@@@ Julia Jacklin: Don’t Let the Kids Win (Polyvinyl, 2016) Blurbed as indie folk with melancholic notes I got to this record via this week’s All Music weekly email. I don’t hear much folk on this first tune but maybe folk markets better. Personally in these first two tunes I hear more soul music influence than folk, especially in the guitar playing. The first three tunes are upbeat and kinda rockers, then the fourth is a ballad (still not super folky) and then it goes into a downer indie kinda thing so it’s a mixed bag and really more of a indie record than anything else.
@@@ Maroon 5 (with Kendrick Lamar): Don’t Wanna Know (Interscope, 2016). Off the Apple Music hot tracks section. I must be getting Maroon 5 confused with some established mainstream rock band cuz that’s what I thought it was but it’s a tropical electro pop song. Tropical in that it has a brief marimba/vibe loop in it but the real joy here are the lyrics. He doesn’t want to know, know, know who’s taking you home, home, home and loving you so, so, so. And then some Kendrick Lamar rhymes — we must still be at Peak Kendrick. I don’t want to listen, listen, listen to this tune, tune, tune. A million hits for this biscuit in less than a day, holy shitsnacks, people have no taste yo.
@@@ Xylouris White: Black Peak (Bella Union, 2016). A self-confessed punk/Greek music mash that I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email. The first song features a rolling tom drum beat and then a Greek stringed instrument solo. I think it’s an electric baklava. Or balaclava, or the zither, probably none of those but I do love baklava, especially with the nuts. We have a sort of ecstatic singer doing his thing in Greek and I give this points for weirdness. Wave that freak flag high and shake it like you just don’t care. Let’s peep more. This second song is both similar and different — same driving drum sound, same baklava but a different vibe. This is some heartfelt shit with some mustard on it, Imma swing back on this sandwich. This guy could be my gyro, no hero, sorry. #wordplay
@@@ Amber Coffman: All by Myself (Not sure, 2016) I love to head on over to the best of the week tracks to find some whack shit the pr people have convinced Apple Music to put at the top of this list. But this tune is actually all right. I’m not filling my diapers over it but it’s got some interesting sounds. It’s got this kind of melted three musketeers synth sound that is modulating like Donald Trump at a debate and Ms. Coffman can sing. You see, I really do love music and I only wail on things that deserve a serious stick whacking. I was over on the GooglePimp getting a video for all my readers and see that this woman is a Dirty Projectors person. Good for you stepping out and making a decent single solo style.
YTD recordings listened to: 808
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 453
Not good music: 302
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, Xylouris White