@@@ Eleanor Friedberger: In Between Stars (Frenchkiss, 2018). A pre-release single I got to via a music publicist email. It’s got a soft FM ’70s feel to it while putting out a straight Tom Petty beat and a little, what’s her name? Oh you know the super precious gal from the ’90s, Natalie Merchant!!! Motherfucker the hard drive is still turning, Friedberger has a bit of that.
@@@ Coping Skills: Autostraddle (Citywide, 2018). Definitely some girl punk gals that own Breeders records. The singer is not your most polished performer on the mic and I find that both charming and not great. The heart of the tune lies in the crushing chorus of power chords and yeah yeahs. There’s no need to go on and on here as it is very straightforward rock business. You either dig the quiet/loud schtick that made Nirvana and the Pixies famous or you don’t.
@@@ Anderson.Paak: Til it’s Over (OBE, 2018). I haven’t checked out anything from Anderson.Paak for a bit and this track has the #1 slot on the Apple Music hot tracks section. The creativity of this track resides in the blending of sounds and styles that he’s mixing here — r&b, a little Prince reference, some club sounds, and even some glitch/electronic sounds. The lyrics themselves are not particularly notable but the unpredictability of the mix and the sounds are very engaging. Check this out if you dig fresh sounds.
@@@ Black Wizard: Feast or Famine (Control, 2018). A metal single I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email. This is a single off a record they have out now and I hear an updated classic metal formula with a singer. Not a caveman and not a post-hardcore pisser but a singer. Lots of riffs and power chords but the drummer is winning the Red Bull award for full on loss of nut. I like the end of the tune where the tune sort of breaks down and they put it together and they head out into a monster outro shred.
YTD recordings listened to: 130
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 68
Not good music: 59
Honorable Mentions: 3
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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Melissa Laveaux