One year ago today I launched Postcultural. In my opening note, I penned a mission statement of sorts: “hopefully, I’ll write about something you haven’t seen yet, or offer a new perspective on something you have.” Over 200 posts later, I think I’ve stayed true to that.
Between my Verge and Future Grooves columns, I’ve tried to distill talent from hype. Last year, that meant adding something to the conversation about blog sensations Odd Future, Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, Kreayshawn, and Lana Del Rey. Locally, I hope to find more subjects like my favorite DC duos.
In regards to larger musical trends, I frequently returned to the bass music scene (regrettably, “rhythm and bass” didn’t catch on as a genre name). After compiling an unofficial history and a mixtape of “classics,” I’m probably done writing about moombahton, though. However, I’m looking forward to more label profiles, like the ones I put together for Night Slugs and Tri Angle.
While music dominated the blog, I’m still committed to covering television, film, comics and other cultural artifacts. I still don’t think enough people watch Happy Endings or Justified, some of the best comedy and drama, respectively, to hit TV in the last few years. Hopefully shows like that can avoid the fate of Veronica Mars.
The last year has been a learning experience, and I’m sure I’ll continue to sharpen my craft moving forward. Let me also take this opportunity to thank readers, new and old: the support I’ve received has made this all worthwhile.