Bye-Bye IndieCrit

I’ve decided to stop updating IndieCrit, not because I’m bored with doing it — I like finding music that other people haven’t heard before — but for the simple fact that hardly anyone visits it. In the average week, it lags behind the visitors to the Whatever by about a multiple of 30. Since the whole point of doing IndieCrit is to spotlight cool indie music, it doesn’t make much sense to sequester off the music in a corner of the empire to which people don’t actually travel.

So what I’ll be doing from this point forward is to take the music I find interesting and put it on the Whatever proper. Ideally I’ll put something up on a daily basis, but realistically (particularly in the next couple of weeks, with a mess of work as well as some travel on my part) I’ll put up something two or three times a week. It’ll benefit me, since I will no longer feel terribly guilty if I skip a day, and I figure it’ll benefit the indie artists, since presumably more people might sample their wares.

Having said that, here’s today’s: Sunset Drive, by The Speeds (their latest EP is here). It’s a slow song by a band who clearly usually rocks faster. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Author Appearance

Let me put on my author hat for a second: I’ll be at Book Expo America — that’s a huge annual publishing industry thing in Chicago — on the 5th and 6th of June (I’ll actually be flying in on the 4th, but it’ll be fairly late and then I have to check in and have dinner with my publishers, so it’s not like I’ll see anyone). What’s more, I’ll be doing an author appearance and signing books on June 5th from 10am to 12pm at the Portable Press booth (booth #3840). The book I’ll be signing is the first Book of the Dumb.

I’m not entirely clear on whether the Expo is open to the public (I’m pretty sure you need to be at least tangentially related to the book industry) but if you’re planning to go, you know where I’ll be at least part of the time. I do expect I’ll do some wandering about the Expo — we’re talking thousands or books and hundreds of authors, which seems like a fun way to spend a day or two — so if you’re attending and want to meet up or something, shoot over an e-mail and let’s see if we can coordinate.