Here we be, peeps. That bloodthirstiest of months, August. The take no prisoners motherFUCKER of a month. It’s 114 in FarNorCal today and it feels like it’s 162, minimum. So it seems weird to start talking about our SOTY candidates. But in all reality the voting for such things is wrapped up by the end of November, right? So we’re basically 2/3 of the way through the voting portion of the year. So despite this miserable heat I need to start short-listing 2017 before winter comes….and with the winter comes the White Walkers and …..well, shit.

My first candidate is an oddball choice. When Hardly Art Records released a compilation of their wonderful artists songs that for one reason or another had never seen the light of day I didn’t get all that excited. Your old pal Bloc fired it up without so much as looking at the tracklist. And there she was, track #1, my beloved Seth Bogart AKA Hunx of Hunx & His Punx and their absolute gem “Baby Of The Band” If you know anything about me you know I’m a sucker for what I like to call “Classic American Music Gone To Hell.” And this is a perfect example. Pulling off a classic 50’s rave-up kind of backbeat Hunx gets all wonderfully freaky all over the top of that shit. Does he go so far as to yelp out “I’m the baby, WAAA WAAA WAAA-AA?” You bet your sweet ass he does. This song is going to be very hard for somebody to drop out of that coveted #1 spot come years end. Check it out and if you like it go back and listen to Seth Bogart’s solo album from last year and the earlier Hunx & His Punx albums. Everything in there is absolutely perfection.

  • Doris Montgomery

    this is a very short list

    • Blochead4real

      Presented these one at a time, every other week, until it’s time to reveal the SOTY

      • Cooolin

        We haven’t even discussed how we’re doing SOTY. I smell conflict. GLLLENNNNNFFFFF!!!!!

  • lobster man

    What’s your stance on The Cramps?

  • Padfoot24

    This isn’t an Alvvays song. So it’s wrong

  • inthedeadofknight

    For me it’s “Velvet Gloves & Spit”, but for everyone, it’s “Thinking of a Place” right? I think we all love that one very dearly.

  • raptor jesus

    Another Weekend – Ariel

    Just revisit Round and Round as a reminder this man can write a perfect song

    • Blochead4real

      Most frustrating artist on earf. Another Weekend is a perfect example. He’s rolling along with another PERFECT song and then it gets all freaky and off kilter and stupid and I hate it and jesus doesn’t love me.

  • Cooolin

    Seth Bogart’s solo album is a delicious treat for peeps who haven’t heard it yet.
    Gonna be honest though … I’m not feelin’ this track. Maybe “Classic American Music Gone To Hell” isn’t my thing.

    • Doris Montgomery

      next week you can nominate a song

      • Cooolin

        niiiiice

  • LeMonjello

    Haven’t heard of The Short Lists, i’ll have to check em out.

    • Blochead4real

      you are, as always, adorable.

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