Five Songs, 9/13/2023
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Five Songs, 9/13/2023

Emperor, "A Fine Day to Die"

Among the various albums to emerge from the second wave of black metal, In The Nightside Eclipse seems to me to be the one that really set the template that a lot of black metal followed. While it's inaccessible, it's not as inaccessible as many of the other early records from the scene, and the extra elements that Emperor played with are ones that many other black metal bands would end up also playing with. As such, if you were to listen to one old black metal record to kind of understand the music, this is probably a great choice.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, "La Costa Brava"

Every single time I listen to Ted Leo, his voice reminds me of someone very specific, and at no time during all times I've listened have I figured out who it is. Does he just have a voice that sounds familiar? Maybe? Am I an idiot? Quite possibly!

KEN mode, "Blessed"

Fuck yeah, noise fuckin' rock baby! I should say something substantial, but I just want nothing more in life than someone bellowing over a distorted bass. I'm a simple creature.

The Baseball Project, "1976"

Gonna date this entry, but as of this writing, the Mariners are in an actual honest-to-goodness penant race, with substantial stakes for their finish. A division win would give them a first-round bye and more likely a better second-round matchup, while missing would result in having to win a 2-of-3 series on the road against Tampa Bay. This has nothing to do with anything, I just needed to say it somewhere. I really do love baseball, and it's been a couple decades since the Mariners were good, and it's genuinely delightful.

The Pyramids, "Indigo Birds"

I think every time this record pops up here, I like it just a little bit more.

Joshua Buergel
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