Five Songs, 6/26/2021
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Five Songs, 6/26/2021

Steely Dan, "Change Of The Guard"

Steely Dan has such an interesting reputation. Unlike so many of their contemporaries, they've retained a cachet among music fans, and continue to be talked about in positive terms by so many folks. It's not that it's not deserved, it's just not entirely clear why they haven't just been thrown away as old fart music like so many other bands.

A Tribe Called Quest, "Electric Relaxation"

One of my forever bands and forever records.

Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Conglomeration of Curios"

Another one of those self-discoveries, I learned of the existence of the Squirrel Nut Zippers putting out a reunion record in 2018, and picked it up. This is the opening, which doesn't tell you a whole lot. But overall, it's pretty good! Probably closest musically to the first record, mostly their hot jazz sound with some of their other stuff mixed in (such as a calypso). It's not their best work, but if you're a fan, you should pick it up.

µ-Ziq, "Johnny Mastricht"

µ-Ziq (Mike Paradinas) is one of the big experimental techno acts of the early to mid-90s, exploring the limits of what could be done with the music. Lunatic Harness was his early peak, and the next several records moved away from the template of drum'n'bass and ambient exploration. 2003's Bilious Paths returned to the formula, providing an album that really is kind of a companion piece.

Clannad, "Almost Seems (Too Late To Turn)"

I don't think this was originally my acquisition, so this is new to me too.

Joshua Buergel
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