Murs, "I'm Innocent"
Murs found himself on Warner Bros for Murs For President, and he turned in a big album to celebrate. There are a lot of ideas, a lot of big beats, a lot of targets. It's a good record, but it feels like it's a little much.
Mayhem, "A Wise Birthgiver"
I went a little bit into Mayhem's history the last time they came up, so I won't repeat that here. I'll just reiterate: these were bad people, and even this later version of the band contains folks like Hellhammer who have said terrible things and never really recanted past links to repugnant beliefs. I bought this album unaware of the band's history outside of Vikernes and Euronymous. Knowing what I now know, I would have avoided it.
There's a question embedded here about what I should do about albums like this one, or about Deathspell Omega (who have several albums in my collection and turn out to be harboring a Nazi piece of shit). I've made the decision to keep them in the library and just deal with the few ones that come up, mentioning what I know and putting it out there. It's not like I'm really publicizing anything here, so I don't think I'm helping out these folks.
Amon Tobin, "Pale Forms Run By"
Phew! Amon Tobin rules!
Bim Skala Bim, "Brain Damage"
It is the case that the third wave of ska had a lot of smirky, bad covers of songs. Being able to apply ska's strong stylistic markers to songs from other genres is irresistable. But, while a lot of these covers suck, there is an appeal to hearing a familiar song get redone like this. And so, please enjoy this Pink Floyd tune.
The Thrills, "One Horse Town"
The Thrills are a band from Dublin, making big sunny pop music inspired by the music of California. It's certainly charming stuff, easy to listen to, but you just kind of listen to it float past.