How did I not know this? Hum, obviously the best band ever done wrong in a major label deal (and, yes, also just the best band ever), is the only thing I want to listen to when the skies clear and the sun starts warming the colors out of the trees. Hum fansite MISSION CONTROL has an entire archive of demos, B-sides, and hard-to-find records up. The site also curates a Youtube channel. I had never heard either the “Puppets”/”Aphids” single or the b-sides off of “Stars”. When the thundering guitars drop in and I’m surrounded by the sound, I know I am lucky to be alive to hear something so beautiful. There is something like god somewhere inside that sound.