The other day, we had Kranky labelmates Jessamine, but here's the band I associate most with that label, Labradford. Post-rock-y, drone-y, sometimes very experimental, Labradford had a very interesting run of a half dozen albums on Kranky which were all very interesting. Most of the time, they were working with instrumental stuff, and I find it to be really pleasant stuff to put on when I'm working. That sounds like a backhanded compliment, but it's not intended to be.
Primus, "Spegetti Western"
The drum beat from the beginning of this song is indelibly burned into my brain. It's the kind of thing that just pops into there, unbidden, all the time. Overall, this entire album (Frizzle Fry) is total comfort food for me. It's the kind of thing that I can always throw on and make myself really happy. I think the sweet spot for Primus for me only lasts three albums (this and the two following), but I dearly love those records.
The Soul Children, "The Sweeter He Is (Part 1)"
It's been a while since we've hit a Stax track, so here we're going to head to volume 2 of that collection, with a track from the 1968-1971 period when Stax was really at the top of their form.
(NB: the linked video has parts 1 & 2. I figure nobody will mind.)
Deerhoof, "God 2"
I always used to get spastic noise-pop outfit Deerhoof scrambled in my brain with Hella, the much less whimsical noise rockers. Deerhoof is much more approachable and playful, and I don't know why I ever confused them. I might just be a big dummy?
Sharon, Lois & Bram, "Cats and Mice Medley"
Welp, here's some straight up kid music. Enjoy?