I was behind a car today that, in all capital letters, had “MAPS” on the back of it. Can only assume it was a Google-type thing, coming through taking pictures or whatever. That kind of thing doesn’t bother me. It was kind of in an obscure part of town though, out by where I currently still am in the Rockaway River valley because I can’t find a place to rent anywhere but in the flood plain. I was left wondering how long it would be before it wasn’t just pictures, but a 3-D topographical scan of everything that was transmitted. Until “Street View” might also include a 3-D rendering of whoever might be taking out the garbage at the time, or checking the mail. Or whathaveyou. I guess we’re not there yet. By the time we are, it’ll probably terrify me.
After their show in Philly last night — which, much to my chagrin, I didn’t get to because I had to work — Lansing, Michigan, experimentalist heavy rockers BerT crashed out my way. They played tonight in Boston, and as I’m in Connecticut with The Patient Mrs. for the weekend, I thought maybe I’d run up there and check out the set, but honestly, it was nearly four hours getting up here on a trip I’ve done in an hour and 45 minutes, so by the time I got here, there was really no way I was going to make it to Boston in time. I knew I should’ve left work earlier.
Thanks to everyone who commented this week, particularly the support on the Yawning Man Album of the Summer of the Week post. I think that kind of shit flies under a lot of people’s radars who maybe just pop on here and then pop off without actually reading or listening to anything, but for someone to read something front to back and feel compelled to show support like that, it is genuinely appreciated. I haven’t posted the numbers in a couple months, and that’s usually where I’d say this kind of thing, but I want to express and make it clear just how much that means to me. Really, thank you.
We close out this week with the entirety of II from Argentina’s Humo del Cairo. If you haven’t had the opportunity to get to know them yet, I hope you’ll dig in and hope you’ll enjoy. I reviewed this album right at the end of last year, and the band had numerous manufacturing delays on the physical pressing, but I just got it in the mail this morning, along with a t-shirt that’ll never, ever, ever fit me but which The Patient Mrs. will nonetheless look adorable in and a sticker and poster, and it was much appreciated that even eight months later, the band would remember the likes of me when they were putting packages together.
While I enjoy that (and, again, hope you do as well), I’ll be in Connecticut this weekend with The Patient Mrs., drinking good beer by the sea and trying to decompress. Still, this isn’t really me signing off for the weekend. As I previously noted, we’ll be starting that Blaak Heat Shujaa video series this weekend, and I’ll also have an exclusive track premiere from My Sleeping Karma, which I’m way stoked on. That album is gorgeous, and those guys never seem to fail to deliver, so make sure you check in over the weekend for that one, and stay tuned next week for an Hour of 13 interview with multi-instrumentalist Chad Davis, reviews of Enslaved, the aforementioned BerT, Coven and more. It’ll be fun, I assure you.
And in the meantime, be safe. I’ll check back in on Sunday, but I’ll be on the forum in the meantime if you want to say hey. Right on and thanks for reading.