Five Songs, 8/5/2017
Future of the Left, "Failed Olympic Bid"
Glitchy and bloopy at first, and then pounding, this song is delightful.
Jello Biafra with the Melvins, "The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism (Extended Space-Melt Version)"
After the breakup of the legendary Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra has hooked up with a variety of collaborators for albums. He's done pretty well picking those collaborators - Lard's first album (with Ministry) was great, for instance, and I love everything Melvins. So, how is this album? Pretty good! It's the Melvins with the usual unhinged Jello ranting on top. Both of their records are pretty fun. This track is actually an extended version of a song that appears on the other record, with a big ol' freakout. I do love me some extended Melvins freakouts.
Crudbump, "The Sickest"
It's true, he is basically the sickest.
Art rockers from Olympia, WA, Unwound is one of those very rare bands who just kept getting better and better as they went along. And they started out good! Through a half-dozen albums, they kept everything fresh and kept topping themselves, culminating in the tremendous Leaves Turn Inside You, one of the greats of the Pacific Northwest scene.
Hella, "The Devil Isn't Red"
We've heard Zach Hill's hyperkinetic drumming with Marnie Stern, but here is is with the first group I encountered him with, noise rockers Hella. They're all over the place, but this album in particular (The Devil Isn't Red) is outstanding. And seriously, listen to those drums! What's impressive is that this is just two people making this racket. The closest comparison is Lightning Bolt, which is also a lot of fun.