@@@ Beartooth: Aggressive (Red Bull, 2016). I think the criteria for all bands releasing music on the Red Bull label is to sound like they’ve just had a shit ton of Red Bull. This is more metallic than Linkin Park but it still sports a pretty boy/art school vibe. Big guitars, bad vocal arrangements semi metal drums. There are three tunes from an upcoming full length so let’s check out this second tune, Loser before I take a break and get a Red Bull. This tune is very Red Bull-y, uptempo and with a vein popping singer who should maybe lay off the Red Bull. Okay, that’s it for the Red Bull jokes, if you like this style of power punk/metal check out Stanford Prison Experiment’s 1998 record, Wrecreation.
@@@ Sulfur City: Talking Louds (Alivenaturalsound, 2016). I got me a music publicist email with a private playlist regarding this record that’s dropping at the end of this month because I’m much cooler than the readers of this blog who I respect but who really aren’t as cool as me. Plus I have a GoogleTube crumb for you coach riding peasants. It’s not the full white trash punk blues thing Alivenaturalsound usually traffics in. There’s some of that but it’s not full on trailer park. These guys are maybe putting a few tablespoons of purple drank into their Red Bull. This second tune War Going On is a late ’60 hippie blues jam with more firmness but still a pumping organ in the background. This third tune further deepens the ’60s vibe with some tasty guitar playing. I like the female singer but I wanted more fire out of her.
@@@ Oddisee: The Odd Tape (Mello Music Group, 2016). Hip hop off the All Music hip hop page. Or shall I say part hippie hop because Oddisee is chill. There is also a whole lotta fusion juice in this first tune, Alarmed. This record is a collection of instrumentals with varied instrumentation, I really dig the drum sounds and I would peg this music more for the red wine enthusiasts than the deep weed heads.
@@@ Chance the Rapper: No Problem ( , 2016). The first track on the A-list off Apple Music. Chance has problems with his label and he warns that you don’t want no problem with him or there will be some dread head n-words in the lobby. The arrangement is kind of a mess with a ton of vocal chants, most of them children. Some guest raps from Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. One of the rappers drop a couple of lines about catching a buzz after dropping a few Percocets and after what happened with Prince (and before Prince) that shit is not right. Solid C- on this almost biscuit.
YTD recordings listened to: 425
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 237
Not good music: 157
Honorable Mentions: 8
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, 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, 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, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern