A Butler...For You Head!
March 7, 2005 12:28 PM   Subscribe

Hey, let's ask the Head Butler! A newish site devoted to giving you book, music, and film recommendations, and more. (more inside)
posted by braun_richard (12 comments total)
Not sure how well this will work, but I'm willing to give it a shot. The what is Head Butler page promises a lot.
posted by braun_richard at 12:33 PM on March 7, 2005

'Jack of all trades, master of none' comes to mind here, since I have sites that do an excellent job prioritizing my media in each specific category (music, movies, books, etc.). It basically looks like a guy is starting a spiffy blog to share his opinion on 'good' stuff...not exactly a new idea. I'm not trying to be snarky, but a glance at each page reads like a "My Recent Favorite Movie/Album/Etc." list from someone's blog.

It's still early though, so who knows? Maybe this will be the new media sorting juggernaut of the world wide web. Until then, you'll find me at Pitchfork/AMG/PopMatters, Rotten Tomatoes/Mr. Filthy, hell...even Amazon's recommendations can be pretty good. But thanks for the heads up braun_richard.
posted by rooftop secrets at 12:49 PM on March 7, 2005

Not to mention metacritic.

Also, he doesn't publish an RSS feed, which makes it less useful to me.
posted by matildaben at 1:31 PM on March 7, 2005

Head Butler is a full-service concierge. At your request (and for an appropriate fee), he will suggest books, music and DVDs for gifts, create a library or collection, and lecture on a variety of topics.

Super! There's a real shortage of recommendation engines on the web, you know. Having Metacritic, Amazon, Netflix, Last.fm, Musicplasma, Upto11, AskMe and others at my fingertips simply isn't enough.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 1:38 PM on March 7, 2005

You've got to admire someone though that has the audacity to request payment for their sharing their opinions.

If everyone sends me a fiver, I'll let you know what I think about the state of the NHL lockout.
posted by Keith Talent at 1:45 PM on March 7, 2005

Hey! Who do you think you are? Kottke?
posted by crunchland at 2:05 PM on March 7, 2005

Is this like a wine waiter, but for more adult pleasures? "Butler: more head".
posted by TheDonF at 2:33 PM on March 7, 2005

Um... Ask Jeeves lawsuit on the way? Hello?
posted by mhh5 at 2:56 PM on March 7, 2005

Also, he doesn't publish an RSS feed

Unless you can turn his e-mail subscription into an RSS feed, but that's a matter for AskMe.
posted by NickDouglas at 4:21 PM on March 7, 2005

I dont know...I find it kind of cute and hopeful in that early Web kind of way.

If its the Jesse Kornbluth I think it is, he's a respected journalist who's been around a while (I'd say he's probably around 60 yrs old or so) and so his opinions do carry a bit more weight than your average blogger. Its more like Gladwell putting up his own content site.

But yeah, how dare he not understand that we dont need him because we have metacritic. Him and his naive hopefulness should just go away. /sarcasm
posted by vacapinta at 4:59 PM on March 7, 2005

Yup, it's the same Jesse Kornbluth.
posted by braun_richard at 6:49 PM on March 7, 2005

Jesse blogs as Swami Uptown on BeliefNet. IMO it's better than the butler.

Not sure about a home URL, but start at the newest post here.
posted by Grand Wahzoo at 2:33 PM on March 8, 2005

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