Mile Marker: Year 1By Reverb Staff | January 6th, 2012 | 2 comments
It’s true — a lot of people do these audio sessions, and when we launched Mile Marker on Jan. 14, 2011, we had no intentions of reinventing the wheel. Series like Daytrotter and NPR’s World Cafe have been in the game far longer and they work with twice the resources. We didn’t want to beat them, we merely wanted to introduce you, our readers, to a slew of great new music and join the conversation. We wanted to paint a portrait of what it’s really like to be a working artist on tour — to carry your own gear, to drive eight hours in a 15-passenger van to play a show for 15 people. And to still drag yourself into Uneven Studio because your publicist put it on your itinerary.
We never expected to hear the War on Drugs record a charging live version of “Baby Missiles” months before its official release. Nor did we expect Ha Ha Tonka or Apex Manor to take over our engineer Bryan’s kitchen. Nor for Colour Revolt to do some last-minute cymbal repair with a rusty electric saw in the backyard. And we never expected world-renowned musicians like Bela Fleck and Vusi Mahlasela to walk through the front door of the studio.
So, here’s looking back as we move into Year 2. You can stream or download our Top 30 performances of Year 1 below. Much, much more to come. –John Hendrickson
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