Hey, folks! I’m popping in from the depression hiatus to give some much-deserved shine to Man Man’s first album in six years, out today via Sub Pop. Needless to say, it’s incredible and well worth the long wait. Rolling Stone even said it’s the best Man Man record to date (though I’m still partial to Rabbit Habits).
If you’re a fan, you should buy Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between today via Bandcamp — not because the platform is waiving all of its regular fees so artists/labels collect the full amount (which it is) — but because the band probably left a lot of money on the table sticking to their original May 1 street date.
According to ringleader Honus Honus, Man Man had the option to push back the album’s release due to COVID-19 — and probably should have so they could tour the fuck out of it when this nightmare is over — but didn’t. As someone struggling with his mental health over the past six weeks in quarantine, I can’t thank them enough.
On an unrelated note, I’m not sure if the album’s release marks the end of Honus Honus’ daily shower streams via Instagram — which I’ve learned a lot from, including these tidbits:
- Honus Honus didn’t grow up a Frank Zappa fan even though every Man Man description I’ve ever read references him;
- The amazing “Cloud Nein” video was made entirely of stock footage;
- Honus Honus’ solo album Use Your Delusion gets no where near the love and recognition it deserves.
Here’s one of the new album’s stand-out tracks, “Prettiest Song in the World.”
PS. Not sure when I’ll be back with more posts. Be safe, take care of yourselves — and others — out there.
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