Five Songs, 1/19/2022
Five Songs

Five Songs, 1/19/2022

Dead Kennedys, "Moon over Marin"

The closer to the second Kennedys album, Plastic Surgery Disasters, it's one of those anthemic songs that the Kennedys would occasionally turn out. This is actually about as accessible as they ever got, although there's still Biafra's strange warble to contend with.

The Toasters, "T-Time"

I think the Toasters were at their strongest in their instrumentals (or near-instrumentals). This is just a groove, horns, and some soloing, and ain't nothing wrong with that.

Carlton Jumel Smith, "Ain't That Love"

Shuffle is horny today, y'all!

Fister, "No Spirit Within"

So much for that.

This is doom metal out of St. Louis, with kind of a blackened feel to the vocals that changes things up some. This is the longest track on the album, so I guess it's really the statement of purpose. The stretch halfway through the tune, where it constantly feels like it's going to build to a climax, but keeps putting it off, is really very, very doom. That kind of intentional stretching out of expectations is central to the genre, that refusal to release the tension.

Mac DeMarco, "Let My Baby Stay"

You know, it's been a while since I've complained about this shit being really random and all over the place. I get to complain about shuffle occasionally, as a treat. Well, I'm cashing it in today: come on, shuffle.

Joshua Buergel
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