@@@ The Two Tens: Volume (Ugly Sugar, 2016). Some caffeinated singalong punk I got to from their PR rep and the interwebz email. Big power chord pushing, straight rock beats, male and female singers, it’s the full ol’ school East Village punk fest. Think the Ramones with a little more vocal range and a dash more imagination.
@@@ Left Lane Cruiser: Beck in Black (Alivenatural Sound, 2016) Let’s check back with trailer park punk blues splatterers Left Lane Cruiser. I had to read some blurb material to clarify this record title. This record is a celebration of the drummer (named Beck) leaving this band so they remastered a bunch of old tracks and slapped up a couple of unreleased ones and came up with this here white blues biscuit. This first tune Pusher is one of the unreleased ones and it’s pretty hot. This is a guitar and drums duo and that means both have to be playing interesting shit or I’m going to be nodding off like an oxycodone addict at a laundromat. Oh I like this record, they got high energy and musicality going on here.
@@@ Moderat: Live (Mute, 2016) Some live techno (with a singer) that I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email. I don’t want to be too cutting but this sounds more than a bit like Lionel Richie soft funk but tailored for beardies. It also evokes some old school krautrock but with a soft singer. The tunes are mostly 5+ minutes long and they take on a sort of jammy feel and it also a bit of a New Age feel.
YTD recordings listened to: 935
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 521
Not good music: 353
Honorable Mentions: 16
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