2/20/16: Motorpsycho, BJ the Chicago Kid, Unrestrained

@@@ Motorpsycho: Here Be Monsters (Rune Grammofon, 2016).  Neo-psychedelia off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Opens up tinkly piano in a 1 minute intro before getting into some shimmery guitars in this second tune.  Oh you fucking liars, you’ve gone and slipped the prog in while I was tuning in for the net-psychedelia.  And I’m not sure I know what neo-psychedelia is.  This could be a Yes record for fucks sake.  It is labelled correctly as prog on Apple Music — this is classic music industry bullshit trying to sell you a television disguised as a smart phone.   Dual electric guitar attack, big melodic bass lines and kinda super geeky wuss drums.

@@@ BJ the Chicago Kid: In My Mind (Motown, 2016).  Some contemporary r&b off the All Music weekly email.  Big, bodacious band behind the BJ who is confrontational and braggadocious on the microphone.  The third tune is a semi-raunchy ballad with a super tight snare sound and some trippy loops and gospel tinges. A mash of black musics to be had here.  The fourth tune, clipped below, sounds like a single to me.  Focused arrangement and loverboy vocals.

@@@ Unrestrained: Forward Unto Death (Unrestrained, 2016).  Here’s a good music scavenging tip.  If you see a recording is being reissued on vinyl it’s probably a pretty good record.  It’s expensive to press vinyl (about $5 a pop) and nobody is going to do unless there’s a solid base of people who like a record enough to repurchase it on vinyl.  This record is off my heavy metal weekly email.  It’s a metal/punk mash with a hardcore punk singer.  No caveman/angry orc here.   Fuck me, this band is tight.  Excellent drummer here with tasty accompaniment from the guitar player.  Imma gonna swing back on this band.

YTD recordings listened to: 174
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 96
Not good music: 68

Honorable Mentions: 4
Buys: 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, Matt Walker, Divanhana, Troum, Unrestrained

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