Usually at this time of year I post a two-part year in review.
Part 1 is traditionally “A Year in TATE” – a rundown of all the significant moments for The Airborne Toxic Event from the previous 365 days. Unfortunately, after the first truly quiet year in band history, there really isn’t much of a list. In fact, here it is:
Oct. 11: The Airborne Toxic Event announces their impending return at a March 23, 2017 show at L.A.’s El Rey Theater, where they will debut new music. Three additional shows are subsequently added by popular demand.
Oct. 24: The Airborne Toxic Event surprises fans with the release of their first new song in a year and a half, the election anthem “America.”
And that’s about it.
Fortunately, the arrow is pointing up for 2017, and we have every reason to expect that the next Year in TATE will be considerably more newsworthy.
In the meantime, let’s move on to Part 2 of our year-end wrap: the highlights of 2016 here at This Is Nowhere.
Of course, the biggest happening was the fall release of our book Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic Event, which chronicles the first decade of the band. As we anxiously await the beginning of the next chapter in March, the holidays are a great time to catch up on all that has come before, if you haven’t already picked up your copy.
Our big book launch included a complete redesign of the website last spring, tons of Airborne prize giveaways, and our epic online Toxic History release party, which doubled as a celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary and included the creation of a birthday card from fans to the band, an Airborne photo scavenger hunt, and, of course, the first ever TATE lip sync contest.
The book and its related activities took up the majority of my time this year, which, combined with the band’s hiatus, made for fewer posts on the website. Still, we had lots of fun. Here are the highlights.
Top 5 Most Read Posts
5. We will be free, we will be free, we will be free – Our quick, off the cuff review of The Airborne Toxic Event’s unexpected new track, “America.”
4. Los Toxicos: Megan the Shy – Each month, we opened the floor to one Airborne fan to tell their origin story and share their favorite songs and TATE memories. Megan the Shy was my personal favorite, and it seems that readers also love the world’s biggest little TATE fan.
3. Interview: Mikel Jollett Talks Such Hot Blood – Friend of TIN Steve Fein graciously allowed us to print his never-before-published interview with the Airborne front man on the band’s third album, which proved to be a very useful resource when it came to writing the book.
2. Airborne Toxic Unsolved Mysteries – Even after the exhaustive research that went into writing the biography, we were left with a few unanswered questions that we were never able to crack.
1. Toxicity 100: The Return of The Airborne Toxic Event – Not surprisingly, news of the band’s soon return drew more eyeballs than any other article in 2016.
5 Personal Favorites
5. The Thing About Dreams – A deep dive into one of my favorite songs, with a personal twist.
4. Toxic History: The Playlist – My attempt to distill Toxic History down to a 15-song soundtrack.
3. Trying to Write it All Down (or, the Making of a Book) – A look back at the challenges and joys of the three-year journey of writing Toxic History.
2. Ghost Stories, with Mikel Jollett – For Halloween, an examination of Jollett’s use of ghosts throughout his songwriting.
1. Beneath This Darkened Shroud: 5 Airborne Lyrics for Dark Days – A painfully honest look at five Jollett lyrics that have carried me through my daughter’s 26+ month cancer journey.
So that’s it for 2016. Thank you to all who have read along the way, and especially to those of you who have supported the book. Hope to catch you on the road in 2017!
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere and author of Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic Event. 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.