Music for 9/29/17!!! The Aces, Deep State, Kasha, Primus

@@@ The Aces: Stuck (N/A, 2017)  I got to this all female indie band single from a publicist email.  So far this falls much more — oh wow it segues out of the intro to a super sweet ’80s synth pop explosion.  Extensive but not excessive vocal harmonies in the verse and then it slips right into that synth groove which is catchy but a bit low IQ.  The plinky guitars and the pong synthesizers are the bubbles in this ginger ale.  And they use the word ‘babe’ a ton, like my mother in law.  Not a bad association for others, but not great for me.

@@@ Deep State: Time Unrivaled (N/A, 2017)  Another music publicist single.  I’m peeping it because they have the Minutemen as one of their sonic references in their spieling email.  I don’t want to be a dick (sometimes) but I hear more of the Go Gos than the Minutemen.  It’s more sweet guitar bounce than the fried punk weirdness of the Minutemen.  And crunchier too, in the guitars.  That’s supposed to be a little poetic there.  And crunchier too (pause, nod your head meaningfully, stroke your soul patch), in the guitars.  Yeah right on.

@@@ Kashaka : Tropa Da Jogador (Subterranean, 2017)  I saw some Afrique music festival in the BK this weekend and these guys are listed.  But if my ears are correct this is a Brazilian outfit.  Let me consult with the interwebz, ah the webs.  Ah, it’s a collaboration between artists in Brazil, Brooklyn and Africa.  It’s a true mash with elements of hip hop, Brazilian music, and weird ass keyboards that sound cool.  There’s a lot going on but it holds together rhythmically and it works for me.

@@@ Primus: The Desaturating Seven (ATO, 2017)  Primus is back with their original lineup.  The first tune sports a spoken word opening section that is part Lord of the Rings and part Wizard of Oz.  When the music starts it’s more theater show than Primus punky weird ass funk.  Maybe that will commence.  Ah the weirdness is slowly trickling in.  Ah, the second tune gets into the ol’ school Primus — weird Al freakshow vocals and chopped up funk.  I like it pretty good yo.  This is a concept record based on a children’s book which I think works because the singer works that childlike, anti-social vocal tip well.  The tunes have a slow unfolding quality which you have to be in the mood for.  I respect the ambition of what they’re trying to do here. This third tune is the best of what I heard.

YTD recordings listened to: 636
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 341
Not good music: 269

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

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Music for 9/25/17!!! Clientele, Joey La Soldat, Baraka Moon, The Expanders

@@@ The Expanders: Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2 (Easy Star, 2017)  I saw this record on the WRIR playlist this week and noticed from gathering this video from the GooglePimpTube that this appears to be a re-issue from 2012 as there are videos from this record from that time.  Oh fuck off this is Volume 2 and that was volume 1 — damn you short attention span!  There are three pre-release tunes up on the Apple Music and while I don’t dig the title of the first tune Life is a Funny Thing, it’s a pretty sticky roots reggae vibe with a sweet and though vibe side by side.  These guys are skilled at every position with a great singer, solid rhythm section and a spot on guitar player.  I will most definitely check more of this record out when it comes out and it will most likely be on my best of the year list.

@@@ The Clientele: Music for the Age of Miracles (Merge, 2017)  The All Music blurb says this record has a hefty dose of autumnal grace and warmth.  That is some high end PR diarrhea for sure.  The first tune sounds like a slacker Byrds tune — shiny, chiming guitars and an engaging singer.  The second tune opens up with a piano and you know pianos are a meaningful instrument with a lot of emotions attached to it.  I predict a cheese sandwich here ah no, just an interlude.  The tambourine has made its appearance on this third tune and the orchestral slack vibe has continued.  I like this record all right — it’s a bit of a recycling job as this is very familiar in melody and arrangement but people have the memory of goldfish so it will be huge!

@@@ Joey la Soldat: Burkin Ba (Akwaaba, 2017)  I’m going to have to Duck Duck Go this musician as he opens up the record in French and he’s obviously African but I can’t grok much besides that.  Ah, Burkina Faso.  He does a credible gangster trip on this second tune, Microphone.  I’m on the third tune and I like it.  It is African hip hop but it is not so far from American hip hop with synth based arrangements and tight rhymes with call and response vocals.  He is rapping in French so that’s a big difference there.

