Sunday, November 29, 2015

JDK's Favorite Music of 2015

I won't be as minimal as last year, but I'll try not to exceed a paragraph or two. I'm really just a guidepost toward music you might like if you're into the muxes.

Favorite Albums of the Year:

1. Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire
2. Battles - La Di Da Di
3. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
4. HEALTH - Death Magic

I'm getting pretty good at telling what will be my favorite album of the year the first time I hear it. Fantasy Empire has Lightning Bolt sounding their absolute heaviest. It's probably their best - or at least their most consistent - album, and who knows if actually recording in a studio made it better. I sincerely believe that the two Brians would insist on recording this live and wouldn't even bother with overdubs.

As for Battles, La Di Da Di unfortunately falls into the near-identical patterns of Mirrored and Gloss Drop that prevented them from being out-and-out masterpieces. With the exception of "Flora > Fauna," all the good stuff is on the A side. The B side is the same one- and two-minute bullshit experiments that have plagued Battles' albums. Maybe they're making exactly the stuff they want and I'm wanting something else. You can't tell me, though, that "Dot Com" or the limp closer "Luu Le" are even in the same galaxy as the genius of "The Yabba" or "FF Bada." Oh well. Maybe next time.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra gets the Surprise of the Year award, given that I've completely ignored their first two albums. It's a great rock album, a great dance album, and a great funk album. They're like a really weird version of Spoon seen through a dark mirror.

Death Magic finally fulfills HEALTH's promise that, when they decided to go "pop," they made sure to keep the noise. And thank god they're finally making actual songs now, and not just sketches of noise.

Other Notable Albums (alphabetical order):

!!! - As If
Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
Rachel Grimes - The Clearing
Ryan Adams - 1989
Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Viet Cong - Viet Cong
Wavves X Cloud Nothings - No Life For Me
Will Butler - Policy

Another !!! album and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who still cares. Criminal! They're still making music as good as those first few albums you listened to in the dorms.

Fading Frontier, as I joked to a friend, was "Deerhunter making a Real Estate album." I'll admit that I've only listened to it in full a handful of times, but, as always, it's nice to see the band experiment in yet another direction. It's a little too close to the overt prettiness of Halcyon Digest. I'm a Microcastle and Monomania guy; I don't like the same Deerhunter albums as anyone else.

Rachel Grimes' The Clearing is on my playlist for when I'm writing, so it's racked up a ridiculous number of plays. It's nice to hear a neoclassical album that isn't Max Richter.

Ryan Adams's 1989 is conceptually one of the more brilliant things in recent memory. Too bad it sounds like it was recorded with my $15 microphone, making the whole thing sound like Springsteen playing out of an FM radio.

Brownie points to Titus Andronicus for getting back to sprawling messes. No fucking clue what's going on here compared to The Monitor, but at least there's good rock to back up the ridiculous narrative.

Wavves X Cloud Nothings' (more like Wavves x Dylan Baldi) No Life For Me is the best tossed-off rock album recorded in, apparently, a handful of days. Reminds me of the days of the great, late Jay Reatard's insane output, though Wavves has completely shaved off the noise since their debut.

Favorite Song of the Year: "The Yabba" by Battles

In a little under seven minutes, Battles present more ideas in one song than on the entire album. It's a perfect encapsulation of what Battles has become: the best future-rock band to play the amusement-park party for the night before our robot overlords take over.

Other Notable Songs (in order by band, and only one song per album):

!!! - Every Little Bit Counts
Look at the album art for As If. That happy monkey looks like he's been dancing to this song all day and making sweet love to all those bananas. This might be a very close second to "Station (Meet Me At The)" as one of the most instantly-danceable !!! tracks.

The Chemical Brothers - Go
Whenever I hear this when I'm driving, I suddenly feel like I'm in a police chase. Fortunately my 2006 Nissan can't exactly tear up the freeway.

Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best
When I was visiting home for two weeks when this album dropped, I heard it every single time on The Current when I drove somewhere. Every single time. And it's in Guitar Hero Live. And I'm still not really sick of it. Barnett is like the female Craig Finn, at least in terms of garbling syllables to get across a really obscure reference.

