@@@ Fleur East: Sax (Simco, 2016). You know it’s summertime when the already low IQ music business really fires up the stupid machine. This is a throwback disco tune with some serious bounce, but the lyrics were either written by a drunken dog or a Wall Street banker. Speaking of which this is the kind of tune a bald, Wall Street fuck would blast in his convertible on the weekends when he’s going to the country club, remembering a thime when he wasn’t quite as big an asshole as he’s blossomed into. Or maybe Gov. Chris Christie plays this tune when he bangs his poor wife. Oh I can’t believe she allows his evil penis inside her body. Leave him girl, you can do better than chunky Stalin!!!! Okay well, I’ve made my point, this is funk for losers, that’s the read from here. Wow, 31 million views for this disco biscuit, shocking.
@@@ Lacuna Coil: Delirium (Century Media, 2016) Italian metal off this week’s All Music notable release email. I guess it would be racist or offensive to call Italian metal Spaghetti Metal, but I dig the rhyme. This first tune is doing that LInkin Park thing where it’s rough in the verse and it soars in the chorus. The production is pretty mainstream, and there are some synths in the back of the mix. Let’s peep another track. This is kinda rough metal and also a tad too pretty with hints of opera. When the female singer sings it gets really mainstream and hard rock-y and then the dude gets all rough and shit. Not my cup of pasta!
@@@ Erin Tobey: Middlemaze (Let’s Pretend Records, 2016). A mash of punk and folk that I got to via a music publicist email. The bass sound is really punky and thumpy and that’s about the extent of what I hear as punk. It’s punk slack but slack works in folk too so I guess that’s where the twains meet and whatnot. Tobey has a pleasant, thin voice, and I mean thin as in waif-y, not thin as in poor people’s soup. Let’s peep on. Ah, here we go in the second tune with the punk guitars and the retro ’90s sound. Girl power people! The third tune gets into a funky white people place so that punches my ticket outta here. Excellent work on the bass sounds here. I like my punk more dirty bathroom than this, but that’s just me.
@@@ Misha Tsiganov: Spring Feelings (Criss Cross, 2016). A straight jazz record I got to via the London Jazz blog. Instrumentation is sax, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums. The mix is nice if a bit polished with the drums high and the bass is a tad low. These are all medium length pieces in the 6-9 minute range with plenty of time for lengthy but not ridiculous solos. The playing is energetic and constrained at the same time.
YTD recordings listened to: 472
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 263
Not good music: 175
Honorable Mentions: 9
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, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks