Someone said “The Silver Jews are back” on twitter and I lost my mind a little. CONTEXT: They’re re-releasing some early songs, specifically tracks off of Dime Map of the Reef and the Arizona Record. This is a bit of a bummer for me personally as I already have/listen to those records on the regular, but I am excited for people who have not yet heard these tunes to have better access to them! Because really, “Welcome to the House of the Bats.” You need that in your life.
I also think early recordings are incredibly important to listen to as an aspiring musician because it shows you that making music is a process. The developed strangeness that you have grown to love and have inspired to make you to make music — it came from seeds of strangeness. You can see that there’s actually no difference between you and the artists you’ve loved, except years of time, effort, and care. Plant your weird self garden.