Five Songs, 1/22/2018
Five Songs

Five Songs, 1/22/2018

A slow start today, but it picks up.

Aceyalone, "The Jabberwocky"

Yes, it's a reading of the Lewis Carroll poem, complete with pitch shifting.

Shabazz Palaces, "MindGlitch Keytar TM Theme"

Another track from Lese Majesty, although this is kind of a throwaway. Not a great start to today.

Fugazi, "Dear Justice Letter"

Our second visit from my favorite band. Here we find a track from Steady Diet of Nothing, their second full album (13 Songs was originally released as two EPs). On Steady Diet, they took yet another big step away from the hardcore of Minor Threat, and a further step towards the angular art-rock that would define the post-hardcore sound. The songs on Steady Diet are slower and more deliberate than those on Repeater, and the album is just less direct overall. That makes this a little bit of a transitional album, with Fugazi learning some new tools, tools they'd master with In On The Kill Taker. That album would find them synthesizing the fury of Repeater with the more elliptical sound of Steady Diet.

What do I think of Steady Diet, judged on its own? I think it's great, like every Fugazi album, but it's nevertheless on the lower end for their albums. But still great!

The Ocean, "Mesopelagic: Into The Uncanny (Instrumental Version)"

Here we find ourselves just a single layer down in the ocean, below the epipelagic zone, so the song itself is fairly bright as well. This album is so corny, but it's still pretty entertaining.

Sicko, "Half the Battle"

The opening song from Chef Boy RU Dumb, opening with a quote from Ritchie Blackmore, explaining why he left Deep Purple. Note that this quote has nothing to do with the album, of course. Sicko never made a bad record, providing us with slab after slab of cheerful, immaculate pop punk. It just makes me smile. Super stupid album title, though.

Joshua Buergel
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