Whenever I discover a listing for a new band on the iTunes Store, I
start by sampling their Top Songs. My assumption is that somebody who
got here before me might know something I'll only discover through
actual effort. And with effort being something mightily to avoid,
I'll take whatever shortcuts the world hands me. But I'm not stupid,
in spite of what you may have heard. I'm immediately suspicious when
the Top Songs are the first five tracks, that being an indication that
anybody who bought this stuff just picked up the album.
So when I discovered Maple Rabbit on the store, I wasn't
immediately suspicious as I listened to the first Top Song.
Interesting, I thought, in a goofy sort of way that went with the
album graphic. And I went to the second Top Song, which was
coincidentally right above the first in the album's tracks. And the
third was above that. And by the fifth, I realized there was a
pattern here. Now, I'm no conspiracy theorist, at least not usually.
But there's clearly something going on here that can't be explained by
random chance. I blame aliens. Or maybe Republicans, assuming the
two are mutually exclusive.