@@@ Charlie Puth: Nine Track Mind (WEA, 2016). I like to listen to mainstream pop to see what the shopping mall, whitbread mofos are listening to. I will give props if it’s deserving of props. Mr. Puth has a very good voice, it’s light and airy, he sounds like Bieber with a well manicured vagina. He also sounds like he’s about to cream in his jeans. He’s panting, maybe he’s having a heart attack. My problem with a lot of this mainstream is not the music — the arrangements are usually well done and polished within an inch of their lives. It’s the lyrics. Dumbass, low IQ cliche horseshit, it really immediately severs any connection I might be able to forge with the music. In this second song, he loves a woman dangerously, more than the air that he breathes. There’s some sort of explosion caused by the power of his love. It’s just shit, let’s face it. My preference would be that the people making these records would spend — wait he just popped the classic. He is fire and she is gasoline!!!!! How many fucking times do I have to hear that bullshit line in my life. I will never give any kind of positive feedback to any ‘artist’ that uses the fire and gasoline metaphor. Let’s put that back on the shelf — it’s like a field that has been farmed too much, it has no nutritious/emotional grains left in it. Spend less time on the arrangements and spend a little more time with the pad of paper and the lyrics.
@@@ Rolo Tomassi: Grievances (Ipecac, 2015) Some math-core that I saw listed over here on a top 100 of 2015 list over here. The first tune, Estranged has a super energetic opening section that simmers down into a uptempo but more chill groggy section. I anticipate that the crush will reappear. I like the singer, he’s got a nice end-of-his-rope tone to his voice. The arrangement is herky jerky with some thrash, post-rock, a tad of prog, and even a little shoe gaze flavoring. Halfway through the second song, a proggy arpeggiated synth makes its appearance so it looks like this record is beholden to no genre.
@@@ Luctus: The Dawn Ov the Eclipsed Desperation (Inferna Profundus, 2015). Some epic doom metal I got to via my weekly heavy metal mail-order email. After a big slow guitar shred, the orc singer has appeared in the middle of threedled-thrash section. The drummer is working hard here folks, pop a quarter so he can keep scoring meth. For the most part it’s all long tunes on this record so the orc and the drummer really get a workout in each tune. The guitar tones are buzzy, the double kick and the tom fills are flying and there are hints of both hardcore and prog up in here. Hints, not full on.
YTD recordings listened to: 103
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 59
Not good music: 39
Honorable Mentions: 3
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, Living Hell, Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta