@@@ Beware of Darkness: Are You Real? (Bright Antenna, 2016). Some power alternative with a few pubes of glam that I got to via the Apple Music editors’ playlists. Think Cheap Trick on absinthe. The singer is not macho, he’s more of a slightly nasally attitudinal which makes the guitar riffs more ironic than your classic FM guitar rock.
@@@ Dawes: We’re All Gonna Die (HUB, 2016). More rock! You know you want it you bitches. This is more earnest than the glammy business above. Now with an album title like ‘We’re All gonna die’ we’re not talking shots of tequila and blow with a bunch of hookers — it’s reminiscent of 1980’s Don Henley/Eagles New Age tinged rock. Let’s peep the title track. I wish it wasn’t so but I was not wrong in this instance — this is meaningful non-rock suburban soft cheese. I like the bass line but the singer is not my cup of tea. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I would rather listen to dogs fornicate but it’s not far from that. The third tune is called Roll with the Punches, and the fourth one is called Taking it to the Next Level, and the fifth one is called Thinking outside the Box!
@@@ Taking Back Sunday: Tidal Wave (Hopeless Records, 2016). Let’s continue with the rock as thus far it has been utterly transcending. This first tune is a mash of arena rock, a little Foo up in there, and a couple armpit hairs of punk fresh vibes. Let’s peep the title track. If Joey Ramone had a love baby with a South Boston sing-a-long punk you would have very close to this title track. This tune is called Don’t Look Back and I will surely take that advice after today’s rock listening session.
YTD recordings listened to: 749
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 422
Not good music: 280
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