@@@ Strand of Oaks: Hard Love (Dead Oceans, 2017) Some indie rock that got a front page article on Salon saying it is a rock ‘n roll masterpiece. In this first tune I hear a lot of Replacements vibe especially with the singer’s delivery. It does not have that slap ass Replacements energy, it has more of a Wilco slack band energy. Let’s peep more. The second tune features a distorted electric guitar and more of a faded ’70s rock vibe, which is fine. I’m not feeling masterpiece level feelings but I’ll check a bit more. Oy, that was the third tune as my Apple Music player skipped me ahead — damn you interwebz. This second tune has that desperate yearning thing and the fourth tune, Salt Brothers, is the most interesting of what I’ve heard thus far. It’s a good record but I can’t give it masterpiece ratings.
@@@ Nikkie Lane: Highway Queen (New West, 2017) Some new old school country off this week’s Apple Music new music section. This first tune, 700,000 Rednecks, is pretty hot. I’m not sure if this is aimed at Trump but it would be funny if it was. I like this second tune, the title track, but not as much as the opener. Let’s peep a bit more. I’ve checked portions of four tunes and the opener is still my favorite. The band has plenty of energy and she has a classic country voice.
YTD recordings listened to: 116
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 62
Not good music: 38
Honorable Mentions: 0
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