Five Songs, 9/29/2018
Five Songs

Five Songs, 9/29/2018

Almost like a Special in here today!

Mr. Lif, "Success"

I feel like I haven't bought a new concept record in a while. I suppose some of the unintelligable garbled metal I listen to could be concept records, I'd have no real way of knowing. You could tell me basically anything about the lyrics or themes or whatever of some of those slabs and I'd probably believe you. At any rate, many of my favorite concept records are rap records, and I Phantom is one of the very best.

Quasimoto, "Shroom Music"

Yeah, another song from a concept record! Goddamn, those synth noises in the first ten seconds of this song get me AMPED UP. Madlib really killed the beats on his Quasimoto records. Just super far out there, lots of noisy shit washing in and out, just tons of dust everywhere. I love it.

OutKast, "When I Look In Your Eyes"

Hmm. Starting to suspect the Plex randomization album a little bit here. Well, whatever, you can do a LOT worse than this start to today. As I've mentioned before, Idlewild is a mess, but it's not because of a lack of ideas. And in spots, it's certainly a lot of fun.

The Magnetic Fields, "Two Kinds Of People"

Another concept album! I guess! No, the concept isn't "records that are far too long". There aren't very many triple albums I can think of off the top of my head that aren't compilations - really just this one and Sandinista! by the Clash. And, you know, both of them really could have used some editing (a lot, in this case).

Wikipedia tells me the Boris/Merzbow collaboration Rock Dream is a triple album. That's good! And the last three SWANS albums are triple records, they are all smoking. Hooray for technicalities!

James Brown, "Don't Be A Dropout"

Even before he developed the outsized persona of the Hardest Working Man In Showbusiness of his later career, Brown still sounded amazing. I'm really not sure what to say about this, honestly. I feel a little overwhelmed when I have to grapple with artists of Brown's magnitude.

Joshua Buergel
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