@@@ Stanford Prison Experiment: The Gato Hunch (Records DK, 2018). I was surprised to see this band on Apple Music’s new release section. I wore out Wrecreation from back in the day, the 00s, oughts or whatnot. They don’t seem like they got all flabby and moody or changed much — they offer a pretty aggro but not hardcore punk experience to those like it. Really good singer and a very good drummer. Their young men playing vibe is there because this is a reissue of a 1995 record which was a pretty long ass time ago and they were younger as we all were if you were even here. This tune below gets a nice grind going, check it out.
@@@ Tal National: Tantabara (Fat Cat, 2018). I had to get a new Mac mini for some live sound work that I’m doing and the version of iTunes it has on it has a new feature where it will make recommendations based on what I have in my ‘library’. So it coughed up this new record by Tal National, which is an outfit that I’m all over. They take a classic African guitar centered style and shoot Red Bull up its ass. Speed up the tempo, stack up the melodies and push push push. There is so much guitar in these tracks, also off the last record as well, it’s almost post apocalyptic. This gorgeous spaghetti mess of an arrangement I find to be delicious. When I hear this band I think that most indie rock musicians can’t even conceive of playing in this quirky, hyper stimulating manner, never mind do it. These guys can actually record this shit, it’s amazing and I don’t use the word amazing lightly. Imma circle back on this record but it’s gonna end up on my year end list. I’m on the third tune and it sounds like an over caffeinated Frank Zappa track, layered with weird melodies and shot through with polyrhythm. If you think you can handle it check it out, it’s a joy.
YTD recordings listened to: 158
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 82
Not good music: 72
Honorable Mentions: 3
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