Five Songs, 8/1/2021
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Five Songs, 8/1/2021


The streak is alive!

New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, "Low Blow"

This is from the second New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble record, Low Blow. To recap, the NYSJE was assembled from a bunch of folks from various bands in NYC, including the Toasters, the Scofflaws, and one member of the Skatalites. They play a mix of originals and compositions by other people, with this being one of the originals. All three albums are solid, and I recommend them.

The Unsemble, "Krishna"

More experimental stuff from the Unsemble here, although just a minute of it, so there's only so much experimentation you can do in that time.

The Du-Rites, "Junkie's Funeral"

The Du-Rites' third album, Gamma Ray Jones, is a concept album featuring tunes composed for a long-lost (and non-existent) old 70's cop show. It's a love letter to that old funk, and, you know what? Let's let them explain it.

SWANS, "Your Game"

Just pounding, blasts of guitar noise, and Gira bellowing at you. Love me some old Swans! This is from Body to Body, Job to Job, a comp of various unreleased songs from the early years of the band. It's probably only for completists, but if you find yourself really loving the Filth/Cop era of the band, it's nice to get some more of that stuff. This was actually the first Swans record that I ever listened to, and it was enough to get me to go find a bunch more of their records.

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, "Tralfamadore"

Goddamn, that name is so good.

Joshua Buergel
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