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Five Songs, 9/22/2022

OutKast, "Chonkyfire" The conclusion to the classic Aquemini, the record where OutKast fulfilled their promise and delivered one of the greatest hip-hop records ever. That assertion is not diminished at all by the observation that it's not entirely clear if it's their best album. The...

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Five Songs, 7/14/2022

Steady Earnest, "Skin It Up" Steady Earnest is an all-star band of Boston ska bands, most importantly featuring Dan Vitale of Bim Skala Bim on vocals. Because he fronts it, Bim is the closest comparison, and if you like one band, you'll like the other...

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Five Songs, 2/16/2022

Tilt, "Dental Wreck" There are certainly things that can be bad about punk. But there's a floor on how bad it gets - if you keep things energetic and the songs short, it's always going to hit at least reasonably well. They Might Be Giants,...

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Five Songs, 12/20/2021

Crudbump, "Bite That Butt" What can you say in the presence of true art? Screeching Weasel, "Hey Suburbia" I spend a fair bit of time kind of complaining about Screeching Weasel, and that's probably a little unfair. This is from their second record, Boogadaboogadaboogada!, and...

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Five Songs, 11/6/2021

Slimm Calhoun, "This Young G" As you can probably hear, Slimm Calhoun is an OutKast protégé, famous for his guest spots with them. He did eventually release an album on their label, The Skinny, which is a decent record. If you really enjoy Stankonia-era OutKast...