Best Of 2011, Guest Editors: Her Space Holiday’s Marc Bianchi On Margaret Kilgallen

As 2011 has come to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

This week’s release of Her Space Holiday‘s 10-track, self-titled album marks the end of the one-man musical project that Marc Bianchi started back in 1996. Fittingly, HSH’s final album is also the first on the Austin-based Bianchi’s No More Good Ideas label. While he has some live dates set to support the LP, the genre-defying musician mostly plans for the album to be the closing statement from HSH, who over the past decade and a half has also remixed tracks by the likes of R.E.M., Bright Eyes, Elastica and the Faint. Bianchi can now add MAGNET guest editor to his already-impressive resume, as that’s what he’ll be doing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Bianchi: Though Margaret Kilgallen was only on this planet for a short amount of time, she left a beautiful and graceful mark. Not only in the hearts of the people who knew her, but to those who loved her work as well. I think the people most fortunate are those residents who got to enjoy her work everyday in their own streets in the form of storefront signs. Margaret’s work reflected a timeless attention to detail, a selfless homage to the love of the “craft,” as well as a celebration of the human need to create. In the purest form, tradition can translate into self-preservation. In an age where gratification is immediate, where connections are made through the wires rather than on corners or in local shops, it is vital for the “human touches” to be a part of our everyday surroundings. Margaret’s work is the type of contribution that can turn a block into a neighborhood.

Videos after the jump.