In choosing these, I elected to write about things that for me were both personally important but also fell firmly in the realm of the pop culture. All three of these should be easy to digest for anyone but the most discriminating of tastes. If, however, your tastes are so discriminating that you’re unable to appreciate them I shall certainly pray for you. However, the god to whom I pray is Cthulhu, so let us hope He doesn’t answer.
1. Archer’s of Loaf – Icky Mettle
I know I’m not alone in doing this but when I listen to a record for the first time, that’s all I do. I’ll put it on, sit on my couch, and just listen. If it’s good, I’ll give it another couple spins, right there and then. But when I first put on Icky Mettle, I didn’t even make it to my couch. I listened to the whole record just hovering over my stereo. And on the second listen I was jumping around my apartment like an agitated monkey. I mean, what a brilliant album opener ”Web In Front” is. I won’t regale you with what about this song I loved. And frankly, I’m not going to parse the album on a song by song basis. (Except to say that even the deep cuts are brilliant.) Describing music in words for me is sorta like trying to paint with smells. It’s just too tough. Unless I’m allowed to really expound. However, if you haven’t heard the record, I implore you to just pick it up and give it a spin. Or thirty.