The Decemberists, "When The War Came"
There's a lot to really like on The Crane Wife, especially the epic songs on it, but this song isn't really one of the highlights. It's fine, I don't mind it, but it's not one of the songs I would seek out.
J Church, "I Can't Be Nice To You"
Meanwhile, here's a song that I can easily belt out all the lyrics to without even half thinking about it. Prophylaxis is one of the albums I love the most that nobody has really heard of. Is it available on Spotify? Friends, it is not.
Lake of Dracula, "Henry Clay"
Speaking of forgotten records, Lake of Dracula was, of all damn things, a US Maple side project. Well, I guess it's a super group, because there are members of other bands nobody remembers that participated. It's all just noisy art rock all the way down that sounds like it was recorded in a dumpster, but that's all OK with me. Also, I miss US Maple!
UNKLE, "Unkle (Main Title Theme)"
Side projects ahoy! UNKLE is basically DJ Shadow working with a whole string of guest artists, which results in an extremely uneven track record. When it works, it's great, but there are probably more misses than hits. Certainly, given the option of listening to your average UNKLE record or average DJ Shadow record, you obviously pick the latter.
The Pirates, "Mind Over Matter (I'm Gonna Make You Mine)"
We're in 1962 here, with The Pirates sounding not at all like you would reasonably expect a band called The Pirates to sound like. I guess a lot of bands thought you just had to call yourself a simple noun in those days?