TV/TV$, "Ignorance Is Not Bliss"
More of this California punk band, I'm not sure there's a lot to say about it.
Gaunt, "Jerkin' Yourself Around"
Yeah, now we're talkin'! Compare these two tracks. There's just more energy, more interesting guitar work, just...more with this song. Gaunt could sure write a punk song.
Devo, "Girl U Want (Live)"
Another live track from another deluxe reissue of a different Devo record. By virtue of having "Whip It" on it, Freedom Of Choice is the Devo album most people will have heard of. But the album is great even outside of that, with a full-on synth pop sound running through the whole thing. Devo's control of their aesthetics are impressive across the board.
(NB: once again, this is a different live track than the one I listened to.)
The Satintones, "My Beloved"
The Satintones! What a name. This is a very early Motown song, one of the very first the released under that name.
Son Volt, "Picking Up The Signal"
Take the list of bands who had at least four albums and had at least two following bands/solo acts come out of their breakup. I'm having trouble thinking of a better pair than Son Volt and Wilco. I suppose the Yardbirds qualify, with people like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page graduating from them, but those guys weren't on four albums for the Yardbirds either. Five Songs favorite Squirrel Bait didn't last four albums. Big Black kind of did, but they didn't have multiple successors, they just had a bunch of different band Albini was in. N.W.A didn't last long enough. I'm just doing a random walk through my brain at this point. I'm going to keep thinking about it.
One day, I'll write a thing about Son Volt without bringing up Uncle Tupelo. Today is not that day.