We’re well into our third year of covering The Airborne Toxic Event here at This Is Nowhere, but 2015 marked the first TATE album release since we began – and we got two for the price of one!
The result was our busiest year yet. This little hobby threatened to turn into a full-time job in late February, thanks to an unprecedented 4,000 page visits in two days when Dope Machines and Songs of God and Whiskey dropped. In all, we’ve had over 125,000 page views this year.
Meanwhile, I tested the limits of my ever-patient wife (not to mention our credit cards) by traveling to Seattle, San Francisco, Reno and Sacramento at various points this year to catch the band on the road. What a pleasure it has been to make so many new Airborne friends and share some memorable gigs with many of you.
Things have quieted down since the band began their break a couple months ago, but we’re still hammering away on Toxic History, our would-be book that we’re aiming to finish by next summer. Hopefully by then we’ll have a better idea of what may be next for The Airborne Toxic Event.
In the meantime, here’s a look back at some highlights from 2015.
Top 5 Posts
The following posts were the most widely read of the year.
5. The Airborne Toxic Event Fan Survey: 2015 Edition – Almost 400 fans took our massive survey on all things TATE. Only a few of you cursed me for making the questions too hard, so I consider that a win.
4. Down Thunder Road: Mikel Jollett Discusses Springsteen’s Influence on The Airborne Toxic Event – Thanks to our friend Steven Fein, we had the wonderful opportunity to publish an original interview with Mikel Jollett from a few years back, on the topic of Bruce Springsteen and his influence on Mikel’s songwriting.
3. There Are No Rules When You Fall in Love – A cheesy little piece that I wrote for my wife on Valentine’s Day, with a little help from Mikel.
2. Review: Dope Machines – Fun fact: I started writing this review almost six months before the album’s release, forming my thoughts on The Airborne Toxic Event’s changing musical direction, adding my impressions of individual songs as I heard them live and tweaking it as tracks were released in the weeks leading up to release day.
1. Review: Songs of God and Whiskey – Fun fact: I wrote this review in a matter of two hours after only one careful listen to the album. A snap album deserves snap coverage, right? This article has been read by almost four times as many readers as the Dope Machines review. Interesting.
5 Personal Picks
In case you missed them, here are five of my personal favorites from the past year:
Toxic History Series: This three year labor of love has now grown to 28 chapters, with a (planned) 14 more to come in 2016. We’re on the cusp of Such Hot Blood. Catch up and join us for the rest of the journey!
I’ll Follow You Even If It Was ‘Wrong’ – It’s always a privilege to publish Colleen Cline’s thoughtful work. In the run up to Dope Machines, when many fans were fretting about synths, Colleen wrote about why she implicitly trusts the artistic instincts of the band.
As I Navigate Through the Dope Machines and Revel in Songs of God and Whiskey – An alternate take on the two new albums from Julie Stoller. Thank you, Julie, for all you have contributed over the past couple of years, both publicly and behind the scenes.
A Fans’ Eye View of The Airborne Toxic Event’s Private Show – When Bill Barrish won the right to choose the setlist for a private Airborne show, he generously shared the opportunity with other fans who would be in attendance. Before the show, each of them shared their picks with us, and why they chose them. Following the gig, several of them collaborated on a joint review of the memorable evening, opening up about what it meant to hear their chosen songs.
Enough is Enough: My Song of God and Whiskey – My Airborne-inspired, very personal reflection on my recent journey, warts and all (mostly warts, actually). Written during a dark time, but it still rings true to me today.
Thank you very much to each and every one of you who have read, written, photographed, filmed, commented and bounced alongside me this year, and especially to all who have encouraged my family and I as our daughter continues her cancer battle. (She’s kicking its ass, BTW, though we still have 14 months of treatment to endure.) I hope to see you on the road sooner than later!
Glen 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.