8/15/16: Justin Moore, Atmosphere, Bon Iver, Michael Kiwanuka

@@@ Justin Moore: Kinda Don’t Care (Big Machine, 2016).  A new country shiny biscuit off the Apple Music new music section.  This is on the big Machine imprint which is home to Tizzie Stick/Taylor Swift.  This first tune is upbeat rebel rock ‘n roll about robbing trains.  Oy!  Oh shit, this second tune Put Me in a Box is a power ballad drowning in cheese sauce.  Big guitar washes, cliche lyrics, handclaps and even a synth figure.  The guitar solo is tremendous, somebody hit me with an Oxycontin to chill me out as I’m shitting my pants with excitement.

@@@ Atmosphere: Fishing Blues (Rhymesayers, 2016).  Some retro hip hop off the Apple Music new music section.  I like the beat and the background vocal that drives the arrangement.  I’m Duck Ducking this outfit as I think they sound like white people and although I realize we live in a post-racial society I’d like to confirm this.  This second tune Ringo goes a little in the frat boy direction which is fine but it’s not really my taste.  And it’s white boys.  If you like Beck’s hip hop style this is a variant on that.

@@@ Bon Iver: 10deathbreast ( , 2016)  Indie folk darling Bon Iver is back and he’s gone electro on this single I got to via Apple Music Best of the week.  Yikers!  I don’t know what to make of this slightly aggro Radiohead beat and the autotuned loverboy vocals.  I think Mr. Iver is looking to chart a new direction.  Be prepared if you’ve been a hardcore Bon Iver fan.

@@@ Michael Kiwanuka: Black Man in White World (RCA, 2016).  A mainstream hip hop single off the The Get Down soundtrack.  I haven’t seen the series but I’ve read it’s kinda a throwback tv show so the music appears to echo and affirm that.  The beat is kinda weak and old school, I hate strings in hip hop songs but the MC is all right though his lyrics seem to be aimed at all the white people watching the show.  #ironic

YTD recordings listened to: 650
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 361
Not good music: 237

Honorable Mentions: 12
Buys: 11

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, 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, Changui Majadero, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante, Keefe Jackson

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