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Posted: January 10, 2014 in Toxicity
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The Airborne Toxic Event played the ALTimate Christmas Party in Dec.

By Glen

We’ve entered 2014, and for the first time in, well, maybe ever, no one seems to know quite what to expect from The Airborne Toxic Event in the year ahead. Of course, the lucky ones among us are counting the days until one of 11 gigs scheduled for late January/early February, but after that, we’re looking at one big question mark. More tour dates? Another swing through Europe? Time off to write the next album? Side projects? No one can say for certain, but there’s two things you can bank on: tons of Io Instagrams from Anna Bulbrook, and This Is Nowhere keeping you in the know about any news as it breaks.

In the meantime, we’ve got a few loose ends to tie up from 2013…

The Holiday Shows: One Last Look

If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch one of TATE’s trio of holiday shows in southern California, a number of photo galleries provide a taste of what you missed. NBC San Diego and Alan Hess were both on hand for the 91x Holiday Bonus Show in San Diego, with the latter in particular catching some remarkable perspectives, not just of TATE but also the other artists with whom they shared the bill. But the most extensive collection comes courtesy of the 91X flickr account, which features not only some incredible concert photography, but also a number of unique shots including Mikel with his friends from Fitz and the Tantrums, Steven setting up in a sea of empty seats, and perhaps the best Daren action picture I’ve ever seen.

Of course, if a picture’s worth a thousand words, a video is worth ten thousand. 98.7’s ALTimate Christmas Party was a tough ticket to put it mildly, but now we can enjoy half of Airborne’s set, as “Hell and Back” and “Sometime Around Midnight” are available for our online viewing pleasure.

Hell and Back Again

If that performance of “Hell and Back” doesn’t satisfy your thirst, there’s more. Remember that JBTV performance from back in the fall, which can only be viewed by paid subscription? Well, you still have to pay to see the whole show (which I recommend), but they’ve thrown us a bone and you can now view “Hell and Back” and “Timeless” in full, at no charge.

I’ll just wait here while you soak up all this goodness…

Okay, you’re back now? Then we’ll continue.

End of Year Countdowns

It’s a staple of every blog and music column: the year-end countdown, recapping the best of the previous 365 days. In fact, in case you missed it in your holiday revelry, This Is Nowhere released not just one, but two looks back on 2013: A Year in TATE, and The Best of This Is Nowhere 2013.

Meanwhile, around the interwebs…

Our good friend Julie ran down her top six live musical highlights of 2013, featuring a pair of appearances by the best band going.

The Boston Herald proved themselves to be of impeccable taste, naming the Boston Calling festival (featuring TATE) the year’s best concert, and Such Hot Blood the fourth best album of the year.

“Sometime Around Midnight” clocked in at #36 on the ALTimate 98 countdown, a fan-voted ranking of the top 98 songs of all time.

At The Buzz of Miche Bee, blogger Heather named Such Hot Blood her second favorite album of the year.

The Fresno Beehive selected TATE’s June show with the Tulare County Symphony in Daren’s hometown of Visalia as the year’s 10th best concert in the region.

The Dented Fretboard blog named “Timeless” the seventh best song of 2013.

And last but certainly not least, Philly.com awarded Nick Hassel 34th place on its list of “Real-Life Heroes Who Won the Internet in 2013.” Who is Nick Hassel, you ask? Just some dude who answered a Craigslist ad seeking a wedding date, and pretended to be the drummer from The Airborne Toxic Event at said wedding.

Anna on the Side

While we’re not exactly sure what Mikel, Steven, Noah and Daren have been up to of late, at least one member of the band has been keeping busy. Anna recently guested with The Cold and Lovely when they shot a scene for the new ABC Family series Chasing Life.

Then, early in the New Year, she joined some other friends to record some strings for a soundtrack of some kind.

More details on both projects if/when we get them.

Toxic Gold

And finally, perhaps the shortest Toxic Gold clip we’ll ever feature. Here’s TATE performing the NBC chime, bombastic-style, with Noah’s stand-up bass in the starring role.

Glen, Fan of The Airborne Toxic EventGlen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.

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