Friday, November 26, 2021

Watching the candles burn - the eight nights of Chanukah returns this Sunday evening.

It's right about that time again.  Chanukah commences pretty darn early this year, and though I'd prefer it begin somewhere in DECEMBER (is that too much to ask?) we'll take what we can get.  Hopefully you'll join me for eight consecutive nights of my most bodacious shares of the year, beginning this coming Sunday November 28th, somewhere in the neck of the woods of sundown EST.  Can't promise everything will be a hit (heck, I haven't even settled on what some of the titles are yet) but expect the typical spread of choice bootlegs, demos and standout vinyl scarcities like those I've offered every Chanukah since 2012.

If you're new to the site please check out the preliminary details for past Chanukah roll-outs (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, etc).  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 personal 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 5th.

  • 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 (Nov 28th) 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 (yet again), but I'm pretty certain they'll return in '22
And as always, download responsibly.  Enjoy.


Josef Kloiber said...

I look forward to this week with excitement.

spavid said...

Happy to hear Josef!

Malaspina said...

Happy Hanukkah to spavid and all Jewish readers of Wilfully Obscure. I look foward to the gifts.