@@@ Western Addiction: Tremulous (Fat Wreckhords, 2017) Some old school Cali three chord punk — less poppy than a lot of stuff out of that area. Big power chord action and giant vocal hooks, that’s the formula people. I’m on the fourth tune and it’s definitely not cloyingly sweet like some SoCal punk is. These guys hit pretty hard.
@@@ Harriet Brown: Contact (Innovative Leisure, 2017) Alternative r&b off last week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune sounds very 1 person and a computer which is great but it has a distinct nerdy George Clinton vibe to it. George Clinton has never been a nerd, Imma saying say a nerd wanted to make George Clinton-like music, well it might sound a lot like this. Early ’80s drum machine beats, robot voices. The second tune sheds that vibe and gets into a loverboy vibe with a popping synth bass and falsetto vocals. Brown is piecing together threads of various r&b strains — a little Herbie Hancock, a little George Clinton, a little Prince. I like it all right.
@@@ Sky Chefs: Ghosts & Goblins (Whack Ark Records, 2017) Some Violent Femme-ey ol’ school guitar indie with some quirk to it. A saxophone and a swinging rock beat on the first tune — you crazy white kids yo. The second tune is a bit of a slow burner about poltergeists before it starts rocking again. Indie rocking, this is no metal punisher. Think Lou Reed/Velvets with more art school lyrics and half a can of Red Bull. Solid B.
YTD recordings listened to: 256
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 151
Not good music: 99
Honorable Mentions: 2
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