@@@ Lapsley: Hurt Me (XL, 2016) Some dramatical electronica from an early March release. Think Adele caught inside a glitchy computer. A lot of EDM and electronica people are opting for the serious piano chords that get played once and just decay. It’s getting a bit much, play the fucking piano differently than the asshole that came before you. She’s got a big voice and a decent electronic garnish, but the reverb/delay is a tad cheesy and the overall vibe is one of titillation and not one of real substance. It’s more than a bit weird that this is in the Apple Music indie bin.
@@@ Woods: Sun City Creeps (Not Sure, 2016). A slinky indie soul banger off an upcoming April full length. Falsetto vocals, horn lines that fill in the phrases, some genre indistinct guitar, nice bass, and a fucking shaker! The horn work is tasty, some of the guitar is and the electric piano on the edge is all right. Vocals good but not superb and more quirky than soulful. Now we’re getting into the ’60s rock time machine and we got a little guitar solo action going on. I’m not sure I feel this is completely cooked and coherent tune — it’s kinda bouncing here and there and the guitarist(s) isn’t/aren’t good enough to justify the time given. Shoulda gone with the horns.
@@@ Flying Lotus: R2 Where R U? (Hollywood, 2016). Flying Lotus is supposed to be the electronic/jazz influenced cat who’s more talented than…..everybody but it looks like he’s going straight to his bank with a fat check for this Star Wars themed blurb-gasm that features (I think) real C3PO dialog. From Star Wars and shit! It’s all bleeps and blurps and computer birds and an old school drum beat with a simple fat bass line under. This is a real biscuit, I’m hating on it pretty good. We might have to take away Flying Lotus’ artistic bohemian intellectual French beret because of this intergalactic nugget. Shame, shame.
@@@ Dodsferd: Denying With Arrogance Your Pathetic Existence (Inferna Profound, 2009). Some satanic heavy metal off my heavy metal weekly email. There’s a 2+ minute spoken word quasi-religious opener before they get into the music which sounds a lot like the Foo Fighters with an orc out front. Lots of uptempo rock beats and an avalanche of power chords. I had no clue Dave Growl was into Satan. Horns up!!! Things get more stony and metallic with the third song Pale Forests Sing For the Dead and the orc but overall it’s pretty accessible music. Satan is a pretty friendly guy, check him out.
YTD recordings listened to: 134
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 72
Not good music: 54
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