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The Obelisk
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Background information
Web Address http://www.theobelisk.net/
Creator JJ Koczan
Launch Date January 31 2009
Current Status Online
The Obelisk is an underground music news and reviews website launched by JJ Koczan on January 31st 2009. It has continued to be a mainly independent venture of Koczan's since its inception.[1] The Obelisk has become a widely used and respected website within the stoner rock scene.

HistoryEdit

The Obelisk launched on (or around[1]) January 31st 2009 by JJ Koczan, who continues to run the website by himself to this day. The Obelisk began life as one of many news and reviews style blogs about underground music, but has since evolved into a larger entity.

The Obelisk Home Page

The Obelisk's home page as it appeared on February 7th 2015.

On December 21st 2009, less than a year into the website's existence, a podcast named audiObelisk was launched;[2] a feature which continues to this day. As of January 19th 2015,44 editions have been released[3]. On December 4th 2010[4], very soon after the demise of StonerRock.com[5], The Obelisk Forums were launched. Over the last few months of 2011, Andy Beresky very publicly and acrimoniously left the band Black Pyramid with a series of posts on The Obelisk Forums.[6][7] In 2012, The Obelisk launched a 24 hour, online streaming radio service. Starting with a base collection of over 7,500 songs, a number which continues to grow regularly. [8]

The website has, over time, become a well respected source of news for the wider stoner rock scene. The Obelisk's year end lists, of both Kozcan[9] and The Obelisk audience's[10] favourite releases of the year, have become an annual tradition.

As of 20th January 2016, The Obelisk has posted over 7000 times.[11]

On 20 January 2016, Koczan would announce his first curated event known as The Obelisk All-Dayer which occurred on 20 August 2016 and featured eight bands.

On 26 March 2018, The Obelisk would achieve their 10,000th post.[12]

Throughout December 2019 up until 8 January 2020 The Obelisk would host a fan poll for the best album of the 2010s, in similar fashion to when the site hosts their "album of the year" poll. Notably Clutch, Yob and All Them Witches all secured two spots in the top twenty, while Elder was voted in fourth, third and second place. Overall The Sciences by Sleep would be voted as album of the decade with 295 points, beating second place by nearly fifty points.[13]

Year-End PollEdit

The Obelisk hosts a year-end poll every year for fans of the website to select their album of the year, often by a points bracket based on top picks. Along with the year-end poll, Koczan also shares his own top list for the year along with reviews and further reflective insights.

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Obelisk "The Obelisk is Six Years Old Today"
  2. The Obelisk "audiObelisk Transmission 001: The Best of 2009"
  3. The Obelisk "audiObelisk Transmission 044"
  4. The Obelisk Forums "Happy Birthday/Anniversary"
  5. The Obelisk "StonerRock.com Down for Good"
  6. The Obelisk Forums "Black Pyramid is dead, long live Black Pyramid"
  7. The Obelisk "http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2012/01/23/blackpyramidinterview-2/"
  8. The Obelisk Radio "Welcome To The Obelisk Radio"
  9. The Obelisk "The Obelisk Presents: The Top 30 of 2014"
  10. The Obelisk "The Top 20 of 2014 Readers Poll — RESULTS!"
  11. The Obelisk This is the 7,000th Post on The Obelisk, Accessed 20th January
  12. The ObeliskAccessed 8 July 2018
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