martyackerman wrote:I've been a Bazan fan for a little under ten years now (got hooked on Fewer Moving Parts first) but I've just discovered this forum. Spent some time digging through old posts and I feel like I'm here a decade too late, but I don't understand why--has there ever been a better time to be a Bazan fan?
As steely said, Bazan is at the top of his game - no better time to be a fan.
As for the board, well, it's a long story but basically:
1) You'll notice the site is "pedrothelion.org" (which we lovingly refer to as "dot org"), and Pedro the Lion hasn't been an official band in well over ten years. That definitely has limited the amount of new people over time. It's always been a little bit underground, though.
2) Back when the board was super active, things like Facebook either didn't exist or were new and limited to college students, etc. Now there is Facebook and twitter and reddit and instagram and all sorts of other ways/places that people naturally gravitate towards to interact with each other. The "need' for a central BBS like this just isn't there anymore like there was before; back then, this place was where you got new/advance info about shows, albums, store discounts, live show recordings, demos, all sorts of stuff (still is, to a degree). There is less of that now cause Dave can just tweet something and reach ten thousand people instead of however many of us are left here, but the essence of the board lives on.
3) Many people got older and married and had kids (myself included) and the long gap between recent Bazan releases just meant there was less to discuss, so many people have stopped posting. But there are still several of us who visit frequently, and still more who drop in occasionally.
So, welcome to dot org.
Always glad to see new people around.