@@@ Kesha: Woman (Kemosabe, 2017) Post sexual harassment Kesha returns with a feminist banger that combines old school horn lines and cheesy mainstream soul pop. For example, the beat has no crunk to it at all and she seems intent on saying the word motherfucker more than anything else lyrically. She does have an interesting line telling everyone to get off her weed but she wears out the line til it’s clever no longer. Something a little deeper musically and lyrically would have worked better for me, but it’s shallow so it’s probably gonna be huge.
@@@ American Football: American Football (LP2) (Polyvinyl, 2017) This looks to be some meaningful rock that I got to via a music publicist. Lots of arpeggiated indie guitars and yearning vocals in this first tune. It’s very pretty. This feels a bit operatic and long so let’s peep past this first tune. Oh my, this is highly manicured and overwrought as this second tune My Instincts are the Enemy. It’s interesting to me that rock was initially about rebellion and energy and this is somewhat the complete opposite. The energy here is so polished and contained it sounds mad Republican.
YTD recordings listened to: 455
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 250
Not good music: 185
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.