@@@ Cende: Don’t Want To (Double Whammy, 2017) A little Elvis Costello, a little bit of Squeeze and a pubic hair of The Strokes. Hi energy rock that back in the day would have been FM classic radio between the big stoner tunes. It’s 1:36 so it goes in commando style and gets out right away. Kudos for that. Got to this via a music publicist email. Probably cost them at least $3k for that exposure.
@@@ The Whistles and the Bells: Modern Plagues (New West, 2017) This record is slotted as an indie folk on last week’s All Music notable release email but it’s the kind of milquetoast indie that I have problems with. I’m sure these are all fantastic people but the singer is mad annoying to me. Kinda cute and smarmy. I would not go so far as to say that he needs a slap but maybe a good rough cuff. Now this second tune is less indie and more roots oriented but it’s still the same singer.
@@@ Little Cub: Still Life (Domino, 2017) Indie electronic off this week’s All Music. Very smooth Roxy Music opening tune — plinky guitars, laid-back beats and a suave singer. It’s interesting to see how synth rock has morphed into indie electronic because to me this isn’t really electronic music, but it’s rock music songs with a lot of electronic sounds and vibes. I think these guys are Brits and this is the kind of music Prince Harry listens to — it’s got dignity and not much muscle. I don’t know much about Prince Harry’s personal life story so don’t take that comment too seriously.
YTD recordings listened to: 289
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 171
Not good music: 111
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