So maybe you've noticed I've been posting here more frequently. I've definitely noticed an increase in traffic, and more people commenting, both of which are awesome. I would like to thank everyone who stops by with any kind of regularity; I'm gonna try to keep this blog flowing at the same pace going forward, and I welcome your comments.
I'd also like to point out the links in the right-hand column.
I self-published a book this year—Sound Levels: Profiles in American Music, 2002-2009. It's a collection of pieces I wrote for The Wire, Metal Edge, and Global Rhythm, with additional information about each story (how it came about, whether I thought the interview and/or the final piece was totally successful or could have been better, etc.), and I think you'd really enjoy it. So if that seems interesting to you, click the button and buy one. It's $15 for a physical book, $5 for a digital download, and Lulu.com (the site I used to publish it) is offering free shipping all summer on orders over $19.95.
"What can I buy that'll put me over the top?" you ask. Why, you could purchase issue #1 of Burning Ambulance, the quarterly zine I edit. The second issue is coming very soon, but in the meantime, you could be reading epic-length profiles of Matthew Shipp, a trawl through the massive discography of Henry Threadgill, a session diary from Bill Dixon's most recent recording sessions by members of the band, an exploration of the work of mysterious Spanish metal-and-more band Orthodox, and the ever-popular "much more." That's only $10 for a physical copy and $5 for a download.
Of course, if you haven't got shelf space for even one more book or magazine, but you still want to give me your money, there's a Paypal donation button over there, too. Any books, CDs, or DVDs (or, you know, food) I purchase with your money will naturally become fodder for the blog—that seems fair, right?