@@@ The Felice Brothers: Life in the Dark (Yep Roc, 2016). There are two songs up on the Apple Music from this upcoming full length due out June 24. I got to this record via the Salon so the records is coming out and their publicist has a feature for them in the Salon. That’s how it works people. The singer has mad Dylan twang, they got a little zydeco vibe going on this tune Aerosol Ball, and they’re showing their upstate New York smart aleck redneck flag. Nice old school sidewalk/toy kit drumset sound, an accordion, and other roots music sauce to go with mostly hipster lyrics. This second tune Plunder retains the same Dylan twang, half nonsense lyrics, and a more rocking electric guitar sound. It’s all right and it makes me want a craft brew beer for sure.
@@@ Palmistry: Pagan (Mixpak, 2016). I peeped this record off the front page of Apple Music because it’s blurbed as a soft version of dancehall reggae. I hear that but to be honest this first tune leans more towards a club ballad more than it does dancehall. It’s like a big inflatable Drake tune stuffed with cotton candy and worms. Let’s peep another pad of butter here. Oh boy the formula continues. The singer has no muscle tone whatsoever, he almost sounds like a cartoon character. They keep working very diluted dancehall rhythms. It’s a good concept but this is kinda tragic dancehall car accident. Oh how the singer does annoy, but peep it if it sounds good to you.
@@@ Gojira: Magma (Roadrunner, 2016) Some pretty mainstream metal I got to via the metal page on Apple Music. I’m out of town and riding around for about the next ten days so access to the intertoobz is sporadic and I don’t have time to dig for new music. The shovel will be back in action soon. This first tune is a wee grungy and a wee Jane’s Addiction-y. Mostly metal sounding drums with a thick slab of beef kick drum sound, a crunchy bass sound. Wow, 2 million views for the tune below, that doesn’t seem right or I don’t know anything about music. Let’s skip to the second tune which is a bit of a pusher — there’s some nice guitar work going on here and a generally more interesting arrangement than in the opener. The singer is pretty mannered and understandable for a metal dude. He sings and does some pissed work but no caveman, he’s a gent by comparison. I just caught the line when you change yourself you change the world. Huh, what to make of that?
YTD recordings listened to: 517
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 287
Not good music: 192
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, Djelimady Tounkara, Xenia Rubinos, Eli Paperboy Reed