Five Songs, 1/26/2018
Five Songs

Five Songs, 1/26/2018

Good stuff today.

Foo Fighters, "New Way Home"

Every now and again, we get a huge band around here, and I'm never really sure what to say about them. I mean, sure some random-ass Canadian punk band, I can give a little capsule biography, talk about their discography. The Foo Fighters, though? Everybody knows them. Or, probably everybody reading this. So, I guess I'll just say that I only have this album, The Color and the Shape, which I like just fine. But I never got around to picking up other albums.

Vince Staples, "Rain Come Down"

The closer to Big Fish Theory, I love how this song is mostly led by that synth bass line. And, of course, Vince is great. This album is really good, ya'll!

Steely Dan, "Do It Again"

I wonder, among my audience, if knowledge of the Foo Fighters or Steely Dan is more common? Or, for that matter, Vince Staples? Anyway, Steely Dan were, of course, huge staples of AOR ("album oriented rock") radio growing up, so their hits (including "Do It Again") were played frequently growing up. I didn't have a ton of appreciation for their jazz rock stylings for a long time, but at some point, I grew to really enjoy it. Probably when I became an old-fart dad.

But, forgive my old-fart dadness, they're really good! What I appreciate about them the most is that their songs don't ever seem to go the places you might expect. Trying to go in and listen to them without any cultural baggage is a challenge, but it's very worthwhile.

Vince Staples, "BagBak"

Well, that's a first. This is actually the preceeding track on the album. I guess just enjoy the doubled up Vince Staples today?

Amon Tobin, "Deo"

A fine closer for today, this is a track off the sublime Supermodified. This song takes a bit for the jittery percussion to kick in, with plenty of organic sounds providing a slow buildup in this excellent tune.

Joshua Buergel
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