I've legitimately missed this. It was a bit of a grind at times, and I'll have to find the right pace, but it's nice to be back in the saddle. And it's nice to explore the dusty corners of my music again. Here is today's trip into the vault.
Edan, "Humble Magnificent"
One issue that I have with this thing is that I stopped doing "previously"s, which was a huge hassle, but I haven't gone back and re-tagged everything. So, I'm not entirely sure what I've covered. At any rate, Edan is a rapper/producer/DJ out of Boston who has thus far only made two albums (Primitive Plus and Beauty and the Beat) and a mixtape, but it's all magnificent. His beats in particular are fantastic, the perfect blend of dusty loops and filthy drums. One of the best pieces of music news in 2018 is Edan's return to music, with a new album coming out soon. I couldn't be more excited!
Mono Puff, "Mr. Hughes Says"
No, it's not They Might Be Giants. It's Mono Puff, a side project of John Flansburgh. While I'm very much a John Linnell guy for TMBG's stuff, if you compare Mono Puff to Linnell's solo album (State Songs), it's Mono Puff that wins my heart. It's probably pretty unnecessary unless you've gone through the TMBG discography and somehow want more, which means it's basically for me and about four other people. But both Mono Puff albums would sit solidly in the middle of the pack of the TMBG discography.
I've said it before, I'll say it again: Mephiskapheles somehow ending up being a legitimate highlight of the third wave of ska counts as one of the least likely things to have happened in music. But it's 100% true! In particular, the horn arrangements of Mephiskapheles rise far above the typical ensemble bleats managed by so many lesser acts. I'm not sure exactly where God Bless Satan ranks among the best albums of the third wave (and one day, I'll put together that ranking), but it's probably somewhere in the top ten, against all odds.
Buck-o-Nine, "Full Metal Bree"
Meanwhile, Buck-o-Nine, while energetic and plenty fun to listen to, are definitely not in that top tier. I mean, don't get me wrong - I still know basically all the lyrics to several of their albums. But it's also much more by-the-numbers than Mephiskapheles. Again, somehow.
Sigur Ros, "Sigur 1 (Untitled)"
For as much as I like post-rock, and get pretty into shit like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tortoise, Mogwai and all that, Sigur Ros has never done a damn thing for me. I can't even be bothered to scare up the accented character in their name. This track, though, undeniably is one of their songs.