Five Songs, 10/22/2017
Raekwon, "Guillotine (Swordz)"
Now we're talkin'. After a couple songs from his followup, we have a cut from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, which is on the short list for the finest Wu-related albums released. Really, what you've got here is basically just a great Wu-Tang track, as you've got several of the Wu MCs on here. Most of this album has Ghostface Killah on it, which is one of the things that makes it so strong. Really, I can't recommend it highly enough.
The Constantines, "Draw Us Lines"
Allmusic tells me this is a group out of Ontario, which I guess doesn't surprise any long time readers here that I'd have an album by some Canadian punks. Apparently, I own two albums by them! I kind of vaguely remember buying the second of them, but don't really remember listening to it much. I'm liking this track, though!
Death Cab For Cutie, "I Will Follow You Into The Dark"
I was surprised to discover I apparently own six albums by Death Cab for Cutie, despite really only loving one album (Transatlanticism). This song, from *Plans, in some ways is the quintessential Death Cab song, a heart-on-sleeve love song that is hard not to find charming. Do I need to talk about this band more? Probably not.
Andrew W.K., "She Is Beautiful"
I regularly bust on Devin the Dude for really only having two subjects (women and weed). Where does that put me on Andrew W.K., who has one (partying)? Well, when this album (I Get Wet) came out, it seemed like a really arch joke, and the middle-school lyrics and thuddingly obvious songs seemed like part of the schtick. And it can be kind of fun to listen to occasionally, although I tired of it pretty quickly. I don't know what the rest of his stuff sounds like, but he went on to an interesting career where he became an advice columnist and pro-everything celebrity. I think Andrew W.K., famous dude, is more interesting than Andrew W.K., musician.
Little Brother, "Roy Lee, Producer Extraordinaire"
Friggin' rap skits.