@@@ Weesp: Black Sails (Self-released, 2018) A blend of metal with a tad of grunge on this self released hard rock record that I got to via the music blog Indiepulse. Dramatical singer that you can understand and plenty of guitar distortion. The drums are heavy in the kick drum, but they sound like arena drums as the record aspires to that sound. The third tune goes into a sort of rock ballad with strummed acoustic guitar and a lot of tom toms. Pretty standard stuff.
@@@ Jealous of the Birds: Plastic Skeletons (Canvasback, 2018) It’s a pleasure to hear an indie rock track that actually rocks a little bit. I got to this pre release track from a music publicist and while I usually cannot abide by the baby food the PR people are pushing, this has a strong rhythm section in the mix that makes the whole tune more muscular and makes the hipster female doing whatever much more palatable. The guitar player could use a Red Bull as he/she or both isn’t quite pulling his/her/their weight.
@@@ Brownout: Fear of a Brown Planet (Fat Beats Records, 2018) Some funk off this week’s WRIR playlist email. A little Sly Stone and a whole lotta Meters style funk in this first tune Louder than a Bomb. They take the tempo down a notch in the second tune and bring in the big ol’ organ sound. It’s a full horn section with an active guitar player so it’s the large ensemble old school funk experience despite the smattering of synths. There’s also a fairly big nod to James Brown though there is no singer and it’s more melodic than classic James Brown afro powered funk. I’m enjoying the drummer, and the guitar player and the horns the most.
YTD recordings listened to: 297
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 156
Not good music: 133
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Los Texmaniacs