Five Songs, 10/2/2021
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Five Songs, 10/2/2021

2Pac, "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"

All Eyez On Me represented 2Pac's commercial peak, with the double-album selling tons of copies driven by "California Love". Of course, it would be the last album he would make while alive, so we don't know what he would have done after moving on from G-funk. If he'd been alive, there would have actually been many fewer 2Pac records, as I think he would have just moved on to acting and not much music would have been released. Instead, essentially every noise he ever made on tape would eventually get released.

Jello Biafra with the Melvins, "Halo of Flies"

Jello Biafra has done a bunch of collaborations with various bands, many of which are excellent. Lard (his collab with Ministry) is great, his collab with NoMeansNo is a lot of fun, and his two records with the Melvins are excellent. The second one, Sieg Howdy!, opens with this, a cover of the Alice Cooper tune.

Oneohtrix Point Never, "The Station"

Oneohtrix Point Never is one of the most restless artists around. If you just listened to this and something from Replica, it would be hard to believe that it was the same artist. It all rules, but it's hard to really pinpoint a through line with him other than the creativity.

Pallbearer, "Lie of Survival"

With Pallbearer's third album, Hearless, there was more than a little prog that in their sound to go with the doom. And not as in the modern prog-metal kind of prog, but the stuff from the 70s. I mean, the intro to this song sounds like an extended Pink Floyd jam. There's even just some straight-up southern rock in this. A bunch of this sounds like Skynyrd. None of that is bad, mind you, it's just kind of fun to notice.

Death Cab for Cutie, "I Will Possess Your Heart"

You will NOT, Death Cab! My heart is my own!

Joshua Buergel
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