Five Songs, 10/13/2017
Five Songs

Five Songs, 10/13/2017

Nice set of songs today. I am not posting this on Twitter today because I'm boycotting today in support of the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest going on.

Dumptruck, "Watch Her Fall"

Underground pop act Dumptruck was a favorite of college radio before I really listened to that sort of music, and I eventually gave them a listen after hearing so much about how great they were. They were made out to be The Band That Should Have Made It. And I like them, but I don't have the connection to them that so many folks who were there seem to have. This comes from the only album I have, Haul of Fame, a retrospective compilation of their entire career that I recommend checking out.

Mr. T Experience, "The History of the Concept of the Soul"

Here we find the Mr. T Experience operating in more of a garage rock-y kind of vein, which is always fun. Love that guitar tone!

The Clash, "Career Opportunities"

From their first, self-titled album, this is just a great punk song. You can really hear why this kind of thing took off.

Frank Black & The Catholics, "All My Ghosts"

Frank Black really presents me with some difficult categorization problems. This is one of them. Do I index his solo work (under just the name Frank Black) the same as his work with The Catholics? On the one hand, they're both pretty clearly his solo projects. But the Catholics records really do sound different. And what about the records he recorded as Black Francis? Those have to be categorized in the same place, right? For the record, I'm dumping all his post-Pixies stuff in one place.

Anyway, this album, just called Frank Black & The Catholics, is a really straightforward piece of rock, and it's pretty fun. I like it a fair bit.

Einstürzende Neubauten, "Von Wegen"

This comes from Alles Wieder Offen, a relatively late career album. It does have an interesting history, which is that it was released entirely with the support of crowd funding. Einstürzende Neubauten is the first artist I supported on crowd funding, as they started experimenting with supporter-funded records in 2002. Those early experiments did produce some exclusive albums, but this record is the first one that really went into distribution. And it's very good.

Joshua Buergel
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