@@@ Kepi Ghoul Lost and Loving it (Kepiland, 2017) A nerd fronted old school indie guitar music I got to via the All Music notable release email. Think Camper Van Beethoven fronted by a gent with a pencil protector and a scientific calculator. This first tune has more than a bit of Rolling Stones influence as well. The second tune has a country roots rock feel and thus far I like this record all right. I should also reference the Violent Femmes as well for this record. Straight ahead American rock that dips its toes in various rock subgenres. It’s mostly upbeat and uptempo so more for the cubicle dwellers than the hardcore listeners.
@@@ Feral Ohms: Feral Ohms (Silver Current, 2017) Regular readers have witnessed my ire regarding the abuse of the garage punk label. Many soft ass half muscle sorta bunkers get tossed in there. I’m happy to report this is not one of those cases. These dudes come out full on burning with plenty of distortion, energy and a generous dollop of woomph. These dudes can play as well so it’s not like witnessing a wild chimp show. I’m four tunes in on this record and it’s a face melter — great guitar sounds, the drummer is whipping a shitty and they’re firing hard. Imma swing back on this record but it’s gonna be on my year end list.
@@@ Himiko: Who Am I EP (Sun Music, 2017) A smooth r&b record in Japanese with slight world flavors that I got to via the CFUV weekly email. Himiko is female and she has a pleasing voice — not huge and powerful but sweet. A lot of the sounds on this first tune are jazz fusion-y and there are extensive background arrangements that smooth out the proceedings even more. The second tune is more of a funk thing with some English lyrics and late ’80s Prince vibes. I found no samples of this EP to listen to. She is a J-Pop artist and her fans are in Japan. The EP is available on Apple Music probably on Spotify as well.
YTD recordings listened to: 209
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 111
Not good music: 79
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, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms