Five Songs, 2/24/2021
Five Songs

Five Songs, 2/24/2021

Rage Against the Machine, "Calm Like A Bomb"

The last proper Rage album, The Battle of Los Angeles is also my favorite of their records. It shows the most focus, and they refined their attack to the point of total relentlessness on this one.

The Dillinger Escape Plan, "Jim Fear"

Meanwhile, about a month before Rage released that record, the Dillinger Escape Plan put out Calculating Infinity which...uh, kind of puts "total relentlessness" into perspective.

The Body, "For You"

This is from their 2016 album, No One Deserves Happiness, which is a hell of an album title. Apropos, too. The abrasive noise that the Body is known for is in full effect on this album, but get this: they said that they wanted to make "the grossest pop album of all time". Believe it or not, there are actually pop elements on the record. Just not on this song. "Song"?

Kamasi Washington, "The Magnificent 7"

Well, I have twelve minutes to not talk about jazz. Because I'm not qualified, you see.

Kool and the Gang, "Winter Sadness"

Spirit of the Boogie is the last great Kool and the Gang record. Like all their great records, they were at their best with the more uptempo numbers, but this is a pleasant meditation.

Joshua Buergel
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