@@@ Slothrust: The Pact (Dangerbird, 2018) I thought with a name like Slothrust we was looking at a heavy metal band, but nooooooooo, alternative. I got to this record via a music publicist email and it looks there have been some remixes going on, etc. Oh, they did a single with another band but I’m going to check out this 2018 effort and I hope it’s not an effort. This record is slotted as alternative but it’s a disguise as this is mainstream rock which is not a much loved category at the end of this decade. I do find it difficult to reconcile the rebellious tradition of rock with ultra-manicured sounds and FM friendly lyrics. It’s like canned corn, it’s not the same as fresh corn, naimsayin’??!!! Consider this an updated Cranberries type of thing but even mo shiny. It’s also got Smashing Pumpkin feels, not my favorite band. Let’s try another metaphor — if you’re Jewish you might not get this, though there are self-hating Easter Jews. Have you ever bitten the head of a chocolate Easter bunny as a kid and then looked down and saw the shit is hollow? This record is like that. Where’s my solid chocolate bunny you humps?
@@@ Protruders: Poison Future (Protruders, 2019) Some old school indie/art school punk that sat atop the charts out at Vancouver’s CFUV weekly playlist email. Plenty of distorted voice and lots of guitars. At least two! I don’t know if the title track, Poison Future (clipped below) is classic punk nihilism or if it’s some sort of environmental statement or some of both. The second tune sounds like a Lou Reed/Pavement lovechild. Some slack, some knowingness, ya know the classic rock posture. It’s hard for me to make a case for or against this record — it’s got some high energy, I might be getting tired of the distorted vocals and it’s a formula that a lot of people have heard before.
YTD recordings listened to: 322
Good music, not list worthy: 191
Not good music: 113
Honorable Mentions: 0
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