@@@ Good Charlotte: Youth Authority (MDDN, 2016). I clicked on this record to test some headphones as I experienced some breakage and I’m only blogging about it due to the somewhat stifling New Age lyrics in this first tune, Life Changes. Not only are the lyrics junior high school they come served with a generous helping of Bon Jovi whoa hos. Let’s peep one more life affirming nugget before heading onto less cheesy shores. This second tune is called Makeshift Love and the lyrics continue full speed down the stupid highway. It’s like he died tonight and the whole world is laughing, and it’s like I died tonight and nobody’s crying. Make a fucking decent record and I’ll cry for you. I implore the youth of America to not listen to this dreck.
@@@ Katy Perry: Rise (Capitol Records, 2016) Katy Perry has a new single out for the Olympics and it opens up horrible! The most interesting thing about Katy Perry is her ongoing cat fight with Twizzle Stick/Taylor Swift/Nazi Love Puppet. Oh Katy, who told you this song was a good idea? It is a club beat with a tad of skitter, but the vocals are so overwrought I feel like I’m in the elf kingdom in the Lord of the Rings. The big drum fills and the synth power chords aren’t helping much. Don’t be surprised, she will still rise! I think the most useful thing that can be done with this tune is to substitute it for the shot put at the Olympics because it is one heavy load of cheese. Chucking it may be fun, eating it will kill you! Ironically, if you ate all this cheese I don’t think you could rise. This tune is getting the full treatment at Apple Music and it totally doesn’t deserve it. We are blessed, I tell you blessed, to have the lyric version for your spiritual consumption. Enjoi!
@@@ Despised Icon: Beast (Nuclear Blast, 2016). Just a few songs are available on the Apple Music from this upcoming full length metal banger due out on 7/22. This first tune opens up with the dual vocalist attack, both pissed off throat shredders and they come with some rhythmic power chord splankage and a meaty kick drum to your dome. This song is all right, I find the hardcore singalong bits cool, let’s peep this second tune Bad Vibes as that’s what I’m majoring in this summer Friday. These guys are more shouters and in this tune they keep screaming ‘you give me bad vibes’. These first tunes lean much more towards hardcore with metal tinges and I find the last tune, Beast, the most interest of the three I heard. And it is clipped below.
@@@ Mt. Wolf: Hex (CRC, 2016). A carbonated electronic single that I got to via a music publicist email. I felt no antagonism towards this tune until the vocals which come in dreary and long tone-y and smeared. I like how the mix fills out and accelerates and overall the tune goes down smooth like an ice cream cone with bad vocal fudge.
YTD recordings listened to: 568
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 314
Not good music: 211
Honorable Mentions: 9
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