@@@ Pat Green: Home (Greenhorse, 2015). Some new country music off the Beats highlights page. The first tune, Home, opens up with a lower IQ John Mellencamp until it explodes in a chorus that streaks like a giant cheese comet across the night sky, making everything in its path sticky and dirty. Every cliche lyric, every heartfelt and hollow sentiment that you could think of. The second tune, Break it Back Down, is even worse — an awful redneck driving song. He and his girl are going to drive off into the sunset and just get away from it all (and songs like this). Go ahead, we’ll all be better off.
@@@ CFCF: The Colour of Life (1080P, 2015). Off this week’s All Music notables. Abbreviated from its original (and more controversial) name CockFaceCuntFace, this is an electronic music record that opens up with the tune Departure sporting a repeating thumb piano (organic or synthetic we shall never know). On top of that gets the slow layering of synths, cloudy and puffy and melodic and I feel like I’m in the woods after a summer rain, and there are butterflies and squirrels and little birds flitting all about. It’s all so life affirming and delicious and I just want to go down to the stream and drink the cool water. And then I go to the nearest tree and tie a beautiful noose and a little hobbit comes and kicks the wood stump out from under my feet and the rope breaks my neck and I just swing slowly back and forth until the song fades out. The New Age elements embedded in electronic music often make me feel like hanging myself, but let’s give CockFaceCuntFace another chance. Oh, this second tune is getting into the same neighborhood and I think I’ve said enough.
@@@ Knautic: Debut (East Van Digital, 2015). Some electronic dub I saw on the CFUV weekly playlist email. Beats computer generated and some deliciously slow boomerang delays of guitar mixed with simple keyboard figures. All in all, pretty close to the spirit of dub, in my opinion. I like the keyboard bass, it is fat in the ass, and the general sparseness enhances the delays. Check him out, and throwin’ in that drum ‘n bass loop oh my that’s good shit. I’m gonna check him out more when I get the chance.
@@@ Cayucas: Dancing at the Blue Lagoon (Secretly Canadian, 2015). Off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. After a bit of an orchestral intro we get into a super friendly, non-threatening indie rock number with a super nice guy male voice. You can blame Death Cab for Cutie for all this melodic, soft indie. Who am I to cast aspersions? If you dig this kind of stuff, well then get a fork and dive right into the sonic macaroni and cheese/comfort music.
YTD recordings listened to: 649
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 380
Not good music: 222
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, Knautic