Game Theory, "Exactly What We Don't Want To Hear"
You know, you should all thank me that I haven't yet made a "it's time for some game theory!" joke! Or "joke", really. Uh, until now, I suppose.
The Spinanes, "Meridian"
There should be more rock duos, in my opinion. The Spinanes don't suffer from the spare instrumentation at all. It gives more space to focus on the individual elements of the band, which is totally OK with me! I wonder what Rebecca Gates is up to these days? Probably shouldn't look. Never learn anything, that's my motto.
(NB: "Meridian" starts at 15:43 in the linked video.)
PDQ Bach, "Six Contrary Dances - 1. Maestoso Animoso"
I suspect very strongly that PDQ Bach is the kind of thing that only gets funnier the more you know about classical music. I am not that person, though.
Prefuse 73, "Minutes Away Without You"
The fractured, processed trumpets (or synthesized trumpets, whatever they are) really kind of make this song. This is sort of the median Prefuse 73 song.
The Pixies, "Gigantic"
The standout song on their amazing first album, "Gigantic" was the hook for so many people to get into the Pixies. It was for me, certainly. If this was the first song you ever heard from them, you might be surprised by the rest of the catalog being mostly Black Francis yelping instead of Kim Deal singing, so this song is kind of false advertising. Nevertheless, it's a great tune, and I'm delighted to have it come up. This is also one of the few songs I can play on the bass.