@@@ Jay Arner: Jay II (Mint Records, 2016). Oh my somebody loves the ’70s Dreamweaver rock and has studied how to recreate it. Super pillowy vocals, dreamy arrangements, and probably a big bag of cheap weed. Let’s see if he goes full monty ’70s and peep more. He speeds it up a bit on this second tune so the answer is no and the third tune is an ’80s synth bouncer. I miss that first tune now but if you like these flavors Arner will hook you up big time. I got to this via the CFUV weekly playlist email.
@@@ Moths & Locusts: Helios Rising (Moths & Locusts, 2016). A hard psych record I got to from the loud section of the CFUV weekly email. Somebody dribbled some speed onto their sheet of acid and they’re on edge. They also have a little bit of a Sonic Youth flow but not the annoying ‘I can’t sing part’ but rather the noisy punk component. My iTunes shit the bed, oh wait here she comes with a cloud of guitar screech and wail to open up this second tune. These guys are all right they got some muscle going with their psych tendencies. Let’s peep another fiery biscuit. In this third tune, Troubled, they have a bit of a Jane’s Addiction art school heaviness going on. They have now exited that flavor and have moved back into unleashing the storm of noisy guitars. Psych fans should peep these guys.
@@@ Red Hot Gospel: RHG (Red Hot Gospel, 2016). Some punky, mostly in your face, glammy power rock that I got to via the CFUV weekly email. The songs are short, the singer is much more of an entertainer than a dissatisfied pissed punk and the guitar playing and song arrangements and sounds are more mainstream than underground metal or hardcore. But certainly rougher than the Strokes.
@@@ Kaleo: A/B (Elektra, 2016). I read the music wiz windbag Bob Lefsetz and he had a post about this band and I thought I would throw it a peep. The Apple Music blurb says it’s ‘thundering blues rock and cinematic folk.’ I’m on the third tune and I haven’t heard not a whit of cinematic folk and I now believe the cinematic folk to be a bit of a marketing nugget designed to make the record appear more sophisticated than it is. The production is groomed and polished, but sadly it’s a mainstream rock record with a few pubes of the blues put in. If I were to guess these fine young gents from Iceland are not listening to Robert Johnson and Howling Wolf but more likely Eric Clapton and Bad Company, which isn’t bad per se, but it’s not the blues that I enjoy.
YTD recordings listened to: 623
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 341
Not good music: 225
Honorable Mentions: 11
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, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Margo Price, Changui Majadero, Seratones, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante