When we had My Bloody Valentine the other day, I confessed that I didn't really love Loveless. In turn, that means that I'm not really much on shoegaze, which is true. What I do often like is when bands take shoegaze-style wall of guitar and bring it in to other places. Like, Torche's muscular riff-y rock has those washes of sound, and it's great.
Jean Knight, "Mr. Big Stuff"
We've had "Mr. Big Stuff" on here, but it's such an all-time jam, I'm not mad. But let's do six today!
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, "The Spaceships of Ezekiel"
We haven't had Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard on here before, and if you're thinking "that must be stoner metal", you are 100% correct. Here is what I know about them: they're from Wales, and they're named Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. That's enough! I have two albums, I cannot make heads or tails of either album title, and it doesn't matter. I love them unconditionally.
Algiers, "We Can't Be Found"
Algiers is hard to categorize. Post-punk, sure, but they're also eclectic in the extreme. There are mutated elements of gospel, jazz, funk, noise, industrial, psych...almost everything, really. Bands run the risk of sounding like unfocused dilettantes when they try this kind of thing, but three albums in, Algiers is very dialed in. One of the most interesting bands to emerge the last few years.
The Sea And Cake, "The Argument"
Can one be both rock and post-rock? Apparently! The Sea and Cake would definitely get into Marvin's Room in the Hitchhiker's Guide game. (that joke is for about three people)
Henry Lumpkin, "I've Got A Notion"
Very early Motown single here, and I don't have a lot to add to that.