Five Songs, 8/4/2022
Five Songs

Five Songs, 8/4/2022

The Afghan Whigs, "The Spell"

After a sixteen year hiatus, the Afghan Whigs got back together, meaning Greg Dulli decided to start recording music under that moniker. I think there are some shared folks with 1965 besides him, hard to tell from Discogs. Anyway, the music post-hiatus seems like it continues on a straight line from where they left off, but as if they kept making albums in the meantime. If that makes sense? That is, if there were four albums missing in-between and they kept evolving in the same direction, you'd end up where they are now.

At any rate, it's Dulli singing about his usual subjects, with things being more orchestrated than they used to be, with less emphasis on guitars. It's not their peak work, but it's a decent record.

The Adjusters, "Loose Roots"

The Adjusters combined soul with ska to mixed results, but they hit their peak on this album (Before the Revolution). They were willing to drop down to a slower tempo, and the willingness to go into the realm of rocksteady was absolutely to their credit and something a lot of other bands at the time weren't willing to do.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Kinder Words"

The best Bosstones record, Question the Answers, opens with this tune, a classic bit of Bosstones ska punk. One of the things that I like about the album is that the horn arrangements are really well-integrated into the whole thing, rather than having songs that are more towards punk and having fewer of the ska elements.

Aden, "Green"

Indie pop on Teenbeat Records. If that phrase makes sense, you can already kind of picture what this is, and you'd be absolutely correct. Which, I suppose, you can hear. Sometimes I forget that there's a playlist on this thing.

Elvis Costello, "Radio, Radio"


Joshua Buergel
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