@@@ Brett Eldredge: Brett Eldredge (Atlantic, 2017) I love contemporary country, it makes me shit my pants! This record is on the front of the Apple music home page and at the top of last week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune is upbeat, no opioid addicts allowed! Handclaps, an echoed guitar figure and a friendly voice. Such a friendly voice, like Donald Trump slipping into your bed at midnight with a giant orange erection and a verbal tic. Let me love you Donald whispers, I’m so lonely my mail-order wife just left me! The second tune gets more mainstream with a Bon Jovi bass line and a quasi- classic FM rock beat. Oh Jesus, I love it! One more tune, the third one, with synths and he’s never seen your kind of pretty. This is not cliche, this is familiar and friendly and epic and more than a bit cheesy.
@@@ Briana Marela: Call It Love (Jagjaguwar, 2017) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. Female angels people, draped in reverb and sitting atop cloudy synth patches! No dirty underwear (or opioid addicts) in this clean and lovely world. It’s morphed from the intro to a New Age sorta rock. Let’s peep a bit more but I’m not long for this record I fear. Remember, I want to like it, I really do. This second tune is a jacket sewn from the same cloth — hyper twee with a standard drum beat. It does bust out into a crazy and interesting EDM sorta stomp but this isn’t really aimed at me as I’m dead inside.
@@@ Dead Cross: Dead Cross (Ipecac, 2017) Some hardcore punk to clear my mind after that last record which kinda fucked me up. They whip up a pretty good shitstorm in this first tune and the singer is kinda glammy or heavy metal for hardcore. Just my opinion. I see from gathering a video from the GooglePimp that these guys are a sort of supergroup and the singer is from, well I don’t know these bands and they don’t specify the player’s positions. It’s like Megadeth humped a punk band, let’s put it that way. It’s not a formula I love but check it for yourself.
@@@ Jack Johnson: Sunsets for Somebody Else (Jack Johnson, 2017) A pre-release single from Gen X’s Jimmy Buffett. Super slack and unthreatening and sending out all manner of airy vibes. I like his vocal delivery and the guitar playing is pretty if not standard but the lyrics, eh not my cup of tea. And I remain consistently against the woo hoo background vocals from anybody.
YTD recordings listened to: 510
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 278
Not good music: 210
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