.
  • Employees.
  • Longtime Concertgoers ("Been to every show!")
  • Has his entire output on vinyl, including obscurities.
  • Has the CDs.
  • Bought Purple Rain soundtrack.
  • Saw Purple Rain many times.
  • Saw Purple Rain once.
  • Likes that songs about the doves.
  • Wants to party like it's 1999.
  • Prefers Sinead's version.
  • Never really cared for his music.
  • Prince who?
  • Man, fuck that guy.
Last Week: Ace Is The Place

Last week's Aerial View documented my visit to the Ace Frehley show at the BB King Club in NYC.
Artist Track Year Format
Chris Prince T.  Aerial Instrumental No. 1 View   Options 2016  WAV 
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Obligatory Throwback Pic(s)
2005 Mermaid Parade, with King Neptune David Johansen.
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  Fri. 6/10/16 12:47pm Andrew H:

I thought this was really boring while I was listening to it, but a day afterwards I realized it was actually really interesting
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