Once I started teaching, “keeping up” with music began to fall by the wayside. So it’s partly due to that—but also due to somewhat lackluster reviews and my own fear of disappointment—that I avoided Titus Andronicus’ Local Business. Their previous album, The Monitor, is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. It’s something I return to again and again. I knew there was no way their next album could measure up. And, frankly, it probably doesn’t.
But then I read this here profile by Charlottesville’s own Tom Breihan. I feel, strangely, that I owe something to Patrick Stickles. That The Monitor's brilliance leaves me indebted, somehow. So I'm finally listening to Local Business, and I’m choosing—as best I can—not to do any comparing. And it’s very good.
I was gonna post the new Arcade Fire track “Afterlife,” cuz it’s awesome, but this more fits the day and my mood. It’s a gorgeous, crisp fall day here in Charlottesville, and I’m feeling a little melancholy because I’m working here at the school instead of at home sipping coffee with my wife. With my wife. My wife.