Building bridges between music, web development, and social media.

Scott Interrante, who hosts our podcast Pop Unmuted, contacted me to adapt the Pop Unmuted Tumblr theme for his new podcast. Are We Even Friends? is a podcast hosted by two real-life friends, Scott Interrante and Emily Cottone, who discuss the popular sitcom Friends with twice-weekly podcasts focusing on two episodes per recording. Like the Pop Unmuted theme, the site for Are We Even Friends? is responsive and includes outgoing links to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow on Twitter.

Lyric websites have been a staple of music-related search results since the start of the millenium, but the format of presenting lyrics on many of these sites has remained mainly the same since their inception: plain text with no supplementary information or interactivity. Perhaps the most notable innovator in the genre is Genius — formerly known as Rap Genius, the site’s sidebar annotations now extend to multiple genres and even outside the music sphere to news and entertainment, and infrastructure to help “annotate any page on the Internet” is currently in beta. Google recently began showing lyrics in their search result pages as part of their Knowledge Graph, but beyond requiring a click through to the song available for purchase in their Google Play store for access to the full lyrics, their method of displaying lyrics is no more advanced. Even despite sidebar-comment approaches similar to Genius in other industries, including notes on content platform Medium and annotations on Quartz articles, most lyrics-dedicated sites have been stagnant and unimaginative.

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