@@@ Weezer: I Love the USA (Crush/Weezer, 2016). How can you not listen to this song off the Apple Music front page? Oh my, this is starting out horrible with piano, then arpeggiated synth, then ridiculous vocal effects. I guess Weezer would totally love Weezer because where else could such a horrible song make it to the front page of a music streaming website. I want to say something nice about this song — this would be a great song for CIA interrogators to in torture chambers? I’m really stretching. Well, I hope they got paid as that appears to be the goal.
@@@ Mala: Mirrors (Brownswood, 2016). Some dubstep off this week’s All Music weekly newsletter. This first tune has a bit of an African thread to it but synthed out and ‘modern’ as well. Ah, the beat is firming up and I like it more. It’s a nice sparse arrangement with some solid sound design elements. Let’s peep more. This second tune Dedication 365 is darker and more sci-fi with a nice hand drum loop and synth waves. I’m checking out the third tune and while I appreciate the world music influences I could use some non-synth sounds. That’s just me, your mileage may vary.
@@@ The Oh Sees: Live in San Francisco (Castleface, 2016). A live garage punk record off this week’s All Music notable release email. Regular readers know of my peeve that the garage punk label is milked by many o’ non-garage punk bands, however the first tune off this live record sounds blasting and garage punky. Now that I don’t have to issue a ringing Stalinist denunciation let’s peep more. The second tune continues the manic tempo, the raw guitar sounds and other raw sounds. I’m on the third tune and it’s just as relentless as the first two. I love the true garage punk and I will circle back on this record when I get more time. Check these guys (and maybe gals) out.
@@@ Blood Orange: Best to You (Domino, 2016). The #1 song on Apple Music’s best of the week and it’s chocked full of vocal harmonies and panting. And here’s the New Age electro beat with a sweet vibraphone like arpeggio. Set sail in a gingerbread ship on a sea of chocolate pudding where the crests of the waves are marshmallow and you can just reach down and get handful of marshmallow and chocolate. And eat it! And everyone is just a wee bit melancholic or medicated.
YTD recordings listened to: 541
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 301
Not good music: 201
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, Miramar, The Oh Sees