Monday, August 03, 2009

a tentative foot back into the water...



Well, I've been away from ECEU for a little over three months now, and I'm seriously toying with the notion of jumping back in. I think I was able to get enough distance from the site over these past few months to realize that, hassles aside, it was something I did genuinely enjoy doing most of the time, and, while I have no doubts the site can't run forever, I do think I pulled the plug rather hastily on something that had been a labor of love for nearly four years, for misguided reasons and frustrations. I don't regret the time away, it was entirely worth it for many, many reasons, but I think I'm almost ready to be able to come back to it again, with fresh eyes and ears.

Unfortunately, I deleted all the posts when I shut things down back in April, so the site as it was previously won't be back if I come back - but at the same time, perhaps that will give me the chance to start anew?

Anyway, while I grapple with this for a week or so - fully aware that I lost the vast majority of my readers many moons ago (google analytics don't lie!), as declaring your site over and done does often tend to cut down one's readership - I thought I'd let you know, a little over halfway through this year, the five records I've been listening to the most (so far) in 2009:


Hold Time - M. Ward ( video: "One Hundred Million Years", live at SXSW 2009 )
Veckatimest - Grizzly Bear ( mp3: "While You Wait for the Others" )
Upper Air - Bowerbirds ( mp3: "Northern Lights" )
Wilco (the album) - Wilco ( video: "You and I" w/ Feist, live on Letterman)
Vacilando Territory Blues - J. Tillman ( mp3: "James Blues" )


And, since you can't ever really take the Elliott Smith out of ECEU, I'll make a final decision on whether or not to re-open ECEU for business on August 6th (Thursday), which would have been Elliott's 40th (!!) birthday.

14 Comments:

Anonymous mk said...

I'm sure I'm not the only one who left you in the google reader. I'm sure the readers will come back if you do...

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Anonymous Kelly said...

It's good to see you back. I smiled when I saw ECEU bolded in my google reader!

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Blogger bd said...

ditto to the above posts. overjoyed to see this blog pop back up in reader.
also i'm a big fan of wilco (love the new album) and just bought hold time as well.

40 year old elliott says to come back!!

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Blogger gotafli said...

Fantastic. Welcome back! Right the hell on.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please come back! I randomly check your blog every couple weeks just in case you decide to post something and I was super excited to read this. Come back. Please. I swear I'm not a creepy stalker, I just depend on your knowledge of music that I will eventually grow to love.

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