I’m back after a brief illness — a physical illness on top of my standard basket of mental problems. I kid, I kid, I’m totally normal.
Secondly, it’s been good to see people complaining about Justin Timberlake’s half time show and Prince’s involvement in it. My 9 year old said “he’s not good enough to do the show without Prince”, that’s my boy. To wrap this up, Prince went out of his way to denounce musicians pimping the image and good feelings towards deceased musicians but clearly Timberlake and his team did not see those very specific quotes
@@@ Scott McReery: In Between (N/A, 2018) A new country arena rock single off the Apple Music hot tracks section. It’s an autobiographical track where he talks about who he is — he’s blue collar but he’s sensitive and he likes to party and you know he’s just a great white man. One I would be jealous of being. He ain’t all holy water nor Jim Beam — that’s actually a good line. The music is pretty awful and the whole vibe of the track is humorless. I don’t know if he’s buying what he’s selling but I’m thinking it’s a well manicured grilled cheese sandwich.
@@@ Dua Lipa: IDGAF (N/A, 2018) Also off the Apple Music hot tracks section — it opens up with restrained guitar vamp but brings in the huge Brazilian sounding drum corp before settling into an uplifting and meaningful rock tune. Pop rock, no power chords and a huge vocal arrangement. Wow, 75 million streams on the GooglePimpTube, I’m not a mainstream listener at all. I get why people might attach to the tune — the vocals go from normal in the verse into this big explosive. It’s also a female empowerment tune as her man has been out on the town with other ladies and Dua Lipa is not fucking having it at all. IDGAF — I Don’t Give A Fuck — that’s why it has 75 million views.
@@@ Django Django: Marble Skies (Ribbon Music, 2018) I got to this record via a promo email from Line of Best Fit. The first tune, the title track, takes a straight angular krautrock rhythm section and puts a lot of pretty vocals on top of it. You get some contrast with the urgency of the rhythm section and the purdy boy vocals. You get a weak white indie drum machine dancehall beat and a guest vocalist ont he second track. It’s the basic formula of the opener with a tad (and I mean a tad) of booty shaking. It’s like Devo and the Beach Boys had a love child.
@@@ Hookworms: Microshift (Domino, 2018) Also off the Line of Best Fit promo email this week. We go further into chopped up drum machine/synth bass land which makes sense as this record is out on Domino and Domino is unafraid to throw down some weirdness. A band appears from the nerdy lunarscape and it’s rocking in its own way. The singer appears to have a little passion and he’s going synth rock nutty pants a bit. The second tune dispenses with the dark electronic sounds and gets into some uplifting synth rocking. Happy hipsters by happy hipsters for happy hipsters….
YTD recordings listened to: 68
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 38
Not good music: 29
Honorable Mentions: 0
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo