@@@ TOPS: Sugar at the Gate (Arbutus, 2017) Indie pop that TOPS the charts at CFUv out in Vancouver. It opens up cute and somewhat sultry with a female singer and a melancholic/romantic cloud in the air. Imagine it’s a sunny day with them big ass fluffy clouds in the sky and you’re running naked through a beautiful field and you’re smeared with honey and all these beautiful butterflies are getting stuck to you more and more until there are so many they just flap their wings all together and you’re flying!! It’s like that. Sweeter than pie!
@@@ Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used to Do (Matador, 2017) A pre-release classic rock banger off the Apple Music hot tracks section. Somebody has been listening and somewhat biting old ZZ Top records. Guitar sounds are this outfit’s specialty but I find the tracks in the verse to be quite buzzy and without impact. I’m a little surprised at that. The singer is in full rock star mode and he does all right with it.
@@@ Garden City Disco: Garden City Disco EP (Self-released, 2017) This record (that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email) should be called Garden City Techno because it comes out of the gate classic boom-titch/unt-sss. Then comes you arpeggiated synths and a mellow marimba and your kickin’ out the techno jams classic style! The second tune is much more flavorful with some serious drum machine tom action and a spoken word thing about ballin’ at the club. The third tune is back to the classics, wave your Molly up in the air people!
YTD recordings listened to: 389
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 218
Not good music: 153
Honorable Mentions: 4
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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch