6/16/16: Phantogram, Diarrhea Planet!

@@@ Phantogram: You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (Republic, 2016).  I don’t know why I’m listening to this tune.  What can you expect from a tune called You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.  It is an interesting mash of half funky rock beats, synth rock, a little disco horn action and some electronic music elements including some eq sweeps and ice queen vocal moments.  Sounds aside the hook is pretty B-.  She used to take one, now it takes four.  Puh-lease with the high school stupid.

@@@ Diarrhea Planet: Turn to Gold (Infinity Cat, 2016).  Now if checking out a tune You Don’t Get Me High Anymore how can you not check out a band called Diarrhea Planet.  Not only that but All Music is calling it a slacker rock masterpiece.  This first tune is really slack, sleepytime slack, a couple of big guitar riffs over a rolling snare.  Let’s skip ahead as right now I’m hearing more diarrhea than masterpiece.  Oh wait, they’re going epic, sort of David Bowie has a love child with Cheap Trick while Wilco watches.  There’s more than a couple of teaspoons of Meatloaf floating around these arrangements.  This second tune features a singer and he’s all right.  Not too slack at all.  Basically these guys are a mainstream rock band but they get into these proggy shredding guitars.  I’m feeling a bit Weezer-y on this third tune so I think these guys are going to be flashing a lot of rock sub-genre sounds.  It’s pretty good.  I’m not shitting my pants (or filling them with diarrhea!) but I’m grateful to be able to discuss and talk about diarrhea extensively.  I would also check out a record called to Turn to Diarrhea by Gold Planet.

YTD recordings listened to: 509
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 282
Not good music: 189

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 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, Djelimady Tounkara, Xenia Rubinos, Eli Paperboy Reed


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