@@@ Power Trip: Executioner’s Tax (Southern Lord, 2017) I don’t usually go for the advance single but I dig the Southern Lord label and am in the mood for a shot of antisocial blasting. I’m getting that nasty, white trash Moorhead feeling and it’s sweet. They also have some Metallica flavorings in the guitar parts and I like the singer better than Mr. ‘Tallica. I will most definitely check out more of this record when it comes out.
@@@ Zucchero: Black Cat (Universal, 2016). I don’t if my regular readers know but I maintain a streaming archive of out of print vinyl records at my political blog, The Cross Pollinator. I mention that as I have a fairly hefty collection of vintage Italian folk/pop records and I was hoping this would be an update on that tradition. The first song is not. This is a big Italian rock, corporate nugget. It’s got a lot arena rock and very little (if any) quirky Italian pop. Think Bruce Springsteen after a month of spaghetti.
@@@ The Man from Managra: Because of You (Inner Ear, 2016) I’m on the mailing list for an indie label in Greece and I peep their releases from time to time. They sent out an email for a Greek musician that has been living in America for a long time. This tune is a super minimalist, old school indie guitar slack rock tater with solid rock bounce. Think Sonic Youth with combed hair. Well the singer sounds a tad Thurston-y but that unholy downtown noise shitstorm is nowhere to be seen. Very well done guitar and drum sounds with a little shoe gaze fairy dust in the chorus. Check him out if you lean that way.
YTD recordings listened to: 41
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 28
Not good music: 11
Honorable Mentions: 0
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