@@@ The Body: No One Deserves Happiness (Thrill Jockey, 2016) A genre bending electronica/heavy music mash that I got to via this week’s Aquarius weekly email. This first tune Wanderings is opening up angelic, spare, and electronic. And then the big guitar crush! The third tune, For You, descends into a curtain of noise/static over a pushed back drum beat, it’s really quite a chalkboard/fingernails typathing that works to undo the prettiness of the elf queen female vocals. I give this a solid B.
@@@ Magic Circle: Journey Blind (20 Buck Spin, 2015). A heavy music record of my weekly heavy metal newsletter. I’ thinking with a name like Magic Circle we might see a little prog up in this record, but that’s just a guess. Once the first tune gets cooking I hear more riffy stoner music than prog. After an extended jam intro we get into some epic throwback classic metal with an operatic singer. I like the drum sound and some of the guitar playing but I can’t really deal with this singer, it’s not my style.
YTD recordings listened to: 293
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 162
Not good music: 111
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, Cruciamentum