@@@ Ross Hammond & Sameer Gupta: Upward (Big Weezus Music, 2016) I saw this record name checked by Ted Gioia in a twat on the Twatter. It is a 12 string guitar and Indian tabla record. It’s very pretty and I would call it a world music hippie record with threads of folk, acoustic blues, and a bit of improvisation. Mellow, laid-back and purdy.
@@@ The Drones: Feeling Kind of Free (Tropical Fuck Storm Records, 2016). Some garage punk off the All Music weekly email. I find garage punk to be one of the most abused music sub genre labels going. To me garage punk is a lot of energy and an assload of dirt. Often times it’s a posed for slightly dirty indie bands. This isn’t really sounding like garage punk to me and folks know how much I love a lie. There’s plenty of squall in the guitar but the tempos are middling. This is more sorta indie rock with a slightly confrontational attitude. I don’t want to get all punk rock and shit but stir it up you wussy fucks, you sound more concerned with your haircut than your rage.
@@@ Baauer: Temple (Lucky Me, 2016). I love checking out the Apple Music best of the week because I never find anything that I think is the best of the week. Either Imma a freak or you folks are being fed a steady diet of shit!!! It’s probably some a da bofadat. This track features M.I.A. who is good at being inflammatory and less good at music. The fat jeep bass with the stick percussion is super flavorful, but the lyrics are what’s the word/words? Stupid, cliche, ridiculous, infantilizing. Decent lyrics would put this nugget on my best of the week list.
@@@ Sremm Life Crew: Doggin’ (Stremm Life Crew, 2016) The second best tune off the Apple music best of the week. Lots of bitches and hos in the lyrics here. Apparently this MC doesn’t fall in love with whores. Outstanding bass, average beats, and mostly hateful shit. There’s a real nice rhythmic shuffle at the end of the tune but fuck these bitches, I don’t listen to shit like this.
YTD recordings listened to: 274
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 151
Not good music: 102
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 Parker, Divanhana, Troum, Unrestrained, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb, Los Hacheros, Cruciamentum