Rocket From The Crypt, "I'm Not Invisible"
As a result of Five Songs, I've actually been on a Rocket From The Crypt kick lately. It's been great! I don't ever see them get mentioned any more, but they kicked ass across seven albums (not even counting the excellent compilations!) and people should listen to them. This is how their final studio album kicked off, and it smokes.
Autoclave, "I'll Take You Down"
Autoclave was not around long, putting out a couple EPs on Discord before disappearing. But the members wouldn't disappear - Slant 6 arose from their ashes, but more significantly, this was Mary Timony's (Helium, Wild Flag, Ex Hex) first band. Imagine doing this in high school! Incredible.
White Lung, "Kiss Me When I Bleed"
You know, White Lung's guitar always reminded me of Mary Timony's work in Helium, so thanks for that connection, shuffle. Rockin' it today! This album also kicks ass.
The xx, "Islands"
Dammit, shuffle, we were doing a thing! Indie pop doesn't fit! This needs to be half again as fast, and twice as loud! Get with the program! It's almost like you're picking songs randomly!
Sonic Youth, "trilogy"
I kind of want to call this song the definitive statement on the most important album for Sonic Youth, one of the most important underground bands of all time. By the transitive property, that would make this one of the most important rock songs ever. But, alas, I can't really. "Teen Age Riot" is the key song on Daydream Nation, the one that would inspire so many bands. But, for all that, this is 14 minutes of total genius, a giant slab of drama from a band that was in the center of their incredible peak (a period I place from EVOL through Dirty). Please enjoy this treat, it doesn't get much better than this.