@@@ iLoveMemphis: The Turn Up Kid EP (Not sure, 2016). Some fairly bilious electro pop hop off the Apple Music front page. This record is getting a medium heavy push it’s been up on that valuable cyber real estate for more than a couple of days. Mr. Memphis’ strained flow on the mic contrasts poorly with the sweetness of the arrangements. This first tune about social networking was probably underwritten by the Facebook. I think I heard this second tune Milly Rock Party a couple bits ago as an advanced preview track, it’s pretty awful. Cash money y’all. Woof.
@@@ Ihsahn: Pressure (Candlelight Records, 2016). A heavy music single off the Apple Music heavy metal page. It’s pretty mainstream hard rock until the orc comes with the howl. Ooh, and now a synth. Stinky diaper time. There are bands where the singer goes from that scrowl in the verse to singing in the verse. I’m not finding much positive here to hear so I be movin’ on. For fans of big long guitar riffs.
@@@ ANOHNI: Drone Bomb Me (Secretly Canadian, 2016). A single off a May full length. Regular readers know I’m more than a tad obsessed with drones so I had to hear a song called Drone Bomb Me. I believe this singer is Antony from Antony and the Johnsons and as usual I find his voice to be odd and strangely compelling. He’s turned the drone murder to a metaphor for love and he wants his crystal guts exploded over an indie electronic arrangement that I find less engaging than his voice. Some okay beats and a relatively lackluster synthesizer sound salad.
@@@ Sheer Agony: Masterpiece (Couple Skate, 2015). Some quirky and mostly bubbly indie rock pop that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email. The tunes thus far have had some nice guitar playing and there’s an emphasis on the lyrics rather than the pose or the hook. Reminds me of mellow Kinks music and the band The Coral. A very bright mix so keep it low for your earholes.
YTD recordings listened to: 282
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 155
Not good music: 107
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