@@@ Brian Fallon: Painkillers (Island, 2016). If Bruce Springsteen had a baby with Bryan Adams it would sound like this guy. A gruff voice and super poppy arrangements behind him — like ginger ale with a little sand in it. The guitars are so jangly they make your teeth hurt. These may be the most guitar jangle I’ve ever heard. Big mainstream production, tambourine in the second song and I’m expecting cow bell soon.
@@@ Flatbush Zombies: 3001: A Laced Odyssey (Glorious Dead, 2016) Psychedelic hip hop off the Apple Music front page. Same with Mr. Janglebones up above. While I dig the massive bass pulses and the multiple MC attack I think they’re going for an updated Wu Tang Clan vibe and the arrangements aren’t quite up to prime RZA productions. Solid B, but I could have used more psychedelia.
@@@ Mykki Blanco: Gay Dog Food (Uno NYC, 2014). I saw this left field hip hop/queercore artist on this week’s Aquarius Records’ weekly email. This first tune is electro, sparse, and more than a tad ago. This second tune, New Feelings is certainly not politically correct but he’s flying the freak flag high fo sure. I’m not sure he’s trying to rock the mic in a particular way he’s just letting it all hang out. He’s got some nice sounds going around him.
YTD recordings listened to: 244
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 135
Not good music: 89
Honorable Mentions: 5
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Matt Walker, Divanhana, Troum, Unrestrained, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb, Los Hacheros