@@@ Indonesian Junk: I’ll Run Away (Rum Bar, 2017) A late ’70s/early ’80s old school rumble punk/rock single I got to via the music blog Indiepulse. The singer has a bit of Joey Ramone and they’re a bit looser than the Ramones. There is an unexpectedly nice guitar shred solo but it’s a tad long on the outro. It’s a cool tune but feel free to call it a day when you need to.
@@@ Lucy Rose: Something’s Changing (Lucy Rose/Communion, 2017) Folky singer songwriter that features a harp on the first tune. This is just the intro so the flavors may change. The second tune brings in some super mellow reverbed electric guitar and Daniel Lanois sounding production. It’s super soft and intimate music — no feelings are going to get hurt in the listening of this record. #guaranteed. Get out your chamomile tea and just kick back into these welcoming sounds if that’s how you float.
@@@ Skrillex & Wool Bear: Would You Ever? (WEA, 2017) An electro single off the hot tracks section of Apple Music. Tis a chopped vocal salad dance floor banger. The male singer’s voice fades in and out of processing as he keeps asking the lady in his life ‘would you ever run away with me?’ I’m assuming Poo Bear is the singer and Skrillex is at the computer. As a technical show it’s a solid B, as music it’s C-. The last 15 seconds is actually mad hot but that’s too long to wait and they should have started with that boom titch and maybe eased up on the chopped salad.
@@@ Mick Jagger: England Lost (Universal, 2017) This single has been getting press in various locations and on music blogs that I follow. It’s Mick Jagger bitching about Brexit over a grime arrangement. It’s not so grime-y imho. I just looked up the definition of grime (electronic music that came out of jungle/UK garage and hip hop) and outside of the featured vocal by Skepta this is surprisingly Stones-y with harmonica, a few guitar riffs, mid Stones-era disco influence all served up over a pretty straightforward funky beat. I don’t want to get into the politics of Brexit as it’s mad complicated but the idea that people would vote against their own economic self-interest seems to freak people out. Contrary to ruling class behavior which is always focused on economic self-interest, many folks are good for an old fashioned fuck you to those at the top and why that is shocking is more than a bit sad. The assholes who have been gorging at the financial pig trough in London deserve a hale and hearty ‘Go fuck yourself’.
YTD recordings listened to: 502
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 274
Not good music: 206
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