Another year and another Chanukah is upon us. 2023 is almost in the books and ready to be sealed away, but not before the annual Festival of Lights, which in our case means no more, but no less than eight consecutive nights of gifts in the guise of extra special uploads from me...and hopefully extra special downloads for you. Comparatively speaking new content has been low this year, so this is perhaps the best and most constructive way I can compensate. Will I outdo myself from previous years? Regrettably, maybe not but i just might come close. You'll have to tune in starting this Thursday night (the 7th, yes, damn early this year) to find out. You can anticipate the reliable flurry of un/under-released vinyl, bootlegs, live offerings and demos.
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 and/or special 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 of December 14.
- Look for the first Chanukah posting this Thursday 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. 11) so as not to disrupt or distract from the continuity of the eight consecutive nights of the holiday.
- Some offerings will be made available in FLAC (in addition to standard MP3).