@@@ Converge: The Dusk In Us (Epitaph, 2017) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. I’m a big Converge fan. Ah, thank God the bands that discard all manner of bullshit and get on with the transfer of energy. These guys are obviously close to legends and they blur hardcore punk and metal depending on the record. This one (to my ears) has an emo feel to it and I’m feeling this first tune. Let’s peep more. Oh my this second song is awesome, just full tilt herky jerky, coming off the rails hardcore. Same with the third tune, this shit is perfect for this Golden Era of Assholes. I don’t have the time to eat this whole sandwich but this will be on my best of 2017 list in some manner or form.
@@@ Spit Syndicate: Emperor’s New Flows (1 Day, 2017). I got to this hip hop single via an email from Happy Mag. These guys are in Australia and to my ears they are rocking a quasi retro ’90s New York sound. Their accent is subtle and changes the vibe of the track. I would put these guys a few rungs above Macklemore and a bunch of rungs below Eminem who is a rough bitch. Beats are all right, arrangement sorta familiar.
@@@ Willow: The 1st (Roc Nation, 2017). Some alternative music from the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. She has an odd singing style and appears to have a British accent at certain points. It’s an aspirational highbrow sort of thing with big, meta lyrics, quasi improvised string arrangements and a generally artsy feel. The second tune opens up with a classical-esque piano so that continues. I’m assuming she’s playing that interlude. I’m on the fourth tune and it’s a bit all over the place aesthetically — confessional lyrics and unrestrained youthful singing, classical flourishes in places and singer songwriter vibes in other places. It’s a bit messy for my taste and I think she would be best served with a producer/partner who could focus her energy.
@@@ Kid Rock: Sweet Southern Sugar (Top Dog/BMG Rights, 2017) Motherfucking Kid Rock has a new record and I’ve read in more than one spot that it’s good. How can this be? Kid Rock is a super huge dickhead Let’s peep this shit. First tune, Greatest Show on Earth, we’ll see. It’s a classic rock nugget with a hip hop potty mouth. It sounds pretty good as opposed to his last album which sounded like ass. The musical arrangements are pretty much xeroxed, beyond familiar from the guitar hooks to the vocal melodies. I’m on the fourth tune and this one is most definitely a step down in quality from the first three and a step up in cheesy sounds. Yikes. One more and that will be enough Bob Ritchie until the next biscuit drops out his ass. You can call this redneck rock or country rock but it’s classic rock with a little hip hop attitude and this crazy ass trailer trash element thrown in for racial confusion. This fifth tune American Rock ‘n Roll is going to be on offer at Cracker Barrel as a super cheesy biscuit as part of a cross promotion.
YTD recordings listened to: 711
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 381
Not good music: 297
Honorable Mentions: 7
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, James Brandon Lewis, 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge