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Sowing's 10 Year Extravaganza

Just kidding, there will be no such excitement. But the true part is that I've been here a decade today.
The Sound of Madness

FIRST, A STORY...That's right, it's been a decade since a very emo, very single "SowingSeason21" (yeah, I had numbers in my username at first too) decided to write a review for Shinedown's "The Sound of Madness." I had no idea what I was getting into at the time, and neither did this site. I still remember user ilikemusicthatsucks tried to prevent me from happening (first comment, which was since deleted, told me my review sucked and was unnecessary and advised me to leave the site forever...what would I be doing now had I heeded his advice? Something far more productive, I hope) - so if you despise me, you have him to blame for not creating additional alts to berate me into submission...
2Panic! at the Disco
Pretty. Odd.

...I sort of lurked after that, only occasionally reviewing over the next year and arguing with AtavanHalen about Panic! At the Disco (he tried to tell me that Pretty. Odd. was not a Beatles rip off when it so clearly is lol)...
3Angels and Airwaves

...I don't think I really got hooked here until 2010, I remember being particularly hyped when my Angels and Airwaves "Love" review got featured...
4Sonic Youth
Bad Moon Rising

...From there it became a passion, and I started trying to get better at writing even though I never imagined myself as a staff member or anything. I still have to give props to Gyromania (yeah, he's old and was around back then too) for praising my Sonic Youth review and advising me to cover some new releases, then go for contributor. The idea fascinated me so I began to stay current on music, and not just cover whatever I fancied at the time...
5Tigers on Trains

...The rest feels like a slippery upwards slope. Anyway, contrib in Fall 2010, staff in Fall 2011, mod in Winter 2015. It's been a magical ride. Now I just enjoy trying in vain to keep this site from fading into irrelevance, unsuccessfully, along with you all...
The Best of Titanic

...But I couldn't ask for better company on the titanic of music websites, which is my way of saying I love you guys. Also, if mx reads this, just kidding about the titanic. Major upgrades on deck for 2034 ;-) At least we're still better than Picthfork, right? Anyway, I know I ban some of you and nuke your lists titled "which race is the most intelligent?", or wipe your comments whenever you break out that special kind of language that hasn't been acceptable since 1950 (and still wasn't then), but I really do value the positive contributions that you 90 percent of you bring. If I can ever help, let me know. After all, the reason I've been here so long is because I care about the site and want to see it continue, and afford others a musical and social outlet - just as it did for me when I first joined back in 2008. Cheers. In traditional Sowing style, have a super indulgent and pretty much self-important list, on me!
7The New Review
The New Review

My 10 FAVORITE (BEST) REVIEWS I'VE EVER WRITTEN (in no particular order): I've done 354 reviews in 10 years (that's just over 35 reviews a year, sheesh) - here are a few that have always stood out to me. Read them if you want to, or if you're trying to become a supremely hyperbolic reviewer with an affinity for 5's and all things epic...PS PLEASE EXCUSE ANY UNCORRECTED QUESTION MARK BUGS (you try going back and editing 350 some reviews...)
8Brand New
Daisy - In which I relate Daisy to various Bible verses and discuss the end of the world.
Southern Air - In which I wax poetic about growing up. Review is dripping with nostalgia.
Ten Stories - My 250th review for Brother, Sister went into more detail (it was basically a thesis), but I prefer this mwY review. I just love the philosophical angle I took. An important lyrical review.
11Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me - I feel like this just describes the music better than almost any other review I've done. It helps that it's one of my all-time favorites.
12The Killers
Don't Waste Your Wishes - The most fun I've ever had tearing an album apart. It's a bit goofy but I still get a chuckle out of it.
13Peter Silberman
Impermanence - Best non-hyperbolic thing I've ever written. I gave the album a 3.2 which is a difficult rating to justify and explain interestingly (because it's a semi-average score), but I think I pulled it off.
14The National
Sleep Well Beast - A recent review of mine. I really like how I tied the meaning of the album into my own life, and discussed how boring it is to be an adult - how it feels like you're losing touch with everything - but then that feeling means you're not quite numb yet. I dunno I just like this review.
15Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver - In my opinion, my best example of writing with total creative freedom. Review paints a picture, tells a story, transports the mind, and all that good stuff. Makes you feel like you're in a log cabin.
Ocean Avenue Acoustic - Was meant to be my swan song/final review (but I ended up returning to the site...this was my first retirement from the Sputnik, most of you probably don't remember it). In which I get all starry eyed and romantic (wrote this the same month I got engaged to my wife).
17Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile to the Surface - Still difficult for me to read this, or listen to the album. Drudges up some heartbreaking memories, which the review covers in detail.
18My Favorite
Happiest Days of Our Lives

IN ADDITION, HERE ARE MY PERSONAL FAVORITE 10 ARTISTS EVER - or at least during my Sputnik tenure.
19The Antlers
In the Attic of the Universe

#10 - Nary a letdown. The Radiohead of indie.
20The Dear Hunter
Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

#9 - One of the best and most progressive modern rock bands.
A Moon Shaped Pool

#8 - As expected.
22Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago

#7 - Also the Radiohead of indie, lol.

#6 - Personal pop-punk favorite. Each album is a story in my life (as cheesy as that sounds and may actually be).
24Fleet Foxes

#5 - Name me a better folk band from the 2010's. I'll wait.
25The National
High Violet

#4 - My perpetual go-to breakup band.
26Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math

#3 - Every album makes me feel things. Except Cope, fuck that POS record (still a solid 3.5 though, I recommend it!)
Pale Horses

#2 - Best lyrical band of all time.
28Brand New
Science Fiction

#1 - I do condemn Lacey's acts but the music will always resonate with me. When Science Fiction dropped unannounced, it was the most genuine feeling of joy I've ever had related to music. I'll never forget that.
Christmas At Our House

Thanks for all the memories Sputnik.

Here's to 10 more years?
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