Usually I wait until the 31st to pony up the annual "portable" version of W/O for the year ending, but something tells me I'm not going to get much more in before New Year's Eve. Let's take a look at the numbers, shall we? For 2015 I posted roughly 220 entries. Subtract the fifty temporary Mystery Monday listings and that leaves 170 permanent shares. Not bad, but in 2009, for example, the tally was a much more staggering 270 posts, virtually none of which were available on a limited basis. In case you didn't feel like doing the math, 2015 had 100 fewer fixed entries - an average of two less per week (every week only has seven days you know). So what gives? A combination of things, the overriding one being that I don't want to exhaust my collection. Pacing myself is a must, as is quality control. Other factors may or may not include (moderate) burnout, overtime at my paying gig, and plain old doubt and indecisiveness. This might lead you to ask, is Wilfully Obscure in it for the long haul? I really don't think you have anything to be worried about.
As for what I've presented this years, here's the crème de la crème ripped from another batch of stunning revelations that are sure to garner more cheers than jeers. Yes siree Bob, The usual cornucopia of jangly arpeggios, rampaging riffola and subterranean splendor you've come to rely on (albeit not all facets populating the same record). The 24-track compendium outlined below is compiled predominantly from vinyl releases, naturally the meat and potatoes of this humble website. I don't have an adequate amount of time to delve into any particular selections, which is why I've conveniently provided hyperlinks to the pertinent write-ups of whomever artist you fancy more details on.Included are three songs I haven't previously shared. The Shrapnel tune is a corker. Enjoy.