Stereolab, "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music (Mellow)"
I only have three Stereolab albums, and that's dumb, because I like them quite a bit. I caught onto them pretty early, but didn't really keep up with them. I think because maybe in the early 90s, I was really focusing on loud and angry stuff, and depite recognizing deep inside that this was cool stuff, I just fell off. I should really loop back and pick some more of their stuff.
One Master, "Erosion"
Black metal out of Boston, One Master have four full-lengths and a couple splits, but this is the only one I have from them. As far as I can tell, they aren't sketchy, always a relief with black metal. Should I use a singular pronoun when referring to a one-person band? I don't think so. Anyhoo, I'm told this has has "occult" themes. I think it has "black metal" themes.
Busdriver, "Hyperbolic 2"
I hope hip-hop beats keep getting further and further out there. At least some of them, anyway. Hell, let's hear some rhyming over blast beats!
The Exceptions, "Sweet Georgia Peach"
If my ska isn't really traditional, first wave-style stuff, then I would prefer it to be pretty raw. Let's get sloppy, chunky, a little rattle-y. It should sound urgent, like it only has the studio for a very short period of time. So yeah, this works.
They Might Be Giants, "Particle Man"
This live version, from Severe Tire Damage, is a real delight. There's a real verve to the accordion solos that I appreciate.