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1 Year Down

Wow. I’m usually not one to brag, but I’m feeling pretty accomplished today. What started out as a simple creative outlet, with very little direction, is officially 1 year old today!

Over the past year, I’ve learned that managing a music blog is a whole lot harder than people think. Other than the few collaborations with Brendan over at 35mmBeats, I’ve been at this by my lonesome, while at the same time working my day job and finishing up grad school.

There have been (more than a few) times when I’ve dropped the ball and posted pure rubbish and/or wasn’t able to make frequent or regular posts, but for the most part, I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished in such short time. I know there’s still a lot more to the music blogsophere I have yet to grasp, but I really feel like I’ve got some good momentum going and I look forward to the future of this little creative outlet of mine.

Thanks to Brendan/35mmbeats, I wouldn’t have started this blog, had you not started yours. Thanks to all/any of my readers (I think I have few out there) for thinking my thoughts and ramblings about music are worth a mouse click. And a big THANKS to all the bands/musicians/artists that continue to create music that excites, interests, and inspires me to write about it.

Here’s to many more years!

~ Billy/Concrete Opinions

p.s. since this is a music blog, here are some of the songs i’ve listened to the most since Nov 21, 2009

[mp3] The Big Pink – Velvet

[favorite] mashUPS

I love mashups. What’s not to like about two or more songs coming together to create something new and exciting? When they’re done right, very little. Done wrong? That’s a different story.

If you’re a regular visiter/listener of the hype machine, you know mashups are all over the blogosphere and I bet if you check right now, there is at least one mashup in the top 10 of thehype machines popular songs. Chances are, one of my favorites below is on that list as well.
But without further ado, I proudly present my favorite mashups (for at least the next 15 minutes). And be sure to check out 35mmBeats for more mashup favorites.

The White Panda are putting out some of the best mashups right now. Unfortunately, I can’t post any tracks, but you can download all of them here (the Big Boi//Discovery mashup, Shutterbug Swing Tree, is my absolute favorite).
Want more favorites of mine? Check out my favorite remixes here and my favorite free/legal music sites here.