Another Milestone…

Posted: April 29, 2008 by Mike in Site News

Today, Avant Music News in 5 years old.

I started this blog back in 2003 on a whim. It seemed like it would be useful to have a place where news and information is posted about weird and creative music without too much spin or opinion.

The focus of the site has always been on reporting the facts. Thus, I’ve eschewed writing too many reviews or opinion pieces. However, I’m not big on rules, so I let the site vary from this path from time to time.

Readership has held steady at around 400-600 people daily over the last couple of years. I get tons of email each day and try to sift through it the best I can for 4-8 relevant articles to post. Some days are better than others.

I don’t believe that I’ve missed a day for over two years now. Granted, a lot of credit should go to the people wrote wrote the WordPress software, as it allows me to schedule future posts. This permits me to take a day off now and then.

I’ve received a great many emails from readers and musics with comments, and occasionally criticism. I read all of these, though I can only respond to a few, and usually do so very briefly. But keep them coming. I enjoy staying in touch with many of you.

While I’ve got your attention…should you wish to read reviews of all kinds of interesting music, head over to our sister-site, Outer Music Diary. Tom and Mike have been reviewing like madmen this year and you’ll be hard pressed to find two more knowledgeable writers.

Thanks to everyone for all of the support over the years.

Comments
  1. Congratulations on five years, and please keep keep up the good work. I check AMN a couple of times a week through my RSS reader, and really appreciate your efforts to keep up with a wide range of music in a wide variety of locales.

    Coincidentally, just yesterday I named AMN as “site of the week” over at my place:

    http://stljazznotes.blogspot.com/2008/04/stljn-jazz-site-of-week-avant-music.html

    I did not know you’d be celebrating your site’s fifth anniversary this week, but so much the better!

    Given the wide geographic range of your coverage, I might as well mention some St. Louis organizations that perhaps you’d be interested in covering:

    Black Artist Group

    http://www.myspace.com/blackartistgroup

    (a revival/rebirth based on the concepts of the original BAG of the late 1960s & early 1970s, which included Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and many others.)

    New Music Circle

    http://www.newmusiccircle.org/

    (Long-running presenter of new music celebrates its 50th anniversary next year)

    Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

    http://www.lemp-arts.org/

    (Performance space that presents concerts including free improvisation, electronic music, noise, and other “outside” genres)

    Open Lot

    http://www.openlot.org

    (A new performance space that’s showcasing improvisation, “weird folk”, and other genres)

    Echolocation Recordings

    http://www.myspace.com/echolocationrecordings

    (Another musician-run indie label with lots of free improv, electronic music, etc.)

  2. Mike says:

    Thanks Dean for the shout out and the links.