I don’t wanna come off as whining too much but I did wanna talk about something I’ve noticed over the past year or two. There was a time where the blogging scene was kind of united, we read each other’s blogs, commented on each other’s blogs and once twitter took hold we retweeted one anothers blog posts. Really, that doesn’t happen too much any more. I am just as guilty as anyone else. Not sure why it happened but all the bloggers seem to have just perched up on their own little internet islands and became hermits. If I really marinated on it for a while I have a feeling Facebook plays some sort of role in it but so does competition, traffic hoarding and probably a sense of general burnout, an I’m posting my shit and going on with my life mentality if you will. I understand it all and am guilty of each and every charge I’ve levied at one point or another.
But I want to stop.
Over the past year I’ve found myself worrying less and less about who comes to ninebullets or how many people are visiting 9b a day to the point where I might look at my traffic stats once a week or less anymore. As that overall concern of 9b’s “status” wains the reason I started the blog, to bring attention to bands I love, is retaking it’s place at the top of my 9b priority list. One of the things I decided was that in the new year I was gonna renew my reading of other blogs, listening to other people’s podcasts and being an active participant in this little musical community beyond the 1 or 2 posts on ninebullets activities. And when I find neat shit on other people’s sites….tell y’all about it. And that other site. Will this reduce traffic to 9b? Perhaps. Will other site owners and bloggers reciprocate the good will? Hopefully. Either way, I’ll feel better about the role I am playing in this community.
With that said, I wanna point y’all to so cool podcasts that I’ve listened to in the past week or so:
AMERICANA ROCK MIX (link)
My man Von does the podcast Americana Rock Mix and it is exactly what the title would suggest. Anyhow, Von has been maintaining and impossible regiment of posting a new show (almost) every week for about 127 weeks, and you ain’t gotta be a math major to know that’s a long fucking time. Anyhow, he’s finally starting to suffer from burn-out and floated the idea of stopping all together on his latest show. This is unacceptable. Head over and check out some of his shows. Maybe send him an email if you appreciate what you hear. As I said on Facebook the other day, you have no idea a simple email letting us know that you’re out there and enjoying what we do raise our spirits.
TACO PODCAST RADIO SHOW (link)
The Taco part of the Taco Podcast Radio Show stands for the Twang Alliance of Central Ohio and to be honest with you, I’d never heard of their show until they dropped a link to the latest episode on Ninebullets Radio’s Facebook page. The show is relatively new and it looks like there was an extended hiatus between the last episode and the one before that but none of that really matters cause I quite enjoyed Episode 7. The show features tunes from 9b.net vets John Schnabel and The Most Beatuiful Losers as well as jams from The Spikedrivers, Vug, Black Owls, Miller-Kelton, The Floorwalkers, The Regionals, and Hayseed. So head over here and get your listens on! If I could, I’d like to offer this sing piece of advise to the folks doing this site: Turn off the auto-start on the audio, please.
THE MOSTLY HARMLESS PODCAST (link)
I just wrote about this site last week so I’m not gonna launch into any explanation of this site since you can read about it there. Damian has returned this week with another heavy hitter interview with Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records and and I wanted to make sure y’all were aware of it. Not only is there an excellent in depth interview but Damian also managed to score the internet debut of some of that new Arliss Nancy album and I’d be a complete liar if I said I wasn’t more than a little jealous of that.
So there you go. That’s some really good shit happening in other places. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I do. If you manage to get through all of those and you’re still jonesing for new music and material I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I have a monthly podcast available here and a weekly radio show available here.
EDIT: PLEASE LIST ANY MUSIC BLOG YOU THINK I SHOULD BE CHECKING OUT (even/especially if it’s your own) IN THE COMMENTS SECTION AND I’LL ADD THEM TO MY READER.