@@@ Blind Pilot: And Then Like Lions (ATO, 2016) Off the Apple Music front page. This is meaningful rock, at least the first tune is. After a mellow first third it opens up into an emotional section with some plings, vibes, strummed acoustic, a lot of vocals and a shaker. A shaker can often be a signal for a NPR serious rock band. I predict this second tune, Joik #3, is where the cheese will slide in as they’re right on the line. But they don’t go full cheese just a medium serving of heartfelt cheddar. There’s just a tad too much melancholy beauty here — it feels one dimensional to me.
@@@ Hibria: Silent Revenge (AFM, 2013). I saw in an email that this Brazilian power meta band’s 20th anniversary tour has been postponed. I thought I’m up for some Brazilian power metal, let’s peep that shit. Thus far I’m really feeling the drummer and the guitarist and the singer not as much. He’s got that old school Scorpions epic thing going. I’m four tunes in and my opinion has not changed.
@@@ D.R.A.M.: Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty) (Epic/Empire, 2016) A hip hop single off the Apple Music hip hop page. He’s got medium obscene lyrics over a very playful arrangement. Imma have to search the urban dictionary for broccoli cuz it’s not just a vegetable. Yes, another word for the weed/ganja/chronic/herb/Mary Jane. This is a tune about smoking weed, hittin’ the ladies and spending money. 46 million hits on the GooglePimp, people are feeling this track!
@@@ Goon: Scab (Not sure, 2016). A downer, alt-indie tune I got to via a music publicist. The marketing has these guys compared to an Pixies track but I don’t get that at all, I hear more of smacked out Nirvana ballad but without desperation of Cobain’s voice. Also the extensive background harmonies lift it out of the punk slot and put it more of the noisy indie section. It’s aight.
YTD recordings listened to: 662
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 370
Not good music: 241
Honorable Mentions: 12
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Unfun