@@@ Prins Thomas: Square One (Smalltown Supersound, 2017) A left field electronic record I got to via last week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune is not particularly left field as it opens up with a very straight beat and minimal kinda rock sounds on top of it. Snoozy, let’s peep more. The second tune follows a similar low key formula. I’m not sure I get the appeal here. I think this record would be great background listening for yuppie assholes to sit around and drink $20 cocktails to but as the main course, it’s pretty conservative and not particularly engaging.
@@@ Randall Bramblett: Juke Joint at the end of the World (New West, 2017) Updated bar rock from last week’s All Music notable release email. Bramblett has a gravelly voice and his full band sounds a bunch like a not drunk version of the Blues Brothers. The organ player stands out for catching my ear. The production is bright and cheery. The third tune, Trippy Little Thing, is the best of what I heard. The mainstream sound of the record seems a bit at odds with the vibe of the music.
@@@ This is the Kit: Moonshine Freeze (Rough Trade, 2017) Indie folk off last week’s All Music notable release email. I like this first tune a bunch for it’s tasteful arrangement but this is music for snowflakes. Wow, really nice orchestration and arranging skills on display here. Regular readers know that I feel indie music, as a genre, is greatly overrated as music but this works as music despite its use of a pretty soft palette. I don’t know who put these songs together in the studio but they did a really good job.
YTD recordings listened to: 453
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 250
Not good music: 183
Honorable Mentions: 6
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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda. This is the Kit.