Five Songs, 5/17/2021

Five Songs, 5/17/2021

Boris, "Spoon"

2011 was an insanely productive year for Boris, with four albums showing up that year, all of them being unusual in some way from their standard. To the extent that Boris has a standard. Anyway, this is from New Album, which continues in the grand tradition of Boris albums being named things that are a pain in the ass (one of the other 2011 albums was called Heavy Rocks, which is the second time they've named an album that). At any rate, New Album is sort of a remix, with much of the material here being reworked songs from Heavy Rocks (2011) and Attention Please (another of the 2011 releases). If this is all confusing, welcome to the Boris discography!

What do I think of the album? It's my least favorite of the three 2011 records I've listened to (the other is a collab with Merzbow that I haven't tracked down), because it really does feel like leftovers. It's still good, but it's definitely not where I would go first with them.

Albert King, "Flat Tire"

Albert King's singles probably stand out the most from the rest of the Stax stable, as there aren't really other blues artists recording for them. It's always fun when he comes up.

The Austerity Program, "Song 27"

The Austerity Program is a duo from NYC who sort of hark directly back to Big Black, right down to the drum machine. If you like that sort of stripped down noise, you're going to enjoy this band. This song comes from their EP, Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn.

Lightning Bolt, "Fleeing The Valley of Whirling Knives"

This is the centerpiece of their self-titled debut, ten minutes of gradually building punishment. It's on this track that you really see who Lightning Bolt would become, and this song is the biggest argument for going this far back in their catalog.

Descendents, "Without Love"

I've marveled before at how the Descendents not only got back together, but didn't suck, and how incredible that is to me. I'm not sure what else to say, though. The odds that this album was going to even be OK were very long.

Joshua Buergel
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