Five Songs, 12/1/2019
Five Songs

Five Songs, 12/1/2019

Arsonists, "Session"

My favorite song on As The World Burns, powered by that savage bass line. I'm basically a sucker for any upright bass. And, of course, it's fun to hear them trading verses back and forth.

Prefuse 73, "Last Night"

One of the less glitchy or fractured tracks on Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives, that also makes it one of my least favorite songs on the record.

Dance Hall Crashers, "Street Sweeper"

An old song from Dance Hall Crashers, this was when their style could best be described as "straightforward" (or "boring", if you're not inclined to be nice). As they would go on, they would get more interesting, with songs that were less reliant on paint-by-numbers third-wave ska.

Has-Lo, "Us '88"

I find the distinction between "mixtape" and "album" to be really unhelpful these days. When you've got a bunch of original songs, and the artist is putting comparable effort into things, why are we calling it a mixtape?

I'm old.

The Dillinger Escape Plan, "When Acting As A Wave"

What do you do when you blaze a new genre? You just move on, if you're the Dillinger Escape Plan. They didn't dump the mathcore, but began introducing lots of other elements as their music went on. With Ire Works, electronics began to enter the mix, providing even more textures and ways for things to get crazy.

Joshua Buergel
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