@@@ The Faps: Grimelda (Double Lunch Records, 2018) If you took the Jello Biafra and forced him to have love baby with Frank Zappa or Primus with a better voice it might sound a whole bunch like this punk record I got to via an email from the band themselves. There are plenty of power chords to be had here but they have guitar melody as well as a splice into a country tune in the the first tune. These splices continue through the record while throwing down a pretty nice old school emo tune on the third track Good Song. It’s an interesting record that evokes old school freak punk in an original way.
@@@ Alpheus: Light of Day (Liquidator Music, 2018) A reggae record off this week’s WRIR playlist email. It aspires to a vintage roots reggae sound with classic loverboy vocal stylings. From what I know about Jamaican music this record tilts more towards ’60s sounds than ’70s sounds. Mr. Alpheus does a convincing and strong job on the microphone — smooth and tender while not being overly soft. This is not a modern sounding recording which I’m enjoying.
@@@ Firemelon: Goodbye (Self-released, 2018) A lead single from a California Americana band that I got to via a music publicist email. It’s got some strong Tom Petty influences but with a lot of steel guitar playing that lends a mournful tone to the tune. It’s got a straight beat and a pleasantly gruff singer. With these Americana tunes there’s not a lot to write about as it’s fairly straight ahead but due to the miracle of the interwebz you can check it for yourselves.
YTD recordings listened to: 390
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 204
Not good music: 174
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts