Five Songs, 1/29/2018
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Five Songs, 1/29/2018

Another good one, as Five Songs continues its roll.

matt pond PA, "It Becomes Night"

A charming little pop song from matt pond PA.

Presidents of the United States of America, "Volcano"

Here's a delightful song off that second album that the Presidents made that nobody really paid attention to. The loose charm is still present, the hooks are solid, and the wordplay is fun. Basically, this album is a goofball winner.

They Might Be Giants, "Shape Shifter"

I can't remember if I've discussed Dial-A-Song before or not, and I'll be damned if I'm going to click through 24 previous entries to find out. If I repeat myself, tough noogies! When they were first getting started, They Might Be Giants attempted an unusual promotional method. They played songs into an answering machine and advertised the number in the Village Voice, so people could call it up and hear a tune. It was unusual enough to get some attention, and became a fan favorite, as they rotated the song on it frequently. They also got more than their share of goofy messages on the machine. I called it a few times myself!

Anyway, in 2016, they decided to revive Dial-A-Song, and recorded a new song each week. They released those songs to fans, collecting them at the end of the year. This is one of those songs. As you might expect from a song-a-week pace, they're pretty uneven.

The Foreign Exchange, "Come Around"

The Foreign Exchange are an R&B band out of North Carolina. I've just got the one record from them, Connected, although they've made a bunch more. I'm not really that big of an R&B guy, honestly. At least not modern stuff, preferring soul to it in general.

Bim Skala Bim, "Going Back"

My second favorite third-wave band! This comes from Universal, one of their later albums, but maybe my favorite. It comes down to How's It Goin' or this one, and a lot of that depends on mood. The former is a little more ska, while the songs are a little poppier on the latter. Both are very good, though!

(NB: The song starts at 31:21 in the linked video.)

Joshua Buergel
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