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Ken Brown, Guitarist/DJ/engineer, what he's obsessed with. His answers are . . . Old news unless you have no idea what the Internet is, but I see this as a food analogue to the musical lives Albini and I have led: both parallel and divergent vectors abound. Heck, music and food culture collusion in general gets me open these days, like the surreptitious appearance of the Pupils album cover in the last ish of Lucky Peach.

Cermakk (Cherries Records) Something that would be totally peripheral to my musical life if I didn't know/respect the people involved. I'm more into the extra-extravagant disco sound right now, but Meaty's alter ego is bringin' the boogie funk for the kids who weren't around to hear it when it was fresh. Plus it's been a window to good fun like Doug Shorts's "Changes."

Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People vinyl reissue (Jealous Butcher) Not out yet, but coming really soon. Twilight-era recordings by Red Red Meat will be featured as bonus tracks. An essential missing piece of Rutili and company's gypsylike musical trajectory. As above, it's not just this record but the overarching occurrence of reissues from the salad days of my musical experience that are floating this tired old man's boat.

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