@@@ Demi Lovato: Sober (Island, 2018) A confessional song about her own sobriety. It’s hard to shit on a song like this but the piano is more than a bit cheesy and the lyrics are kinda grade school. It’s a bit of a wallower and the tune doesn’t really rise above a slow stumble but that’s as you would expect from a topic such as this. I’m sorry she relapsed but I’m here for great songs and this doesn’t make the cut. Try John Lennon’s Cold Turkey on for size.
@@@ B. Davis and the Hi Fi Rockers: Midnight Version (Hoboken Hi fi, 2018) Meticulously executed old school roots reggae I got to via an email from the label operator. You can only stream one track from the upcoming releases but it’s got all the hallmarks of roots reggae that I enjoy. Steady rhythms and tight/loose vibes from the various players, well placed dub echoes and a rootsy singer. Above all the production sounds right in evoking that golden age. I will swing back and check out more when the whole record releases.
@@@ Western Medication: Taste (N/A, 2018) I got to this very British sounding Nashville band’s record via a music publicist email. It’s guitar driven rock with an ’80s pop sensibility. Upbeat with mostly jangly guitars and a wee bit of crunch. The singer is super friendly sounding. Think a love child of The Cranberries and and the big fluffy white giant from the original Ghostbusters.
@@@ Tim Carr: Take Me (N/A, 2018) A retro soft rock/folk single I got to via a music publicist. Think Nick Drake with less depression and put a little Byrds and French pop up in there. Lot of oooh, oooh sweet/sad, flavored coffee background vocals you wouldn’t find on a Nick Drake record. I find the rhythms here to be interesting and unusual for this genre. It doesn’t sound like a drum kit, it sounds like a few people playing large hand drums but that’s just the vibe — given the miracles of technology it could be generated in any number of ways. Carr’s voice is smooth and intimate sounding.
YTD recordings listened to: 364
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 193
Not good music: 163
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton