10/28/16: Night Gym, Jo Passed, The Shins, Charlie XCX

@@@ Night Gym: Minimal Violence EP (1080P, 2016).  Some electronica off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  I’m not sure if a singer will be making his/her appearance but this first track aspires to be more than your typical unt-tss techno.  Kick back, it’s going to be minimally violent, like Obama’s presidency.  Now we have a half robot vocal sample and some blanket synths and it’s all right.  Solid B.  Let’s peep more.  I like this second track, Girl Talk, better but it has moved from what might have been an abstract electronic record towards an off kilter dance floor mama.  Four songs in, this is a pleasantly abrasive techno jam.

@@@ Jo Passed: Out EP (Golden, 2016).  Some fuzzy yet to be determined type of rock that I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  Engaging guitar work gives way to that detached rock singer flow which I’m not a huge fan of.  I don’t get why a band is building up energy and then a mope hits the mic, it makes no sense to me.  Lose your shit, shit your diaper, entertain me, what am I here for?.  I really like the band playing thus far on this disc and while the singer is better in this second song, it’s not working for me.  Your mileage may vary.

@@@ The Shins: Dead Alive (Columbia, 2016)  A major label pop glam track also off the Apple Music ‘hot tracks’ section.  T-Rex bumptious rock beat, strummed acoustic guitar and a slack, reverbed singer.  It’s a nice vocal melody and a nice organ break but the singer sounds so far away.  Catchy, medium energy rock single, come and get it!

@@@ Charlie XCX: Afterparty (Warner, 2016).  I’m peeping this track because Lil’ Yachty is on this track but Charlie XCX is pretty awful.  She’s going for a full on electro dance floor banger but the sing-a-long tracks are cheesy and she sounds 8 years old.  Lil’ Yachty has a decent rap but I regret having sent a fraction of a penny Charlie XCX’s way.  Off the Apple hot tracks.

YTD recordings listened to: 854
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 478
Not good music: 320

Buys: 15
Honorable Mentions: 14

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, Solange, Acid Arab, Xylouris White, Vadou Game, Michael Wollny/Vincent Peirani, Kadhja Bonet


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