@@@ Baraka Moon: Bismillah (Baraka Moon, 2017)  A New Age-y world music mash I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  The pre-release single is called Bismillah and I”m having a tough time tying it to a place.  Let me consult the fantastic interwebz.  Ah, they’re from San Francisco and I hear South Asian influences as well as Australian didgeridoo, guitar and percussion.  So this is truly a mash of world music influences and is going for a Qawwali trance vibe.  I like it all right

YTD recordings listened to: 620
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 332
Not good music: 263

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Music for 9/22/17!!! Darius Rucker, Avey Tare, Ritual, Daphni

@@@ Darius Rucker: Don’t (Capitol Nashville, 2017)  Friggin’ Hootie is back — I know he’s huge with the new country crowd but honestly I wouldn’t wipe my ass with some of this new country music.  It’s so fucking cornball, what the fuck?  This is off an upcoming full length.  Now Hootie is different, well not really as he was in a band called Hootie and the Blowfish.  That’s tough to live with.  Is it my imagine or does Rucker look like Dave Chappelle in this video clipped below.  I would love to hear the country lyrics of a tune written by Dave Chappelle as I’m sure they would be way less ernest and more entertaining!  It’s pretty standard, I know these lyrics are standard for the genre but it’s just baby food.  I thought we were adults here.  Oh Hootie we hardly knew ye.

@@@  Avey Tare: Eucalyptus (Domino, 2017)  An experimental rock record from the Domino imprint in the UK.  This first tune is lo fi and ambient and indie all in one sandwich.  It’s not somber, it’s more trippy and inward sounding but it’s low energy.  It also has a distinctly fish and chippy/British smell to it.  Let’s peep more.  It’s a dude and his guitar with a lot of weird ass garnish on these first two tunes.  Oh there’s a single drum but not a kit.  Not judging just describing.  This third tune, Ms. Secret, is the best of what I heard.  It’s still mad trippy but with more energy and melody.

@@@ Ritual: In this Moment (Roadrunner, 2017)  Metal off this late July All Music notable release email.  It’s opening up cinematically — regular readers know I hate the intros just get on with the skull crushing already for chrissakes.  Oh, I heard this during the summer, it’s a blues/ hard rock mix.  I don’t really like this formula but I’ll give the band some precious real estate on this blog which is a huge blog so this space is mad valuable.  Ha!

@@@ Daphni: Hey Drum (Dan Snaith, 2017)  I was looking for a record by these guys but alls I got was this single.  It’s house music with some bass that barely registers on my headphones.  I like the arrangement but he’s wearing the fuck out of this ‘hey drum’ vocal sample.  Oy, over and over I feel like I’m at Guantanamo Bay.  Oh, he broke from it, great.  And we’re back after a little house keyboard break.  Oh Jesus I want to kill him or me — I can’t decide.  I made it to just shy of 4 minutes and he’s busted out into a very funky club groove.  He shoulda cut the shit on the hey drum, edit the fuck out of that and get on with the funk.  Ah well.

YTD recordings listened to: 614
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 329
Not good music: 261

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Music for 9/14/17!!!! The National, Holy Fuck, Get the Shot, Tee Grizzley

@@@ The National: The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness (4AD, 2017)  This was the first single and I’m back on it for our micro examination of the National’s new ‘opus’. This is such a mainstream tune it makes my teeth hurt.  They should lose their indie cred cards — from the smooth background vocals to the guitar riff, the singer’s posturing and the production of the tune.  I’m reminded once again that their drummer isn’t very good or maybe he’s awesome but he needs a Red Bull.  If there is rock that could be more pretentious and ‘earnest’ than Bono’s blathering, this might be it.  Not straight up boo hiss, maybe just a  boo.  I’d rather listen to Kelly Clarkson talk about her coochie, oh I mean her ‘soft love’.  2.2 million views for this video, yikes, what a waste of bandwidth!

@@@ Holy Fuck: Bird Brains EP (Innovative Leisure, 2017)  I saw this EP on this week’s CFUV playlist email.   This first tune is a crunchy rock track with some electronic garnish.  – some synth pongs, and either weird ass vocals or glitched up vocals.  It’s a pleasantly trashy tune but it’s not moving along as a tune but more of a vibe.  Let’s peep some more.   They’re going ambient in this second tune with a slowed down tempo, some echoed guitar and a thumb piano, and long bass tones.  That was the third tune, Raymond, damn you interwebz and your difficult to use music players.  Back to the second tune and it’s got a sort of industrial menace and chugging feel to it.  I sense an impending sonic explosion.  It has opted for the Nine Inch Nails manly dance groove.  These guys have some cool sounds going but these should be eaten as grooves more than tunes that move and step out and resolve.

