@@@ Once and Future Band: Brain EP (Mouth Magazine Records, 2014). A prog record off the Aquarius Records’ Prog Part VI list this week. The first tune (the title track) hear opens up mad 1970’s with strong Yes vibes with a schtickl of jazz fusion. The lyrics revolve around life and what you’re doing with it and looking at life through death’s eyes, a tad New Age-y, pseudo-psychological for me. The second and third tunes are more less proggy and more tuneful. Still centered in sounds of the ’70s like Paul McCartney but less nerded out.
@@@ Boris and Merzbow: The Lost Battle (Boris, 2016). An experimental rock single off the All Music weekly email. Thus far the tune sounds like an intro for a basketball team to come out for the pre-game spotlights and shoot around. I was promised sludge and doom and I ain’t getting it. Maybe there’s been some kind of mistake. Yes, there is, I have the wrong record!! There’s more than one Boris up in here. Not only that, there’s more than Boris that wrote a song called The Lost Battle! Fucking interbooz, I love it. This Boris & Merzbow record is 2 and one half hours long — oh there’s ya doom right there. I think I just soiled myself, get me a diaper! No, no bedpan yet. The guitar is buzzy but sounds computer modeled — maybe, maybe not. You better not have coffee before you sit down with this record because it’s crawling like a baby. Big guitar washes, gongs, slow slow slow. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t like it not because it’s slow but I don’t like these guitar tones and all the sludge and doom is guitar based.
@@@ Jaheim: Struggle Love (Julie’s Dream/BMG, 2016). You gotsta balance out yer white folks prog and Japanese pseudo-doom/sludge with some black music. I’m not a big fan of the space age gospel r&b but the vocal arrangements here are pretty impressive. I wish I liked the tracks more. He’s a loverboy, occasionally explicit, and if you’re into the vocal arrangements you’ll dig it.
YTD recordings listened to: 270
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 149
Not good music: 100
Honorable Mentions: 5
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