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City Sound Inertia Wins National Award

Posted by Gabe Meline on Jul 16, 2010 | Comments (12)

I am honored, elated and surprised that at today’s annual convention in Toronto, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies has bestowed this very blog you’re all up in right now with a first-place award! That’s right: Best Individual Blog, circulation under 50,000.

As someone who still loves and uses rotary phones, typewriters and the U.S. Postal Service, I was stubbornly hesitant to start a blog in the first place and spent a great deal of time criticizing the idea to anyone who would listen. I’ve always felt the printed pages of the Bohemian were far more important. But at the urging of my great editor, Gretchen Giles, I finally relented and began writing posts—usually from home, at around two in the morning.

In the two-and-a-half years since, CSI has been a hodgepodge of local music coverage, show reviews, announcements, personal musings, interviews, record reviews and whatever else pops into my head. It’s also been very, very rewarding. Sometimes I veer off and start talking about closed Chinese restaurants, parking meters and heroin needles; other times I’ve broken behind-the-scenes stories that get picked up by Rolling Stone.

Kissing booths, harlequins, leaked festival lineups and girls camping out for a Hanson show have all made appearances here, as well as one of my all-time favorite interviews. Sometimes I hang out with famous people and review huge pop stars both extremely talented and so untalented it’s a joke; other times I spotlight brilliant unknowns, visit in on friends’ record collections or rally support for hometown heroes. I even drop in on porn stars from time to time.

I guess what I’m saying is that I love doing it. Here’s the part where I say I owe it all to you, the loyal readers, who give me constant support and tolerate my bad jokes. Of course, thanks also to AAN, not just for the award but for nurturing and championing alternative news media. Now go jam out to some ridiculous Nicki Manaj verses or at least listen to some vintage Sonny Rollins, and enjoy the weekend!


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12 comments

  1. Tones
    July 16, 2010

    This is fucking brilliant. GO GABE!!

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  2. Donovan
    July 16, 2010

    You is good at alphabet.

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  3. caitkin
    July 16, 2010

    Congratulations Gabe! You so deserve this award. Your blog is a great mirror on the goings on in Santa Rosa and I always look forward to living vicariously through your reviews of random shows and festivals.

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  4. Annie
    July 16, 2010

    Woo hoo! I always enjoy reading your blogs and articles.

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  5. Judah
    July 16, 2010

    that rules, good on ya mate :)

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  6. Kim
    July 17, 2010

    So awesome Gabe! You deserve it!

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  7. Amy
    July 17, 2010

    Excellent!

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  8. J.B.
    July 17, 2010

    No surprise here, they got this award right! Congrats.

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  9. David
    July 17, 2010

    Congrats Gabe! I knew u would! : )

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  10. Laurie
    July 17, 2010

    The best is recognized!

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  11. Jenn
    July 17, 2010

    Finally the world knows what we have all along….YOU ROCK!

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  12. Sara Bir
    August 9, 2010

    Well. Finally AAN realized the brilliance flowing from Santa Rosa, CA. Hooray! I am very happy for you, Gretchen, the Bohemian, and all of us CSI readers. Your 2am posts are my main source of music-related anything; CSI manages to be both personable and profesisonal in tone, no small feat in the blogosphere. Thank you for the hard work, Gabe.

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