Staff Trax: Slayer, Future Islands, The Lilys, Dinosaur Jr, Be Your Own Pet and Captain Beefheart
Trax, the weekly feature here on DC9 where we shed some light on the music we've been enjoying of late, regardless of the touring or album release schedules that tend to bear the focus of most of our coverage. Consider it a chance for you readers to get some more insight into our own personal tastes. Maybe you'll find something you like, ya dig?
All thanks go to fellow writer Alan Ayo for sending me this awesome clip, which essentially combines the harsh, blazing speeds of this Slayer classic with a place in which you'd never hear their music. This is a nice reminder of how good Slayer was back then and still to this day. This is just fast, aggressive music. And while I prefer Metallica over Slayer, I've never really disliked Slayer. The fact that they still play and play this well is a true testament to them. --Eric Grubbs
While songs like "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Disarm," and "Jeremy" seem end up at the top of many polls for the best rock songs of the 1990s, "Feel the Pain" is likely my favorite track from that entire decade. Sure, the album it's featured on, Without a Sound , is considered by many J. Mascis die-hards as an inferior album when compared to the rest of their catalog. But the frenetic guitar and the tempo shifts create a kickass number that never really got its proper due. Well, it did get played on the Sinbad movie, Houseguest , so that's at least as good as any VH1 Top Songs special, if not better. --Kelly Dearmore
Had Universal's lawyers not pulled "Becky" from Be Your Own Pet's 2008 album Get Awkward , for being "too violent," it easily would have been the album's catchiest track. Even though the track does involve murder at knife-point, it never manages to make the listener feel all that uncomfortable. And, despite her cavalier attitude towards death--she even goes so far as to call murder "fun"--lead singer Jemina Pearl just comes off as too cutesy to make one feel all that bad for the ill-fated Becky. Hey, the bitch shouldn't have talked so much shit about the song's protagonist or had the audacity to reveal her secret crush. And, although the track does borrow pretty heavily from Little Eva's "Locomotion," the chorus of "Doesn't matter anyway, cuz I've got a brand new friend, OK/Me and her, we'll kick your ass, we'll wait with knives after class!" is about as infectious as they come. --Cory Graves
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