@@@ Radiation Flowers: Radiation Flowers (Sundown Sound, 2017) Some Paint it Black era Rolling Stones style rock that I got to off the CFUV weekly playlist email. With a smooth female singer on the mic they also swirl a little Bangles vibe into the Proceedings. Part jam band, part trippy sound circus let’s peep more. I’ve checked out pieces of the first four songs and the first tune is the best and the others are more standard indie rock with other sub-genre flourishes. A little trippy, a little fuzzy which was an e.e. cummings poem.
@@@ Girlpool: Power Plant (Anti-, 2017) I’ve hesitated to check out this record as my inbox has been repeatedly violated by their publicist and I don’t really appreciate it. This first tune has a California pop/indie feel to it — Byrds’ guitar sound, indie vocal stylings. If you don’t dig the vocals this album is not going to work for you. They’re sort of dreamy if not a tad flat and the indie rock arrangements are pretty standard. Sections of quiet then sections of crunchy guitars (another e.e. cummings poem!) This is retro indie trip I don’t personally need to take but if you want some it’s here for you. I say have a red bull and gimme some energy.
@@@ Hayride Casualties: The Catskills Ain’t for Sale (Self-released, 2017) A hippie rock protest single I got to via a music publicist email. It’s not full hippie rock which I appreciate — it has some quirk to it. The singer is good, the lyrics are interesting and the arrangement is much more engaging that your usual protest rock music. I appreciate that.
YTD recordings listened to: 305
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 178
Not good music: 119
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, RAM