Five Songs, 12/24/2021
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Five Songs, 12/24/2021

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Simmer Down"

Ska-Core, The Devil & More is an EP with mostly covers released in 1993, notably primarily for this nice cover of a Marley tune. Other than this, it's far from an essential release.

Uncle Tupelo, "Sandusky"

March 16-20, 1992 might be the Uncle Tupelo album that has aged the best. I'm not sure it's my favorite, I don't think it'll ever displace No Depression. But the stripped down, acoustic production suits the material so well, and the traditional songs they picked to go with their originals all mesh so well. I truly wish we could have gotten a few more of these before things fell apart.

Calexico, "Low Expectations"

Right on, we're going quiet today! Spoke, the debut Calexico record, doesn't show the band yet fully formed. But a lot of their strengths were already popping up in the sound. Just listen to how much space there is in this song for everything to come across clearly. There's so much atmosphere in every pluck or bow of a string. Playing these two records back-to-back sounds like a damn good idea.

The Mr. T Experience, "Slagbag"

Eh, so much for that. The CD release of Making Things With Light included a mini-live album as bonus tracks, and this is one of those songs. Inessential, really.

Greys, "Cruelty"

Been a while since we've had one of these! Specifically, an album that I have no recollection of getting or listening to! But sure enough, I can see when I ordered it, and obviously I added it to my library. Well, this is the first track on the album. Not bad!

Joshua Buergel
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