… for now.

Turns out it’s been an entire year since I posted something over here. 

I hope you’ve been well.

Between moving and working and having a kid and Tumblr’s transformation from a repository of great music writing/writers to whatever you’d call a kudzu patch if kudzu was made entirely of animated GIFs of TV shows I don’t watch, it just hasn’t happened.  Indeed, if you were paying attention, you’d have noticed I never even wrote up last year’s Top Ten list. (If you want to see what albums made it, click over to my Lists page – it’s largely the same as what I voted for in last year’s Pazz & Jop.)

While I’ve slowed down a bit, I’m still doing regular music writing, albeit largely in print. Tumblr, in its infinite glitchiness, has eaten all of my links on a number of my subpages, including my clips page, so I’ve been very delinquent in updating it and linking out copies of my print pieces. That said, I’ve got some story ideas I’d like to pick up on in the new year, and while I should be more diligent on pitching new outlets, I also have a few that I don’t think will find a home if I don’t make one for them. (The nice part about having a day job – I can afford to pursue things I won’t get paid for, if I can find the time.) Plus, I’d like to start putting my small-but-not-Twitter-small ideas down again. So I’m hoping that in 2017, I’ll be doing more writing over here… kinda.

Kinda, because I’m sort of over Tumblr, and one of those first when-I-find-time projects will be to move Makeup For The Silence elsewhere. If you happen to visit via actually typing the site name in a browser or with a bookmark or something, you’ve got nothing to worry about – wherever I go, the URL will follow. If you follow along via Tumblr dashboard…maybe? I may still keep the blog portion of the site here (with a little necessary pruning) and just port all the static pages elsewhere. Or I might move my blogging to a WordPress or to Medium or somewhere else. If I do that, I’ll be sure to let you know, repeatedly.

But before those things happen, I’m going to proceed with the end of the year as I typically do, last year excepted. So, tomorrow, the year-end mixtape will go up. On Friday (or maybe tomorrow too), some thoughts on 2016 in music and outside of it, and maybe some numbers and links and stuff to go along with them. And then once the new year rolls around, my Top Ten Albums Of 2016 – with write-ups, I promise!

Here we go again…