Five Songs, 5/15/2022
Five Songs

Five Songs, 5/15/2022

Palmistry, "In The Mountains..."

A mystery here. This is from a release just labeled Demo, and it doesn't appear to be from Bandcamp. It's from 2017 according to the metadata (and Metal Archives), but I don't know where else I would have gotten it other than Bandcamp. Well, whatever. Let's listen! Pretty basic doom here, not unpleasant, but not lighting me on fire either.

Hüsker Dü, "Something I Learned Today"

This opens one of the most impressive and important albums in all of hardcore, Zen Arcade. Hüsker Dü proved that hardcore could still be recognizable and even thrive in an environment of trying unorthodox things. That they pulled this off with a double album that was recorded in as much of a rush as the music itself makes it doubly impressive. Pound for pound, it's probably not their best record, but for the ambition and impact, you can't argue with it as a holistic piece of work.

Aphex Twin, "Avril 14th"

Drukqs is a mess. It's all over the map, nothing hangs together, and unlike the last record, probably shouldn't be a double album. It's just too shaggy.

Deafheaven, "Vertigo"

10 Years Gone is a live-in-studio album that Deafheaven put together in lieu of a tour that was canceled due to COVID-19. It draws from across their entire existence as a band, so it wanders a bit as they themselves have. This tune, of course, is from Sunbather, Deafheaven's breaththrough record and official Black Metal Album For People Who Don't Like Black Metal. That's not to disparage it, Sunbather rules, and this track rules, so enjoy.

Otis Redding, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

Not technically a repeat, as this is the single version, which differs slightly from the version on the album. Somewhere in the archives, I get maudlin about Otis, so I'll spare you all.

Joshua Buergel
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