Hockey Night, "For Guys' Eyes Only"
[don't mention Pavement don't mention Pavement don't mention Pavement]
Hey, that doesn't actually sound much like Malkmus! It's more like Spiral Stairs.
Beck, "Sexx Laws"
Midnite Vultures starts off like this, letting us know that we are in for Party Beck instead of Sad Beck. I like Party Beck a lot more, personally.
Cannibal Ox, "Ox Out the Cage"
It's always fun to hear a record that still sounds fresh more than twenty years later. El-P's production on this record is so good that it still sounds futuristic even after all this time. A great record!
The Du-Rites, "Gamma Ray Funk"
Another J-Zone track today! The Du-Rites' third LP has them creating a soundtrack for a non-existent TV show, their tribute to the funk of the cop shows of the 70s. As with everything the Du-Rites have done, it's a fantastic time.
Mastodon, "Where Strides the Behemoth"
Mastodon's first record found the band with plenty of their stylistic markers already in place, from the prog-ish tendencies to the fill-tastic drumming. I think they would only improve from here (at least for a few records), but a point I've often made here is that it's a mistake to only focus on a band's best records to the exclusion of the other worthy records in their discography. So instead of spinning Blood Mountain again next time, I'm going to give Remission a go.