Well, I had a feeling November was going to be down, and it was, so whatever. I almost feel at this point that it’s not really worth giving the numbers, since except in rare occasions, they have little to do with that I’m actually doing on the blog and are more about what is or isn’t happening on the forum, but anyway, I’m thankful people are coming here, seeing this, still signing up for the forum and hopefully getting some enjoyment out of it. It’s fun.
In November, The Obelisk had 215,403 page views from around the world. They came from 127 countries, with the top five being the US, the UK, Canada, Germany and Australia. In America, California beat out New York by a large margin to be the highest-attending state, and Texas, Massachusetts and New Jersey rounded out the top five, the latter only beating out Oregon by 31 visits. Wyoming checked in 4 times.
As of right now, there are 871 users registered for the forum, with 3,750 total topics and 54,966 total posts. It’s been a year almost to the day since the forum went up, and I thank everyone who has signed up, lurked, oggled tits, whatever. I’ve found a lot of killer music through the forum and I hope I’m not the only one. Thanks again.
The first half of the year-end podcast has so far been downloaded 254 times. I hope to have the next installment ready to go next weekend, and on that note, let’s take a look at what else the month will bring:
audiObelisk: This coming week, as I said in the Frydee post, I’ll have the new Sun Boxes 7″ streaming, which is a cool drone project from the artist Craig Colorusso, and I hope this month to have new audio from Lantlôs and psych doomers Uzala, and more. The next podcast should be up by the end of next weekend, so stay tuned for that as we start to wind down 2011.
Top 20 of 2011: Speaking of, if you haven’t yet submitted your top 11 to the Top 20 group poll, please do so here. I’m going to leave that post at the top of the page probably until the podcast goes up, then I’ll have a link in the sidebar, but there’s no time like the present, so please, fill out the form and contribute to the overall list. I’ll have my own top 20 posted as soon as I get the chance as well. I was debating doing it all one at a time countdown-style like I did last year, but I think that was just too much. Better to just get the list out and do a couple wrap-up posts if need be. Anyway, that’s all coming, and the poll closes for top 11 submissions on Dec. 31. I’ll have the results New Year’s Day, which is four weeks from today.
Reviews: Tonight I’m going to see Hull and EyeHateGod, and this week is also The Atomic Bitchwax, Black Cobra and Kyuss Lives! in Jersey, so I’ll be out for that. Mighty High and Cortez are playing the night before in Brooklyn as well, and I might hit that up if I’m not too dead after work on Friday, and on next Sunday, Black Cobra is at the Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn with The Body and Zoroaster, who I’ve yet to see with their new bass player. There’s also a shit-ton of albums waiting to be reviewed, so I’ll be whittling away at the pile as well.
If You’ve Emailed Me and I Haven’t Responded: I’m sorry. I have a backlog of people who’ve reached out who I haven’t had the chance to get back to. This semester has broken my ass, and I appreciate your patience.
Interviews: I hope to be able to get my conversation with Ken-E Bones of Negative Reaction posted this week. Next week will be Eric Wagner, formerly of Trouble and currently of the new band Blackfinger, and I’ve also got Six Dumb Questions emailers out to ultra-doomers Blut and sludgy bastards Morbid Wizard, so hopefully those will be in before the month is out, and I’ll be sending questions to the German band Wight this week as well, which should make a good complement for the SDQ with Wiht that went up last week. Words are great.
The Maple Forum: There are 85 copies left of the HeavyPink 7″, and if you want one, they’re available here. You can pay with PayPal or a credit card. I think the plan for next year is going to be to first sell out of these, then do Riff Cannon‘s new record (tis excellent) sometime around March, then probably Clamfight and Cortez over the summer or after, if everything comes together for those. It’s all so nebulous with the label, but that’s what it’s looking like right now. Tasha-Yar was talking about their next album too, but I don’t know if I’m going to have the time or the money to do it. We’ll see how it all shakes out. First thing though is HeavyPink, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, please do, and if you want to hear a sample of the two songs on the record, click here.
Lots happening either way, lots to stay tuned for, and check back in on. Hard to believe we’re almost through 2011 already, but it’s been an interesting year — had its ups and downs — and I’m looking forward to 2012 and the inevitable apocalypse it will bring. Until then, thank you, thank you, thank you for being a part of this.
All the best in the next month,
Hastate Proboscis Taskmaster
Tags: self-aggrandizing, The Numbers