@@@ Marilyn Manson: Heaven Upside Down (Concord, 2017) Fantastic, there’s nothing America needs more than a new Marilyn Manson album! Manson reminds me of bag of chips that you buy in the supermarket — it’s huge bag but it’s half air with some greasy shit at the bottom. Or think of it this way — he’s a snake oil salesman pretending to be Satan. On this first tune he borrows from the Nine Inch Nails playbook with some tense aggro for his posturing and sonic horseshit. The second tune is glammy straight arena rock that you might find in a new country tune. I desperately urge the youth of America to seek out something else besides the Manson clownshow. If you want the rough shit for real there’s plenty of heavy metal out there. If you want mainstream rock just listen to that and fuck this asshole in mascara.
@@@ The Black Dahlia Murder: Nightbringers (Metal Blade, 2017) I got to this record this week’s All Music notable release email. This is in the classic metal/thrash neighborhood with a pumped up drummer. Wow, they’re all mad pumped up. These guys are not the roughest gents on the block but they put Marilyn Manson’s pony ass on a piece of toast and have him as a shitty snack. Regular readers know that I’m not a huge fan of the classic metal but these guys bring it hard and they’re quite committed to what they’re doing.
@@@ Gill Landry: Love Rides a Dark Horse (ATO, 2017) An Americana record from this week’s All Music notable release email and from a member of Old Crow Medicine Show. The instrumentation on this first track is fiddle, acoustic guitar, piano, shaker and and bass. It’s more old school than alt. The vibe on this first track, Denver Girls is more faded and melancholy than partyistic. Landry’s voice is very low register so that plays a role in creating that impression. The second tune features some lovely sparse electric guitar playing to go with some slide guitar in the back and the strummed acoustic. This is on the downer trip, which is fine, I like downer music. If you dig the classic miserable old school country where it’s all heartbreak and isolation Landry will hook you up!
@@@ Metro Boomin: Blue Pill ( , 2017) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section. It may turn into a dance floor banger but is a laid-back skitter with some all right rhymin’ and some less than all right Auto tuned vocals. Oh there are two autotuned vocals here. Outside of the vocals, the bass, and the beat there is a little keyboard floating through but it’s mostly a stoned out track by a couple of gents who sound like they’re stoned and free styling on the microphone. Skip the blue bill yo.
YTD recordings listened to: 648
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 348
Not good music: 274
Honorable Mentions: 6
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