Jeanne And The Darlings, "How Can You Mistreat The One You Love"
How sweet is that Memphis sound? This is a song from late in the Atlantic run for Stax/Volt, from 1967. That's a tasty break in this song! Jeanne and the Darlings just ended up recording four singles in their career, so there isn't a lot of followup to this tune.
Einstürzende Neubauten, "Bildbeschreibung"
There have been times in my life when I've bought a record that was intimidating, when I wasn't really sure what I was getting into. Buying this album, Strategies Against Architecture II, was one of those moments. I had heard of the band, in mostly hushed tones, and I wasn't really sure I was up for it. So strange! So noisy! So German! I didn't honestly know if I was up for it. And the album was, indeed, something pretty far beyond what I could have expected. But I certainly liked it!
Aphex Twin, "Grass"
Shuffle is in A Mood. Truthfully, Selected Ambient Works Vol 2 is a really good companion record to Strategies Against Architecture II.
SUMA, "I am the spiritual shepherd"
Yeah, definitely in a mood. I don't think we've talked about a lot about doom metal around here. Doom is stuff that takes its cue from "Black Sabbath" (the song) and kind of keeps stretching it out and making it heavier. There's similarity in approach with some of the murkier corners of indie rock as well, with stuff like Bitch Magnet's grander moments being similar in mood. Suma's Let The Churches Burn is a fine example, crushing and deliberate and meditative.
De La Soul, "Can U Keep A Secret"
When I listen to the songs like this from 3 Feet High And Rising, I just remember 14-year-old Josh trying to puzzle out what the hell "buddy" was, exactly. I mean, obviously, it meant something sexual. But what, precisely? I was genuinely mystified. Pre-internet times were very mysterious.