@@@ Colin Hay: Fierce Mercy (Compass Records, 2017) Some ol’ school, earnest guitar rock off the Apple Music new music section. Hay’s voice is pretty limited and the band is straight ahead. Mr. Hay is Men at Work frontman from back in the day. I would never wail on anyone for making heartfelt, sincere music but this isn’t really for me. This is like stepping into a rock time machine back to the ’80s but without the irony. A little Springsteen, a little Mellencamp.
@@@ Durand Jones & the Indications: Self-titled (Colemine Records, 2016) I found this record via a music publicist email. It’s definitely old school r&b but what sets it apart is the sweetness of the singer’s voice. He’s got a little gruffness but mostly he’s sweet and soulful in the Al Green tradition. Instrumentation is standard ol’ school. Somebody did an excellent job on the drum sounds here and the drummer is tight. I also hear a little Otis Redding as well as some James Brown but the drummer takes the cake and some more adventurous songwriting would be welcome.
@@@ Worse: Rubber Burner (Deranged Records, 2016) Off the loud section of this week’s CFUV playlist email. A 9 song 24 minute psych punk biscuit that opens with some grinding guitars and a blasted singer. The second tune keeps the distorted blasted vocal sound but the overall vibe is more indie. These guys bring a medium rough energy to their work. I like what they do — if they went rougher and still kept the punk sounds I would dig it more.
YTD recordings listened to: 160
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 87
Not good music: 49
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, Fruko Y Sos Tesos