An End of Sorts

This is probably going to come as a big surprise to most readers, but as of the end of the 2008 calendar year, I'm going to quit updating this site.

I've been writing reviews here for over 10 years now, and although I still largely enjoy doing it, I need to move in a slightly different direction.

Essentially, I'm going to be moving shop over to my shinier, new site Something Excellent (http://www.somethingexcellent.com/) and only writing about things that I really enjoy. Comments will be open for every post and I'll plan on updating every week (and maybe more). To help drive traffic there, I've posted my year-end mixes on that site instead... :)

This site and the entire archive of reviews and podcasts will stay up here indefinitely. I'm very proud of them and lots of people still stumble onto the site via search engines, so hopefully they'll still be a resource for some time.

I've posted my favorite albums for the year list (on the lists page) and will again be taking reader submissions for theirs as well (see readers list linked from the same page).

As always, thanks for reading. If you want to read a longer post I wrote about this site (or write me an epitaph), go here:
http://www.almostcool.org/blog/?p=187

Also, please stop by my new site. I think it will be fun.
http://www.somethingexcellent.com/

Commenting has been closed on this article.

almostcool
It was fun for awhile, but I simply had to shut down comments as the spam was getting out of control. If you want to comment, zoom over to the new site or shoot me an email. Thanks.

almostcool
Some of this spam is pretty glorious. I've been trying to keep pace in deleting it, but it just keeps coming back.

Seriously, though, thank you for all the well-wishes everyone. I will definitely keep writing, so swing by the other site when you get a chance.

chris
your the best reviewer ever.i almost felt like crying.

Jon
Weird that it's sort of coherent...and they're all linked? Sure it wasn't the crazy spam that drove you out Aaron? :P

Moka
I swear to god you've got the weirdest spam I've ever read.

Leighton
I just want to say thank you for all the time and effort you have put in to this site as I have discovered many artists/albums through your reviews.
Good luck with the new site, I have already bookmarked it.
One quick question: what do you think of the new AC album and will you be writing about it on the new site?

Marshall
Godspeed Almost Cool!

Eoin
Very disappointed. This has been my main port of call for new music for the last three years. I really got an enormous amount out of this site. Good luck with the Something Excellent - I'll certainly be stopping by.

Michael
Well after reading this site since 2002, I'm disappointed to say the least. Have to admit our tastes have drifted apart somewhat over the last few years, but I still looked forward to reading every Friday.

Good luck with the new venture, will definitely bookmark it.

Manji
I feel sad for your decision, as your reviews have influenced me a lot thourgh there years. Good luck and thank you.

David
I wish you well on your new site! I'll visit it often just as I do almost cool. I want to thank you for having this massive review database up. It's helped me open my eyes to some great music :).

Jon
Been following this website for at least seven years and learned a ton from it. Thank you so much! How else would I know about the Denver Gentlemen?

Lee
Wow. Long time listener, first time caller... Just want to say, your reviews have strongly influenced my taste over the past 3~4 years. Thanks for your hard work, best of luck with your new projects!

Bartek
Cool job. I will miss your opinions. That's a sad decision for me, but this is your life, so good luck for you.

Bartek
Very cool job all these years. I will miss your opinions. That's a sad decision for me, but this is your life, so good luck for you.

Elwin Rijken
Hey Aaron! 10 years! Damn, I remember stumbling on this site while looking for an Aphex Twin review some 7 to 8 years ago, and since have been following your website weekly (in periods, even daily)!
So this is kinda sad news, even though there's a new site. But good to know everything stays up.
I wish you good luck on the new website and want to thank you with all the musical tips you gave me for all those years!
(Do Make Say Think, GYBE, Sigur Rós, Múm, Broken Social Scene, to name a few of the big ones)

kind regards Elwin

Jaime
Hi, I've been a lurker of your site for 5 years. Thanks fot the great music you have directed me to..
Only one question: in your review of Wilco's YHF you said you would pay more attention to this group. But nothing has been reviewed since. What do you think of their later albums?
Good luck in your new occupations and happy 2009

Eric
I kind of felt this coming, so I'm not very surprised at all. Been hooked on this site since 2006/2007 but have kind of felt the general enthusiasm in your writing drop in the last half of this year. Really glad though that you let the year run to an end before putting the site to sleep. No need to drag it any longer if it's more of a chore than a joy.

Can't thank you enough for keeping this site running with new entries every friday. You know how to keep your readers and listen to them. ;) Musically, it has been an eye-opener into so much exciting stuff. Personally, it's been a very healthy road to follow and a sanctuary in the Internet chaos.

Looking forward to some action on the new site!
Cheers!

Collin
As a memorial, I'd love to see a list of the Top-however-many albums since starting the site -- 1996-2008 yes?

Sure, if we see ratings as immutable we could more or less do this ourselves, but I'm interested in how things have changed; would OKC and Agaetis Byrjun still top the list? What have you discovered long after its time?

This site has been a regular visit of mine since ... 2003 maybe? and it's been delightful to see how hard you work to promote bands that might not otherwise get noticed by anyone. At the same time, I absolutely see how the numerical rating bell curve can grow exhausting -- music writing was made to instill pleasure, to be a sprawling manifesto, to be something you want to do. I find if I can write at length about anything, I inevitably end up liking even the things that I might have reservations about. I really look forward to seeing where you go from here. Best!

Aaron
What are we gonna do with all these extra 7s we'll have laying around now???? :)

But seriously, the internet is a better place for this site. Sad to see it go, but I'm sure Something Excellent will carry the torch proudly.

David
Sad news, but after reading your blog I can understand where you're coming from. Thanks for all the recommendations over the few years i've read your output.