EL VY - Happiness, Missouri
I like the crunchy guitar. Part of me hopes this is what the next National record sounds like.

HEALTH - Stonefist
A nice opening salvo from HEALTH to announce their intentions with the heavy rock on Death Magic.

Hot Chip - Love Is The Future
One of the best dance tracks of the year. Brilliant touch to give the melody to a different instrument each verse. Also brilliant to have a rap verse show up our of nowhere.

Lightning Bolt - Snow White (& The 7 Dwarves Fans)
"Horsepower" might be Lightning Bolt's best single, but this is probably the most ambitious track the band has done since "Transmissionary." While that song gets it point across through punishing repetition, "Snow White" is like Lightning Bolt's best stuff: they freak the fuck out while keeping perfect time.

A Place To Bury Strangers - I Will Die
Okay, now it seems I'm on a permanent noise trip. Maybe it was just a good year for noise, even though familiar acts like Weekend have cleaned up their aesthetic. APTBS hasn't necessarily gone tame, and this song is proof, even if it was just jacked up on the mixer. It just wouldn't be the same without that eardrum-busting fuzz.

Titus Andronicus - Dimed Out
Insanely catchy. It's weirdly intriguing to hear Patrick Stickles run it down in Titus Andronicus's free comp Sorry For The Delay.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Ur Life One Night
What the hell key is this song in? How did they make the bass sound like the teacher in Peanuts? And how did they make it possible to dance to it?

Viet Cong - Death
I always give points for ambition. Not only does "Death" go through several movements, but it's also an endurance test for the band. You can hear their physical pain when they finally stick the landing after eleven minutes.

Wavves X Cloud Nothings - Nothing Hurts
Some real wasted potential here. I'm not the first to say that, with a little bit more meat, this would be a perfect track to end a Cloud Nothings album proper. As it stands, it's the best sub-two-minute song of the year.

That's it for this year. Next year? I wouldn't mind some Radiohead.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mux184: December 2015

Download or stream. The choice is yours.

Another long one. (That's what she said.) Blame it on a last-minute spin of Ride's Going Blank Again and including the epic "Grasshopper" to top off this Thanksgiving long-player.

1. My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow (Loveless)
2. Jack White - Lazaretto (Lazaretto)
3. The New Pornographers - Born With A Sound (Brill Bruisers)
4. Spoon - Take A Walk (Girls Can Tell)
5. Sonic Youth - Purr (Dirty)
6. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Drain The Blood (Hometowns)
7. The Microphones - The Moon (The Glow Pt. 2)*
8. !!! - Freedom! '15 (As If)
9. Junior Boys - Over It (Big Black Coat [Advance])
10. Big Grams - Lights On (Big Grams)
11. Deerhunter - Ad Astra (Fading Frontier)
12. Ride - Grasshopper (Going Blank Again)

TRT 54:21

2015 music: !!!, Big Grams, Deerhunter, Junior Boys (2016, actually)

*Nope, this isn't a repeat. I did use an acoustic version of "The Moon" on an earlier mux that I found on the netherregions of someone's P2P shared folder.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mux183: Mr. Mux's Time Is Up!

Download or stream. The choice is yours.

PSA: Yes, the opening Ryan Adams track sounds like radio quality. I thought I downloaded a bad web rip, but then I got the album legit on Amazon and, lo and behold, it still sounds like that. So apparently he doesn't care that it sounds fairly shitty. Good song, though.

1. Ryan Adams - Style (1989)
2. TV on the Radio - Winter (Seeds)
3. Dum Dum Girls - Rimbaud Eyes (Too True)
4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Extreme Wealth And Casual Cruelty (Multi-Love)
5. Hot Chip - Dark Night (Why Make Sense?)
6. Battles - Summer Simmer (La Di Da Di)
7. The Chemical Brothers - Wide Open (Born In The Echoes)
8. Kevin Drew - You Got Caught (Darlings)
9. Wilco - How To Fight Loneliness (Summerteeth)
10. EL VY - Happiness, Missouri (Return To The Moon)
11. Frank Zappa - Watermelon In Easter Hay (Joe's Garage: Acts II & III)
12. Flying Lotus - The Protest (You're Dead!)

