Uh oh, the roll below the level / 'cause I'm livin' low
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, "Intro: A Song Of Fire And Wine"
My goodness, this is so corny. But, this song does set you up for the cheese sculpture that is this record, which is probably good. And I authentically love the album (So Divided), so I'm happy to hear this. I'm just bummed I'm not going to hear the rest of it right now.
Mantar, "The Stoning"
OK, Mantar, level with me. You have a song called "The Stoning" on an album called Death By Burning. You've got a thing about witches, don't you? This is a safe space, you can let me know via some kinda strange strangled growl.
Lungfish, "My Fool Heart"
There are some strong memories I have of specific times listening to specific albums. They don't necessarily have to be great albums, or life changing things, or whatever. Just things that have stuck with me. I remember listening to this album on a spring day at college, just wandering around kiling time during a gap between two classes. I had nothing in particular going on, just a chance to finally pay attention to this thing closely. And I just have this memory of thinking, geez, this album is kinda boring.
Look, I didn't say it was a good story.
Ska'd For Life, "Rebecca"
OK, y'all. It brings me no pleasure to bring to you a song from a band called "Ska'd For Life". But we must all face our past misdeeds at some point, and face them unflinchingly, if we are to grow.
This song comes from a comp called Mashin' Up The Nation: The Best of American Ska, and, I know. Volumes 1 & 2. I KNOW.
(NB: the song starts at 3:45 in the linked track)
Bim Skala Bim, "Going Back"
Let's hear some actual best American ska! That's the stuff. Bim Skala Bim also appears on that camp, so, you know, sad trombone. Sad trombone solo?
(NB: the song starts at 31:21 in the linked track)