It's Tuesday morning and I'm sitting in the driver seat of my black Honda Element. I just cleaned my car - two and a half hours of deep cleaning at Gold Coin Car Wash in Oakland. Two dudes in an old Isuzu are blasting house music and I can't help myself from nodding my head. The music stops, and I'm like "Hey, where'd the music go?!". Anyways, Tuesday morning and I'm in the cockpit like a captain pre-flight. Checking my gauges, the "instruments". Yesterday, 55 miles, according to the trip odometer. Same as everyday and I don't have to keep track of it in my mileage book because it's a new year. I pull from my back pocket the route for the day. Each morning, I pull up Google Maps and route my AM and PM pickup list. It reads, Maya, Ellis, Taj, River, August, Frankie, Zeus/Thor. I obey the list and try not to second-guess it when I'm out on the road. I feel like Ron Burgundy - I am loyal to my roster like he is to the teleprompter. "Dammit, who put a question mark in the telepromoter?!".
Anyways, it's Tuesday morning. Why am I excited? Tuesdays are new releases for Bandcamp's weekly radio show, The Bandcamp Weekly (aptly named). It's a "phenomenal", as the host - UK's Andrew Jervis - might say. But he's living in the Berkeley hills now, so as I'm picking up my dogs and driving up the hill towards Berkeley, I can't think he's somewhere up where I happen to be driving past.
Bandcamp happens to offer up some of their site's best new tracks, as curated by Andrew Jervis. For me, it's a great way to uncover some great new music. For the dogs, I only hope they get a chance to enjoy it all as much as I do. I catch myself turning to the back seat to see six dogs captivated by my own signing, clapping and fistbumps of enthusiasm.
As I see it, my dogs get the best music when they're cruising around in the dogmobile. But, since they can't tell me outright, I'd like to hear from you. Have you listened to a Bandcamp Weekly? What do you think? Good source of new music? Do you approve of this music for your beloved fur baby?