Five Songs, 11/28/2019
Five Songs

Five Songs, 11/28/2019


It's Thanksgiving! I wrote this way ahead of time! Happy turkey day! I hope everybody gets stuffed and your families do not fight!

Fugees, "Fu-Gee-La (Sly & Robbie Mix)"

The Score is a masterpiece, one of the great records in rap history, but I do find the remixes of "Fu-Gee-La" at the end of the album largely unnecessary. I'd rather just listen to the original of it instead.

Snoop Dogg, "Imagine"

More or less every Snoop album after Doggystyle has been kind of, uh, shaggy. He often sounds like he's mailing it in at least a little bit (and sometimes more than a litte), and Tha Blue Carpet Treatment is no exception. That said, it's still one of the better albums he's put together. It would probably be even better cut down to half its length, but Snoop is still very charismatic, so it's a pleasant listen.

Hella, "The Mother Could Be You"

We've got another spastic noise duo here along the lines of Lightning Bolt. Hella usually sounds a little less overdriven and frantic, which is a crazy thing to say when you've got Zach Hill back there sounding like an octopus. But, I don't know, there seems like maybe there's less metal in their sound? Sorta? Shit's hard to describe. Anyway, The Devil Isn't Red is fantastic.

Einstürzende Neubauten, "Beauty"

Fucking hell, listen to Blixa Bargeld here. Goddamn.

Can, "Pinch"

Hell yeah, hit me with that krautrock! This got German in a hurry in here. This is how Ege Bamyasi opens, and it doesn't really slow down at all. And, come on, there's a slide whistle in this shit! Jaki Leibezeit is relentless on the drums. As someone who was first exposed to Can through the lackluster Unlimited Version (purchased randomly from the record store to check out Can), it was a long time before I checked out their proper records, and I was delighted when I did so.

Joshua Buergel
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