@@@ Young Jesus: Self-titled (Saddle Creek, 2018) I got to this guitar centered indie rock record via a music publicist email. I love music publicists, they’re the best! Anyway, if my schooling be correct Jesus died at age 33 which is pretty young. So if you’re calling yourself Young Jesus Imma thinking you’re focusing on the 18-21 period of Jesus’ life. When Jesus was out clubbing and doing molly, it was about that time no? The singer here is pretty sober sounding so that changes the vibe of the band. Let’s peep a bit more as this first one is almost 6 minutes long. That’s a whole lotta young Jesus! The second tune takes the tempo and the energy down to the dirge area. Was young Jesus this much of a bummer? It’s hard to tell — he was selling hope but it all ended in the crucifixion. Well, not really, it began with the crucifixion and continued with the resurrection and that’s uplifting. The second tune introduces the guitar distortion pedal. I like the playing, it’s kinda dour, I don’t penalize for that but it’s not really my cup of decaf.
@@@ Odesza: Sun Models (Counter, 2017) A mainstream electronic track I got to via big mouth music blogger Bob Lefsetz. He says this track has 99 million streams on Spotify so that wins the peep. The track passes without being particularly memorable — it’s medium funky, it’s got handclaps, an electronic marimba and it has some synth patches. I find the processed vocal kibbles and bits to be annoying as they are repeated too much. I can only think that this tune is much better when the listeners is high. The handclaps are also annoying and cheesy.
@@@ S. Carey: Hundred Acres (Jagjaguwar, 2018) I got to this indie folk record via last week’s All Music notable release email. The first tune opens up with strummed acoustic guitar, a minimal melody and bittersweet multi-tracked vocals. Wow, and a lot of reverb so I guess this is why it’s called indie folk as the production vibe is as important as the performance. The second tune opens up with piano chords and a fast arpeggiated acoustic guitar part. And the same vocal sound which I’m not a huge fan of. It’s super intimate and super lush — I wish the playing stood out a bit more but this is indie music, it’s kinda conservative in order to appeal to the indie ‘hipsters’.
YTD recordings listened to: 111
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 59
Not good music: 48
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, Guy One