@@@ Yellow Claw: Los Amsterdam (Mad Decent, 2017) A mainstream electro pop record off the Apple new music section. This first tune is a gauzy, sleepy midtempo thing. This record has a guest vocalist on almost every tune so it’s gonna be a poo poo platter of mini-styles. Some might say these are lushly produced tunes, others might say they’re a bit soggy. To synth and without body and firmness. I’m gonna peep the tune with Juicy J cuz I have a bit of a soft spot for Juicy J, mostly his name. This tune is firmer with a nice marimba-type sample and a wide bass. Who wants to hear a singer say ‘Bitch I’m on Fire!!!’ a whole lotta times? Not me!!! Here’s Juicy J, and it’s all right. I gotta better things to listen to.
@@@ Nearly Dead: Drop of Red (Geriatric Records, 2016) I saw on the CFUV weekly playlist email that these guys have a new record called Weathered Meat. I liked that title but it’s not up on the Apple Music, but this record is. It’s an interesting, dirty, lo-fi quasi-punk stripped down rock thing on the opener. Super ghetto AM radio static guitar tones. The singer is a low register intoner of various imagined perversions and dirty scenarios. Not all sexually oriented, some just nasty. There is more than a passing similarity to Captain Beefheart here but with a grittier, nasty art school feel than the Captain’s full post-hippie freakshow.
@@@ Amelia Curran: Watershed (Six Shooter Records, 2017) From a somewhat depraved buzzy place we move on to a more polished adult alternative, country roots record. This is polished and meaningful and emotional country rock with lyrics to match. While I appreciate some of the sounds here, it’s a bit of a snoozypants. I’m perfectly aware some folks like the snoozypants and that’s fine too.
YTD recordings listened to: 222
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 118
Not good music: 84
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, Orquestra Baobab