HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR, THE / MIKEY ERG / JOE JACK TALCUM / ENDLESS MIKE & THE BEAGLE CLUB: Split: 10”

This excellent split 10” features five tracks from four of the finest artists of today. Mikey Erg delivers two songs, with the other acts each contributing one. All profits go to the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, an organization dedicated to advancing the equity of autistic people in all realms of life. Available on several different colors of vinyl, the packaging is as pretty as these songs. Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen fame and the other artists contained here all managed to stay active during the pandemic, despite the inability to tour. This split is definitely one of the most notable releases of the hopefully dwindling COVID-19 era. It plays like an apologia for putting out records during the shutdown, reminding listeners that new music can’t be stifled, not even by the inability to play it live. –Art Ettinger (Awkward Aardvark, awkwardaardvark.com)