@@@ Surfer Blood: Snowdonia (Joyful Noise, 2017) Off last week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune is upbeat guitar centric indie rocker with a few Pixies threads in there. They also sound a bit like Squeeze. Let’s peep more. The second tune continues the up energy which is good because there’s nothing I hate more than slack indie, that shit drives me nuts. These guys are all right, and that’s pretty high praise from me as I’m not a big indie rock guy. These guys are tight, I’m guessing they’ve been together for a long time from the sound of it. Bits of R.E.M, Piexies, lots of indie bands that have come before.
@@@ Communions: Blue (Fat Possum, 2017) Also off this last Friday’s All Music notable release email. I try to peep Fat Possum records but they’re kind of schizophrenic — some rocking business and then some pretty smoothed out efforts. This is on the smoother side with some ’80s vibes. Big shiny guitar sounds and some twee for sure. I can’t tell which gender we’re hearing on the microphone but I’m no bitch regarding genre. Softer dude, manly lady, make no difference! I’m guessing dude. Oh the music is all right, a tad sweet and feelings based for me.
@@@ Young Dolph: Gelato (Paper Roulette, 2017) We gotta keep the black music spinning up in heah and this is some undiluted gangsta hip hop. Bitches, beefs, counting paper, Young Dolph has it going on. I had to consult the interwebs and he’s not smoking gelato, he’s having intercourse! Man you gotta keep your jellyroll separate from your broccoli. This third tune kicks off with the line ‘Pretty White Bitches sniffin’ cocaine’. Oh my, Young Dolph is a rough brother — he’s got some really badass bass but his shit is raw and explicit. I don’t know if Young Dolph is a real gangsta but he could probably play one on tv.
YTD recordings listened to: 92
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 52
Not good music: 29
Honorable Mentions: 0
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, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco