Five Songs, 9/5/2020
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Five Songs, 9/5/2020


Sorry about that, I kind of got out of the rhythm of doing this daily. I'll get there!

Pigs, "Massive Operator Error"

I've been listening to a lot of noise rock recently. It's a genre that really opened my ears up to a lot of possibilities, what with encountering Big Black pretty early, and then being huge into the Midwest scene in college. Weirdly, it's kind of comforting to me to go back and lean kind of heavily on this genre again.

At any rate, this 2012 release from Pigs certainly fits the bill.

The White Stripes, "Blue Orchid"

After kind of going as far as they could with the previous formula, the White Stripes really opened things up with this record. As the opener, "Blue Orchid" sets the tone that we're going to be listening to something different. I mean, yeah, it's garage rock, but given the heavy compression here, it's not going to be the stripped down music we're used to. The rest of the album, with all the marimba and acoustic guitar, works really well, it's one of theirs I listen to most frequently.

Elvis Costello, "Alison"

This ballad from My Aim Is True is probably the most famous song from his first album, and is just a fantastic tune. I, uh, don't know what else to say. It's a pretty famous song!

Couch Slut, "Replacement Addiction"

Obligatory note: this album cover is very NSFW. Be careful going to look for it!

More noise rock! Hell yeah! Kind of a Butthole Surfers gallop there in the middle of the song, which is fun. Couch Slut distinguishes itself by having a woman singing (screaming, here), which is pretty rare in this genre. All three of their albums are very good.

Eddie Holland, "Merry-Go-Round"

There's that patented Five Songs transition! This is from very early in Motown's history, from the second single that they ever made. It never particularly went anywhere, but it's certainly a pleasant enough song.

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