Five Songs, 12/29/2021
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Five Songs, 12/29/2021

Archers of Loaf, "Web In Front"

This is the version from Seconds Before the Accident, the posthumously released live album. Archers of Loaf always toiled in Pavement's shadow, relentlessly drawing comparisons to them. But they were not imitators, and their four studio albums are all excellent work. "Web in Front" in particular is a masterpiece, just a tremendous rock song, and one of those songs that I need to listen to sometimes and nothing else will do.

Hmm, the tags tell me that this is the first time we've had them on here, but I'll save a proper intro for a studio cut.

The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army"

Hmm, I'm not sure I've ever heard of this. Pretty good!

The Minus 5, "Myrna Loy"

The Minus 5 and the Young Fresh Fellows (both, of course, led by Scott McCaughey) released a split double LP, Let The War Against Music Begin/Because We Hate You, in 2001. McCaughey had a bunch of leftover stuff from those sessions that he felt were worthy of release, so he put out a limited edition followup called I Don't Know Who I Am (Let The War Against Music Begin Vol. 2) collecting those extras. It goes without saying that it's very much a continuation of the those tracks, with the music similarly wandering around among styles.

TV on the Radio, "Halfway Home"

I'm not entirely sure why, but TV on the Radio have always reminded me of the Talking Heads. Not really in their sound, but I think there's something in the explict artiness of it, the very forward percussion, and the the willingness to experiment that makes them kindred spirits. Might be just me, though!

Gum Takes Tooth, "White Fear"

Weirdo psych-rocker duo Gum Takes Tooth use a bunch of electronics to generate the disorienting sound they do. I'm not entirely sure what this is, exactly, but it's kind of hypnotic. I'm pretty sure the first album I have from these guys is just a CD-R. Always nice to stumble across some true oddballs.

Joshua Buergel
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