@@@ Grace Potter: Midnight (Hollywood, 2015). Marketed and pictured on All Music as a waif from Vermont, but this first tune Hot To the Touch is a mainstream rock banger full of orgasm-y gasps White Girl Hottie Vibes. She evokes Robert Palmer in the second tune, Alive Tonight. This is pretty vapid cliche mainstream rock but if you’re looking for a suitcase of Ronald Reagan flavored ’80s rock biscuits, have at it. Woof.
@@@ Rayland Baxter: Imaginary Man (Omnivore, 2015). Also off this week’s All Music weekly email. This first tune reminds me of Jakob Dylan – a little roots rock, a little mainstream rock. If you don’t connect with the lyrics, you’re gonna be pretty bored because the arrangements are purposefully minimalist to frame the singer. It’s a tad snoozy pants for me, but if you like the meaningful, mainstream slacker rock have at it.
@@@ GHXST: Nowhere (Club, 2015). A nugget of sludgy, Black Sabbath-y stoner rock with female vocals with delay on them to further trip out the affair. Sounds a bunch like Wolfmother with a big, cough syrup inspired guitar solo. Heads out with bashing drums and a repeating riff. I got to this via a music publicist email.
@@@ Bullet for My Valentine: Venom (RCA, 2015) Some major label metalcore I got to from the Beats Highlights page. The production is impeccable, but the lyrics are whussed out — how can I escape myself? I don’t want to feel this way, I can’t tell what’s real anymore. Gimme a break. The drummer and the guitar player are catching my ear but they are obscured by the waves of vocal cheese.
YTD recordings listened to: 640
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 374
Not good music: 219
Honorable Mentions: 16
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas