@@@ Alex Cuba: Lo Unico Constante (Caracol, 2017) Take Ed Sheeran and breed him with a younger James Taylor and have him sing in Spanish and you would get pretty close to this record which I got to via the new adds at WRIR. Are other people as annoyed with Ed Sheeran’s Aw Shucks Rock Star Show as me or do you just lap up what he has to offer? This first tune features some nylon string guitar, a shaker, a violin part and multitracked vocals. Let’s peep more. The second tune is more of a full band number but it retains a non-rock posture and we’re back to the molasses sweet soft rock en Espanol on this third tune. So that’s the territory he’s working and death to Ed Sheeran!
@@@ Cashmere Cat: 9 (Interscope, 2017) A studio geek rocking contemporary EDM pop with mad guests. This first track is more manicured than a female porn star’s bush (or what’s left of it!) but I fear there is a lack of soul here. Also he appears to get so involved with the sound that the song starts meandering around like a festival goer at dawn. The title track is more coherent as a song but it does traffic in some awfully cheesy ass synth sounds and stupid lyrical cliches. I dig fresh sounds but this is too vacuous for me.
@@@ Cope: Cryptid (Norwegian Blues, 2017) A noise rock duo that I got to via the indie music blog Indiepulse. It’s opening not too noisy but I think it will open up and blast soon enough. And there goes the distortion pedal. They stay inside the song and don’t explode it from the inside the way some noise bands do. I’m on the second tune and I’m feeling like these guys are less bluesy Black Keys kinda thing rather than a Lightning Bolt lose your shit kind of thing. Me I prefer to listen to people lose their shit but to each his own. Tasty drum sound and get the guitarist a Red Bull!
YTD recordings listened to: 265
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 157
Not good music: 102
Honorable Mentions: 2
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, 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, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark