@@@ The Lumineers: Angela (Dualtone, 2018) I got to this mainstream single from occasional big mouth music blogger honcho Bob Lefsetz. Lefsetz is usually a sucker for the schmaltzy white people music and this is no exception. The singer has a nice vocal melody going, but they Celine Dion his voice with the huge hall reverb patch. Oy the cheese today, the cheese, what can be done with the cheese? I fear the second half of the tune is going to fulfill the song’s mission — get the wheel of cheddar across the line into the end zone. Here come the tom drums right on time. And the piano! And the hand claps! You can put money on these sounds and you can see ’em coming down Broadway! This is like eating at McDonald’s — same burger every fucking time, no variations allowed. It’s a nice tune, the tune itself but the production is awful.
@@@ Primal Rite – Dirge Of Escapism (Revelation) Some heavy metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email. It opens up with a gust of wind, and then a heartbeat, and then the crush. C’mon, c’mon, there are some big power chords….some feedback and then monster stomp. It’s a nice stomp though not the monster one I craved. There’s a singer in the second tune and I like him — he sounds like he’s about to drive a car into a tree. I’m not sure but I don’t hear any bass on this record — either it’s mixed so low or there isn’t a bass player. It’s like a 3/4 full bucket of Kentucky, oh there he is but he’s got no whooomph. If this had more bottom I would feel it. The drummer is more of a mainstream hard rock kinda fella but he’s beating the fuck out of the kit and driving the bus hard.
@@@ Todd Stewart – Everything You Want (Americana, 2018). Some roots music off this week’s CFUV playlist email. 22 minutes of music on this EP and Stewart’s mainstream voice changes the vibe of the band which features a very hooky slide guitar player. Shuffle beats, acoustic guitar and a standard guitar centered country band setup. The first tune sports a loverboy vibe due to the smooth, multitrack vocal. The third tune is a slow tear jerker and that slide player is the star of the record for me.
@@@ A$AP Rocky featuring Gucci Mane and 21 Savage: Cocky (RCA, 2018). An all star hip hop single I got to via the Apple Music hot tracks section. I like the rhythmic flow of the MCs, and I like the beats, but the vocal hook is shit. ‘Too fuckin’ cocky baby, I’m too fucking cocky’. Just pass me the rock and watch me go…I almost made it to the end of the track but the vocal hook took me out of the game.
YTD recordings listened to: 102
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 56
Not good music: 42
Honorable Mentions: 2
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One