@@@ Drive By Truckers: American Band (ATO Records, 2016). There’s a glowing article about this record on Slate today and that’s the second glowing shit I’ve seen regarding this record. Regular readers know I’m not a huge rock guy, but this is smart rock, not hipster rock. Big guitars on this opener. I’m three songs in and am feeling like this is a more uptempo and tighter version of a Neil Young and Crazy Horse slacker guitar record. Unfortunately I love the raggedy feel of the those Crazy Horse records. I like this, it’s a literate rock record.
@@@ No Aloha: No Problemo (No Aloha, 2015). I saw a record by these guys listed on the CFUV’s weekly playlist email. This first tune is bursting with indie rock guitar freshness and singalong lyrics. The second tune keeps the tempo brisk and I say throw your beards up in the air and fling ’em around like the coffee bar don’t care. The singer has a classic indie voice — a little flat and engaging, but it’s the guitar player and the drummer driving the bus here. You don’t listen to these records for the innovation but for the energy and these guys have that in spades.
@@@ Niall Horton: This Town (Neon Haze, 2016) I love the 1 Direction and this solo tune from one its members is just so great!!! Sweet and familiar love song lyrics, like an old stinky slipper. No, just a slipper. If you feel like you’ve heard this chord progression before you have and it’s just as great here as it was the first time you heard it! We’re lucky to have somebody who was brave enough to take all the emotions packed into these lyrics and make a lyric video. Isn’t the internet awesome, isn’t America great? This is just a great great song. #powerful #moving #bowels
@@@ Lady Gaga: Million Reasons (Interscope, 2016). Regular readers know when I heard Lady Gaga’s last single, Perfect Illoooooosion, I almost shit my pants. But to think she could fire up the machinery and just drop another classic like this tune — I mean what are the odds? She’s bowed down in prayer trying to make this whole thing better — if you need a hug Gaga just hit me up on the Twitter, I’m no perv you just sound so fragile. Again big ups to whoever was brave enough to do the lyrics video because this is some powerful shit people. She’s got a million reasons to go and she just needs one to stay — that’s just an arrow through my heart, I can’t continue. #powerful #toomuchfeeling
YTD recordings listened to: 792
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 445
Not good music: 296
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, Magrudergrind, Gorguts