@@@ Wand: Plum (Drag City, 2017) Some indie rock off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist record. Many Thanksgiving references in these reviews both to humor and annoy. After a gastrointestinal feedbacky opening it goes into a piano driven midtempo adult alternative rocker. Let me check the bio, Imma guessing these Wand folks are British. Nope they’re from L.A. but Imma guessing they own mad brit rock records. Let’s peep more. They get the guitars out on this third track Bee Karma, and it’s riffy still with strong Blur/Radiohead vibes. The singer especially, he’s especially fish and chippy. They go full on space rock on the fourth tune Charles De Gaulle. The playing is pretty tight and fresh, the singer is not to my taste but that’s just my personal preference.
@@@ Quicksand: Interiors (Epitaph, 2017) The first record for these gents in 22 years. It’s a piquant blend of riff and noise with touches of hardcore and an emo urgency. The band turns on the contrast between the singer and the churning band underneath. The drums are very high in the mix which is a plus for my ears. I’m really falling down on the Thanksgiving related jokes but I’m sure I can annoy if I try. I have to try harder and then it comes naturally. The production here is very polished but not epic with tasty bass, guitar and drum sounds. These guys are pretty serious about their rock so there’s little to jest about unfortunately. Check it out if you’re up for some heady post-hardcore groomed guitar rock.
@@@ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: The Rest of our Life (Sony, 2017) Oh my, let’s switch gears to some super earnest new country music. Fuck, this is cheesy, dramatic-ness that must be checked out. The lyrics especially, but the piano is epic and lends a certain pungent odor to the song.. I can’t take much more of this that’s how painful and awesome this is. If you’ve had a massive Thanksgiving you might want to lay off this high calorie sugary treat as it will make your teeth hurt. We’ll be young when we’re old! Fucking awesome. Let’s check another track, I rocked no turkey today. The second tune is a rocker and Imma guessing there’s gonna be a pickup truck or a faded blue jeans reference in the first thirty seconds. I almost made it, he picked her up in a beat up Cutlass in the first line. She let down her blue bandana and let her blond hair down — that’s a clothes reference — I’m almost good here. This third tune, The Bed We Made, could be mad hot due to the title of course. It’s PG rated but it is as I suspected. Their clothes are trailed down the hall to the bedroom and the sheets are tangled and there’s candlewax on the dresser, and probably a ball gag and a gimp suit for late night freakshows. The great thing about new country for me as well as new country folks is how predictable the tunes are. You can see ’em coming from 10 miles away — like an Oklahoma tornado, you dig?
YTD recordings listened to: 756
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 403
Not good music: 315
Honorable Mentions: 7
Possibles: 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, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding