As you all know, I can’t be the king of the hill. There’s always someone else influencing me and blogs that I check regularly. But I know a lot of blogs that you should check out if you haven’t had the chance to do it yet. Since there’s a lot of blogs, there’s also a lot of blogs that will not be mentioned. When I check out blogs, I usually do that because they’re writing in an interesting manner, or that they’re sharing music that I like. If it isn’t one of those factors, it’s because they introduce me to a whole new world.
Some blogs might’ve put down the sign ages ago and some blogs might’ve just started their business here on the internet. These are the blogs that I return to on a regular basis, because they have something other blogs do not. This will not be your regular ranking with numbers and countdowns, this will simply be a description of the blog and why they deserve to be on this list. Also, this list is by no means hierarchical.
Ribbon Around A Bomb is an American blog, with a very dedicated author, whom almost always update her blog on a regular basis. There’s a flow in the blog that never ceases to amaze me and if it isn’t there, well then she returns with the best and most interesting stuff to read. Even though I don’t like modern art, some of it can be fascinating and intriguing. It’s like a blend in between modern art, old pictures of legendary bands, odd pictures of obscure bands and also a lot of talk about the radio show she’s running. Which mostly focuses on female acts within the punk-sphere and everything surrounding it. She’s got a very captivating style of writing, which sucks you in and makes a mess of you. It’s one of those blogs that I check on an odd, yet regular basis. I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing her, so if you’re interesting in knowing more about this blog, check out the interview.
Plunder The Tombs is an Australian blog that fascinates me on so many levels. Since I’m an avid goth and death rock fan, anything that can dig out the best of forgotten goth would deserve a medal. This is also one of the better and more well-written blogs that handle the topic of obscure, old and forgotten goth/death rock bands. It might not be a blog that continually updates the material, but it’s a goldmine for everyone that loves to seek out old gems from the past. Since I wasn’t born in that time, this blog makes it even more interesting. He’s also got a lot of expertise within the area, which some blogs fail to have when writing about this stuff. If you want to read well-written pieces about times past, great records and anecdotes from different angles – this is the blog for you.
Last Days Of Man On Earth was a blog from Australia/US that was run by Joe Stumble. I actually had a shot to interview him, but unfortunately didn’t have the time to do it. His blog is the epitome of music-blogging, with a lot of very well-written pieces on things like The Hardcore Superiority Myth – Or, why did I choose 87-90? which you should read if you haven’t already done it. He generally wrote a lot about obscure bands and music that I hadn’t heard before and he actually made me stumble upon one of my favorite bands, which are called Cipher. It’s a shame that he put his blog on hiatus, but what better way to end a glorious reign than to quit when you’re on the top? Well, that’s what he did. As I look through what he’s written, I’m also inspired by the structure of his language and how he made his posts flow like water, which made reading them for the first time a total joy. Sometimes I wish I was even close to what he was and still probably is, when it comes to writing. It’s an inspiration to look through his blog and he’s one of the reasons why I started mine.
Lukinzine is a hardcore/punk-zine from Sweden that have influenced me greatly within that sphere of music. He was actually the reason for me picking up hardcore and writing about it in the first place, which generated support for Hotet Från Skogarna, my Svensk Punk och Hardcore-podcast and many other things related to it. You can’t really mention hardcore or punk within Sweden, without mentioning him. He’s like one of the more well-known godfathers of the blogs when it comes to that particular subject over here. Probably the most influential one at that, as he photographs shows, keeps up with the scene, do interviews and reviews on a regular basis. Even though I don’t like blogs that don’t produce a lot of text when it comes to reviews and daily updates, there’s something about Lukinzines writing that keeps you on the edge. Which is a compliment, since there aren’t a lot of blogs around that can write intriguing stuff in just a few sentences or more. Also, if you’re Swedish, you might want to check out my podcast as I’ve interviewed him.