TRT 53:35

Rookies: Frank Zappa

2015 music: Battles, The Chemical Brothers, EL VY, Hot Chip, Ryan Adams, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Mux182: November 2015

Download or stream. The choice is yours.

1. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Miracle (Surf)
2. Big Grams - Put It On Her (Big Grams)
3. Nao - Inhale Exhale (February 15)
4. Jurassic 5 - Improvise (Quality Control)
5. Telekinesis - Courtesy Phone (Ad Infinitum)
6. HEALTH - Drugs Exist (Death Magic)
7. Kurt Vile - That's Life, Tho (Almost Hate To Say) (b'lieve i'm goin' down...)
8. Tame Impala - 'Cause I'm A Man (Currents)
9. Deerhunter - All The Same (Fading Frontier)
10. Chvrches - Clearest Blue (Every Open Eye)
11. Jamie xx - The Rest Is Noise (In Colour)
12. !!! - Every Little Bit Counts (As If) [off another excellent and criminally-underrated !!! album]

TRT 44:45 (shortest since mid-January!)

Rookies: Jurassic 5, Telekinesis

2015 music: !!!, Big Grams, Chvrches, Deerhunter, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, HEALTH, Jamie xx, Kurt Vile, Nao, Tame Impala, Telekinesis

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mux181: Mr. Mux Rakes Some Leaves

Download or stream. The choice is yours!

1. TV on the Radio - Right Now (Seeds)
2. Metric - The Shade (Pagans In Vegas)
3. Swervedriver - English Subtitles (I Wasn't Born To Lose You)
4. Wilco - Random Name Generator (Star Wars)
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - The World Is Crowded (Multi-Love)
6. TLC - Creep (CrazySexyCool)
7. Miguel - Simple Things (Wildheart)
8. Prefuse 73 - Mojave Mating Call (Rivington Nao Rio)
9. DJ Shadow - The Number Song (Cut Chemist Party Mix) (Endtroducing... Deluxe Edition)
10. Battles - Dot Net (La Di Da Di)
11. Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater (I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One)
12. Ryan Adams - Welcome To New York (1989)

TRT 50:06

Rookies: Swervedriver, TLC

2015 music: Battles, Metric, Miguel, Prefuse 73, Ryan Adams, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wilco

Monday, September 21, 2015

Mux180: October 2015

Download or stream. The choice is yours!

Somehow this became the mux of ripped songs that've yet to officially drop. Not trying to be all cutting-edge, but sometimes cherry-picking advance singles is easier than wading through the usual glut of albums. Continuing to break all the rules regarding Battles, since La Di Da Di has plenty of legs. I've been air-drumming "Non-Violence" all week.

And for those who've been complaining of too-long muxes, this is the shortest one since June. If I excluded "Let It Happen," it'd be even more compact. I already went ahead and chopped off the end of "Under The Pressure" since, well, that kind of just floats along forever.

1. El Vy - I'm The Man To Be (El Vy)
2. Black Lips - Freedom Fries (Freedom Fries / Watch Your Back 7")
3. Deerhunter - Breaker (Fading Frontier)
4. Chromatics - Shadow (Excerpt) (Dear Tommy)
5. Wavves X Cloud Nothings - Nervous (No Life For Me)
6. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (Sunbathing Animal)
7. Tame Impala - Let It Happen (Currents)
8. Big Grams* - Fell In The Sun (Big Grams EP)
9. Battles - Non-Violence (La Di Da Di)
10. HEALTH - Life (Death Magic)
11. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Just Wait (Surf)
12. The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure (Edit) (Lost In The Dream)

*Big Grams, e.g. Phantogram and Big Boi, is the best left-field collab in a while.

