Waffles Staff Picks - August Edition
Welcome to the August edition of the Waffles.fm Staff Picks. Please remember we do not look to balance genres or purposely seek out diversity - these are simply albums by bands that we love, and hope that you find something you enjoy as well. Note that each pick may be an individual track, or an entire album (for the purpose of the theme). In every case, however, the entire album will be FL. All of these albums will be freeleech until the end of August.

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Artist: Stereolab
Album: Mars Audiac Quintet
Track: Ping Pong

Here we have a contrarian pick that says economic progress is a myth, its all a cycle. Laetitia Sadier's take on marxism is well on display here. Mars Audiac Quintet is Stereolab's third album, and it's the poppiest in their catalog, toning down the cosmic rock/krautrock influences, instead bringing their space-age analogue synth pop to the fore. Lots of nice early hits on this album. And, it's a nice reminder that there was a lot more going on in the early and mid 1990s than just grunge and poppy punk. This band could do no wrong...until 1999. Then the bottom fell out.

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Artist: Pedro The Lion
Album: Progress

This is the first album that came to mind when the topic came up. Enjoy

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Artist: yumi zouma
Album: ep ii
Track: alena

If you're familiar with their first ep, you'd never think this track came from the same band. It's largely different, but just as good.

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Artist: iLiKETRAiNS
Album: Progress Reform

This album literally has multiple tracks about Robert Scott's expedition to the South Pole in 1912. Sometimes progress is just a frigid, doomed voyage to nowhere. Or maybe that's just the post-rock talking.

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Artist: Mooncake
Album: Lagrange Points

I'm not sure why, but when the theme "Progress" was chosen for this month's theme, this album came to mind first. Perhaps it's the video for the great opening track, which progresses from Earth and out into the furthest reaches of the known universe. The track name also relates to Arthur C. Clarke [titled _Nine Billion Names... (To A. Clarke)_] and I think he is a man synonymous with "progress". So I guess this album fits. It's a great one, IMO.

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Artist: Sam Cooke
Album: Ain't that good news
Track: A Change is gonna come

I'd say the best song about progress ever written.

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Artist: The Damned
Album: Strawberries
Track: Life Goes On

Sometimes we need to progress and move on.

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Artist: Tool
Album: Ænima
Track: Ænima

some say a comet will fall from the sky, followed by meteor showers and tidal waves, followed by fault lines that cannot sit still, followed by millions of dumbfounded dip shits and some say the end is near, some say well see armageddon soon. certainly hope we will, i sure could use a vacation from this stupid shit, silly shit, stupid shit... learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim.moms gonna fix it all soon. moms comin round to put it back the way it ought to be. see you down in arizona bay.

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