Five Songs, 2/11/2021
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Five Songs, 2/11/2021

Foetus, "Red and Black and Gray and White"

Soak is the most recent Foetus album, from 2013. I sort of don't believe it's going to be the last Foetus album, but maybe I'm wrong. At any rate, it carries on in his late career form, a howling whirlwind of orchestration, noise, and barely constrained chaos. It's like a big band possessed by a demon.

Shabazz Palaces, "When Cats Claw"

Shabazz Palaces went to record a few bonus tracks for their 2017 album Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines, but the sessions ended up going so well that they turned it into an entire companion album, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star. Given that both albums were recorded roughly at the same time, it's hard to pick between them, so I'd recommend just listening to both.

Wheat, "I Met A Girl"

Indie rock out of Massachusetts, this is from Wheat's fourth album (Per Second, Per Second, Per Second...Every Second), but the only one I own. So I suppose it didn't grab me? I guess in 2000, I was in a little bit of a down spot in my music listening. Well, this isn't too bad.

Big Black, "Bad Penny"

This is one of the thunderous highlights of Songs About Fucking, and probably the first Big Black song that I really connected with. It's one that kind of made me go back and re-evaluate them and of course convinced me that they rule.

Jay-Z, "Blue Magic"

After the retire/un-retire nonsense in the 2000s, I kind of resolved to just ignore Jay-Z. I was always kind of choosy with what albums I listened to from him anyway. I've only broken that resolve once! American Gangster is the only post-Black Album record from him that I picked up, but it's pretty good. But clearly behind Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and the Black Album. Which, honestly, those three are enough Jay-Z.

Joshua Buergel
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