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Happy October. Fall is here, and is much welcome after a hot and dry summer in Chicago.

AMN has been busy lately, but in a good way. We’ve been receiving tons of information, including plenty of fall season performances from out the world. Additionally, our reviewers have been cranking out posts, many of which have become popular with musicians and fans alike. Also, in the last month, I’ve received about 50 new releases for ostensible review or as candidates for our Picks of the Week, which has been par for the course of late.

The one downside to all of this busy-ness is my inability to stay on top of it. After making several valiant efforts to clean out my AMN inbox, I’ve hit a steady state of about 50-80 unread messages. I know that some of these are probably stale, announcing events that took places weeks or months ago. I apologize for that and for not being on the ball in general. Despite efforts to reduce this number, I’ve been unable to do so. I’ve been unusually busy at work for the last 3-4 months, which is the main reason that I’ve slipped so far behind.

But these problems are good to have. The quirky, weird unclassifiable music that permeates AMN is on the rise. Or, at least, holding steady. Traffic to AMN is up, as is our following on Twitter and Facebook. There seems to be more going on than I can keep up with, and I’ve had to make hard decisions lately about what to cover.  I prefer to limit AMN to 4-8 relevant postings per day rather than unleash the floodgates on you, the reader. Nonetheless, this should not stop anyone from contacting us with tour dates, new release news, promos, and so on. I will eventually clear out the backlog, and I do listen to all music submissions.

As arbitrary milestones go, AMN passed 15,000 posts earlier this month. In April, 2013 we will reach our 10th anniversary. Honestly, I’m not sure how or if to celebrate.

In random show-attendance news, I’ll be attending this Saturday’s Lampo show, featuring Okkyung Lee and David Berhman, in Chicago. I’m also going to try to make the Wednesday or Thursday evening (November 7th & 8th, respectively) show of the Umbrella Music Festival. If you’ll be at any of those shows and would like to say hi, drop me a line.

Also, if you’d like to join our staff of reviewers, send me a writing sample and an idea of what you’d like to cover. I’ve got no end to the incoming material.

Finally, on a personal note, my kids and I have designed and published a card game. It has nothing to do with music, but check it out here.