8/22/15: Carly Rae Jepsen, The White Buffalo, Luther Dickinson

@@@  Carly Rae Jepsen: Emotion (School Boy/2015).  Some mainstream electro pop I got to via the Beats highlights page.  The first tune, Run Away With Me, features some sharp finger snaps before it explodes in a giant clubby chorus.  As far as cheese goes, think parmesan on your noodles rather than macaroni and cheese.  When that chorus hits you can hear the parmesan for sure.  Let’s check out the title track.  Ooh, this one is much cheesier, like a 99 cent Taco Bell bean and cheese burrito.  That cheap, super salty industrial cheese.  That’s unfortunate as it’s the title track.  One more tune, well it looks like the best song was first.  Oh my, the chorus in the third tune is I really really really really really like you, and I want you do you want me too?  Woof.

@@@ The White Buffalo: Love and the Death of Damnation (Unison, 2015).  Some uptempo roots rock off the Beats highlights.  Instrumentation is standard — mostly electric guitars with some acoustic, some slide and I heard some horns on the second tune.  Mr. Buffalo has a gravelly voice and he sounds a bit like Levon Helm from the Band.  He also sounds a bit like famed Hootie of the Blowfish fame.  It’s mostly a mainstream rock record with roots flavors.  If you like country/roots/rock but you don’t like the extreme cheesiness of the new country music out of Nashville check this guy out.

@@@  Luther Dickinson & The Sons of Mudboy: Onward and Upward (Memphis Int’l, 2014).  Talk about roots music!  This is some old school, deep blues I got to via this week’s Aquarius Records email.  The first tune is voice and acoustic slide, voice in the left ear and guitar in the right.  The second tune, Angel Band, is a damned lonesome beaut example of folk-blues.  Oh my, Imma gonna check this record out more extensively when time allows.

YTD recordings listened to: 663
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 386
Not good music: 226

Honorable Mentions: 17
Buys: 11

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, Pat Thomas, Knauti, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson


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