Ge Hit Musiken is a pop music blog from Gothenburg operated by Bojan Buntic and his minions, which unfortunately for the international readers, is only written in Swedish. I don’t really like the music that he display over there, but sometimes he’s got a lot of new music that people should’ve heard a long time ago. A pretty good blend between mainstream and obscure music, mostly within pop or electronica. But he’s also got some great reviews of music that range from industrial to everything else, as its being said in the header of the blog. Even though there’s been a lot of pop lately and weird new music, he’s got something that other blogs don’t. He is actually one of the few blogs that focus more on poetic descriptions of the music, rather than namedropping a lot of bands that sound like the aforementioned one in the reviews he conducts. I also think he’s got some great and well-structured “Best Of” lists for the year 2012. It’s one of the blogs I read on a regular basis, at least when there’s some interesting material on display, if not; then I’m only there for the love of the Swedish (poetic) language. You should give him a chance and tell him to do more interviews.
Esau.se is a blog ran by Esau Alcona which is entirely dedicated to the phenomenon of pop. I don’t know where to begin really, but he seems to have a lot of expertise within the area. Even though I generally don’t like the music that’s being displayed, I find his blog to be interesting. He seems to have a lot of passion for what he does and the way he writes is correct but welcoming. It’s one of those blogs that I can read when I need some quick information about the latest happenings and what music Esau likes. I must say that I adore what he does, even though he didn’t include me in his countdown to Christmas! But, hey, I think it was very good anyway. He also did a mixtape for my blog which was presented by both his blog and mine, which you can find over here: Esau.se och Invisible Guy presenterar: Hipster Porn mixtape! Well, what more can I say? I hope that he continue doing what he loves to do. There’s a lot of things to check out, but I’m always checking his site when I need to know something about the latest pop-sensations. Be careful though, this is some obscure stuff, which the Invisible Guy likes a lot. I mean, I like the fact that he praises the more underground and obscure stuff, rather than the more mainstream. But each to his own.
Mosher.se is a blog-zine from Sweden which is ran by Richard Ingemann and circuits around hardcore/punk, written in Swedish. Even though I don’t check his blog on a regular basis anymore, I do it when he publishes new material. It’s too bad that he haven’t updated it for a while, but I’m hoping for a comeback. He’s got a regular language and a correct one at that, which makes what he read a little bit more intriguing. There’s also something about the new design of the blog-zine that also heightens the reading experience. I think he’s got some unconventional material at times, like the essay about Totalt Jävla Mörker which is titled: Att Möta Mörkret – om “Söndra & Härska” av Totalt Jävla Mörker. It is one of the best and most concise essays I’ve read when it comes to that particular subject. He’s also got some nice interviews that he’s conducted with various bands within the sphere of punk and hardcore. But one of the more interesting additions to his blog is the scanned pieces of older Swedish punk and hardcore zines, which makes for a great read. Hopefully I’ll check in to his blog even more in 2013 and I hope he’s got some material that I would like to read. So hopefully we’ll see more of this blog next year.
Cactus Mouth Informer was a blog from the UK that was ran by Highlander and had been active since 2007. But since the 10th of December, he apparently ceased his activities with the blog, which is a shame. One of the more interesting additions when it comes to post-punk, goth rock, death rock and everything in between. A lot of interesting posts and clippings from different popular magazines about those genres. Which have given me a lot of information about them and let me read some of the interviews I might’ve missed and also reviews for that matter. He also uploaded a lot of music from that time, which is the 80’s and I’ve heard more obscure bands over there than anywhere else, when it comes to the 80’s. The quality of the blog was consistent and there was always something to read, if not clippings from Zig Zag Now, then something else worthy of your time. Even though there weren’t a lot of writing per se, there was a lot of material which you should’ve gotten your hands on a long time ago. I was also introduced to a lot more blogs when it comes to pure .mp3 and FLAC-blogs. Which was awesome, since I found a lot of music during that route. Let us hope that he continues somewhere else and show up on my radar, sometime in the future.
This concludes my list for this year. I know that there are a lot of blogs that I can’t remember right now, but that I might not visit on a regular basis. Who knows, I might write a little thing or two about them too. But this post is dedicated to blogs that have had, will have or is having a legacy that affects me in one way or another. Some of them might not last, some of them may, but time will tell. Hopefully they’ll develop into their own little niche and make something of their time on the web here among every other shitty blog that is out there. However, these blogs are far from shitty, which is a great thing. I’m hoping that more blogs will pop up that create something unique themselves.
– The Invisible Guy