Five Songs, 11/27/2017
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Five Songs, 11/27/2017

I kind of feel like I should give a Jim Anchower-style apology here for disappearing for a while, but the truth is, I was traveling and didn't queue up any entries for while I was gone. Sorry about that! Back into the music mines with me, though!

The Microphones, "I Am Bored"

That was not the triumphant, rockin' return I was hoping for. Oh well. Live by the shuffle, die by the shuffle. Anyway, I like the breakdown at the end of this song.

The Apples in Stereo, "The Shiney Sea"

Repeat ahoy!

Wormrot, "Compassion Is Dead"

Well, that's only a little whiplash, going from a Magical Mystery Tour knockoff to this, eh? This is unusually long for a grindcore song.

Chokebore, "29 Mile Wind"

A late model Amphetamine Reptile Records band, Chokebore played noise rock on the slower end of things for AmRep's acts. I only have one album from them and some compilation appearances (this is from the comp Clusterfuck '93, a fact I mention mainly so I can type that record name), and they never really gripped me.

The Germs, "The Slave"

The Germs were a punk band in LA in the 70s, producing one genre classic ((GI)) before singer Darby Crash committed suicide. Because they were featured in the film Decline of Western Civilization, the band achieved a measure of lasting fame, and they were influential on a lot of following acts. As a side note, their guitarist, Pat Smear, later achieved fame playing with Nirvana.

The Flaming Lips, "The Terror (Full Album)"

Well, that's unexpected. The track pulled up by shuffle is exactly as labeled: this is a single track that is the entirety of the 2013 album The Terror. This sets a new record for longest track here at Five Songs! So, I guess, what do I think of this album? I think it's good, an exploration of darker themes than the Lips typically address, and I like it better than either of the albums on either side (Embryonic or Oczy Mlody). Yes, I'm ignoring a bunch of their fucking around albums. Anyway, it's not quite up to the standards of their peak, but still very good.

Joshua Buergel
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