@@@ Brad Paisley: Today (Sony, 2016) New country has to have the highest cholesterol levels due to the constant stream of cheese production coming out of Nashville. It’s a giant redneck penis made out of corn shooting Cheez Wiz Jizz all over America. This is slightly more polished and taken down a few beats per minute version, but without ruining the sheer poetry of these lyrics he don’t know about tomorrow he just wants to live today and that will get him through the rest of his life. God, I want to split his head open with a rusty ax. No I didn’t say that, intertoobz surveillance, threats and what not. #GoSnowden! I got to this tune via Apple Hot tracks, yikes. Hot Cheez Whiz, come and get yer Hot Cheez Wiz.
@@@ Brent Cobb: Shiny on a Rainy Day (Elektra, 2016). An old school country Americana record off this week’s All Music weekly email. I don’t know if the record will fade after the first tune, but I’m more than a bit shocked that a major label put this record out. It’s actually music with lyrics! Oh no, the second song is a song and it’s not awful. Cobb’s voice is reminiscent of 50 classic country singers — he just fits in the country songwriter tradition. You can hear some John Prine up in here as well as some ’70s soft rock action which I usually object to, but when the lyrics are worth listening to I can let things pass. Imma swing back on this badboy.
@@@ Mary J. Blige: Thick of It (Capitol, 2016). Mary J. Blige don’t play — she’s a passionate singer and she lets it fly. This single is no exception. There are rhymes in the verse and then the chorus explodes. The sounds are interesting — there are some newer sounding beats and then she has some old school soul rhythm guitar working for nice contrast.
@@@ Adrian Younge: The Electronique Void (Linear Labs, 2016). Slotted as experimental electronic on this week’s All Music notable release email, I’m guessing this is undercover indie electronic record. Could be wrong, I’m not very bright. This first proper tune, The Night (clipped below) is proof of my theory. It’s a ironic ghetto horror movie soundtrack tune and when I say ghetto in this case I mean low budget, B grade and shit. Let’s peep more but it’s gonna be a short stay in this haunted house. This next tune is similar, it’s a little weird, a little hipster-y and it sounds like it was made by a panda bear wearing a diaper. Ah well.
YTD recordings listened to: 808
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 453
Not good music: 303
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, Solange, Acid Arab, Brent Cobb