Have you decided what you're going to say yet, "twenty-ten" or "two-thousand ten"? Do you know where you're going to be tonight? Do you? We've only got a few more hours of Aughtiness left, so for this, the final day of 2009, we sliced open the belly of the blog and sifted through the statistical guts to find out what were the 10 most-viewed posts of the year--at least according to Google Analytics.
In which we find out that people still use LiveJournal. Months later, Williams would tell me via email, "When I read articles like the one you wrote earlier this year, I just get irritated. It's not that you hit some sensitive nerve with me...it's that you basically took what a zillion other writers have already done and put it in your own words. Seems like the easy way out." You know what else seems like the easy way out? Oh, never mind.
For whatever reason, Tracy's report from Austin about an impending "secret" Metallica show at South by Southwest still lights up the Googles all these months later. Maybe "Dave" is still waiting to read our write-up?
Pavement 'Reunion' at The 5 Spot 2/21/09
We were pretty skeptical going in, but that didn't stop us and 200-plus other rubberneckers from shimming ourselves into The 5 Spot for a maybe-oh-gee-we-hope-so Pavement reunion (sorta). Nastanovich danced, Malkmus dished out relationship advice, four-fifths of Pavement got onstage and played some good songs for a change. Yeah, sure, the whole band's getting back together for real now for a big tour that probably won't come here anyway, but none of us knew that back in February.
Don't click on this link. You'll be sorry.
Kings of Leon Almost Get in Fight, Caleb Followill Smashes Sweet Guitar
It's never funny when a beautiful instrument dies a violent death--except when a King of Leons does it! Then there's effing and blinding and breathless British tabloid coverage: "What a blunder!"
Wherein The Spin gets ousted unceremoniously from the KOL after-party just days after attending a different party at the same bar with KOL also in attendance. What a strange, strange world. Oh, and the Kings totes sell out the Sommet Center and play a bunch of songs that people like.
When we first got the bad news, which soon got worse.
What does Diamond Dave have to do with the Swiftus Interruptus? Travel back in time to that quizzical and totally overblown moment right after "I'm happy for you, Imma let you finish" entered the lexicon.
As Gang Starr might say, "He did it just to get a rep." Is there another reason a fairly obscure MC from Tennessee would call out someone as big as Eminem? Probably not. Unless you talk to Bizarre, who would probably tell you that Stak has romantic feelings for Mr. Mathers, as he alludes to in this menacing, strange and lamely homophobic video response. In which he also mocks blogging!
Gibson Guitars Raided by FBI Feds for Illegal Importation of Rosewood [Updated]
SouthComm's resident bow-tie-wearing emo apologist, J.R. Lind, tips us off to a badass raid by a crack commando unit of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, investigating the use of illegal rosewood in Gibson guitars. (J.R.'s original story made it as far as up the Internets as the Daily Swarm.)
See you all in 2010!