Five Songs, 5/22/2022
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Five Songs, 5/22/2022

Bim Skala Bim, "Wandering Soul"

Yeah, let's hear it for 90s ska! Hey, what are you doing with that tomato?

Bim Skala Bim's Bones is the one where they really cemented their sunny sound, sort of a pop/ska approach that they would more or less carry through the rest of their records. I think I've listened to their version of "Brain Damage" more than Pink Floyd's original.

Elf Power, "Upside Down"

That's a pretty tough sound for Elf Power! I'd like them better with more of this kind of thing.

The Toasters, "Social Security"

I guess shuffle has been in a ska mood recently.

This looked to be the final studio Toasters record for a while (they did have one final one eventually), released after their label Moon Ska collapsed and the overall ska scene fell apart. At this point, they were doing their thing and you know exactly what the record is going to sound like. It's fine?

Portastatic, "Reverse Lester"

Well, you could have gotten thirty seconds of aimless music instead of more ska, so be grateful!

J Church, "Tide of Fate"

The title cut from an early EP, this established J Church as a band in my mind where everything they release was probably worth checking out. And, indeed, they released music whenever it was ready, seemingly without regard to the actual collection of tunes it was on. Album, EP, single, comp, tour-only release, whatever, the music must flow.

Joshua Buergel
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