Five Songs, 11/14/2020
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Five Songs, 11/14/2020

Operation Re-Information, "Autonomous Auto"

This 100% sounds like something I would have picked up at some point, and I have zero recollection of it. It looks like it's from 1999, and at that time, I don't really remember picking this up. Well, whatever, it's pretty fun. Sometimes we both listen to something new around here!

My Bloody Valentine, "When You Sleep"

It's hard to describe exactly how horny the rock underground and the music press was for My Bloody Valentine when this album came out. Expectations were already high given the previous album, the band spent a couple years (which was an eternity at the time) prepping this album, and then everybody went nuts when it came out. It seemed like overnight that there were a billion soundalike shoegaze bands, each one more mumbly than the last.

The thing is, I never really loved the record. I liked the idea of it more than the reality of it. It's certainly not bad or anything, I like it OK, but I never really find myself thinking "damn, I really need to listen to MBV!" But I seem to be alone there.

Enya, "Caribbean Blue"


Oozing Wound, "Deep Space"

Yeah, that'll do it.

Thrill Jockey is a label that I sort of most associate with things like the post-rock of Tortoise, so it's a little strange to see them venture into straight-ahead thrash metal like Oozing Wound. But as befits one of the great indie labels, they've chosen well, Oozing Wound absolutely shreds. This is from Whatever Forever, probably their best album.

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge, "I Declare War"

Wu-Tang was of course inspired by movies, so it has always made sense that the various Wu-Tang folks tend to make cinematic records. While I think the RZA has to count as having made the most cinematic stuff, just by virtue of all his production work (and getting the Clan going!), Ghostface isn't too far behind, as this track demonstrates.

Joshua Buergel
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