@@@ Arabrot: The Gospel (Fysisk Format, 2016). I dig the year end list at Quietus because they actually get freaky with it (like myself). This is their #1 pick of the year and you gotta give respect that they didn’t give it Beyonce or Kanye. It is strange how the indie folks are so hot on the black music dick these days. This is slotted as noise rock and it’s a tad noisy, but it’s far from a meltdown and has more than a few shades of Devo, krautrock, a little Surfer Rosa era Pixies, and whiteboy non-funky unhappy music. The singer is a bit of pronouncer, not a pissed screamer nor a particularly noisy chap. He’s in the Johnny Lydon tradtion. Let’s peep a little more but if the first tune is any indication of the rest of the record which it should be it’s not going to be my #1 record of the year. Eh, I’m going to move on, I wanted more noise and I didn’t feel the singer.
@@@ Fat White Family: Songs for Our Mothers (Fat Possum, 2016) Also in the top 10 of the Quitues best of 2016. I was expecting the big junky guitars right out of the gate but I guess this is some synthy guitar rock. It’s a bit trippy and a tad snaky in this first tune — a melted, multi-layered vocal part and also some Devo-esque threads. Maybe Devo is going to come back with this total fucking asshole Trump. I’m also feeling this is a bit mis-labelled — it’s garage-y but it’s got other things going on. This is not what I thought a Fat White Family record would sound like. This is like a garage-y Zappa record, which is fine.
@@@ Neil Young: Peace Trail (Reprise, 2016). I liked the title track/first single from this record so I thought I would peep this record while I did other stuff around the house. I made it about 5 or 6 songs in. There are some really nice drum sounds as well as guitar sounds but I find the spirit of the lyrics to be a bit out of date. There are a lot of references to Native Americans, which is fine, it’s more the old school hippie cliches that pop up here and there. You have to check it out in order to get what I’m saying. Or maybe I’m out of my mind. Check for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 968
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 541
Not good music: 367
Honorable Mentions: 21
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, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest