@@@ Lana Del Ray: Love (Polypro, 2017) I really appreciate how boring Lana Del Ray’s music is. She only makes slack love songs and there’s nothing notable about any of it yet she is a huge star. Her lyrics aren’t very smart or clever or literate, the sounds are standard, and she’s an average and extremely glum singer. I see from the interwebz that she’s a former model so that explains that. Snooze on Lana! 18 million hits on the google tube for this biscuit, oh lord.
@@@ Ab-Soul: Do What thou Wilt (Top Dawg, 2016) Neither full left field hip hop nor mainstream nor gangster hip hop. I’m feeling this second tune (clipped below). Mr. Ab-Soul is into some strangeness — he’s alternately super quick on the mic but he gets into cough syrup strange ass vocal processing that slows his tracks down. He’s got a lot of guest MCs so it’s a bit hard to know who’s rhyming what. The beats are stripped down but they hit pretty good and the arrangements are trippy.
@@@ Permit: Vol 1 – EP (Fat Possum, 2016) Some super caffeinated and distorted punk pop that I got to from an All Music notable release email from a few months back. Man, they squished the fuck out of this mix, it kinda hurts. Lots of systemic static, much like our President. Let’s move it forward a track. These guys can play for sure and I dig the quiet sweetness of the tunes but it’s just crunched to fuck. It’s all right when you can’t tune a radio station in and get half an ass of static but to have it be a choice, oy.
YTD recordings listened to: 139
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 76
Not good music: 43
Honorable Mentions: 1
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, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip