@@@ Cisco Adler: Don’t Kill My Buzz (Bananabeat Records, 2016). Frat boy slacker blues tune off the front page of Apple Music. This is the white folks’ version of ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ another tune I loathe. I’m sure Mr. Adler is a helluva guy but I would not hesitate to drop him into the lion cage at the Bronx zoo. I’m aware that would kill his buzz….and him! I’m sure he’s sending this tune out to all the Syrian refugees out there with there misery and death — Adler and his listeners don’t want to hear none of that. This is for the white rasta ganja/chronic dippers with heads full of resin.
@@@ Local Natives: Coins (Loma Vista/Concord, 2016) Also off the Apple Music front page and it’s sounding like it’s gonna be an adult alternative, feelings drenched half rocker with a piano! The singer has a bit of whoa ho to his voice and about two and one half minutes in the break gets epic with some peaking vocals and lots of background vocals. The vocal hook keeps asking how much is enough? And I’ve wondered the same during the course of this tune. This is for the bored cubicle dwellers looking for a shot of fresh air.
@@@ Anthony David: Beautiful Problem (Shanachie, 2016) A contemporary r&b single I got after seeing David’s new album on this week’s All Music weekly notable release email. It’s more dramatic than club leaning although it’s not bereft of club sounds. David layers an almost gospel over the top of the arrangement and he can sing. It’s a solid B as far as I’m concerned but check it out for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 687
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 385
Not good music: 253
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