It has been about a month since I've written one of these. How is that possible, with me not missing a day? Prior to going on vacation for a while, I had piled up a bunch of pre-written posts for you all to enjoy (?) while I was out. And then, when I got home, I managed to goof up my media server and then completely trashed the hard drive where all my music was stored! But I've replaced the server, restored my backup, gotten everything rolling, and I'm back in the saddle! The month off will do me good, I think. Let's see!
Vaz, "Blocked By Satellites"
After (the great) Hammerhead fell apart, two thirds of the band picked up and formed Vaz, which just resumed where Hammerhead left off. At this point, it was just Jeff Mooridan on drums and Paul Erickson on vocals and guitars, although they would later add a bassist. This comes from the first Vaz record, Demonstrations in Micronesia, where they showed that they were perfectly capable of carrying the legacy forward.
Quelle Chris, "Wild Minks"
This is from his 2019 record, Guns, one of the best hip-hop records of that year. Featuring a collection of interesting, often abstract beats and fearless rapping, it's an album that really rewards concentration rather than just letting it wash over you.
Danny Weinkauf, "The Moon is Made of Cheese"
Agalloch, "In the Shadow of Our Pale Complexion"
Hey! How did you know my complexion is pale! Just because I listen to black met...oh, I figured it out.
Not a bad coda after that 14-minute thing. Just Will Oldham and his guitar and a spare song.