Hello Dig Nation! After a few months away, I’m back and ready for the next phase of the Dig. You’ve probably already noticed our new design. Thanks to Ivan for that – also thanks for the great series of recent posts to get us going again. Things will probably look different in the year ahead, but Dave, Ivan, and I are excited about keeping Those Who Dig going and growing. First, though, a quick look back on the year that was is in order. I have a series of 2013 recap posts planned for the next week or so and I’m starting today with The Year In Dig.
Let’s start with my 12 favorite things I wrote this year, in chronological order:
- Interview with Brian Sendrowitz of Beat Radio + review of their album Hard Times, Go!
- Interview with Erin, Matt, and Andrew of Hey Anna + review of their self-titled EP
- Essay on the track “Colerain” by Way Yes and the death of a good friend
- Interview with David Bronson + review of his album Story
- 5 Things You Might Not Know About Nick Drake
- Interview with Mal Blum + review of her album Tempest in a Teacup
- 10 Hip Hop Songs that Could be Films
- Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Ripely Pine album review
- Scenes & Songs on The Silence of the Lambs and “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus
- One of my favorite things was launching a series on the music of the TV show Freaks and Geeks, as well as sharing some of my high school experiences. I only got through the first six episodes, but I’ll continue this in 2014 for sure. I’ll go with the first entry on the Pilot & Styx’s “Come Sail Away” for my pick here.
- TLC “No Scrubs” music video throwback
- Little Daylight “Glitter and Gold” track review
I am proud of those posts, but in looking back, I have to admit it wasn’t exactly a complete year. Before our relaunch, neither Dave nor I had posted since the end of September. But we still managed to pack a lot into 9 months, including…
Digcasts Two new ones came out in 2013: Dave put out Digcast 9, an interview with Colin Sorgi, and Digcast 10 was my 3rd NYC-focused roundup podcast.
Those Who Dig Presents After the success of the Sandy benefit in November 2012, we kept the momentum going with three more shows in the first quarter of the year.
- In January, I presented The Soft Collapse, Chase King, and Los Encantados at Union Hall.
- In February, Dave put on what many in attendance (or at least me) considered the event of the year, the Home Brew Hullabaloo in downtown Baltimore. It featured multiple home brew stations, several bands, and even a few burlesque dancers.
- In March, I presented Digcast 10 participants Beat Radio, The Pine Hollows, and Hey Anna at Muchmore’s. We had a lot of fun doing these shows, and hopefully they won’t be the last ones we do.
New & Diggable
- I had the pleasure of being part of a new venture called the Brooklyn Headsets. It was a live performance series shot on the roof of an apartment in Brooklyn with a great view of the city. I interviewed the acts after they played. We released four episodes, featuring John Brodeur, Chaos Chaos, Los Encantados, and Field Mouse.
- For the first time, we premiered a music video – and then did it again the next day. Tuff Sunshine’s “All Hail the One That Got Away” and Jamie Block’s “Show You Mine” appeared on Those Who Dig before they were anywhere else. Jamie also wrote a guest essay “How We Listen” that’s worth a read.
A lot of our focus and energy shifted because, personally speaking, it was a big year for both of us. The biggest news is that Dave moved west to Portland after nearly a decade in Baltimore. Once there, he had no trouble getting connected right into the local scene, offering several album, show, EP, and song reviews for Portland acts like Jacob Miller, Widower, and Bryan John Appleby, just as he had done for the Charm City in the first part of the year. Also, Dave shared a new Episodes in Virtuosity on Chopin and waxed philosophic on the Sirius Quartet, Laura Gibson & clarinet, and Elvis & atonality.
For me, I was taken away from TWD by a cool opportunity to become the music editor for a local blog about my neighborhood in Brooklyn called Greenpointers. I had to spend time getting started there, but I know I’ll be able to still post on Those Who Dig on a regular – if far less frequent – basis. All told, I wrote 118 posts in 2013. This includes the highlights above, 29 weekly roundups, 23 show previews & reviews, 17 track reviews (plus 2 more linked in the top 12), 6 miscellaneous posts, and the following:
- Matthew Meyer
- Beat Radio* (linked in top 12)
- The Pine Hollows*
- Hey Anna** (linked in top 12)
- The Soft Collapse**
- David Pollack**
- David Bronson* (linked in top 12)
- Mal Blum* (linked in top 12)
- Blue & Gold**
Scenes & Songs, etc
- The Silence of the Lambs & Q Lazzarus “Goodbye Horses” (linked in top 12)
- The Music of Freaks and Geeks series, Episodes 2 to 6 (Episode 1 linked in top 12)
- TLC “No Scrubs” music video throwback (linked in top 12)
- Sound City
- 5 Things You May Not Know About Nick Drake (linked in top 12)
- 10 Hip-Hop Songs that Could Be Films (linked in top 12)
- 5 Things I Dig About Velvet Goldmine and David Bowie
- 5 Things About American Hardcore
Album Reviews (interviews with * have album reviews too):
- Lady Lazarus – All My Love in Half Light
- Allison Weiss – Say What You Mean
- Lady Lamb – Ripely Pine (linked in top 12)
- Desert Stars – Habit Shackles
EP Reviews (interviews with ** have EP reviews too)
- Belle Mare – The Boat of the Fragile Mind
- Hey Anna – Pompette
- Bridges and Powerlines – Get Better
- Benefit for Will Stratton
- Oh! My Blackbird – Violet
Thank you all for being part of it. Looking forward to 2014! Stay tuned for more best of 2013 coverage.