@@@ Taylor Swift: …Ready For It? (Big Machine, 2017) The second tune from Taylor Swift’s new record. The first tune is a disappointing biscuit and this is a jumbled mash as well. Regular readers know I will give props even to a foul creature like Taylor Swift but this is a big stretch. She so desperately wants to transition from the awkward hurt girl to the hipster ice queen but she’s doing a fucking terrible job with her new persona. I hear the slick production sounds and I hear her trying in her delivery but she’s failing. If she had a producer for this record he/she didn’t do their job — pee yew, this stinks. If she can’t handle the vibe vocally the least the producers and label could have done would be to insist on coherent and hot arrangements for her ‘new look’. It doesn’t suck as badly as that first single which straight up blew but she’s not going to conquer the world with these tracks for sure. I put money on that shit.
@@@ Tuba Skinny: Tupelo Pine (Self-released, 2017) I got to this old timey Americana roots band via word of mouth from a friend of our family. The first tune features a really good singer and a bumping tuba player. Regular readers know that my love of the tuba playing bass lines is not normal and extremely strong. The second song is slower with a shower of brass and clarinet playing.. I see from the credits that it’s a sousaphone and I’m not sure what the difference is between a sousaphone and a tuba. I would look it up on the ol’ interwebz but I feel lazy. I’ve dug all the playing I’ve heard and Imma circle back on this record but it will be on my year end list for sure. Check it out!
@@@ Anguere: N.O.I.A. (Self-released, 2017) A Brazilian punk single off an upcoming EP that I got via the indie music blog Indiepulse. It’s got plenty of fire and plenty of thrash metal sprinklings. It sits squarely in the middle of those two sounds and I dig the drummer. It’s a rough nugget as the lyrics (in Portuguese) and visuals are of homeless young street folks in Brazil smoking drugs on the street. Not for the NPR or the pretend crowd for sure.
@@@ LCD Soundsystem: oh baby (Sony, 2017) This is what an open minded listener I am. I really didn’t like the first single off this comeback record but everybody is shitting their pants over this record. So I will check out another track. This is the opener and I don’t believe I will be soiling myself. This is an ’80s pop rock medium jam with a nice vibes/percussion part but with a pretty cliche snare sound and an average vocal melody. It’s well arranged and focused but this is not a spoiler. Better lyrics maybe, a more interesting mix of sounds, etc. It’s also too long, not to be a bitch.
YTD recordings listened to: 573
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 305
Not good music: 241
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, Tupelo Pine