@@@ BigHate: Death Wish EP (Self-released, 2017) A visceral and updated classic metal sound from a female fronted Italian metal band. A big wall of guitars and they aren’t afraid to beat you down with them. The drummer is also quite a bruising and pumped up kinda gent. The energy is super high but the production is polished and a bit sweet so you have to be into that. A less shiny production sound works better for me but metal lovers should check out this singer, she sounds more than a bit insane.
@@@ Tony Molina: Kill the Lights (Slumberland, 2018) Jangly guitar record off last week’s All Music notable release email. Reaches way back to the hippie era of the Byrds and California jangle rock as well as Alex Chilton and Big Star (and ooh a little bit of Norwegian Wood acoustic Beatles as well). It has the required slackness/mope sauce that today’s indie listeners seem to need on top of the old school jangle. They most definitely have the guitar sounds and the playing down pat but I don’t know why someone who likes this style wouldn’t head over to Big Star’s Radio City and just camp their asses out.
@@@ Iggy Pop & Underworld: Tea Time Dub Encounters (Caroline, 2018) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. I think it’s hilarious they have a track called Get Your Shirt as I haven’t seen a picture of Iggy Pop with a shirt on in decades! The first tune opens up brisk dance floor and then Iggy comes on with the spieling. He goes into some old school decadence thing where he celebrates how you used to be able to smoke cigarettes and do blow on airplanes. I guess so. I’m on the second tune and the sounds thus far are video game machine on speed, in that neighborhood. I like the third tune, the Big Song because the spoken word subject is more engaging and quite un-Iggy like. Surprisingly introspective. It’s an interesting collaboration that hinges upon whether you want to hear Iggy Pop talk about his life — I’m interested at points, at other points I could give a shit.
@@@ Aaron Martin: Touch Dissolves (IKKI, 2018) I saw this recording mentioned on the Twatter by a jazz writer so here we are. Martin is an improvising cellist who specializes in creating pieces that evoke tranquility. The first tune is A Child’s Arms are Moonlight — I like the music all right but I think that’s an awful name for a tune. It’s just too New Age-y for me. The piece is multilayered and focused on long tones with some pulses that rings and some bow work/vibrato that gives you a nice tremolo-ish tone. The second tune focuses on more higher string strumming that gives the impression of a uke with a little calm singing as one might sing to the child with the moonlight arms (oy). It’s pretty music if not predictable.
YTD recordings listened to: 445
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 226
Not good music: 197
Honorable Mentions: 5
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