@@@ Kolsch: Now Here No Where (Kompakt, 2020) Day 2 of last week’s All Music notable release listening. Title track and the ninth track on the record. Looks like it’s gonna be New Age leaning electronic dance business. Oh yeah, this is some uplifting Disney style clean techno bustin’. Arpeggiated synth pipe patches, a little tambourine shake shake action. A piano comes in and reinforces this vibe but it’s the arpeggiated, reverbed out patch that drives the track. I think I’m about to step out of this as once the vibe gets established it builds and builds with layers and volume and doesn’t evolve much past that.
@@@ Sturgill Simpson: All Around You (Hight Top/Thirty Tigers, 2020) People love the Sturge, that’s what I call him The Sturge. It’s a smash up of Sturgill and the word urge, which is what you get when the needle drops on a Sturge track. You get a big Sturge wave! This is all right, it smells authentic like fresh cut grass. You get that, that reference to the title of the record? Instrumentation is acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass, some restrained side stick action, fiddle you know all the old school instruments. I’m not expecting any cowbell in this track though I would shit my pants if it happened. He’s got some good players up in here and they throw it down, rider lawnmower style. Simpson holds down the vocals with a gruff vocal style that involves a few marbles in his mouth. I jest, this is good shit check it out.
@@@ Mipso: Big Star (Rounder, 2020) Big roots rock/country rock in the Emmylou Harris/Daniel Lanois tradition. The vibe here is spaciousness and opennness. Female singer, big cymbal washes and a general feel of less is more which generally works. Lyrics that refer a bit to the Bible (we’re going down to the water) and a mention of a big star, not the fantastic Big Star from the ’70s. My favorite element here is the bass figure which sounds almost guitar like and drives the track. My least favorite thing is how the tune sort of stays put and doesn’t necessarily evolve much. I let the player click to the next track and it’s roots-friendly rock with a super light soft rock feel. Meh.
@@@ Tommy Lee: Caviar on a Paper Plate ( , 2020) Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee makes a dance record, Oh Lord this is the sign of end times that I’ve been waiting for. I’m open to liking this but the odds are slim. I’m not sure what Tommy Lee is doing on this record as he’s not playing drums. I guess he’s producing I don’t really know. He’s got a George Clinton/retro hip hop beats/Bayridge Brooklyn dancefloor douchebag banger vibe going, it’s really quite a melting pot of sonic influences. The track I’m checking out features Micky Avalon who I don’t know from a cardboard box, lemme GooglePimp this bitch. He’s trash basically, a two legged garbage can. No, no I kid the way Tommy Lee prolly kids. Micky Avalon spends a lot of his time on the microphone talking about his dick which is fine. These musings are far from Shakespearean but that’s not to be expected and I would say if you see Micky Avalon watch out cuz he likes to take it out! Naimsayin’?
YTD recordings listened to: 816
Good music, not list worthy: 446
Not good music: 345
Honorable Mentions: 5
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