Five Songs, 3/9/2021
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Five Songs, 3/9/2021

Squarepusher, "Dust Switch"

Music is Rotted One Note is such an incredible album. I am always blown away by it. I recognize that's not insightful, but it's where we are.

Trumans Water, "Speeds Exceeding"

I think I've mentioned before my early 90s experiment of finding a band like They Might Be Giants (there's no such thing). Trumans Water was one of the bands mentioned sometimes on Usenet (that's one of the places people yelled at each other about their opinions before Reddit and Twitter existed) as being broadly similar, so I picked up Spasm Smash XXXOXOX Ox & Ass. And, it's not really anything like TMBG. I suppose I can sort of squint and see some of the same restless experimentation, but without the eclectic arrangements, good natured pop sensibility, and gentle humor, it's not really at all the same thing.

Sunny Day Real Estate, "Red Elephant"

Sunny Day Real Estate released the emo masterpiece Pink Album (aka LP2) and then promptly imploded. They would reunite later, but wouldn't reach the same heights. But whatever, this album just lays everything totally bare, and sounds fantastic doing so. I'm not saying anything new by saying this album is excellent, but if you haven't listened to it in a while, give it a whirl (I did!).

Pyrolatrous, "Hallowed Ground of the Night"

Pyrolatrous is a metal band from Brooklyn that put out two things, an album Teneral and this EP (called just EP) with two songs on it. It's fine? I don't think it distinguishes itself particularly.

Liars, "Mr. Your On Fire Mr."

Experimental punk band from Brooklyn (there it is again!) were fearless right from the beginning. This comes from They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top, their debut record, which contains everything from taut Gang of Four-style post-punk like this song, to electronic mayhem, to half hour musique concrète-style pure exploration. It's a mess, but an interesting one.

Joshua Buergel
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