I think my favorite part about writing this piece each year is that it gives me the chance to look back and reflect on all of the stories and highlights we had in a span of 12 months. As the CEO and EIC, usually while I’m either writing or editing a story, I’m partially thinking about the next stories coming down the line also. If I had the time, I’d go back once a month and review every story for my own pleasure. Sadly, we are only granted 24 hours in our short days.
Randomville doesn’t spend a lot of cash on advertising as we have different approaches towards that at this time. So nothing warms my heart more than when I meet someone for the first time and they tell me that they are excited to meet someone from the website and that they already knew about Randomville. Word of mouth is the most comforting marketing that can be exchanged. This happened several times in 2010.
Although we did have our share of stories dipping into film, games and the usually unique, music still remained our top focus on subject matter and it will likely continue to be that way. We covered nine music festivals (as well as one film festival) in 2010, a new record for Randomville! As usual, we featured a new band and charity each month, plus we gave away TONS of awesome prizes for FREE all year long!!
We had some staff members leave us in 2010, but we also gained a few others. Our staff live all over the country and it’s always nice to get views from different aspects, both culturally and geographically. I can’t thank my wonderful staff enough for their continued passion, hard work and strong suggestions that continue to make Randomville a success. I’m proud to have each and every one of you on our staff.
And now, let’s look back at 2010!
We reviewed Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros before they took the summer by storm; Ken Grand-Pierre kicked off our festival rampage with Globalfest in NYC; Hanson covered Radiohead; and we gave you the heads’ up on four new video games!
We profiled artists from Flipswitch PR in 2010, and in February they provided us with EarthRise Soundsystem; I saw Elton and Billy; we had images from Mardi Gras; and we did an interview with The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.
We did a lot in March! Nate and I reviewed the new White Stripes documentary; Katherine Montalto did two interesting pieces (Part one and two) on the connection of rock stars and books; sadly, Christian Boyles ended his long journey on finding an album by Spiritualized; we saw The Avett Brothers in concert; and five us each gave our five favorite concerts from the past decade, which ranged from Paul McCartney to Ricky Martin (??)
Continuing with his Ash: A-Z series, Ken interviewed the Ash’s web master for their official website; we checked out Record Store Day in Seattle and Minneapolis; Eran Afner covered the always amazing Honk!Fest; and I reviewed the new documentary about The Doors.
First off, we informed you on 11 Podcasts You Should Know About; The Seattle International Film Festival invited us back again, so we had two rounds (one and two) of previews; and we saw the Kurt Cobain art exhibit in Seattle.
New writer Zoe Saurs interviewed Pablo Sanchez; Nate Watters submitted his review of The Sasquatch! Festival during Memorial Day (these photos will blow your mind!); we gave our best of SIFF; we had guest photographers for the always colorful Fremont Solstice Parade; and while at Sasquatch!, Nate got to interview Freelance Whales.
Prince left the Internet; we hit up two festivals in The Forecastle Festival (Devo, Flaming Lips, etc.) in Louisville, The Capitol Hill Block Party (Dead Weather, MGMT, etc.) in Seattle; and we saw Menomena and We Are Scientists do in-store performances at different venues within a little over an hour combined.
We reviewed (and gave you songs to listen to while reading) Big Boi and Blitzen Trapper, among others; Eran Afner returned to The Summer Meltdown Festival; we gave you a guide to Austin, Texas; and sadly, the brave woman who suggested that we profile The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society lost her long battle with leukemia later in December at the young age of 35. Shannon, may you rest in peace.
Ken interviewed Tab the Band and also showed some great photos from the show (including Slash!); we covered something you probably have never been to called The Blind Cafe in Portland; and really, September was festival month for us as we covered Bumbershoot (Hole, Billy Bragg, Mary J. Blige, etc.) for the fourth year in a row, we covered The Decibel Festival (Mux Mool, Luke Hess, etc.) for the first time, and we returned to The Midpoint Music Festival (Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Wussy, etc.) after several years. Whew!
We held a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute show in Seattle to benefit The Seattle Humane Society in which we raised $2, 560!; Ken took great photos of The Temper Trap in NYC; Ben Harper made an album with George Harrison’s son, so we were all over that as well as yet another festival in the debut of The CityArts Festvial (Big Boi, Cat Power, Mad Rad, etc.) in Seattle.
Our final band of the month for the year was Copal; our final charity of the month for the year was Room to Read; I profiled my great uncle who once walked a high wire on The Ed Sullivan show; and Eli Badra rounded out a couple interviews, one which included Ethan Anderson of Massy Ferguson.
Of course, I know about a few exciting things that will happen in 2011 around Randomville, but really, the fun part is never really knowing what will happen and getting to report on things randomly as they come along.
We hope you will join us once again often in 2011 and we appreciate your support!