Cosmic Analog Ensemble, "Pourparlers"
Set everything else aside: listen to how good this song sounds. Just the quality of the recording, the way the instruments sound, the space between them. It sounds amazing, just incredibly appealing.
Blackalicious, "Jada's Vengeance"
This is from a label sampler, Quannum Spectrum, featuring the likes of Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Latryx, and Mack B. Dogg. Uh, I guess if you list everybody, it's not "the likes of". Anyway, good lineup of artists, so this is a fun little comp. Discogs tells me it's a promo release, so I have no idea if it's even findable.
Pop Will Eat Itself, "Preaching to the Perverted"
This is from the second Pop Will Eat Itself Record, This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This!, a record I picked up after hearing their third album in a record store, picking it up, and really digging it. Their first album is pretty shaggy, so this is the first PWEI record that I really liked. This track is a pretty good representation of what they sounded like: kind of everything from the late 80s/early 90s thrown into a blender. The sort of anarchic approach to adding every sound they've ever liked into their music is really kind of charming.
Death Cab For Cutie, "President of What?"
From You Can Play These Songs With Chords, a compilation of miscellany that is...well, look, it's Death Cab. Your mind is made up.
Andrew Bird and Phoebe Bridgers, "I Felt A Funeral, in My Brain"
A single that Bird and Bridgers released in 2022, and "Bird and Bridgers" looks like the name of a store that sells $14 little bags of almonds. I'd love to hear a full record from them, though.