Hello! From Your New Staff Writer

Oh boy, where does one begin when she has the enormous task of filling your beloved Corban Goble’s shoes? We’ll start with a simple introduction: Hi guys, I’m Claire Lobenfeld, your new staff writer. Up until today, I was freelancing for a number of music publications and before that, I was Executive Editor of RCRD LBL. I hope with those credentials, you’ll put your trust in me and we can move into 2013 together. (Don’t worry, dudes, I’ve already done the research and I can assure the world will not end on Friday.)

I hail from Westchester County, a mere fifteen miles north of Stereogum HQ, a place that I am proud to come from, as it is the home of DMX, Aaron Sorkin and the amusement park where Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” video and the boardwalk scenes in Big were filmed. I care deeply about ’90s New York rap, Blonde Redhead, and the New York Knicks.

I’m more than thrilled to be joining Scott, Amrit, Michael and Tom, as well as you, the fervent commenters, at Stereogum. Since we’ve all been thinking about what we loved so much about this year, let me know what you guys are looking forward to in the next — which, really, I promise, is totally coming.