10/23/15: Seaway, Carrie Underwood, Borns

@@@  Seaway: Color Blind (Pure Noise, 2015)  Some emo aimed at the alienated white hearts out in the suburbs.  Not full, gushy emo but it’s there as well as a couple of ice cream scoops of Cali Orange County rich kid punk.  Nice guitar sounds, immaculate production and full Bon Jovi whoa ho background vocals.  They got a fraternity of dudes singing those background vocals.  The singer is pretty standard, lyrics the same.  Sensitive, but not sensitive dude punk.

@@@ Carrie Underwood: Storyteller (Arista Nashville, 2015).  Off the Beats highlights page.  Big, new country arena rock sounds and in the first thirty seconds we’ve found out she’s a ‘devil in a blue dress’.  Oh my, stand back.  This is your full gooey cheese Nashville biscuit — corny, cheesy.  Let’s check one more tune.  It’s a cheater’s anthem called Dirty Laundry.  She’s found his dirty laundry, he’s cheatin’ on her and shit, and she gonna throw his cracker ass out because she too good for him.  You go girl!  All these new country records are like McDonald’s — it’s pretty much the same flavorless hamburger but I guess motherfuckers being lining up and shit for it.

@@@ Borns: Dopamine (Interscope, 2015).  Some white boy r&b/funk off last week’s All Music email.  Mr. Borns has a half fragile/half sweet voice and on the first tune he’s got a little buzz in the mix and a little kraut funk.  Let’s skip ahead to the second tune.  Synth arpeggio, big simple IQ boom-snare and more sweet Mr. Borns’ longing — he’s actually panting a bit.  You know I love that.  And some synth pop going here, it’s quite a mash he’s cooking up here.  Mr. Borns isn’t a total punk bitch but he’s close, this third tune is some ELO ‘lightning’ caught in a bottle.  Oy, why bother?

YTD recordings listened to: 853
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 488
Not good music: 294

Honorable Mentions: 21
Buys: 13

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, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Destruction Unit, Rim Kwaku Obeng, Graeme Barrett, Kowloon Walled City, Israel Nash


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