Grizzly Bear week (here: http://drownedinsound.com/lists/grizzlybear ) was amazing. Can any band top that? I'm thinking Liars, The National and bands of that ilk might manage to pull of something special.
Sadly - and I don't think I mentioned this in the first place - Sonic Youth week has fallen through as they are too busy (I'm still pushing for Lee Ronaldo to do the ultimate spoken word mixtape) and following "He-gate" it doesn't make sense for Patrick to do a full takeover. Please not this is my decision, rather than his, HE was only vaguely aware of the takeover idea... although HE is busy mixing his second album and HE may be up for it later in the year, especially as we've run a bulk of the takeover content already.
A few ideas we've been kicking around:
- Trent Reznor (I'll continue dreaming about this)
- Twilight Sad to host a Scottish music week (this may also be an excuse for Alexander Tudor and Stuart Murdoch to have an intellectual battle)
- Manic St Preachers (we know Nicky Wire reads DiS and suspect there's 4 or 5 fascinating pieces in them, like reading lists and letters page kinda stuff... we don't think they'll have time)
- Marilyn Manson (he used to be a journalist, we've already asked and not got far)
- BBC (already talking to them about editing the site behind-the-scenes at the beeb and getting people like Huw, Zane and Lamacq as guest-editors... Jools Holland to guest edit the Friday? Maybe get him to do a Spotifriday Boogie-Woogie meets World Music playlist?)
- DiS vs The Fans??? (or a Fan, am thinking we run a raffle/auction to let one reader takeover the site for a day and post their mixtapes and reviews on the frontpage? twas one money raising idea... alternatively we get someone like Coke Zero to sponsor it)
Obvious NONE OF THESE ARE CONFIRMED and we don't expect you all to like them all and I know some of you hate the idea of these weeks (yet fans of the bands in question like them and read them and seem to continue reading the site and joining the community, so it's good for the site)
Apart from takeovers, we're doing some more genre weeks. Next week is Alt.Country week, put together by Alexander Tudor who edited Slowcore week, so expect some interesting stuff. And Folk week is still bubbling away as an idea but peoples are busy with exams and shizzle. Also looking at doing a few "Death of..." weeks, looking at things like the we're-all-doomed topics like record labels, music critics and stuff like that.
Get your suggestions and ideas in.