[Ed. Note: In Please Enjoy Responsibly, columnist Raymond Cummings tracks down the best noise music of the past month, while keeping an eye out for the best of recent months and saluting noise triumphs of yesteryear.]
The number of tracks and albums I've treated in this space has certainly fluctuated over the past year, but for December, I'm boiling things down to five releases.
Why? A couple reasons.
First, we're already in the thick of the end-of-annum glut of lists, where a handful of under-appreciated musical gems get their moment in the sun but mostly it becomes newly apparent that, in the aggregate, music critics' collective taste sucks.
Second, by now you've got way better things to do -- holiday shopping, winterizing home/car, burning Ikea furniture for heat -- than to power through 10 or 12 noise LPs online. No, it's cool. I know you're not vibing to Whitehouse or whatever over dinner; from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, that shit is straight tabled in favor of the Andrea Bocelli Christmas album.
Third, five is the number of fingers most of us have on each hand, and each hand has a glove on it. A few freakishly warm days aside, this has been a cold, blustery month, and it's bound to get worse before it gets better.
So, this month: the bare essentials to see you through snowstorms and traffic jams and long department store lines and leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Because does anybody even like turkey?
Even a little bit?