well, this may be a first, at least for me that is. so earlier this year michael rank and stag released the most excellent, in the weeds, which is sitting in my top ten records of this this year. well, mr rank seems to be on a roll, cause he just released his second record of this, mermaids, and it actually may be better than in the weeds, which frankly i thought wasnt going to be possible. one thing i love about this whole situation is that it wasnt up until earlier this year that good friend of captains dead, jeff zentner brought in the weeds to my attention. now, i was, and still am, a huge huge fan of his 90’s band clarissa, and throughout the years i would check up to see what michael was up to, and maybe i wasnt searching hard enough, but during that time i was coming up empty handed. so you could only imagine my excitement when jeff brought said record to my attention. its also kind of amazing out small of a world it is. i still need to listen to his 2012 release, kin – hopefully in the near future, but i have been really wrapped up with in the weeds, and now mermaids. i really hate saying artists are at the peak of the craft, cause really it sounds like they’re destined to just crap out, but michael is firing on all cylinders, creatively speaking, right now. oh, and what i was referring to in that opening sentence is having an artist with two records in my top ten of the year list. cant recommend both records enough….