Five Songs, 2/9/2021
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Five Songs, 2/9/2021

Tilt, "Annie Segall"

This is from the last Tilt album, in 1999, and I'll be totally honest: I'm not entirely sure why I picked all of them up. It's not bad, it's just that it's not really any different from the other three albums.

SWANS, "Amnesia"

What Is This? is a record of demos that Michael Gira assembled to test out songs prior to cleaning things up for a full release (what would become leaving meaning.). It's an interesting record, but very much for completists only. Which is good, because it was released in a very limited edition as a crowdfunding project to raise money for the new record. I'm glad I have it, but that's because I'm a huge SWANS fan.

Wet Teeth, "Walk Through The Fire"

This one came to me via a review from the Amoeba Records mailing list, where they highlight all kinds of fun, lesser known releases. I've picked up some weird stuff from there, and certainly things I otherwise wouldn't have encountered. In the end, this is a pretty conventional heavy metal record, fine as far as it goes, but not one that breaks any new ground or anything.

Iron Maiden, "Powerslave"

Now, see, this breaks new ground because it's from 1984. The last of Maiden's trio of peak albums, the records that went a long way to define metal and in particular the classic Maiden sound. This album is notable for really stretching things out further than before, but honestly, all three are great. I dunno what to say, this is just a classic.

Otis Redding, "Satisfaction"

I wonder what it felt like for bands to get consistently blown away by Otis on their own tunes.

Joshua Buergel
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