January 1, 2009

A new look and a new home for Fuel/Friends

Welcome to the new Fuel/Friends. It’s been a long time coming, long-desired in my little blogger heart. Please update your bookmarks, subscribe to the new feed, and let me know how these digs work for you. The old blogger site will no longer be updated.

Immeasurable thanks to Luke Flowers for designing the new Fuel/Friends illustration, and to the guys at Dayjob for the wonderfully fresh new design and layout. I would highly recommend both of them to other bloggers and those aspiring to their own web fifedom.


  • i dig i dig! great new look here…will update bookmark.
    Happy New Year!
    thanks for sharing your love for music :)

    greenatty — January 1, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  • Keep on rocking me baby! Congrats and Happy New Year.

    kcortez — January 1, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

  • I love the new layout. Great job, keep up the good work.

    Bald Guy # 1 — January 1, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

  • Just heard the show on my phone’s fm radio here in boulder. Never heard of you before so i look forward to seeing what kind of music you come up with. Thanks, heather!

    Futurefaith — January 1, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

  • I’d just like to give my best Keanu Reeves “Whoa” to your new layout. It looks cool and I like your new picture.

    Neil From Facebook — January 1, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

  • Nice. Rock on ’09.

    Good Girl Gone Blog — January 2, 2009 @ 12:37 am

  • Happy New Year..The new design rocks !

    Merrill — January 2, 2009 @ 2:11 am

  • Baller new layout, Heather! Did you check out Ray LaMontagne’s new iTunes exclusive? I thought of you.


    Scotty Arnold — January 2, 2009 @ 2:24 am

  • Happy New Year, Heather!

    The new layout looks lovely, an appropriate change for another new year of cool music blogging. Looking forward to it.

    Iain — January 2, 2009 @ 4:19 am

  • Great New look for 2009 and beyond!

    Bartholamew Twang — January 2, 2009 @ 5:15 am

  • This looks awesome! Was a bit confused about “spank a new musical discovery”… but I then realised it was “spark…”. Ahem, sorry.

    Happy new year :)

    Caz — January 2, 2009 @ 6:25 am

  • Nice new look Heather. Here’s to a great 2009.

    Tnx for all the music.

    Evi — January 2, 2009 @ 7:01 am

  • Very cool, love the illustration. I will continue to be a faithful follower.

    Carolyn — January 2, 2009 @ 7:14 am

  • I love the new look! Happy 2009!

    Liz — January 2, 2009 @ 8:50 am

  • Lookin’ good!

    David Snusgrop — January 2, 2009 @ 8:58 am

  • wow! new year, new look. looking forward to 2009!

    jayc — January 2, 2009 @ 10:10 am

  • Plus, it’s all about the WordPress!

    kcortez — January 2, 2009 @ 10:12 am

  • Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

    scott — January 2, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  • Happy New Year.

    stuff — January 2, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

  • I absolutely love the new design. Great to start the new year!

    Megan — January 2, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  • Smashing! Totally digging the new outfit!

    Hamel — January 2, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

  • This looks awesome, Heather!
    I wish I were organized (and html-minded) enough to move off Blogger.

    Eric — January 2, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

  • HB, Love the new site. Still my favorite.

    Roy — January 2, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

  • ooh, i really like the new site. looking forward to a new year filled with music new to my ears.

    Kaley — January 3, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  • love the new look. keep up the great work and happy new year! will be checking back daily.

    john — January 3, 2009 @ 3:19 am

  • Maybe I’ll get used to the new look but lost is the warmth, unity, and “calm corners” of the old design.

    Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in your photo which used to be full color and warmly inviting whereas now the image is a duotone, flat, and a little cold. The white background is stark and the entries just float. I’m sure a great deal of effort went into this and everyone listed in the comments sections seems happy with the new look. I just wish I could count myself among them. Still, where you lead I will follow with my ears. Best to you for the new year and thank you for being here.

    paul — January 3, 2009 @ 10:01 am

  • I’ve been enjoying your blog for … yikes … like 2 years now. Congratulations on the great new site, thanks for all the great music and commentary.

    matt mccarthy — January 3, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

  • Congrats on escaping Blogger. I just made the switch to my own domain, too. :)

    muruch — January 4, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  • SO glad to see my friend Luke Flowers in on your redesign! What a talent Luke is. You used the best, Heather.

    Good work.

    I remember sitting at your house (with our Crown group) looking at your blog for the first time on your laptop and discussing a possible new look …. that had to be what, like the beginning of ’06? Or was it ’07? Either way … glad to finally see it got done!

    tscha*ching — January 5, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

  • Love the new look, Heather…not to mention the killer turntable!

    –Your pals at The Vinyl District…

    Jon — January 5, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

  • looks AMAZING heather!


    solace — January 11, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

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