Music for 4/14/20!!! The Strokes, Sunwatchers, Pokey LaFarge, NIGHTWISH

@@@ NIGHTWISH: Music (Nuclear Blast, 2020) Hard rock off this week’s All Music notable releae email.  This is a 7 minute track so it’s gonna unfold slowly, it starts out dark ethno (vaguely world) before it gets into an Middle Eastern melody and a lot of drumming.  Very dramatical and theatrical and I’m dreading a bit when the power chords come in.  I thought it would be nigh impossible to combine New Age sounds with hard rock sounds but they’ve done it for sure.  Wow, it gets weirder with a trilly female singer, this is just an odd biscuit.  A bit operatic, a bit New Age, a bit world, a bit weird.  This is some Disney shit but Disney after a hit of acid.  At 4:50 it goes full cheese bomb, fragments of cheese flying everywhere!  Have you ever seen a dog that’s so ugly that it’s kind of cute?  This tune is like that.  I can’t believe a human mind put this together and thought they this is happening, I don’t know what they were thinking.  Check it out just to witness the madness.  Maybe they have fans that tune in just for what they’re shovelling.

@@@ Pokey LaFarge: End of My Rope (New West Records, 2020)  A retro county rock track with classic country elements.  Straighter than an arrow beat, a fat swelly organ, and LaFarge’s voice fits perfectly within the country tradition.  Nice clean arrangements and very high band energy with modern but not cartoonish lyrics.

@@@ Sunwatchers: Brown Ice (Drones Against Drones, 2020) Slotted as avant garde jazz on Apple Music to my ears it sounds more like party jazz rock.  It’s got a rolling beat, some rocking guitars and a circular sax figure to start out this almost 6 minute track.  I like the combination of sounds but I feel a bit caught in a Groundhog Day circular thing as I wish it would break out of its established groove and then return.  It does a bit and I appreciate the guitar shred solo.  Lots of energy.  It explodes itself in the final minute and wow I dig that but could have used that 3 minutes ago.

@@@ The Strokes: The Adults are Talking (Columbia, 2020)  Ah, the Strokes!  When folks talk about white privilege do they mean the Strokes?  #joke.  This track is the first single and it’s less spiky and more slicked back than version 1.0 Strokes.  I dig it after shitting on their white privilege, who’s a white supremacist now.  It’s quiet in the verse so I’m guessing it’s gonna explode in the chorus.  It changes to a chord higher and boy it sounds like these guys decided they wanted to sound like Vampire Weekend and come with the sophisto mainstream high IQ indie flavored business.  Not the Weeknd btw.  The singer goes falsetto amidst a driving guitar part in the right can and an arpeggiated guitar figure in the left can and it is a crescendo with 90 seconds to go.  I dig this, it might have thought about being a bit shorter but that’s just me.

YTD recordings listened to: 274
Good music, not list worthy: 147
Not good music: 121

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge,

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