I forgot to post this on 6/24.
@@@ The Pineapple Thief: Threatening War (KScope, 2019) I got to this arena rock outfit via an old ass All Music notable release email. If you take Radiohead and strip away the darkness and the spaciousness and leave the fragile vanilla rock part it would sound like this. It’s very nice acoustic guitar playing, nice vocal harmonizing but definitely tame when I love wild business but that’s just me. It does bust out and rock later in the track but it’s still tame. I made it halfway through. It’s not that it’s bad it’s just not for me.
@@@ Bella Blair: Gimmie A Light (Frankie, 2020) Modern dancehall off this week’s WRIR playlist email and right off the bat I hear some stony trap sounds put up in here before it busts out into a dancehall thing. It’s sports both an intimate vibe and a thick dancefloor sticky thing. The female rapper/singer Bella Blair works the microphone with flavor. It’s a pro-weed anthem and she goes so far as to sing she can’t imagine life without weed which I find a bit weird. Tasty ass sounds here folks should peep this.
@@@ Orkesta Mendoza: Paleta (Glitterbeat, 2020) Off this week’s WRIR playlist email. Glitterbeat usually rocks the African business but they’re taking a step to the side and doing some cumbia rock with this release. Oh man, there’s nothing I love more than accordion unless it’s a cowbell which is the shit. A thick stew of melody and rhythm including violin, electric guitar, multiple percussion instruments (including the cowbell’s skinny cousin the metal triangle!!) Interplay between a male singer and female backup singers. I’m checking out the third tune Boogaloo Arizona because these rightwing Boogaloo bitches are in the news and I like this a bit better. Sweeter and less rocking but with some really beautiful horn work and vocal arrangements.
@@@ Kate Teague: The Temporary (Muscle Beach, 2020) An indie Twatter listen! Will it be guitar indie or synth indie? It’s synth indie with an ’80s guitar sound so it’s both and neither at the same time. God bless you indie pinheads out there! Teague comes on breathy and this is a super lush biscuit like a blast of air conditioned air across your bare ass on a super hot day. I assume many of you are partially nekkid by the A/C, wait ’til climate change really kicks in ya ignorant bitches! There I go entertaining myself which is what I do when the music is fine but I’m not super engaged. I like one of the synth elements, this sort of tricked delayed bit but the singing and the general purpose agenda of the track doesn’t sync with where I’m at.
YTD recordings listened to: 484
Good music, not list worthy: 246
Not good music: 215
Honorable Mentions: 0
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem