- Pitchfork has begun a new post topic that will highlight eye-catching Album Covers. Check out Take Cover, Vol. 1.
- The always entertaining Rollo & Grady has been keeping us updated on the happenings in the digital music world. But even cooler than that, R&G recently posted an interview with John McCauley of Deer Tick - in which This Mornin'... received a couple of shoutouts (not in the actual interview, mind you).
- The long-awaited Neil Young Archives are finally going to see the light of day. Pre-order now and get a Blu-Ray disc of footage from '63-'65.
- Still no news on a new Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings album, but Acony Records has re-issued copies of all of Gillian's previous releases. Also included is a new Time (The Revelator) DVD. Buy them all here.
So for the real point of this post.... I wanted to brag a little and mention a couple milestones I've recently reached for my blogging/music collecting career.
Last Tuesday, sometime between the hours of 7 and 8 am, This Mornin' I Am Born Again received its 100,000 visit. Now that may not sound like a lot in the large scheme of the internet, but it sure as hell is lot more interest than I ever thought this little place would garner. It took nearly a year-and-a-half, which comes out to about 230 visits/day. There was a time last year when I was averaging closer to 500 hits/day, but I simply couldn't keep up with making 2-3 posts per week. Now, most of the other blogs I read (which, judging from their stats, you probably do too) blow these numbers out of the water, but, hey, I'm just one dude at his computer. And to keep my posts genuine and authentic, I don't post about music that I don't like. So if there's no good music being added to my library, there's generally nothing new on this page.
And speaking of my music library....
In a fortuitous coincidence, the same time my blog crossed a nice, round, LARGE number, so did my iTunes library. I added the 10,000th song to my computer with one of the tracks from the leaked Wilco (The Album) earlier this week. Again, I could have reached this number a long time ago (there are nearly 400 live Ryan Adams shows on Archive.org, remember?), but I like to be able to shuffle my enite library and not have to hear crap.
Whether related or not, just when I reached these marks, I had a hard drive crash. The 43 gigs of music doesn't even take up 1/7 of my available memory, so I doubt that was the cause. I would say it was just Dell's way of making money (creating parts that stop working after a year), but I was under warranty, a new hard drive was shipped out, and after some tense moments backing up files, I'm back in business.
Reloading my Photoshop catalog on this new disc, I came across pictures from some recent shows I've attended and decided I needed to share them. I don't have the energy for any sort of live show review, so here are some of the 'keepers' I've snapped over the last couple months.
Ray Wylie Hubbard @ The Mucky Duck - 3/21/09
Justin Townes Earle @ The Mucky Duck - 3/22/09
Amy Lavere @ The Mucky Duck - 3/22/09
Mike McClure Band @ The Firehouse Saloon - 4/18/09
Slaid Cleaves @ The Mucky Duck - 5/9/09