@@@ Sparks: Missionary Position (N/A, 2017) I’m not sure if I’ve peeped this band yet as publicists bombard my inbox with the same band over and over ’til I’m confused. These guys are from the UK and they are wacky. References might be XTC but more tongue in cheek, and maybe a little Beatles action in the vocal melodies. I hate to use the Fab Four as a reference as it makes people shit their pants. It’s an urgent drum beat with tambourine and piano while the guitars are there they don’t drive the tune or mark it as a rock tune. It’s all clever lyrics regarding the title.
@@@ Nick Jonas: Find You ( , 2017) Off the Apple Music best of the week playlist. Regular readers know Imma huge Nick Jonas fan. He’s mad hot and super talented, a panty quaker in the tradition of Bieber and (gasp!) Harry Styles. Harry Styles you rule my world! Jonas is biting Bieber’s ballad style pretty hard. Oh my the auto speller changed ballad to balls and for a second Nick Jonas was bitting Bieber’s balls. That’s really too much. This is more romantic than lustful but I’m sure the video is full of Jonas hotness. I don’t like the track much but it’s pretty restrained for major label business.
@@@ Electric Wizard: See You in Hell (UMG, 2017) Retro hard rock a la Black Sabbath in a tune I got to via the Apple Music heavy metal playlist. Caveman drums, but not modern metal sounding with crunchy, angry flower power style guitars. Riffs that are old school not classic metal but the first wave back in the day. The tune is building with more frantic drumming and wah wah guitar. It’s a familiar formula but they do it well. Check out War Pigs if you want the classic business.
YTD recordings listened to: 612
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 327
Not good music: 259
Honorable Mentions: 6
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