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There are not a lot of photos from my trip last weekend and with good reason… or rather, reasons.

It’s funny because just today I was having a conversation with a colleague that centered around one of the causes; she asked me why I haven’t been as active lately on Snapchat. The app kind of runs clunky on my phone (yes, still the Android-driven BlackBerry Priv) but more so than that, I’m just trying to be more in the moment. And last weekend, which of course was another of the long variety for me, was about that: not worrying about documenting every little thing I did and instead just trying to enjoy the time I spent with friends.

For those wondering, that time was spent back in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a place I hadn’t visited since I threw out the first pitch at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game (Triple-A affiliate of my New York Yankees and defending National Champions). I showed up on Friday, hit up Wegmans to stock my buddy’s apartment with food for the weekend and then took an Uber downtown to a new restaurant called Terra Preta. The spot is very progressive for Scranton: craft cocktails, farm-to-table menu items and a gallery for local artists to showcase and sell work. I ended up purchasing this piece.


And if you know me and my love of Coldplay, you understand why. But also, I wanted to support a local artist and establishment. In cities all across the country, people want change but they don’t want anything to stay the same. You can’t complain that “there’s nothing cool to do” in an area but then when new, cool things open up simply refrain from supporting them.

We ended up visiting Terra Preta twice along with some other favorites of mine in the area: The Bog, Ale Mary’s and State Street Grill. There also may have been a stop at Sheetz and a trip or more to Mohegan Sun Pocono where I might have walked out ahead after a few hours of Blackjack.

But hey, no phones allowed at the tables so definitely no photos.

The latest chapter in the bizarre um… narrative… that is the Taylor Swift/Kanye West feud played out through a reality TV show and social networks on Sunday night.

And as we’ve learned through both a magazine interview and TMZ report: lawyers on at least one side of the debacle are now involved.

Back in February, Kanye West released the song “Famous” from his album, “The Life Of Pablo.” In it he raps, “For all my Southside n—-s that know me best I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b—h famous.”

Through a representative, Swift refuted West’s claim that he had received approval from the “Shake It Off” singer for the song. She took things a step further during her GRAMMY Acceptance Speech for “Album Of The Year.”

“I want to say to all the young woman out there: There will be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments, your fame,” she said. “But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get to where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know it was you and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”

You could say Swift sang a much different tune in newly released footage, which Kim Kardashian West uploaded to Snapchat on Sunday night, following the conclusion of “Keeping Up The The Kardashians.” The video shows Kanye talking with Swift on speakerphone. West recites the lyric of them having sex.

“I’m like this close to overexposure,” Swift replies. In a way this line provides a peak behind the curtain of fame and perhaps offers the most telling point of their conversation: Swift’s initial concern centered on coverage, not vulgarity.
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“I mean it’s like a compliment kind of,” she adds when West retorts that this mention would be “a cool thing to have.” “TLOP” was certainly a special album for West in that he decided to premiere it during his fashion show at Madison Square Garden, exclusively stream it on Tidal and then continuously change and alter the tracks to his liking even after the LP’s release.

“I mean, go with whatever line you think is better,” Swift tells him. “It’s obviously very tongue in cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice!”

The video demonstrates that West not only went out of his way to seek Swift’s approval but even offered an alternative to the line. You could probably not say the same for the thinly-veiled and not-so-thinly-veiled songs Swift has written that were allegedly about others over the years.

At no point during the uploaded portion of the conversation did West run the b-word by Swift, which she touched on when responding to the video.

“You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that b—h’ in front of the entire world,” she stated in an Instagram post. “Of course I wanted to like the song…being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination.

“I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.”

Kardashian West revealed to GQ that Swift’s lawyers already fired off what amounted to a cease-and-desist letter. TMZ reports that the call was recorded in California, which would determine what if any legal recourse Swift could take regarding the recording.

Bottom line: the narrative is far from its conclusion.

The band American Authors made the trek up from Brooklyn to chat about playing our upcoming “Summer Kick-Off,” releasing its sophomore album and its new favorite social network, Snapchat.

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If Katy Perry and John Mayer weren’t dating, this would be an awkward moment for both their personal lives and professional careers. On the same day Perry released her new single, “Roar,” the duet she sang with Mayer, “Who You Love,” also hit the Internet. In an interview with 95.5 PLJ, the “Teenage Dream” singer revealed that the couple has created more music together.

“(Mayer) played guitar actually, on a couple songs, which was awesome,” Perry told “The Ralphie Show” of his involvement with her third studio LP, Prism. “He’s just been a great support and that’s all you can ask. If your partner is a great support, that’s perfect.”

Perry also commented on the aforementioned duet, which will appear on Mayer’s album Paradise Valley, out on August 20. The track’s existence was first reported by “The Ralphie Show” in June.

“I’m very proud of it,” she said. “It’s another side of me… many different personalities in me.”

Something Perry probably wasn’t too proud of was the leak of that new track last weekend. A standard practice in the music industry, Capitol Records watermarks advance copies of material not available to the public. Through the technology, Perry was able to discover where the leak emanated from.

“Sometimes it’s an accident, sometimes it’s carelessness… sometimes that person didn’t even mean (to leak it),” Perry explained of the situation. “It’s not a big deal because believe you me, I wanted you guys to hear this song when I created it in March. I wrote this song in March and I was like, ‘I’m dying. Should I Instagram something? Should I do a little Snapchat of it? What should I do?’”

Perry did none of the above, and to this day claims to not be on Snapchat (Also, if Perry wrote “Roar” in March, it may discredit the idea that the track is a rip-off of Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.”). The messaging application sends a photo to a recipient that they can only view for a predetermined set amount of time, after which point the picture allegedly is no longer accessible.

“I don’t Snapchat because… I know it alerts you when people do keep stuff, but I don’t know,” Perry said. “I don’t need to be putting any kind of weird things online that supposedly disappear. Yeah right brah!”