Seattle ethnodelic ensemble Master Musicians of Bukkake’s Totem Three made highbrow music blog The Quietus’ top 40 albums list for the first half of 2011; they came in at number 31. It’s a richly deserved honor for the group, who concluded their Totem trilogy with the finest album of their career. In my review of Totem Three, I wrote: “MMOB have honed their spiritual drones and holy-mountain'd processions into transcendental hymns that stain your glass righteously. The seven tracks here bloom slowly and majestically, inducing higher states of consciousness.”

MMOB (wisely) have just been added to the Tinariwen bill at Neumos, Sat. July 16.