Mom always liked you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, and you best

At the tail end of this past October, Champaign-Urbana’s online culture magazine, Smile Politely, put together a list of their top-20 albums by local bands from the first decade of this millennium. The Viper and His Famous Orchestra made a respectable showing with Everything for Everyone at #19. I’d always wanted to be 19th best at something! Joseph Martin’s account, describing us “coming on like a chipper Cultural Studies salon,”  is a very nicely turned framing of this recording in its socio-historico-portico context.

Note also that the Orchestra’s suitcase-player-errant, Edward Burch, also shows up at #15 with The Palace at 4 a.m. (Part 1) as the latter half of Jay Bennett & Edward Burch. And Orchestra percussionist, Victor Cortez, gets an honorable mention with Rectangle’s Uno Nunca Sabe.

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