@@@ The Chicks: March March (Sony, 2020) I saw a rehashing of the drama unfolding over these badass Texas women in the runup to the Iraq war and their recent name change disavowing the Dixie part of their name. The interest here resides in the lyrics as the sounds are pretty straightforward modern country. They call out climate change deniers, gun nuts, all sorts of ill American behaviors. The arrangement is purposely stripped down which serves to highlight the fiddle solo better. I have to take back the statement that these are straightforward country songs, it never really gets to that. They have a nice ambient electronic sound in there, the fiddle solo, a marching snare roll, it’s a pretty fresh mix for the genre the Chicks are working in. These women are super smart with soul and looking to make trouble. This is a pre-release track.
@@@ Holly Humberstone: Overkill ( 2020) I listen to the recommendations of music biz blogger/sometimes big mouth Bob Lefsetz — I don’t usually feel the things he recommends as his taste is overly mainstream but I like to know what’s floating out there in the big ol’ interwebz in the sky. It’s a straight rock track with low energy in the verse that steps up to a stack of vocal tracks in the chorus. It also sports a bit of singer/songwriter in there. Some new sounds come along on top of a pretty familiar bass and drum framework. This stands as an outstanding example of adult alternative — it hints at rocking without exploding into full rocking, it’s a bit songwriter, it’s a feeling. I’m not quite sure what the feeling is but it’s a feeling. I think it has something to do with breaking out of one place into another in your mind within the context of a frustrating relationship. That’s my theory and I’m sticking with it. If the vocals are going to be that sweet, I think there should be more crunch in the arrangement.
@@@ Freddie Dickson: Touch Over Distance (Self-released, 2020) I was contacted by a European music publicist about this track via email. This track is not up on Apple Music so feel free to stream it on the GooglePimp. It’s a blend of lonesome country and a bit of singer/songwriter guitar strum up in there. Big spacious sounds and fragile singing highlight this track and I’m liking this track more than I expected. Dickson’s gender defying voice carries the track.
@@@ Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit: My Friend, Blood Shaking My Heart (Jinya Disk, 1975) I saw this Japanese guitarist’s music reissued on vinyl over at Stranded Records. This is old school free jazz freakout material right here. Squealing guitar, chaotic drumming, bipping and bapping horns, etc. It’s a 20 minute banger so I will have to wait a few minutes to see how it rolls in the first third here. It is impressively blustery with a two guitar attack and a commitment to vein popping energy wail. One threedling guitar blast and another slow rolling feedback-y swelling up from underneath. As this storm continues to rage I’m starting to feel this blend of insanity with the horns and the wah wah guitar and the drums combining into a skull scraping mental enema.
YTD recordings listened to: 516
Good music, not list worthy: 259
Not good music: 228
Honorable Mentions: 0
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