TRT 48:25

Rookies: Big Grams, El Vy

2015 music: Battles, Big Grams, Black Lips, Chromatics, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Deerhunter, El Vy, HEALTH, Tame Impala, Wavves X Cloud Nothings

Monday, September 14, 2015

JDK's Likely Top Four Albums of the Year

Alphabetical since, really, it's sort of a four-way tie.

Battles - La Di Da Di (leak)

The advance singles sort of got my hopes up for something... uh... more substantial? Hate to say it but I'm a bit disappointed with a great album since it's not a super-great album. It continues the somewhat-maddening trend of Battles putting a bunch of experimental two-minute songs into longer cuts. Granted, said two-minute experiments are a lot better than the two-minute experiments on Mirrored and Gloss Drop.

HEALTH - Death Magic

I never thought I'd call a HEALTH album a grower. That, and it sounds weirdly uplifting in parts, like on "Life."

Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire

Same with skipping My Bloody Valentine for their reunion tour in Chicago, I will never forgive myself for skipping this show in Portland. This is Lightning Bolt at the height of their control of noise. This could be their last album and I'd be happy.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

Consider this the dark horse. It's simultaneously one of the best rock, funk, and dance records of the year.

Knee-jerk reaction update: Obligatory mention that Deerhunter's Fading Frontier and Chromatics' Dear Tommy could also place. Probably a shout for Big Grams' (Phantogram and Big Boi in one of the best longshot collabs ever) EP. Not expecting Radiohead this year, but if they somehow get out an LP, that's another one for the potential list.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Mux179: Mr. Mux Strikes Back


I've broken my rule of not having the same band on two consecutive muxes. Well, doubly accidental that Battles has been on three muxes in a row, but "FF Bada" is quickly becoming one of my favorite Battles tracks. Also considering "The Yabba," La Di Da Di is pretty much a lock for my shortlist for my favorite albums of the year. It'll definitely be great to hear the studio version of the album in a week or two before I see them live in early October. Hoping to see some familiar faces at First Ave. who will front-row-it with me.

1. The Black Keys - Bullet In The Brain (Turn Blue)
2. Destroyer - Dream Lover (Poison Season)
3. Titus Andronicus - Come On, Siobhan (The Most Lamentable Tragedy)
4. Cymbals Eat Guitars - LifeNet (LOSE)
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Can't Keep Checking My Phone (Multi-Love)
6. Brian Eno & Kyle Hyde - Cells & Bells (High Life)
7. Ought - Habit (More Than Any Other Day)
8. Built To Spill - So (Untethered Moon)
9. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
10. The Go! Team - The Power Is On (Thunder, Lightning, Strike [Original Version])
11. Battles - FF Bada (La Di Da Di)
12. Caribou - Your Love Will Set You Free (C2's Set U Free Remix) (Our Love [Expanded Edition])

TRT 57:14

2015 music: Battles, Built To Spill, Destroyer, Titus Andronicus, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mux178: September 2015

8:21 p.m. central update: I've reuploaded the mux as "mux178-fixed.mp3" in the Dropbox link. The ending Battles track is still slightly distorted on the low end (especially around the 51 minute mark, since it goes into the bass basement), but it was a rip that was very low-volume (and so it's low volume compared to the rest of the mux), so this is the best I can do before La Di Da Di proper comes out. As far as I can tell, it's an Audacity problem, so if you crank the volume you won't get any more distortion than what's already there. You're welcome or something.

Damage control: Re-encoding the mux because apparently "The Yabba" didn't like being pumped up 6 dB.


And yes, "September Gurls" has been on the to-be-muxed playlist for a few years now. Finally a September came around where it could start things off.

