Five Songs, 9/16/2023
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Five Songs, 9/16/2023

Pinegrove, "Darkness (acoustic)"

After a very good and well-received second album (Cardinal), Pinegrove ran into some serious problems that derailed the band after accusations surfaced about Evan Hall. It was a messy situation that Hall and the band tried to handle head-on, eventually going through mediation with the accuser and leaving their label willingly when another band objected to their presence. Overall, they seemed sincere in their attempts to handle things, and it seems like the accuser was satisfied by their steps. Anyway, all of this delayed the release of their third album by a couple years, and it eventually came out self-released. For all that, Skylight is actually a good album, and it came accompanied with an acoustic interpretation (called Skylight II). That's where this track came from, and it's a nice little listen.

Deerhoof, "Life is Suffering"

That is a major-league groove there.

Less Than Jake, "Bridge And Tunnel Authority"

This is from B is for B-Sides, which...look, it's not even really b-sides, because this is leftovers from the Anthem sessions. But I love that album, so I'm happy to get more from that period. If you love LTJ, you already know if you want to listen to this album, but if you don't, don't start here.

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

A banger, but we've had it before.

Two Fingers, "That Girl"

No, not an Elden Ring band. This is a collab between Amon Tobin and a UK producer named Joe Chapman, and features guest MCs on a bunch of tracks, especially Sway on most of the songs. And it sounds great: aggressive, big productions that manage to not crowd out the MCs on it.

BADBADNOTGOOD, "Love Proceeding"

Awwww, yeah.

Joshua Buergel
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