@@@ Angry Angles: Self-titled (Goner, 2016). A mash of the Ramones, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Devo and the Strokes after they’ve been to the gym. Pretty boy motherfuckers. I don’t think we will hear a whiter drummer than this guy in all of 2016. The guitars are buzzier and not so corporately slick (good) and the the singer is a bit of dramatical yelper. Both male and female singer here. I’m on the third tune and the catchiness of the tunes is dropping with each tune. Let me peep one more. Ah, it looks like they put their best foot forward with that first tune. I see from the GooglePimpTube that this is a ‘retrospective’ record of tracks of Jay ‘Reatard’ Lindsey (who I vaguely remember) and some other person.
@@@ Zo!: SkyBreak (Foreign Exchange, 2016). A lovechild of Aquarius r&b album I got to via the All Music weekly notable release email. At least the first tune — piano, female singer, lot of little cymbal touches and a lot of lyrics about love. This record is the brainchild of this produce named Zo and he’s got a guest singer on each track so the vibe looks set to bounce around. This second tune is an early ’80s late disco/funk tune. Synth washes, medium funky synth bass and not a guitar or bass in sight. Oh, I forgot the funky plink in the chorus. Very serious Stevie Wonder vibes on this third tune with a female singer, Musinah. Myself I like my funk dirtier but that’s just me. This is much better than the new Meghan Trainor record which is pretty awful.
@@@ Youth Decay: The Party’s Over (New Damage, 2016). Super pumped power pop punk off this week’s CFUV weekly email. I thought with a name like Youth Decay this would be more on the hardcore tip, but this is pretty much full on SoCal singalong shopping mall punk. Get your skateboard and yer Red Bull cuz you’re gonna need it or fans of this are gonna make fun of you and shit. I dig the drummer here, he’s got skills — the guitar player needs a hit of acid or two to loosen him up.
YTD recordings listened to: 458
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 255
Not good music: 169
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, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks