@@@ American Lips: Kiss the Void (Ancient Fashion, 2017) Elvis Costello type New Wave punk I got to via this week’s CFUV playlist email. These guys have a nerdy angular thread but they have solid brisk energy with catchy vocal melodies. I hate the term power pop or pop punk but this applies to the 10 songs here clocking in at 22 minutes. A solid balance of sweetness to muscle and I will check the whole record when I have the time.
@@@ Soft Dov: Massacre Through Seduction (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, 2017) Some punk metal off this week’s CFUV email. The singer is somewhere in the psych/hardcore area though he sings which is quite an occurrence these days in metal. They have a spastic punky drummer but they’re classified as a metal band. It’s loud, it’s aggressive, I won’t be a bitch about it. I would use nihilistic Iggy Pop photo-punk as a touchstone for this record. Check it out.
@@@ Bleachers: Gone Now (RCA, 2017) Jack Antonoff’s side project. He writes tunes for a lot of headline empty head singers. This is supposed to be an ode to American suburban rock and this first tune is inspired by Bruce Springsteen. It sports earnest vocals and a long rock build. However, the rocking is extremely flaccid. I mean flaccid enough that some Cialis should be sprinkled over this track to firm it up. All cheese, no angst. The second tune is blue eyed soul track and I’m not sure who inspired it. Oh shit, he’s trying to rock a Prince 1999 vibe. I’m sorry but this is a war crime!! Fucking shameful pimp job. I had to hit the stop button I can’t abide by this music as it is a shameful bite job and poorly done at that. Check out the Prince clone below.
@@@ Marshmallo: Science (RCA, 2017) A mellow, quasi-loverboy mainstream r&b single off the Apple Music best of the week. Oh wait take that back as he gets medium EDM funk on after the intro. I can’t tell if he’s singing ‘I found peace in your body’ or ‘I found peace in the violence’ Maybe because dude is wearing that giant marshmallow helmet/mask/hat. Yo take that shit off in the studio so I can hear what you’re on about. The sounds are fairly bittersweet for a mainstream tune. Usually it’s bubble gum and Xanax for all those involved but he’s trying for something else here. I thought the word salad quotient was pretty high, I’m really not sure what this is about.
YTD recordings listened to: 533
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 287
Not good music: 222
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, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips