7/21/16: Ashly Monroe, Christian Lopez Band, Milk Carton Kids, Margo Price

@@@ Ashley Monroe: Winning Streak (Warner Bros , 2016)  I’m peeping the Apple American playlist email and after the first three top slots that I’ve heard already I found Ms. Monroe.  It’s pretty old school country, no Bon Jovi background vocals and it’s got a very tasty piano hook and the piano player is more than just the hooks as the track unfolds.    I’ve decided to click through and be more than a little playlist ho and I like the tune on the playlist more.  This one has more rock flavorings and does not feature the same stripped down production.  I like her all right, but I like the band more.

@@@ Christian Lopez Band: Will I See You Again (Blaster, 2015).  Lopez has that kind of voice that record labels spring a boner for.  Open and warm and engaging, as in the opposite of Bob Dylan.  However Bobby Zimmerman holds the power of the pen and Mr. Lopez traffics in more ordinary sentiments.  There’s a nice organ swell in this tune and the band gets a little ’70s soft roots rock going which is all right.

@@@ The Milk Carton Kids: Wish You Were Here (Anti-, 2015)  A Pink Floyd cover from a band I’ve heard of but have never peeped.  Also off the Apple Music editor lists.  This version is more lonesome and prettier than the stoned, space rock ’70s Floyd business.  They’re evociking some pretty strong Crosby, Stills, and Nash vibes with the stack of vocals.  I like this!

@@@ Margo Price: Desperate and Depressed (Warner, 2015) It’s full on Americana and what better way to commemorate the Republican (and Democratic) conventions than with this tune, Desperate and Depressed.  The giant cheese doodle vs. the Lying Pantsuit.  She opens up the tune old school hillbilly which I dig.  Oh man, what a rarity to have tunes that are not all cheesed out just singing and playing, a well aimed break from the bullshit.  She’s got a little Janis Joplin thread to her voice.  Not the boozed up broken Janis, but the lonesomeness.  My Apple Musice is busted to fuck so I’m streaming this off the Googletube but I will definitely check out more from Ms. Price.

YTD recordings listened to: 584
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 320
Not good music: 215

Honorable Mentions: 10
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, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Margo Price


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