@@@ Get the Shot: Infinite Punishment (New Damage, 2017)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Some mainstream hard rockin’ metal with big guitars, arena drums, and an extremely pissed singer.  Very pissed and then backed up with huge hardcore chants.  These guys bring high energy while I find the background vocals a tad cheesy they’re a solid outfit.  The drummer in this band should switch over and drive the National around for a bit and show ’em how you muscle up a tune.  The National drummer probably needs a nap anyway.

@@@ Tee Grizzley (feat. Meek Mill): Beef (300 Entertainment, 2017)  Mr. Grizzley don’t sleep on no beef he’s on top of everything.  This is not an anti-vegetarian song, it’s a tune about conflict in the hood and how Mr. Grizzley don’t play.  There are firearms references everywhere and it’s a lot of revenge and aggression fantasies.  I’m not super into it.  The bass is fat and the beats are low, dominated by Grizzley and his beefs.  The tune should be called beefs, plural, as he has many.

YTD recordings listened to: 596
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 316
Not good music: 254

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

 

Music for 9/13/17!!! The National, Moses Sumner, Meanswell, dvsn

@@@  The National: Walk it Back (4AD, 2017)  We continue with the fully cavity listen of the National’s new opus!  The third tune and it opens up dual synth-y and then it slowly introduces more voices, but all light.  I think I understand what he’s lyricating about — he’s a fuckup but he’s trying not to be?  A little help out there!  I only take up a little of the collapse in space I better cut this off, don’t want to fuck up the place.  That is some high end word salad.  There is a descending guitar tinkle and some sensitive drumming.  I get the gist of the tune — it’s inward and looking kinda inward — there’s a political vocal sample that follows the individual performance.  It talks about a Bush era imperial mindset and I get that but I don’t get how that joins up with the first half of the tune.  Then the sensitive singer returns and I’m feeling like this song maybe should have been two tunes and the coupling makes no sense.

@@@ Moses Sumney: Indulge Me (Jagjaguwar, 2017)  Some strum dee dum indie and high register synth garnish off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I’m expecting dour singing to commence….wait for it…wait for it…no, winsome, intimate and fragile.  Better than dour and I don’t like the multitrack falsetto but on the whole I can dig the fragile thing.  There’s not much to the tune outside of the vocals so if you’re into the vibe you’ll be happy.  If not, you’ll be hatin’ on it hard.

@@@ Meanswell: Meanswell (Meanswell, 2017)  A big power pop/punk guitar single layered over with r&b/doo woop vocals parts that I got to via a music publicist email.  The singer can actually sing (as opposed to say, Taylor Swift) and the vocal hook revolves around the singer showing his love that he meanswell.  It’s hooky and a tad long and for fans of big friendly, crunchy ass guitars.

@@@ dvsn: Mood ( , 2017)  An exquisitely manicured r&b single off Apple Music’s best of the week playlist.  Excellent sounds from the thick bass, the guitars and a super tight kick drum sound.  Mr. dvsn has his falsetto going overtime in this track and he says in the track look what you made me do.  He must be hanging out with Aryan ice queen Taylor Swift.  I like dvsn’s look what you made me do much more than Tay Tay’s look what you made me do song — far superior sounds and focused arranging as opposed to Swift’s hot white mess.

YTD recordings listened to: 592
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 314
Not good music: 252

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Music for 9/12/17!!! Logic, The National, Princess Nokia, Mount Kimble

@@@ Logic: 1-800-273-8255 (Def Jam/UMG, 2017)  I think I peeped some of this record earlier this year when it came out, but it has surged since its spring release and this track  later in the set is on fire.  It’s a lush track with stupid lyrics, that’s my first observation.  The record has guest vocalists all over it and this one features two.  The vocalists are going into this section repeating ‘I want you to be alive’ over and over.  The female singer is all right and while I don’t love all the sounds, the arrangement is very tight.  The tune dabbles in some gospel harmonies as it finishes up and I guess the North Korean crisis has brought these feelings of life and death on for a lot of Americans.  This is some mad schmaltzy shit, America what’s wrong with you?

@@@ The National: Day I Die (4AD, 2017)  We are continuing our all orifice examination of the new National record.  This is an ’80s throwback tune and the lyrics are overwrought — the day I die, where will we be?  We’ll be dead, you stupid fuck.  The drummer sounds like he’s running full speed to catch a bus.  I guess the tune is a panty moistener if you dig the ’80s retro rock return.  It’s not really for me but despite that, the drummer needs a Red Bull, the guitar parts are recycled, the lyrics are a step above word salad and the singer seems very impressed with himself.  In Britain I believe he would be referred to as a wanker or a bit of a cunt.  That’s not intended to be an insult to cunts everywhere.

@@@ Princess Nokia: 1992 deluxe (Rough Trade, 2017)  Some retro hip hop off the Apple Music new releases section.  The arrangements are stripped down and funky and Ms. Nokia has a loping flow.  I like the lyrics in the first tune, she throws some surprising lines and her delivery can go from chill to spit with no difficulties.  She’s going off on her little titties and her fat belly in this second tune, nice work.  The third track is a boaster over skittering beats and telling folks to suck her ‘metaphorical’ dick.  I ain’t looked in her bloomers but I don’t think she’s trans and black and Puerto Rican.  Who am I to say but I think the marketing folks would be all over the trans angle.  I’m on the fourth tune and I like the first tune more than the fourth but Princess Nokia takes no prisoners on this record.

@@@ Mount Kimble: Love What Survives (Warp, 2017)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.   The Apple Music blurb has these guys as electronic music with the casual precision of a bedroom indie band.  Though I think the phrase ‘casual precision’ is a bit of a wank I get what they’re saying.  I see it more as a band record (at least this first tune) than an electronic record.  I think of an electronic record as being without the dynamics of a full band playing — this second tune has a heavily accented British cat talking about a hard luck life.  I like it all right but it’s a Brit rock record with a lot of synths.

YTD recordings listened to: 588
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 312
Not good music: 250

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Music for 9/11/17!!! Death From Above 1979!, Alvvays, The National, Afrojack

@@@ Death From Above 1979!: Outrage is Now (Warner, 2017)  I think I’ve peeped these guys before but this one opens up right in that stoner rock riff zone.   And the singer comes in epic rock star style over heavy rock drums.  The second tune takes a pretty big step towards the mainstream — I could hear this shit on the radio, the radio for people who just eat what’s put in front of them.   Ah, it’s the single, I’m not so stupid.   I’m on the third tune and these guys are taking the stoner rock sound palette and trying to pimp it to the non-hardcore.  The singer has a bit of a puss attitude so points off for that.

@@@ Alvvays: Antisocialites (Polyvinyl, 2017)  If the Cure and U2 had a big fat baby it might sound like this first tune.  It’s gloomy and anthemic with a female on the mic which changes the vibe — no Bono douchebaggery, thank God for that.  The second tune takes the tempo and the feeling is mo dreamy.  It’s all right, I don’t like this guitar sound and the wistful major label guitar indie is not something I’m dying for right now.

@@@ The National: Sleep Well Beast (4AD, 2017)  I’m gonna try to go song by song on this new National record because they deserve the microscopic all orifice review, not the kindly ‘I’ll pass on this please’.  These guys are getting a huge pass that musically they don’t deserve.  They might be the best dudes ever but when a long time indie runner starts slipping the mainstream cheese to the NPR demographic somebody has to step in and call bullshit.  This first tune (a live version of the opener) is the embodiment of milquetoast, not toast with milk which is much more dealable.  There is a little sonic dressing to the basic piano/voice serious indie ballad but it’s not only a snoozer it’s completely predictable musical baby food for the masses.  See you tomorrow with the same shitty attitude!!!

@@@ Afrojack: No Tomorrow (Wall Recordings, 2017)  Some Drake inspired booty r&b. At least the verse and then it goes big skitter/epic synth hook in the chorus.  Interestingly, the piano part in this tune is very similar to the tune above from the National.  It sounds like they’re singing ‘I’m getting leeches like there’s no tomorrow’ or ‘I’m getting lychee nuts like there’s no tomorrow’.  Could it be bitches?  Is he getting bitches like there’s not tomorrow?  I’m not sure because the mood of the tune is a tad dark for a mainstream track.  Maybe he’s getting britches (slang for pants) like there’s no tomorrow.  But why so many pairs of pants?  Color me confused.

YTD recordings listened to: 584
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 312
Not good music: 248

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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