1. Big Star - September Gurls (Radio City)
2. Tame Impala - Past Life (Currents)
3. Prince and The Revolution - I Would Die 4 U (Purple Rain)
4. Deerhunter - Snakeskin (Fading Frontier)
5. HEALTH - Flesh World (UK) (Death Magic)
6. The Chemical Brothers - Go (Born In The Echoes)
7. Beach House - Sparks (Depression Cherry)
8. Miguel - Coffee (Wildheart)
9. Thundercat - Lone Wolf And Cub (The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam)
10. Moonface - Dreamy Summer (Julia With Blue Jeans On)
11. Wavves X Cloud Nothings - Nothing Hurts (No Life For Me)
12. Battles - The Yabba (La Di Da Di)

TRT 54:01

Rookies: Big Star

2015 music: Battles, Beach House, The Chemical Brothers, Deerhunter, HEALTH, Miguel, Tame Impala, Wavves X Cloud Nothings

Saturday, August 8, 2015

JDK's Favorite Albums of 2015 Thus Far (Part 2)

People tend to like lists. So here's another one of the albums that came out since my May list of prospective albums that I'd consider my favorites of the year.

Obligatory hand-wringing that you should notice I say favorite albums, not best. Music is far too subjective to have anything as definitive. Let's just say that I have such major beef with a site that rhymes with Bitchpork insofar that I completely avoided their 2014 year-end list and felt really good about keeping my blood pressure low when they (probably) shafted my favorites.

Frontrunner: Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire (still): I hate myself for skipping their show at Dante's in Portland because of some unfounded fear of going to venues I've never been to before; that, and the perpetual fear that LB will break up before their next LP. (Nevermind that I saw them before and, honestly, it was pretty impossible to tell what they were playing. Moreso hating myself for not bringing my LP to possibly get signed since the two Brians are very nice guys considering their crazed music.) Fantasy Empire is definitely one of LB's best. The reasons why are so specific to each album, but the absolutely heaviness of this album seems to eclipse their earlier work. Nevermind that "Horsepower" is the closest they've ever come to a bonafide single.

So I suppose I'll launch into a sideways topic, which is Most Anticipated Albums:

Battles - La Di Da Di: I listened to a chunk of their weird 24-hour live broadcast on YouTube where they played songs live in their practice space, and that was some phenomenal stuff. It's a plus that they aren't running into Gloss Drop syndrome, where - apparently - vocalist Tyondai Braxton left the band mid-recording and forced them to completely redo the album. So while Gloss Drop was filled with guest vocals (which were somewhat awkwardly piped in during their otherwise-amazing set at the Fine Line; I've also heard them play "Atlas" live with the vocals unmodulated, which is just kind of weirdly awesome and strange), this is likely purely instrumental. And good christ, those gents know how to play, and how to play multiple instruments at the same time, barring endurance drummer John Stanier. (Requisite mention that he gave me a stick after their show, and it looked like a rottweiler had chewed on it given how hard he smashes his drums.) After some wayward experimentation with some of the more forgettable tracks of Mirrored ("Bad Trails," "Rainbow," "Tij") and some of the short, forgettable instrumentals of their last outing, this definitely seems to be one of those instances where a band's third album might be their first out-and-out masterpiece. I may have retired from live music, but I'm suspending that for the night of October 2, where I might be so crazy as to show up at doors at First Ave. to get a front row spot for what will likely be a very sweaty affair. And, unlike Portland venues and their weird layouts, I think I have a good chance to get a La Di Da Di signed to complete my set of a signed Mirrored and Gloss Drop. And, hell, maybe I'll get another awkward shirtless pic with John Stanier.

Possible Radiohead album: Really sorry to harsh everyone's mellow, but I have a somewhat sinking feeling that this will be the last proper Radiohead album. And it's not just because everyone has side projects (Thom Yorke, Selway, Greenwood doing movie scores), but because they just don't seem to be around each other enough to make something as cohesive as OK Computer or Kid A. Not that they need to make a masterpiece (the excellent but not mind-exploding In Rainbows comes to mind), but given the unfair backlash to The King of Limbs, I think expectations are pretty high. My one and only wish is that they re-record "Knives Out" b-side "Fog," since Yorke apparently hates the current recorded version.

Tier 1 of 2015 albums:

HEALTH - Death Magic: I knew this one was going to creep in here. So after three albums, HEALTH decided to, well, make songs instead of blasts of noise. Not that there aren't some epically-noisy moments on this record. I never thought I'd say this, but some of the tracks just seem a little too poppy, albeit in an electro-noise sense. "Stonefist" rattles the shit out of my car, but for someone who loves the shit out of Get Color's "Die Slow, "In Violet," and Disco 2's "USA Boys," it seems they went in a very slightly different direction. I have zero idea as to the band's politics (impossible to say for any band, really), but I think they could do a fourth album that really pushes the margins of noise into a sort of jackhammer pop sensibility.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love: Left field after two UMO albums that didn't burn as brightly as this. Bonus points for modulating the guitars to sound really fucked up and still deliver some massive riffage.

Tier 2:

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment: This just makes me feel somewhat happy, and that counts for a lot. I've just been to a total of zero backyard barbecues or lake outings that would've been perfectly soundtracked by this.

Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?: If you ever get the chance to see Hot Chip live, do it. I saw them on the In Our Heads tour, and they wisely knew to alternate new songs with old favorites. That, and there were about twenty instruments on stage and ten guys rotating among them. (Nevermind that opener Chromatics - who I originally went to see - were phenomenal to a strangely apathetic crowd.) For that show, they did the old trick of building up a track as members came on stage, and it took about two minutes to realize they were playing an extended jam of "Boy From School." But as for Why Make Sense?, this gets an inclusion if only for "Love Is The Future," which will probably be in my top five favorite songs of the year. Just the structure of having a different instrument play the melody for each verse is brilliant. It's a great sign when a band has been around forever and, each album, they can still throw in at least one mastertrack. Here it's "Love Is The Future," and last time around was the juggernaut of "Flutes."

Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy: This album is a fucking mess. It makes The Monitor look like the easiest thesis statement ever put on record. But with the mess comes TA's giant ambition - which usually results in songs bordering on "anthemic" - that was sorely lacking on Local Business. Sure, that means that some tracks fall totally flat, but with such a massive running time, there's probably something for everyone. Nevermind that "Dimed Out" is probably the catchiest song of the year.

Will Butler - Policy: Tonight's cop out, since I haven't listened to this in a while. It's just a bit funny because, for the longest time, I thought it was Win Butler going solo, which didn't fare well for Arcade Fire (who has lost a lot of stock lately; probably listened to Reflecktor three times). Not to say that Win's brother happens to be extremely talented informs my entire opinion of this album, but he straddles a very fine line between Arcade Fire tunefulness without getting into rather-pretentious theses about suburbs and whatnot.

Tier 3:

Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh: This is an incredible album that plays like the reverse of an abrasive Fuck Buttons album. It's also a giant step forward from BM's first album.

Miguel - Wildheart: Total wildcard. Maybe just a case of having no expectations and then playing "Leaves" on repeat about twenty times. It's like a perfect blend of Prince and Frank Ocean.

Viet Cong - Viet Cong EP: It's rare for a band's first release to have such a unified sound, though the band has been playing together for a few years. "Bunker Buster" has one of the funkiest guitar lines of the year, and closer "Death" is a rare 11-minute track that keeps morphing to hold your attention.

Wavves X Cloud Nothings - No Life For Me: Negative points because I totally fucking hate Wavves and think Dylan Baldi is going to run out of ideas really soon (at least for CNs proper), but there still is room for a tossed-off mostly-pop album that goes by so quick that you forgot the earworms crammed into each song. I'm not the first person to say this, but I really hope closer "Nothing Hurts" is turned into a CNs closer proper since it's way too brief and good to run a mere 1:48. And, well, personally I expected this album to be a mess, but I guess the current era of non-eardrum-bursting Wavves and when-Cloud-Nothings-was-a-solo-affair Dylan Baldi worked pretty well for everyone involved.

That's it for now. Still a lot on my hard drive I haven't listened to and, obviously, I expect great things from Battles. Who knew that a band that you could call math rock elicits a massive dance party? To quote some guy after the Gloss Drop show, where we were all literally jumping up and down the whole time, our collective sweatiness made aforementioned guy say, "It looks like we all jumped in a swimming pool."

I will gladly jump in that swimming pool on October 2 at First Ave. Just hope I can buy an album there and stash it in a safe place.