@@@ M. Ward: More Rain (Merge, 2016). Ward’s 8th record. I dug some of the earlier ones but the last couple he’s kinda smoothed out and hollowed himself out for the masses. I dub him the Jimmy Buffett of indie rock. Mellow sounds, a background drone, and his voice breezy like a mocha latte on a spring day. I’m reading NY Times’ music critic Ben Ratliff’s new book on music listening and inspired by his pretentious boredom I would say there’s such a thing as too soft and too pretty. This third tune, Time Won’t Wait, is proof of my theory and Ward is definitely getting into FM soft rock/Wilco territory. Boo hiss.
@@@ 061180: The Dream of a God. A dark ambient record inspired by a series of murders in 1973 in Alabama. The record cover features the profile of a man stabbing a woman but thus far the first track has been a lot of tectonic monster rumbles, an abstract version of rain and some metallic splashes. I like the area this musician is working in but it’s a little too slow for me. I need more layers of slow but I respect the lack of cheese here.
@@@ The Struts: Everybody Wants (Interscope, 2016). Some Brit rock that I saw a music biz blog-moister jism-ing his trousers over these guys. If Queen and Guns ‘N Roses had a gay love baby it would sound a lot like these guys. The singer is quite theatrical and I’m using that word literally not as a euphemism for gay. I don’t care what he does with his junk. The second tune sports handclaps, awful lyrics and big arena production and whoa dos. Oh, this stinks, this is a real musical fart in an elevator. I have clipped this cheese biscuit below for your listening pleasure. Go listen to Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s not my favorite but those guys could play. This third tune has more than a few Oasis pubes and that’s pretty much it for me.
YTD recordings listened to: 221
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 123
Not good music: 78
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, Los Hacheros