In what has become an annual tradition on Wilfully Obscure (not to mention the ever increasing bane of my sanity) I’ll be rolling out extra special, super duper entries over the week of Chanukah. Beginning in 2012, I decided to spread the goodies out over the eight nights of Chanukah (check out the preliminary details for 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015. This made sense on a couple of different levels. For one, it gives me a convenient excuse to share several mind-blowing “gifts” instead of just one biggie on Christmas. Secondly, Chanukah represents personal relevance to me. We all know you were envious of that boy down the block who had a yarmulke festooned to his 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, The Pursuit of Happiness and Redd Kross, but name recognition is not hardly a guarantee. As in past years, there will definitely be familiar faces, but also several participants that have never garnered face-time on W/O. As you may recall, I kicked things off with a BIG mondo bang last year. This time around, the opening salvo will reveal itself as something of a Chill.
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 31st. Other than that the format will appear as usual, however some of the titles I’m gifting you will not only be available in MP3, but lossless FLAC as well.
All of this begs the question, “Has Wilfully Obscure been holding out on us for the last 11 months?” Somewhat…but not quite. In short, the presents I plan on revealing over the eight nights of Chanukah are of considerably high caliber. I like to think that everything I share qualifies as good to excellent, but to paraphrase that sage Orwellian dictum, some are more equal than others. One final note of housekeeping – I will forgo Mystery Monday for the next week in order to maintain the continuity of the holiday as it falls on the calendar.
See you Saturday ’round sundown.