@@@ Rotting Christ: Ze Nigmar (Seasons of Mist, 2016) I have to make a concerted effort to get out of my email for bands as SXSW is coming up and you can’t take a shit without happening upon an indie band that’s headed down to Texas for tacos and indie. I check out the A-list Metal playlist when I need a rest from the twee. This song is far down the list as I’ve been rocking the list pretty hard. These guys sport a mostly hard rock sound with heavy metal drums but with a gloomy and super serious Viking singer. I don’t think he’s working in English, but that’s okay, I’m not Donald Trump about to deport all the non-Americans. Shame on you Donald you orange idiot. A wall of guitars that focus on a short grinding guitar riff that propels pushes the tune along at a mid tempo monster walk. The singer has risen from the muck and he’s wailing now. Nice. I’m not sure I need to hear more of Rotting Christ.
@@@ All Dogs: Kicking Every Day (Salinas, 2015). Some retro ’90s guitar pop punk I got to via a music publicist email. Melodic female vocals that are not Breeders humorous and not too mopey. Big wall of guitars, not all revved up and Foo-ey, no Sonic Youth messiness either. The third goes pretty hard left towards R.E.M. so they’re like tons of American guitar indie bands that come down the pike but the singer sets them apart a bit.
@@@ Pete Yorn: Arranging Time (Capitol, 2016). Yorn is a critic’s darling and this is an exclusive at Apple Music and up on the front page. I like the first tune ‘Summer Was a Day’ with a minimal but interesting bass line. The song morphs from a downer into a ’70s rock epic slow jam in the chorus and then back to the verse which I dig more. The second tune, Lost Weekend looks like it’s gonna be purdy and big time mopey. He’s really biting the Joseph Arthur vibe and I think Joseph Arthur does it in a more compelling way. Double peep and compare.
@@@ Des Barkus: 1916 (Warner Chappell, 2016). A single by an ‘experimental’ artist that I got to via the indie music blog Indiepulse. I have a bit of a pet peeve with mainstream folks labelling themselves as experimental when they aren’t. This guys is a pretty mainstream laid-back rock dude with orchestral leanings. Piano, strings, a horn and a militaresque snare drum in a song about World War I.
YTD recordings listened to: 233
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 128
Not good music: 81
Honorable Mentions: 5
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, Los Hacheros