Five Songs, 6/8/2021
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Five Songs, 6/8/2021

Isotope 217, "Kryptonite Smokes The Red Line"

Is it post-rock or jazz? Half of the band is from Tortoise, so that's a big post-rock vote. But, they have multiple horns! So, jazz? But Godspeed You! Black Emperor have multiple horns, right? [checks] Hmm, only one listed. I'm going to say that more than one horn makes you into jazz. Gonna have to see if the horn rule holds up.

Noname, "Regal"

Noname is from Chicago, and first gained some fame working with Chance the Rapper. Her 2018 album, Room 25, is fantastic - jazzy, smooth, she has great delivery, it's a real delight.

They Might Be Giants, "Santa Claus"

This has nothing to do with this track, but I was listening to Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet in the car the other day, and the reissues have a bunch of bonus tracks whacked on the end, including some Christmas songs. And it was really kind of jarring hearing that stuff at the end of May. Enough that it even stirred my kids into noticing. Really disorienting.

The Polyphonic Spree, "Section 17 (Suitcase Calling)"

I picked up this album because they kept getting comparisons to the Flaming Lips, and I guess I see that a little bit? There's some psychedelic touches here in the pop, I guess. It's pretty toothless, though, and doesn't ever get weird. And, I dunno, the whole thing leans a little too hard on theatrics, and I just kind of get tired.

Queens of the Stone Age, "My God Is The Sun"

Much better! My favorite song from this album.

Joshua Buergel
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