@@@ Destruction Unit: Negative Feedback Resistor (Sacred Bones, 2015). Some ambient electronic off my heavy music weekly email. The first tune Disinfect opens up slow slow with a clicking gear and a pulsing metal sound. Oh my, it segues from that bleak minimalist soundscape into full punk splat. Nice! They got a nice dirty slap and tickle goin on and let’s hope they can keep it up. The singer’s vocals are put through a delay which lends injects psych weirdness into the grind. I don’t usually like the psych punk but the band is muscular and focused and that makes the weirdness just an accent where on some records that’s the crux of the listening. As Kanye would say Imma gonna circle back on this record.
@@@ Lana Del Ray: Honeymoon (Interscope, 2015). Major label hottie Del Ray is back with a new, mopey corporate pop biscuit. I think Del Ray is way overrated, I’ve even seen the g word used. Not Gay, but Genius. When I hear her start in with how unlovable she is, I just hate her. I don’t want to shoot her in the face, but the sad cute girl schtick is super beyond boring. I could give a crap. This first tune, Honeymoon sits and spins like a cute baby with a full diaper of organic baby food shit. I had to skip ahead to the second tune, where there are multiple delayed tracks of Lana talking about music to watch boys by. Jesus, somebody get this young lady a cup of coffee. Plus she sings weird, her enunciation is fat lipped — could be the botox, no? Oh, we’re on the beginning of the third tune after skipping at the halfway point and she’s milking her woes. Earth to boring Del Ray.
@@@ EZTV: Calling Out (Captured Tracks, 2015). A mid-summer release I saw listed on my heavy music email. Oh my, soft as butter guitar indie. Big Alex Chilton-like melodies without the pill popping band working underneath. Also sounds a bit like a Smiths record without the biting Morrissey hate. I’m sure a whole bunch of folks are feeling this record, but I find it too sweet for my taste.
@@@ Basenji: Trackpad (Future Classic, 2015). Off the Beats highlights page it’s gonna be synth-vicious club music with some tweaks. The first tune Dawn features a chill beat with a strange synth popping sound and there’s a lot of it. Dog barks, percussive pops, chopped vocals, pitch shifted word chunklets — it’s quite a sonic scene up in here. But here comes the EDM snare roll and everybody leave it out on the dance floor. The second tune Can’t Get Enough features string plinks, a woman that has been made to sound like a 4 year old and a soprano saxophone. And vocoder! The tune may be called Can’t Get Enough but I think I have had enough.
YTD recordings listened to: 768
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 441
Not good music: 264
Honorable Mentions: 20
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, 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, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Ruby Amanfu, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Qwanqwa, Destruction Unit