@@@ !!!: Shake the Shudder (Warp, 2017) Slotted as alternative dance I like this first tune, save the vocals. It’s a mash of funk and disco. There are an awful lot of Prince vibes and once again I really appreciate how Prince’s guitar playing gave his disco/funk so much more dimension. Dang, this third tune comes out of nowhere and really gets things right for my ears. This by far the best of what I’ve heard on this record but unfortunately I can’t find it on the GooglePimp.
@@@ Dragonforce: Reaching Into Infinity (Metal Blade, 2017) 69 minutes of epic metal. the opening track is massive and orchestral with friggin’ yuuuuge guitar sounds and I can only imagine what the singer is gonna bring. This is the kind of music Attorney Jeff Sessions listens to when he pees on hookers. As far as I can tell all of Trump’s associates are ‘hooker peers.’ Oh my they’re playing fast and the singer is on stage and he’s all right. Not too epic, though he might just be getting warmed up. This is not the kind of metal that I really dig but if you like the epic, shiny metal these guys are doing an energetic and heartfelt job of shooting cheesy metal across the sky.
@@@ Grizzly Bear: Mourning Sound (Grizzly Bear/RCA, 2017) A pre-release track off Apple Music’s hot tracks section. Very nice bass sound and not too much for me to feel after that. So steeped in ’80s sounds it makes you wanna dig up Ronald Reagan’s corpse and dance on it. I’m not sure if Grizzly Bear had a burlap sack of indie credibility, but the weight of that has been lifted as this is straight up mainstream synth rock. It doesn’t stink but I don’t like it.
YTD recordings listened to: 311
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 182
Not good music: 121
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