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.