1/14/16: Chron Goblin, Willie Thrasher, DJDS, Beat Market,

@@@ Chron Goblin: Backwater (Ripple, 2015).  Some heavy stoner rock off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Guitar riffs that reflect a caffeinated stoner, not just a stoned stoner.  Oddly, the singer doesn’t sound baked, he’s kinda uplifting compared to your usual blunted frontman.  They kick it up a notch on the second tune, Seattle, ironically the capital of slacker grunge.  This tune is more unique than the opener.  These guys don’t seem to be hemmed in by the stoner rock sub genre — they boogie a little, they flirt with classic old school Sabbath Metal, and even mainstream hard rock.

@@@ Willie Thrasher: Spirit Child (Light in the Attic, 1981/2015).  A re-issue of an folk-rock record done by an Innuit musician with heavy Innuit influences.  Acoustic guitar, oh here’s some electric bass now, organs, and a male singer.  This isn’t my cup of tea sonically, but I’m into how the musician here is taking a white man’s style of music and making it his own and about his people.

@@@ DJDS: I Don’t Love You (Loma Vista, 2016).  A gospel-tinged club banger off the Apple Music front page.  It’s building and it’s more of a New Age biscuit than a four on the floor booty shaker.  I could use a change from this vocal hook, they’re wearing it out.  This never really baked into a song, it’s more of a chant with an organ vamp at the end.  Strange.

@@@ Beat Market: Sun Machine (Lisbon Lux, 2015) An EDM poppy fluff nugget off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Just pop your Xanax and kick back and enjoy the marshmallow sweetness  of the cornucopia of synth  for your snacking please.  Vocals are chopped and robotic.  Finger snaps and hand claps!  And tambourines!

YTD recordings listened to: 47
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 29
Not good music: 17

Honorable Mentions: 2
Buys: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, 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, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa,  Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Reverend Peyton, James McMurtry


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