And if you’re sleeping and having nightmares in your head...
Wilfully Obscure
by spavid
4d ago
Everyone knew this recently departed gentleman's main gig, but in 1990 he struck his neck out with a rewarding, little publicized spinoff project that harnessed the grit and tuneful gait of early Dinosaur Jr. R.I.P. **Please do not reveal artist in comments!** Hear ..read more
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Rational Youth - s/t ep (1983)
Wilfully Obscure
by spavid
4d ago
Sometimes an album jacket meshes almost perfectly with the very music it cloaks. A collection of seemingly random shapes and colors all corralled in a slightly off-center rectangle amidst a plain, light grey backdrop punctuated by a pattern of small blue triangles captures the aesthetic of what Montreal's Rational Youth were trying to exude here. The band's preceding 1982 debut, Cold War Night Life bore an even starker album sleeve, almost perfectly mirroring the icy, post-punk synth salvos awaiting the listener. For their major-label debut in '83, R/Y managed to sand down some of the more se ..read more
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Agitpop - Open Seasons (1988, T/T)
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by spavid
1w ago
Word went out approximately two weeks ago that Agitpop frontman and focal point John DeVries passed away. Like the overwhelming bulk of artists I spill ones and zeroes on, I didn't know DeVries at all, but being acquainted with his music, and more specifically the four albums he and his two Hudson Valley, NY compatriots were responsible for in Agitpop was more than sufficient so far as my ears were concerned.  Often referred to as art-pop/punk, and even more consistently compared to the likes of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE, DeVries and Co. were coming from a considerably different angle t ..read more
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Only accidental, the car was just a family rental...
Wilfully Obscure
by spavid
1w ago
My apologies for not getting anything new out to you this past week. Will try to rectify that tomorrow. In the meantime, for this week's M/M I've got something a bit left-of-center in mind. The relentlessly lo-fi and occasionally outright bonkers 1998 album I'm presenting features many a song (type thing) that would qualify as noise, or at the very least something glaringly unstructured. I suppose the key selling point here is that every so often this fast and loose collective hits you over the head with some pretty sweet hooks - that is if you're patient enough for them to present themselves ..read more
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Time to loose this senselessness, of happiness with no address.
Wilfully Obscure
by spavid
2w ago
From 2019.  The sophomore effort from a plaintive pop duo who feature a considerably big star.  **Please do not reveal artist in comments!** Hear ..read more
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Junk Monkeys - Soul Cakes (1989, No Wonder/Restless)
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by spavid
2w ago
Up until now I've presented you with every piece of the Junk Monkeys puzzle...except one. I've held off on sharing Soul Cakes out of concerns of redundancy. Technically, the band's only compilation, Soul Cakes pools together the brunt of the 1988 Kick Out the Jelly mini-LP, a few slices from the preceding Firehouse, and a couple of new songs ("Trade" & "Time Ain't On My Side") only made available here. It was a convenient way for folks like myself to become acquainted with J/M's vinyl-only, early affairs after being blown out of the water circa the band's 1991 Five Star Fling LP, a quantu ..read more
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Just let the wind blow, just let it carry me home...
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by spavid
3w ago
Noisome post-punk from 2013. Hard to believe this one's a decade old. **Please do not reveal artist in comments!** Hear ..read more
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Fear of Strangers - s/t (1982)
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by spavid
3w ago
Formally known as The Units (releasing one single under that namesake) and hailing from Albany, NY Fear of Strangers achieved a relatively high profile in the local/DIY community. Not necessarily capitalizing on new wave or punk, but often bearing the sway and gumption of both, the Val Haynes-fronted, coed quartet in question released their lone full length in '82. Perhaps a little overshadowed by local boys done good, Blotto, FoS were more my cup of tea, wielding a bevy of relatable themes and some out-and-out catchy guitar pop (dare I say the homespun video for "Shopping For a Dog" aired on ..read more
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A not-so tedious endeavor in the precise art of underwhelment - Best of the Blog mix 2022.
Wilfully Obscure
by spavid
3w ago
After consecutively assembling these annual compilations for a good decade now, much like the token ball-drop in Times Square, I'm sure plenty of you saw this coming. I may be a day late and a dollar short, but at the very least give me some credit for consistency. The original premise when I did my first Best of the Blog mix was to whittle down the foremost highlights from a years worth of postings, sometimes totaling roughly 200 a year (not counting Mystery Monday entries).  Since then, the amount of content I've been able to offer has gradually been scaled back to roughly 100 titles a ..read more
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My world is full of strangers, and I spend the day in chains...
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by spavid
1M ago
A debut from 1994.  **Please do not reveal artist in comments!** Hear  ..read more
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