Five Songs, 12/9/2019
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Five Songs, 12/9/2019

Zeal and Ardor, "Fire Of Motion"

We just had Zeal and Ardor in here recently. This is always a challenge: I have so little interesting to say about anything, that if we have a band show up twice too quickly, y'all will notice that I'm hopeless. Notice more that I'm hopeless.

I love the echoing guitar part that opens this track, this whole thing actually reads more industrial than black metal in a lot of ways, which kind of makes me nostalgic for 1990.

Screeching Weasel, "Cancer In My Body"

Screeching Weasel's Ramones tribute/knock-off reached its peak with this album. Not that it's not as shameless as the rest of their stuff, it is, but they stretch it out in a few places to nice effect. I mean, it's not like you're going to go too far wrong with any of their early 90s stuff, it's all more or less the same.

Slabdragger, "Evacuate!"

First of all, look at how majestic that name is. Slabdragger, goddamn. This is pretty much pure stoner metal, heavily influenced by Sleep/High On Fire, with those huge, thick riffs and just shameless pounding. It doesn't go anywhere in particular, but it's not really intended to either. I listened to this in a basement, and I can't really imagine anywhere else you should listen to it.

David Grubbs, "Amelith's Gambit"

Sure, banjo, why not? I will say this, it does share one thing in common with the previous track: it also doesn't go anywhere in particular also. I love a lot of Grubbs's bands, but his solo stuff kind of leaves me cold.

Yo-Yo Ma, "Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: V. Menuett I/II"

You know what? I give up for today. Why does anybody put up with this blog?

Joshua Buergel
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