It’s pretty easy for me to get excited about a compilation from John Maus. He’s an artist that seems to inspire extreme responses. Love his music or hate it, it’s always fascinating. (At least, I think so.) On July 17, Maus will be releasing a collection of older tracks called, “A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Materials” via Ribbon Music. It’s a 16-track record, with two previously unheard songs. Some of the tracks may look familiar to fans, because the rest of them appeared on “2011 Demos” or other compilations. Ribbon already posted “Mental Breakdown” (2004), “No Title (Molly)” (2008) on soundcloud and now a follow-up, “Bennington” (2007). The song is certainly an 80s-sounding throw back, with cheeky humor about being in love with a girl who went to school at Bennington. It has a great thumping beat, classic synth, and the lyrics are sure to bring about a half-smile. You can pre-order the record here. Their Bated Breath named Maus’ album, “We Must Become Pitiless Censors of Ourselves” as one of the 15 Best LPs of 2011. — David D. Robbins Jr.