Five Songs, 8/29/2021
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Five Songs, 8/29/2021

Bim Skala Bim, "Chief Inspector"

A big part of the ska scene in the late 80s and early 90s was an active trade in compilations. It allowed bands to get their music out and prime the audiences for touring, which is where bands built up a following. One series of comps was the Mashin' Up The Nation series, which this was part of volume 2 of. It's an unusually raw track for Bim Skala Bim, but a lot of the songs on these comps tended towards the raw, because many of them were low budget or live.

British Sea Power, "No Lucifer"

British Sea Power is a band that sometimes just sounds incredible to me, or flat. There's not a lot of in-between. When they're urgent, ambitious, bombastic, they're great fun. There's a little bit of Afghan Whigs DNA going on, although I think most people's touchstones are post-rock bands. Anyway, having said all that...this is kind of in-between.

Einstürzende Neubauten, "Die Bifindlichkeit Des Landes"

From Silence Is Sexy. I'll take a cue from that and be silent.

The Wedding Present, "Emporia"

2016's Going, Going... featured a couple new players in the lineup, and also has some instrumental, kind of pastoral stuff that's really unlike the rest of their catalog. But other than that, it's just a rock solid album from the band, not too much of a departure, but Gedge always sounds like he's giving everything his all, so it sounds very nice indeed.

Albert King, "Crosscut Saw"

Albert King could play blues straight, of course, but he could also play something like this, just a savage piece of blues-inflected funk and soul, and goddamn.

Joshua Buergel
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