Lots of musicians tweet — but all that Twitters is not gold.
That’s why you’ll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we’re reading this week — then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: …while you’re at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!)
This week’s winners:
- Adam Lambert
Why You Should Follow: As you get ready for another season of American Idol — sans Paula, plus Ellen — make sure to follow last season’s breakout star, glam rock phenomenon Adam Lambert. The larger-than-life singer clears up rumors (“Oh jeez. More rumor mill: Drake and I are not back together. We have allowed a great friendship to grow since our split. Plus haven’t you all heard? Kesha is my new love”), tweets backstage after concerts, and embraces the ups and downs of stardom (“Wow eminem mentioned me in a song?! I must be doin something right!? Even if he used the f word…. Whtev”). Whether he’s fighting the FCC, raving about Lady Gaga, or posting Twitpics of his band, Lambert’s updates are entertaining — and often offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at life in Hollywood.
Best Tweet of the Week: “Grammys were a blast, but after my bday Friday and Clive’s party… I’m gonna actually skip the parties and sleep for a change. Responsible!”
Why You Should Follow: This DJ and producer — best known for creating the Mad Men theme song — has been on tour since the beginning of January and just released his fourth album, The Collussus. In between shows, he stays close to his Twitter page, posting step-by-step Twitpics as he makes seafood gumbo and “deluxe PB&J,” tweeting back and forth with fans, and dispensing advice to fellow musicians, like Grammy star Ms. Swift: (“message to taylor: eat a fuckin burger already. those skinny ass arms are not workin. dont they grill hard in nashville?”). Expect lots of hilarious tweets about food (“Lemme see a show of hands: who’s baking cookies this week? Anyone making thumbprint cookies w/ fruit preserves?”), travel (“Had to dust off this old chestnut:the 6am airport run. So timeless, so classic, and yet simultaneously so 2009”), and Philadelphia, where he lives (“Hey north philly, maybe chill with the molotov cocktails, ok? that shit is unsettling”).
Best Tweet of the Week: “i like how 3d shit with no 3d glasses just gives you a free acid flashback.”
- Ingrid Michaelson
Why You Should Follow: This indie-pop singer-songwriter’s tweets are just as delightfully whimsical as her music. When she’s not live-tweeting old re-runs of Roseanne or posting pictures of her fifth grade self, she’s musing about farts (“how long does it take a fart to develop? from eating the offending food to tooting. how long? i can not find this info anywhere”), self-assurance (“i am eating a burger king chicken sandwich by myself in burger king. that’s confidence!”), and the downfall of the music industry (“autotune has replaced talent…remember the lemonheads? nirvana? the lemonheads? sinead? i miss the funky notes”). Her honesty and sense of humor are endearing (“is it good or bad when the only person who texts you ‘happy new year’ is your mom?”) and her words of wisdom are well worth re-tweeting (“our lives are brief. tell someone you love them. cry. eat good food. make something that you are proud of. live your life with big joy”).
Best Tweet of the Week: “i hate when commercials about making your penis work better come on when someone else is in the room. it gets weird.”