YTD recordings listened to: 389
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 213
Not good music:161
Buys: 13 (not all 2012 releases)
Possibles: Glenn Hansard, Ebo Taylor, Sigur Ros, Le Super Borgou De Parakou, Left Lane Cruiser/James Leg
@@@ Beachwood Sparks: The Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop). There’s a lot of this blissed out/stoned faded pop rock floatin around these days. Sinuous clean guitar lines, tamborines, and comfort vocals. No feelings will be hurt with this record to be sure. There is musical skill in these tunes, but it’s not a sound/formula I find particularly attractive. Say you took the Meat Puppets drummer and had him take a groove behind these tunes and pound that shit into the ground. That I could easily sign on for but it’s a little shy on the muscle. How timely. The second tune just opened up into a classic meat puppets tequila soaked guitar solo.so I’m not completely off base here. Solid but not mind blowing.
@@@ The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (Warner). A somewhat duct taped affair with special guests on each tune. I don’t know what it is about these walk on records that irritates me so much. Maybe it’s the blatantly commercial slant of drawing on every guest’s audience into your orbit. There are some very good musicians on here, but I would say this record is for the hardcore Flaming Lip Heads out there and this is the kind of record made for streaming music.
@@@ Casey Abrams: Casey Abrams (Concord). Blue eyed soul out of Concord, which tends to be on the soft side of the music spectrum. I’m gonna give it a shot. Good voice, production is solid — the problem is the lyrics. It’s the sort of, oh no in the first tune there are zeb-a-debs and dib-a-dubs! Aw shucks, everything is gonna be all right. Life is hard, but keep you chin up and it’s all gonna work out. Too neat, too cliche. This is the macaroni and cheese of soul music.
@@@ Lorn: Ask the Dust (Warp). With beats that harken back to old school hip hop and layered chainsaw synths you get a unique robotic mechanical rhythmic beatdown. This may or may not be club music, the tempo doesn’t seem to be ideal for the Xers out there, but what the fuck do I know? Not much is the answer to that. The third tune, Weigh Me Down, is heating up pretty good. I think that’s a highlight, the fourth tune is a bit more plodding. You might need to be high for this record, and I don’t mean that to be insulting. It might be an essential part of the formula.