Five Songs, 6/12/2022
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Five Songs, 6/12/2022

The Fearless Flyers, "Under the Sea / Flyers Drive"

A lot of covers like this one are basically just to generate the Leo DeCaprio pointing meme - excitement at recognizing a thing and little else. The Fearless Flyers (Cory Wong and Joe Dart of Vulfpeck, Mark Lettieri of Snarky Puppy, and Nate Smith of a whole bunch of jazz projects) are great enough players that it's fun to listen to them add their flourishes here, but it's still essentially a disposable track.

Harvey Milk, "Plastic Eggs"

While the last track was a sunbeam in a park, a bright moment quickly forgotten, this song is a truck driving past, spewing a cloud of diesel fumes at you and kicking up a mud puddle all over you - a humiliation that really sticks with you and darkens your entire day.

The Fall, "Petty (Thief) Lout"

Last time the Fall came up, I thought to myself "I should really talk about the Fall without mentioning Pavement". And I resolved to do exactly that next time! And here we are, and...well, shit, too late.

Men I Trust, "Tailwhip"

Oncle Jazz is an album I bought based on hearing fifteen seconds of one track an deciding "eh, why not?" It's the sort of album I buy to get me out of a rut (that rut is usually occupied with dyspeptic-sounding men howling over a trash compactor). Did it work? I'm going to say yes, to validate my own past choices. Go me!

Dead Kennedys, "Halloween"

After dropping one of the greatest hardcore albums of all time with Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, their followup just didn't quite measure up. It's good, but it doesn't have peaks nearly as high as the first record. But I think I probably fall into the trap of not listening to it as much as I should. It's like Bossanova - I tend to think "why not listen to the peak record" instead of enjoying some variety.

Joshua Buergel
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