@@@ case/lang/veirs: case/lang/veirs (anti-, 2016). an all female folk rock supergroup off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. The vocal harmonies dominate in this opening track as one would expect. The second tune Honey And Smoke is a K.D. Lang led tune — a love song with a peppy drum beat and classic cute background vocals. The third tune is back towards the folk rock from the pop rock and I like this music well enough. It’s not super emotional, it’s kinda light. I only say that as sometimes the sheer volume of feelings in some records by female artists can be a bit off putting for me. Because I’m dead inside.
@@@ Trentemoller: Fixion (In My Room, 2016). Another record off this week’s CFUV weekly email. This opener is a very serious art school 1980’s synth rock influenced mope bomb. Big synth clouds over a thick pulsing bass and a dour female singer. Half goth with no Cure bounce. This second tune Never Fade is following the same formula and I need a fucking Red Bull, Imma snoozy. Black nails, black lipstick, paper clips through ya earholes! The third tune Sinus is a 15 minute opus about a sinus infection — wait, no. All right I’m out, stay if you like.
@@@ Mild High Club: Skiptracing (Stones Throw, 2016) California dream pop (with some funk thrown in at some point because this is out on Stones Throw) I got to via the CFUV weekly email. The singer sounds a bit like one of the Bee Gees with a sinus infection — I like to tie my post together with annoying repetitive references. Now that’s not a bad thing, it’s something to aspire to. Singing like you have a sinus infection is a rare skill. Let’s peep more and see if the pop fades. The second tune Homage starts a tad more disco/soft rock and now we’re getting a little more interesting swirl of influences here. I’m postulating that there was some purple cough syrup while this record was getting tracked — it’s got a baked/high vibe to it. Maybe just a lot of trees and then a swim in Drake’s big pool. He’s got one in L.A. and it’s bigger than Dre’s.
@@@ Zedd: Ignite (Interscope, 2016). A major label electro pop rock nugget off the Apple Music Hot Tracks section. In this case they might mean hot as in hot air from somebody who just rocked a lot of garlic knots and Mountain Dew. Oh, we’re going full head bob/disco biscuits and this sucks. Big tension and drama in the verse and then the full EDM money shot in the chorus. Wow, I would rather listen to dogs fornicate. 7 million hits on the Googletube for this stale fart, people love this shit! Shame on you America.
YTD recordings listened to: 775
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 437
Not good music: 291
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, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis