@@@ From Ashes to Now: Day One (Better Noise, 2015). The Apple Music front page banner says these guys mash up metal, EDM etc and basically invent a new genre. Whoever blurbed this record has never heard a Linkin Park because this shit is mad close to a Linkin Park biscuit. I guess it’s fitting that the opening tune is called Land of Make Believe because that’s where this new genre wang has descended from. Regular readers know of my intense distaste for art school Linkin Park offal (an old school word for intestines) so let’s check out one more tune for shits and giggles. This second tune, Farther From Home, stinks in a slightly different way. I fully recognize that folks can love this music — that’s what makes this country great — you can love shitty music and not be jailed for it.
@@@ Santigold: 99 Cents (Atlantic, 2016). Also off the Apple Music front page. The first tune is called ‘I Can’t Get Enough of Me’. At least she’s honest about her self-absorption — there’s not much more annoying than watching half woman/half gazelle Taylor Swift act ‘charitably’. This opener is an electro banger mixed with old school cutesy r&b. Lots of little quirky melodies and vocals. The second tune Big Boss Big Time Business documents the singer’s time in the porn business. No, that’s made up. More pop funky beats and light lyrics. It’s interesting that she suffuses her tunes with strains of world music but the lightness of the tunes (mostly the vocal arrangements) is not appealing to me.
@@@ Nap Eyes: Thought Rock Fish Scales (Paradise of Bachelors, 2016) Some indie lounge rock off the CFUV weekly email. Yowsa, this singer sounds a ton like Lou Reed so when he does his thing over the indie lounge thing you can’t help but get Velvet Undergound flashbacks. This guy sings better than Lou Reed, I could never stand Lou Reed’s flatness. The second tune sports a slightly different slackness — rolling tempos, a mellow yellow dual guitar attack and Lou Reed’s son on the mic. It’s definitely all right, but I always have the same feeling after I have a sesame pancake at a Chinese restaurant. This is a tasty appetizer, when’s the meal cuz I’m ready for more. Slacker unite behind these guys they do it all right!
@@@ Blades of Steel: Kind Face (Blades of Steel, 2015). Self-confessed Canadian white man hip hop off the CFUV weekly email. They have rock sounding guitars on this first tune, OneTwoTwo. The beats aren’t as weak as Macklemore, and I like the bass. The second tune is synthier. I don’t love the lyrics, a little too preachy and self-improvementy.
YTD recordings listened to: 206
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 114
Not good music: 73
Honorable Mentions: 4
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, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb, Michael Daves