Skinny Puppy, "Killing Game"
This is what passes for a tender song from Skinny Puppy. It works probably way better than it should, which really shows how good cEvin Key and Dave Ogilvie were at their jobs. Last Rights was the last album from them before they went on hiatus, and it's an excellent one. I haven't actually listened to any of their records after this one, I wonder if they are any good.
Elf Power, "Everlasting Scream"
There are a lot of bands that I think of as Elephant 6 bands who actually didn't put out most of their stuff on Elephant 6. Elf Power is one of them. I could have sworn this album was on Elephant 6. But no! Anyway, Elf Power are tooth-achingly twee, and I'm baffled as to how I ended up with four of their records.
The Dambuilders, "Shrine"
Yeah, for my indie pop, make mine more like the Dambuilders! Indie rock (and sometimes pop) band out of Boston in the late 80s and early 90s, the Dambuilders distinguished themselves by including an electric violin in the lineup. Couple that with some very good songs, and they had a nice run. This is from Encendedor, their major label debut, and probably my favorite album from them.
The Du-Rites, "Can't Buy Groove"
From the latest Du-Rites album, A Funky Bad Time, the Du-Rites have found themselves really getting in a, uh, groove. I actually really appreciate it when we get to hear from J-Zone on the mic, as his sense of humor is always appreciated. And, of course, the track itself is savage. Get it!
Pretty Girls Make Graves, "This Is Our Emergency"
Look, I'm doing my best over here.