@@@ Against Me!: Shape Shift With Me (Total Treble, 2016). Shout along punk off this week’s All Music notable release email. A tad grittier than your NOFX/Orange county punk but not a distant cousin. The second tune has a Social Distortion-lite vibe to it so this might be a punk pu pu platter. The record is getting poppier as it winds on and I think Imma gonna check something out. Hooky pop punk, updated Cheap Trick and shit.
@@@ Die Antwoord: Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid (Zef Records, 2016). An indie hip hop record also off this week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune has some gangsta elements and joke-y elements as well. This third tune has been scraped from the giant EDM buttcrack in the sky and I hate it. This is the kind of shit little fucked up Hollywood rich kids would groove on. I’m not the hugest fan of gangsta rap but I would much rather peep that than this bullshit.
@@@ Keaton Henson: Kindly Now (Oak Town/PIAS, 2016) Blurbed as alternative songwriter music I dig the chopped/looped flavor of the opener. Over the looped fragments some swells get sauced over the top and it’s pretty all right. The second tune opens up solo piano and voice. I kinda spaced out and this record went down the slow dramatical piano and voice road. With some additional sounds added but in general I got a bit disconnected. Henson has a great voice but I felt it dragged a bit.
YTD recordings listened to: 738
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 417
Not good music: 274
Honorable Mentions: 12
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