Five Songs, 11/23/2021
Five Songs

Five Songs, 11/23/2021

Front 242, "Quite Unusual"

I've mentioned before on here, but I think Front 242 might have aged the best of the various industrial dance acts that I listened to in the late 80s/early 90s. I guess Nine Inch Nails aged better, but Reznor only really made one record of industrial dance before moving on. But this sounds pretty good! The synths here are very *wave, but that's a good thing. And the vocal delivery avoids the histrionics that others used that sounds a little silly today.

King Crimson, "One Time"

From the "double trio" era of King Crimson, which sadly didn't last long, where they had two guitarists, two bassists, and two drummers. THRAK is the only full album from this lineup, and it's a very interesting listen. As always, King Crimson rewards paying close attention.

Nas, "You're Da Man"

How do you follow up releasing one of the greatest albums in your genre as your debut? Nas never really had an answer to that, and always worked in the shadow of that album. Probably his best-known work outside of his debut is this record, Stillmatic, but that's largely because it's the album with "Ether" on it, one of the chapters in Nas's beef with Jay-Z. The rest of the record is fine, but certainly doesn't measure up to his first, something Jay-Z really lays plain on "The Takeover".

The Pharcyde, "All Live"

Labcabincalifornia is good! Don't sleep on it!

Piss Vortex, "Bug Chaser"

There's a purity in thirty seconds of pure grind from a band named Piss Vortex, you know?

Joshua Buergel
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