5/18/16: Twin Peaks, Boosie Badazz, Dylan LeBlanc, Djustin,

@@@ Twin Peaks: Down to Heaven (Grand Jury, 2016).  Another egregious example of the label garage punk from All Music notable release email.  This is the sort of quirky mainstream rock that used to be more widespread at the major label level but is now to be found sprinkled among various indie imprints.  There’s definitely a tad of glam in this first tune, but also a horn and a piano.  Garage punk, I think not!  I would say T. Rex is the best reference for this first tune.  This second tune is a slack Velvet Underground affair with some pretty high end guitar work.  The third tune, My Boys, is a Kinks style rocker with slight rockabilly influences.  It’s pretty hard to breath life into classic rock song forms that have been beaten on a rock for a long ass time but these guys do some excellent work with these tunes.  Imma gonna swing back on this record but this could be a great record for cubicle dwellers out there.

@@@ Boosie Badazz: Kill the Beef (Lil Boosie, 2016).  Some gangsta hip hop off the Apple Music front page.  The MC in the first tune is hard and aggravated in the way orc-ish heavy metal singers.  The arrangement is pretty sparse with a wide bass pulse, some skittery beats, and an arpeggiated synth.  The second tune, Army, brings an even fatter bass.  Be forewarned soft white folks, this is some deep ghetto subculture, some hatefulness towards women (not constant), threats, but thus far no gunplay or mention of the gun trade.  Ooh, there’s the guns right there.  They did a great job on the bass, the beats are all right, and you gotta be in the mood for these MCs.

@@@ Dylan LeBlanc: Cautionary Tale (Single Lock, 2016).  Some American soft rock off the Apple Music A-List American page.  LeBlanc sports a lonesome voice but he’s backed by a pretty soft drummer that lends the soft FM vibe to the track.  The second tune features a more melodic vocal line, a tambourine, and some slide guitar.  The third tunne (clipped below) is the best of what I heard by a country mile.  Really stripped down acoustic guitar, a straigh beat, and a very Neil Young vibe.

@@@ Djustin: Headless (Labrador, 2016).  Switching gears more than a little bit, here’s a synth pop rock with big dollops of dreamy vocals.  It’s a cornucopia of synth action with a half chainsaw patch and a more luxurious one on top of that.  Once the tune hits its groove it kinda stays there, no big shifts in the chorus, no explosive outro, just a synth jam yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 441
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 245
Not good music: 162

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 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, Al Scorch, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks

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