@@@ Black Eyed Peas: #WHERESTHELOVE (interscope, 2016) A super dramatical plea for peace off the front page of Apple Music. I went to get a GooglePimp video for your earholes and see they did a song with a slightly different title than this about 7 years ago. Maybe it’s a sequel! This tune follows the Beyonce formula where the politics are loaded into the visuals and the lyrics less so. It’s a very complicated to separate these two aspects of the package. It’s interesting to see pictures of bombed out cities in Syria and mothers of black men that have been murdered by the police and then have some really cliche lyrics wash over you at the same time. #confusing.
This one of those Apple Music exclusives people be hating on hard.
@@@ De La Soul: and the Anonymous Nobody (A.O.I., 2016). The product of a successful crowdsourcing campaign and I saw some serious words of praise for this record on Slate this week. After an intro spoke word piece they get into the tune Royalty Capes which is just the right kind of funky. Man what sophisticated arrangement. The third tune (featuring Snoop Dogg) is a bit more Cali flavored. Snoop has not made an appearance, ooh there he is and the tune maintains. Imma check one more tune and thus far the sounds on this record is more than solid. Whoever made the beats and sounds on this record deserves an award and De La Soul well, they got skills. This is one of those records I really want to support because of the story of how it came to be outside of the major label system but thus far I really dig these tunes.
@@@ Grouplove: Big Mess (Atlantic, 2016). Mainstream electro pop with touches of indie off the Apple Music new music section. Then it segues into a big cheese rock/guitar driven chorus. The main vocal in the verse is ‘we’re back in business, you’re such a big mess, and I love you.’ Right on. Let’s peep this second tune, oh fuck they bit a Nirvana chord progression — they bit it hard. I’m sorry but this is complete nonsense and shit for stupid American kids. You gotta know when to call a garbage can a garbage can.
YTD recordings listened to: 699
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 392
Not good music: 258
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, De La Soul