9/6/16: Of Mice and Men, Alicia Keys, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes

@@@ Of Mice & Men: Cold World ( , 2016)  I’m not sure I’m bright enough to know what metalcore is — it seems like a lot of bands like to have the word ‘core’ in their music.  This first tune opens up proggy but I expect if it’s metalcore there’s a crush on the horizon.  The sound of the record is meticulous, not my favorite flavor of metal but I can deal.  The drum sound is powerful but I’m not super feeling the singer and I can use some more chaos.

@@@ Alicia Keys: Back to Life (RCA, 2016)  I really dug an Alicia Keys tune earlier in the year.  Better than Queen Bey.  Less about the drama and more about the music.  The tune morphs from a dramatic mostly piano/vox tune to a pop electro tune in the second half.  It’s all right.  It’s from a movie so those tunes tend to be worse than better.

@@@ Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes: Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes (Super Secret Records, 2016).  Off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.   Some post-rock/post-punk I got to via this week’s CFUV weekly playllist.  This first tune is a nice, choppy mess with a mad singer.  It’s not on the art school noise tip, it’s not metal, it’s not straight punk, it’s revved up punky stoner rock.  I like the singer, he’s a desperate dink.  I like the waves of guitar stank and these guys can play though they don’t seem super interested in highlighting it — it’s more about shoving a ball of guitar noise up yer ass. Imma swing back on this big fuzzy rock donut as it’s got some energy to it.

YTD recordings listened to: 708
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 398
Not good music: 260

Honorable Mentions: 12
Buys: 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, Keefe Jackson, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes

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