Five Songs, 10/7/2020
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Five Songs, 10/7/2020

Czarface & Ghostface Killah, "Back At Ringside"

Czarface is Inspectah Deck, 7L, and Esoteric, making the sort of superhero/villain inspired hip-hop that MF Doom and Ghostface used to make. So, of course, they have teamed up with both Doom and Ghostface, which makes all the sense in the world. Ghostface managed to outshine the other folks on this album, but it's still kind of a fun romp.

The Olympians, "Sirens of Jupiter"

The Olympians are a Daptone act featuring a remixed set of the same kind of usual suspects, with members of the Dap-Kings and Menahan Street Band, among others. They've put out just one album thus far, and it's a fine slab of instrumental soul, if not at all groundbreaking. If you need more of that Daptone sound, you can certainly do a lot worse.

They Might Be Giants, "Robot Parade"

TMBG released an MP3-only EP called Working Undercover For The Man in 2000, at a time when "MP3-only EP" was a genuinely strange thing to see. As I remember, it was actually a real pain in the ass to get a hold of, involving a crappy e-commerce site, lots of authentication hoops, and a whole lot of busted downloads. Was the end result worth it? Ehhhhh, not really. This is not their best material, and the best song (the title track) appeared on Mink Car. This song would also appear in a greatly re-worked form on No!, the first TMBG kids' album. This is very much for completists only.

Sebadoh, "License to Continue"

Didn't I bring up Sebadoh yesterday? Am I summoning things? SUCH POWER. What do I want to listen to tomorrow? Uh, how about...I dunno, a blast from high school. Maybe the Dead Kennedys?

Mint Royale, "Don't Falter"

For the most part, this kind of lightweight dance pop kind of misses me. It's pleasant enough, but it usually doesn't do a ton for me. Mint Royale's first album, On the Ropes, is one of the exceptions for reasons I can't totally place. It's still pretty lightweight, but I just enjoy listening to it.

Joshua Buergel
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