@@@ The Devil Makes Three: Redemption & Ruin (New West, 2016). Some more roots music off the Apple Music new music section. The opener leans more towards a string band but they have an electric guitar and the tune is plenty uptempo. The second tune is a pro-weed anthem so it’s gonna be huge and shit cuz America loves its trees. That’s all about that can be agreed upon. Imma have to swing back on this record as it’s strong out of the gate.
@@@ Daya: Sit Still, Look Pretty (ArtBeatz, 2016). A neo feminist electro single off the Apple Music front page. I’m not sure what to say about this tune — the lyrics are positive but the tune feels clunky and while this electro is no worse than other electro it comes off as clunky because there’s no art to it. If you feel empowered by this track, good on ya, but it’s not working for me.
@@@ Parker Milsap: The Very Last Day (Okrahoma, 2016) Some rambunctious down home alt country that I got to from the upcoming Apple Music festival section of Apple Music. This first tune is a solid opener with a rock vibe, some nice fiddling and good vocals. Let’s peep more. Milsap’s voice is more on the smooth side than the gruff down and out country bum which makes him much more mainstream ready. This second tune is poppier than the opener. This is definitely music for shiny happy people with jobs and I have nothing against those people. But it’s a bit too purdy to work with the vibes he’s aspiring to.
YTD recordings listened to: 746
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 421
Not good music: 278
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, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes