Music for 5/13/17!!! R5, The National, Bryson Tiller

@@@ R5: New Addictions EP (Hollywood, 2017)  A shiny, white trash updated disco EP out of the Apple new music section.  The music is mad bouncy and the lyrics were written by a third grader.  Jesus, I feel stupid just for clicking play.  This second tune, Red Velvet, is most likely an ode to pussy lips.  Man, when I hear shit like this I miss Prince even harder.

@@@ The National: The System Sleeps in Total Darkness (4AD, 2017)  A single off an upcoming full length that I got to via the Apple Music best of the week.  The main problem here is the singer — he’s just, how do I say, a wee bit with his head in his rump?  That’s what I’m hearing, this is no David Bowie Heroes tune.  Whenever the word God appears in a mainstream rock tune, it’s usually gonna be not fun and not very meaningful.  Not that God isn’t fun, I hear Jesus loves a good time.

@@@ Bryson Tiller: Something Tells Me (RCA, 2017)  Also a single off an upcoming full length hip hop record.  It’s a nice thick arrangement, modern with tasteful synth sounds — no cloud bullshit but nicely processed sounds and beats.  His lyrics are pretty standard and he’s got an intentionally slack sound.  He’s Drake-y for sure.  Personally I wish Drake would find another hobby besides watered down dancehall horny, lil pecker hip hop.  I mention that here because this music is so clearly in response to the Drake juggernaut.

YTD recordings listened to: 294
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 172
Not good music: 115

Buys: 5
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

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