Five Songs, 5/18/2019
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Five Songs, 5/18/2019

All over the map today.

Common Market, "Slow Cure"

It's been a while since we've had Common Market, so a little re-introduction: this is a Seattle duo, featuring Sabzi (more famously known as half of the Blue Scholars) and RA Scion. Given that it's Sabzi on the beats, it's going to share a certain feel with the Blue Scholars, but Scion is different enough from Geologic that they don't sound totally the same.

Yo La Tengo, "Raw Power"

Yo La Tengo would participate in fundraisers for WFMU each year where listeners could donate money and have Yo La Tengo take a stab at the song of their choice. They collected some of the highlights on Yo La Tengo Is Mudering The Classics, and it's a pretty mixed bag, but always executed with a sense of fun. It's not a huge surprise that a Stooges song works out pretty well.

Monrovia, "19"

Ah yes, Monrovia. Star of famous Five Songs anecdotes, like "I have no idea what this is" and "Apparently even the internet barely knows what this is". As far as I know, the glitches in here are intentional.

fIREHOSE, "Number Seven"

The little instrumental things on fIREHOSE albums were always a delight, where the band could really show off. I could have gone for an entire album of this stuff.

Can, "Ethnological Forgery Series No. 10"

Avant-garde Krautrock weirdos Can wandered all over, going wherever they felt, musically speaking. Their "Ethnological Forgery Series" was a bunch of songs where they tried to recreate various styles of music from around the world. This track came from Unlimited Edition, a comp which was actually the first thing I heard from them back when I was 17. I found it confusing and incoherent, and didn't give them another try for probably another decade, going for one of their proper albums. I guess I was ready for them that time around, because I quite liked them that time around.

Joshua Buergel
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