Five Songs, 7/23/2017

Posting from the road! Are we going to get road trip music? Probably not.

DJ Krush, "Chie No Wa"

I should listen to more Japanese hip-hop. Anyway, DJ Krush is mostly instrumental, but here we have some rhyming. I've got a couple of his releases, and they're pretty entertaining, if not quite the top of the pile for DJ records. Allmusic tells me this album is actually a mixtape of stuff he did with other artists?

The Spinanes, "Valency"

The Spinanes were Rebecca Gates on guitar and vocals and Scott Plouf on drums, at least for the first two records, as Gates went solo on her third record when Plouf left to join Built to Spill. From that pretty simple arrangement, they played great rock songs, straightforward but always enjoyable. I heartily recommend all three of their records, with Manos being my favorite of the bunch. As the records go on, they do get a little more expansive in terms of arrangements.

Queens of the Stone Age, "Keep Your Eyes Peeled"

...Like Clockwork isn't my favorite QOtSA album, and I'm not really sure why. It's one of my least favorites (although still excellent), and I've never really been able to put my finger on it. One of my friends has it as their best, so I don't know. This song is really good, though.

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Toots & the Maytals, "54-46 Was My Number"

Toots always makes me think of summer. The breezy rhythms and sheer joy of the music just speak to me of sunshine. If you don't enjoy this, leave a comment down below letting me know when your soul died.

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Led Zeppelin, "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp"

I never really know what to add for these super famous acts. Um, Hammer of the Gods was an enjoyable book?

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