Five Songs, 9/25/2022
Five Songs

Five Songs, 9/25/2022

They Might Be Giants, "Ana Ng (Live)"

I adore this song, but damn, I have a lot of TMBG live material. But, I suppose I have 49 distinct releases from TMBG in the library (and two CDs upstairs that need to be ripped), so I just have a lot of stuff from them in general.

Inter Arma, "Bumgardner"

The opener to their magnificent Sulphur English, this song sounds like it's gasping for breath. It's struggling to stay above the water, gulping air, before a wave comes in to send it down to the bottom for good.

Seam, "Shame"

Here's some real indie rock royalty (early-90s version). Seam is the band led by Sooyoung Park, who fronted Bitch Magnet (which in turn is part of the Squirrel Bait family tree). And this record features Mac McCaughan (Superchunk) on drums. It's a solid record, although I would like the next one better.

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, "Pimp"

A repeat! Enjoy the drums!

G. Love & Special Sauce, "Cold Beverage"

This was a minor hit on MTV, driving the band to relative prominence which they'd never really reach again. The appeal of the band is pretty easy to see, it's very loose and fun, and given the topic and the faintly frat-y tinge to the proceedings, you can see why this tune got some traction. But I think it's probably not quite right to dismiss them as just a party band, there's plenty of fun stuff going on here with their blues/rock/hip-hop fusion thing.

Commodore 64, "Foam"

The other day I made fun of MC Frontalot, but I had forgotten that I actually did have one other nerdcore record. Commodore 64's only release, K-Minus Initiative, is sufficiently obscure to not even appear on Discogs. Wikipedia claims it's the first nerdcore release (and also contains the extremely cursed phrase "geeksta rap"), and I don't know, maybe? I absolutely am not going to do any more research. At any rate, please enjoy (?) some econ professors or whatever cosplaying as the Beastie Boys with the help of a late-90s Macintosh.

Joshua Buergel
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