Looking back on this year, whatever minute footprint I have made in the world of talking about independent media has an incredibly negative one. I ended 2011 by posting one of the shittiest, misanthropic year-in-review articles ever, where I literally said I was glad some bands broke up. I wrote a review where I essentially said the world doesn’t really need another Hot Water Music record, I wrote an article about gay rights that was more about hating ignorant people, and I got kicked out of a band because I became “a total downer” thus making me “real hard to be in a band with.”
The most widely read thing I have published on this website was an article where I slammed some band I’ve never heard of that approach playing music different than me. But the more I think about it, they are going to carry on doing whatever makes them happy, so fuck me for ever getting so worked up about it. I’ve caught myself live-tweeting about how miserable I am watching a band that I think is horrible, and I once told a co-worker that I like to “make sure I have to talk to as few people as possible” throughout my work day. My friend and former band mate Jeff Claxton (who now drums for a fantastic band from Atlanta called The Bad Mammals) used to call me a “dismal piece of shit” regularly. Looking back on the last 365 days, I don’t think I can argue with that anymore.
So, for this year’s wrap up column, I am going to do something totally different. No negativity and no resounding apathy. For this Year in Review I am going to do something I never actually do: talk about stuff that I was stoked on.