@@@ Hinds: Leave Me Alone (Mom and Pop, 2016). It makes perfect sense to bring up the rear of this listening session with a band called the Hinds. Right outta the gate they bring the psych guitar strum, lots of spring reverb that gives way to a Velvet Underground sparse jam. If the lead singer for Pavement had a clam in his pants he would sound like this young lady. Or the other way round, I’m not hung up on gender. That first song was good until three minutes or so and then I was nodding off. This second tune, Fat Calmed Kiddos has a nice little guitar figure and it’s a bit catchy. I really don’t know what to say about this listening session it’s been awfully boring. This is the best of what I heard today so I’m kicking it to the top, but don’t get too excited. I guess in retrospect these listening choices are just like the Academy Awards, too white. Unlike them I will black-a-fy over the weekend.
@@@ Lewis Del Mar: Loud(y) (Sony, 2015) Off the Apple Music best alternative playlist of 2015. Crushed drum sounds, some electronic plinks and Beck style acoustic guitar and he’s got a mopey rhyming section in the middle of the tune. Mad attitude but not much in the way of depth. Somebody on the GoogleTube is saying this song has a great message and I’m trying to find out what it’s about and I can’t find the message/hear the message.
@@@ Deerhunter: Breaker (4AD, 2015). Another single off the Apple Music Best Alternative of 2015. I like this tune better than the single above. This has threads of 1980’s pop rock — God, I’m no macho asshole but has anybody noticed how completely butter soft the alternative music scene has become. I’m surprised they can find drummers who feel strongly enough to hit a drum. I think this is melodic cubicle music for Etsy programmers and coffee shops, and y’all can have these sugar cookies.
@@@ Savages: Adore Life (Matador, 2016). I was starting to feel poorly in the alternative area of Apple Music so I switched over to the indie neighborhood. I can’t tell you what the difference is, but I did find this tune by an all female bunch and it’s on Matador so the shit has to be hip and it’s got a bit of crunch to it. The tune has an interesting shuffle to it with some snare pushing coinciding with a nice post-punk grind. They have another tune up on the Apple Music page and it’s a slow jam with some Jane’s Addiction simple bass throb garnished with some sweet undulating guitar noise and the singer. She’s okay but not burning the joint up. The indie/alternative folks need some fucking Red Bull.
YTD recordings listened to: 51
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 31
Not good music: 19
Honorable Mentions: 2
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