This is the 10,000th Post on The Obelisk

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Well, here we are. It took some nine-plus years, but The Obelisk has finally hit its 10,000th post. This, as it happens, is it.

I told The Patient Mrs. the other day it was coming up and she very reasonably asked me what I was doing to celebrate. My answer: I’ll probably put up a post with a big number 10,000 at the top of it, maybe throw in a “thanks for reading” and then go about my business. That’s pretty much what I plan to do. Today’s a pretty busy day.

But before I dig into the rest of it, I just need to take a quick second and of course say thank you to everyone who has made this possible over this succession of years. The Patient Mrs. first and foremost. My family. To Slevin. My friends and the people in bands and readers who’ve become my friends. The label and PR folks. I’m crass and impatient and opinionated to a fault, and accordingly not the easiest person to get along with. To anyone who’s ever reached out to send me a record to review or even just to hear — “Hey man, I don’t even need a review, I just want you to listen if you have time” — thank you.

the obelisk art by maarten dondersAnd it’s kind of become a tagline at this point, but really, thank you for reading. I’m going to try to be merciful and keep this short, but it means so, so, so much to me to think that when I put something like this out there into the vast ether of the internet, it catches eyes. Maybe you don’t read every day. Maybe you think I suck at this and I’m a punk. Maybe you don’t even think about the fact that there’s a person behind this stuff, or you think there’s a staff of writers (nope: no staff), but please know how grateful I am for every comment, every share, every like, every retweet, every screenshot that shows up on Instagram. All of it. It’s everything to me at this point. As outlets go, it’s all I’ve got.

But rest assured, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. This past week, The Obelisk page on Thee Facebooks also passed 7,000 likes and my personal account, in addition to the 5,000 friends that’s the max they allow, also passed 2,000 followers. I’m over 3,000 on Instagram and coming up on that on Twitter too. Thank you for all of that as well.

Will there be another 10,000 posts? I don’t know. In nine years, I’ll be 45 years old. Not to say it couldn’t or wouldn’t happen, but I’ve said all along that I don’t know what the future will bring, and I still feel that way. This is still an ongoing project, and I guess it will be until it isn’t anymore. Whenever that is, I assume I’ll know.

Oh, and my only regret about the last 9,999 posts before this one? That more of them weren’t about how much Acid King kicks ass. Because, man oh man, Acid King kicks some ass.

Thanks so much for reading. We go onward. Head down, keep working.

All my best,
JJ Koczan


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20 Responses to “This is the 10,000th Post on The Obelisk”

  1. Mike M says:

    JJ thats one hell of an achievement, over 9 years thats an average of 3 posts a day some going indeed.
    The Obelisk has become my go to source for music and I have found some great bands and albums down to your enthusiasm. I often wonder how you keep up with everything because I know I can’t these days.

    Well done and thanks.

    Mike M

  2. marcvs says:

    Thank you very much for your daily work JJ!!

  3. miller says:

    Thank you brother!

  4. ?????? says:

    \m/ ACID KING \m/

  5. Randy says:

    Congratulations JJ. When I first really dove into this music and looked some stuff up on Wikipedia, it pointed me towards The Obelisk. You’ve illuminated the path ever since. Thanks so much for what you do for this community.

  6. Alex van Erkel says:


  7. Gaia says:

    A big thank you!

  8. Sam says:

    Probably the single most inspiring influence on my musical tastes over the last 5+ years. Awesome work \m/

  9. Cory Fusting says:

    Kudos and Respect for all you’ve done for the world of stoner, doom and psych over the years. Thank you for all that you do!

  10. Matt says:

    Keep it up! You’ve turned me on to some of my favorite music. Easily my favorite place for reviews and to find new stuff to check out.

  11. Chris says:

    Congratulations – I enjoy reading your posts and appreciate your efforts!

  12. I thank you for the tireless work and devotion to something that is strictly a labor of love. You have turned me on to more bands than any other internet source, I thank you. My bank account does not.

  13. Chris9 says:

    Awesome work! Thanks for your efforts!!!!

  14. Rick says:

    Long may you write.
    I hope you do reach another 10k in 9 years.
    Music knows no age.

    be well,

  15. Lutz says:

    Dear JJ,

    Please keep up the great work. It has been a great source for great music over the years and i come here everyday.

    Thanks for your time / the countless hours you devoted to this site.

    All hail the obelisk!

  16. Stu says:

    Always a pleasure to read and you’re so informative and knowledgeable it’s ridiculous. Unbelievably great stuff. Congrats – you deserve it for the amount of work you put in.

  17. Bert Hall says:

    Congrats, JJ!! That’s amazing!! Long live the Obelisk!

  18. Justin says:

    Wow, thanks as always for all the work you do. I totally read this entire post in the tune of 10,000 Years.

  19. Muffin Man says:

    Congratulations JJ Obelisk! Thank you for your persistence and endurance. Here’s hoping for and wishing you many thousands more. You have enriched my listening and reading enjoyment low these many years here by a factor of 10,000 (or some big amount).

  20. Dave says:

    10,000 POSTS or more
    In jet black meditation
    Now I stand here hands are sore
    But thats my reputation

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