Gas Huffer, "Crooked Bird"
As Gas Huffer moved into the middle of their run, they added a little touch of sruf. A little more reverb takes us in a slightly different direction on their garage rock. Still very recognizable as Gas Huffer, mind you, but they didn't just keep re-making Janitors of Tomorrow either.
Jr. Walker & the All-Stars, "Shotgun"
Goddam, listen to that recording. The compression on everything just adds so much to the urgency of the track. It's so sweaty!
The Beatles, "With a Little Help From My Friends"
I wonder how things would have been different if this album had found an audience in its time. Seems like it might have changed the course of popular music, but I guess we'll never know.
Dysrhythmia, "Nuclear Twilight"
This is one of Colin Marston's (Krallice) many bands, this one playing prog metal, focusing on some of the instrumental pyrotechnics. Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts) is handling some of the mania here as well, so I suppose the pedigree is certainly in place. However, I don't really love this. I can appreciate it, but I don't really crave it particularly. I listen to metal more for the intensity, not necessarily just the prowess of the playing.
Ghostface Killah, "One"
From Supreme Clientele, maybe the most Wu-like of his solo records, is all the more impressive because the RZA only did a handful of tracks on it. But the claustrophobic beats and menacing feel is everywhere in evidence, and Ghost is of course in great form.