Updated: Nov 24
Hard to believe it’s been one year since the Old Man started a new indie music blog. It all started with two posts on November 21, 201. One looking back at my favorite albums from 2018 to 2020. The other was an admission on my part that I just love new bands with a punk edge. The blog featured The Avenues (UK), Ducks Ltd, Tennis Court, Origami Angel, and Cheekface. Since then, we have added two part-time bloggers and our Instagram and Facebook accounts. We try to post to the blog a couple of times a week and keep a daily presence on Instagram. Below is a snapshot of my three favorite musical things over our first year:
This was such a fun interview. Honestly, it was an email correspondence. But Chris Mathien made it feel personal and so real (such a good dude). Go back and check out the Mathien post. Mathien put out five albums and 50 songs in 2021. This is an incredibly creative artist.
Oh He Dead Concert Review: Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville, TN
It was worth the trip to Nashville! Great band that managed to steal the show from the headliner. Lead singer C.J. Johnson has the unique ability to sing so smoothly and then go full edgy rasp. Oh He Dead is the type of band that will build its following everywhere it plays. All they need is time. Check out the concert review.
A Conversation About American Rock Part 1: Has The Influence of Rock Died?
In May the Old Man and blogger Dane Casteel explored the idea that radio commercial rock may be dead in America. The conversation stretched over four blogs (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). Dane Casteel’s premise was that rock had lost its influence on young listeners, as a voice of youthful resistance, and a place on popular radio. This is a really good read.
We didn’t leave the readers without hope. We recommended upcoming bands you should be listening to Origami Angel, Snail Mail, Bartees Strange, Turnstile, Jeff Rosenstock, and the Tennis Courts.