Five Songs, 8/14/2022
Five Songs

Five Songs, 8/14/2022

The Avalanches, "The Divine Chord"

A thing I admire about Johnny Marr (who guested on this song) is that he's cheerfully helped on about a zillion things in his post-Smiths career, and they're pretty all over the map. And he seems happy to do it. Good for him!

Mastodon, "Stargasm"

I've tried on multiple occasions to love The Hunter, and I just haven't gotten there. It's not that it's bad or anything, but I dunno, I just want them to be more elaborate than this. Although it's pretty funny to call this tune as not elaborate.

Fall Out Boy, "Dance, Dance"

There's a relatively common idea out there that the first album of a punk band is most likely to be their best album. The rawness of things suits punk better, and that most bands decline from there, goes the thought. I'm not sure how true it actually is, I'd have to be systematic about it. But for some bands, yeah, absolutely. Fall Out Boy is one where I liked each album less than the previous one, as they became more professional and smoother. This, their second, is still good, but it's the last album from them that I really liked.

Eels, "Railroad Man"

This is probably my favorite song on Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, which is a strong if eclectic record. There's something about the fuzziness of the track melding with the roughness of his voice that provides a delightful combo.

Karen O & Danger Mouse, "Drown"

I got this record because J-Zone plays drums on the album some, and why not. And, I like it! I need only the flimsy of excuses to try a record, and that attitude mostly pays off.

Joshua Buergel
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