@@@ Pink Siifu: Bills (Twothousandnine, 2017) I saw this hip hop outfit shouted out on the Twatter and I scooped this b-side from a split single from the Apple Music. It’s a pretty stripped down and funky arrangement with trippy synth layers and a fat bass pulse. The MC is pleasantly nasal on the mic and he works the microphone in a subtle stop and start manner.
@@@ Walk the Moon: What if Nothing (RCA, 2017) Some major label rock that occupies one of the prestigious banner positions up on the Apple Music. Money changed hands. I’m thinking as the intro to the first tune unfolds that this is gonna explode into a shopping mall rock cheese bomb. No, they go for a white funk rock thing. The lyrical component of this tune is blue eyed loverboy and the rhythmic undercarriage is a mash of prog and electro and arena rock. Weird yo, points for an interesting blend. The second tune stinks so I clicked through and we’re getting into Bon Jovi whoo hoos in this third tune. The first tune was by far the most interesting track I’ve peeped. It is coagulating into cheese as I click on the tracks. Get some bred out for the third tune (clipped below).
@@@ RVIVR: The Tide/Shaggy (Dead Broke Rekerds, 2017) Something about the moist weather in the Northwest makes for fertile ground for pop punk. I saw on the CFUV weekly email that the music director had seen these guys live so that triggered a peep. Crunchy guitars, caffeinated drumming and big ass chant a long vocal hooks. Big pop punk energy if you’re in the mood. Myself I dig it but I would rather toilet tweet. The second tune on the 7″ (yes, fucking 7″!) features some guitar shred, a female singer. Earnest kids, earnest white kids.
YTD recordings listened to: 738
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 392
Not good music: 308
Honorable Mentions: 7
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