Well, I didn't get around to putting together a batch of singles together this Chanukah like I did last (maybe next year?). Got the next best thing though, a collection of some of the better EPs that made it to my turntable in 2020, including one that had been sitting on my shelf, shrink-wrapped no less for a good eight years since purchasing it. And you think you're backlogged? I think you'll appreciate at least two of these three, and just remember what Meat Loaf had to say about that quotient.
02. Research Bee
05. Go Go Bee
06. Topological Lies
Another outfit that never quite made it to the album phase was Long Island, NY trio Modern Pioneers. In fact, the EP I'm featuring was their longest proper recording, a glorified single with Ione of the songs, "Far Away Places" being an instrumental. The "The Big Hookup" is a resounding left-of-the-dial anthem brimming with confidence and verve driving the point home that these guys didn't take the telephone, of all things, for granted. "Roman Times" chooses a subtler tack but is equally well written. Excellent stuff, and if it's more content you crave from M/P, Jim Santo's Demo Universe has you covered with a live show at CBGBs from 1986 and even some unreleased studio tracks.
A. The Big Hookup
B1. Roman Times
B2. Far Away Places (A Tribute to Ben Gazzara)
01. Milky Way