2020 has got to be good for something...right? With all the crazy and cataclysmic events that have taken place in the last eleven months or so, even I'm not as jazzed about annual traditions. Nonetheless, as long as I still have a supply of extra special ear candy to share with you, I wouldn't feel right depriving you of the usual eight night spread of choice bootlegs, live rarities and standout vinyl scarcities that I've offered every Chanukah since 2012. The festivities begun this Thursday evening, come around sundown EST.
If you're new to the site please check out the preliminary details for past Chanukah roll-outs (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). You might be asking what initially motivated me to begin this tradition altogether. For one, it gives me a
convenient excuse to share several mind-blowing "gifts" instead of just
one big reveal on Christmas. Secondly, Chanukah represents
relevance to me. We all know you were envious of
that kid down the block who had a yarmulke festooned to their head, who
was given the privilege of lighting the menorah, and of course, reveling
in eight glorious nights of presents. Once again, I'm paying it
forward. Previous Chanukah entries have featured Wire, Velocity Girl, Jellyfish, Husker Du and Teenage Fanclub,
but name recognition is hardly a guarantee. As in past years, there
will definitely be familiar faces, but also
several entrants that have never garnered face-time on W/O. Bear in
mind that what's crucial to my ears may not be of equal essence to
yours, but kindly, try to humor me.
At the top of each Chanukah upload will be a thumbnail photo of a menorah, with the appropriate number of lit candles to denote each succeeding evening until all eight slots in the candelabra are occupied on the concluding night, December 17th.
- Look for the first Chanukah posting this Sunday evening, and then for the remaining seven nights 'round supper time all next week.
- Mystery Monday will be taking a break this coming Monday (Dec 14st) so as not to disrupt the continuity of the eight consecutive nights of the holiday.
- Some offerings will be made available in FLAC (in addition to standard MP3).
- I'm probably going to be skipping singles this year, and offering an album or concert instead.