@@@ The Descendents: Hypercaffium/Spazzinate (Epitaph, 2016). I’ve dug the Descendents but I never went all in and thought the best of the best applied to them. They sport some classic punk energy in these first two songs. These are all short shots of classic pop punk energy and they start to pump it on the third tune On Paper. I peeped a little over half the record and I liked their ode to heart disease, No Fat Burger, the best of what I heard.
@@@ Zhu: Generationwhy (Columbia, 2016). The Apple Music blurb talks about high end electronic producers and while I think there are going to be some fat sounds here I fear a New Age smooth cheese fest. A fondue as you may. These first few tunes are a mash of nu r&b, some smooth jazz/fusion-y sounds, club sounds and a wee bit of dub delay spicing. I like it better when it stay in clubland though the vocals are a bit too top shelf for me. Slick and more than a bit detached.
@@@ Mothers: When You Walk a Long Distance You are Tired (Grand Jury, 2016). Some lonesome old school folk music (at least this first track) off the Apple Music new music section. This first tune (clipped below) has blossomed orchestrally and the back to just the uke and the female voice. Let’s peep more. This second tune opens up shoegaze indie guitar-ish so we may be looking at pu pu platter of sounds. I’ve done the requisite listening research and have determined it’s gonna be a downer indie record with some super slow burners that lean towards stripped folk.
YTD recordings listened to: 608
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 335
Not good music: 221
Honorable Mentions: 10
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