Five Songs, 12/2/2021
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Five Songs, 12/2/2021

The Busters, "Rude Vibrations"

The Busters were something of a transitional band, firmly rooted in two-tone and sounding an awful lot like Madness, but on Moon Ska and chronologically more a part of the third wave. So they kind of bridge the gap, especially in things like the production here, which is extremely 80s. This hasn't aged particularly well, and the production is at least a pretty big part of it.

The Melvins, "Bad Move"

Five Legged Dog is sort of a career retrospective that the Melvins released this year, featuring acoustic versions of a bunch of their own songs (this song originally appeared on one of Dale Crover's solo records) as well as selected songs from others. Melvins records kind of fall into two groups, with one being their conventional records and one group being their formal experiments. This is firmly in the latter camp, and while it's well done, it's a bit much in one go.

The Crownhate Ruin, "Tornado Season Finale"

One of the lesser-known Discord bands, the Crownhate Ruin only released one record before disappearing. It's very post-hardcore, and sounds to my ears very Louisville. There's elements of Squirrel Bait, or maybe bits of Bitch Magnet or early Slint here.

Shenandoah Davis, "East-Facing Window"

Pretty different stuff here! Davis is a Seattle-based artist, and I first heard one of her songs on the radio here. It must have struck enough of a chord for me to check out the album, and it's a nice change of pace from what I usually listen to.

The Arrogant Sons of Bitches, "Kill the President"

One of Jeff Rosenstock's many bands, this differs from Bomb The Music Industry! mostly in the people involved with him, and not much on the musical approach. It's still the same frenetic punk-with-horns that he's made so well.

Joshua Buergel
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