PROLOGUE—An experience with an Unconsciously Cool kid
You board the bright yellow bus, which is commissioned to take you to school. Your disposition is neutral as you’re simply waiting for the school day to wash over you as usual. The seats of the bus are filled with many kids just like you, and you’re desperately searching for an open seat. Alas, near the rear of the bus there is an open seat next to a kid wearing:
There’s a lot of bands/songs/etc that I’ve featured on mixes the past several months that I personally feel probably deserve a bit more attention than that, so I’m gonna be trying to play catch-up a little bit for the next week and push a few of my favorite new things right into your personal space.
One such thing would be the new record from Seattle’s Neighbors. ‘John In Babeland’—their second release (to my knowledge)—is a massively good record, and probably my favorite of the year so far. The twelve songs feel equal parts Velvet Underground (“Sepetember”), Guided By Voices (That outro on “Firework”), and everything else in-between, really. I’ve found a lot to love here and I keep sinking a little deeper into it every time. The melodic creativity and cleverly relatable lyrics on ‘John In Babeland’ create an entire record that has more memorable quirks and crannies than an english muffin. So yeah, listen to it.
We are deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life that took place at Cafe Racer on Wednesday morning. Many among us knew the victims personally; it was at Drew’s urging, in fact, that the Racer Sessions begun. We will miss him and the others who lost their lives, immeasurably.
In their honor, we will still meet on Sunday evening.