@@@ Rebel Kind: Just for Fools (Urinal Cake, 2016). Some three chord, old school girl punk indie off this week’s All Music notable release email. Crunchy guitars, slack vocals, straight drumming, you know the drill. Either the singer needs some Red Bull or I need some decaf.
@@@ The LOX: Filthy America….It’s Beautiful (D-Block/Roc Nation, 2016). Some NYC hip hop — the first in 16 years for these guys. This is the kind of music Trump bangs his wife to — high end and dirty at the same time. I like the beats. The third track has a multitrack vocal choir sample part as a key part of the arrangement and that parallels the opener. This is what I call partial gangsta — it’s not full on filthy gangster subculture, it has a sheen over it but there’s plenty of drug dealing, shooting, ladies and what not. It’s all right.
@@@ Gucci Mane: The Return of East Atlanta Santa (Atlantic, 2016). This record is front and center on the Apple Music home page and this first tune is a gangster Christmas tune. It’s a Christmas featuring a lot of weed and sex. Let’s peep more to see if keeps up with the Afro Kris Kringle theme. I would dig a full length Christmas hip hop record in this style but it moves on from that and goes straight gangsta. I like a bunch of the bass sounds and Mr. Mane does not play. He’s shooting people in the face, he’s moving weight, he’s quite active in his areas of business. I wouldn’t condemn him or his lifestyle but I don’t really need to listen to it.
YTD recordings listened to: 982
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 549
Not good music: 374
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, 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, A Tribe Called Quest