@@@ Jack Savoretti: Sleep No More (BMG Rights, 2016) A poet turned folk star. I got to this record via the Apple Music front page. I can see why he gave up poetry because his lyrics are horribly cliche and predictable — Jon Bon Jovi writes better lyrics and Bon Jovi is on his hair more than he is on his lyric pad. I just wish he had given up poetry and taken up another profession like pouring concrete, HVAC installer, something where he works with his hands and I don’t have to listen to his music. If you want to listen to a poet that makes music check out Leonard Cohen — you might want to hang yourself afterwards but he’s real. Savoretti might also try porn, he’s hot and he might make some headway there.
@@@ Eminem: Campaign Speech (Aftermath, 2016). Eminem has an 8 minute tune called Campaign Speech two weeks before an election and while I thought it was funny to say somehow it will end up come around to beating women he spits some nasty anti-women shit not long into it. It’s much more a spoken word piece than a rap tune – minimalist arrangement, extremely light on beats, just Eminem spewing venom. He made an early anti-woman sentiment, then he set it aside and now he’s back on that. To be fair he’s hating on a lot of people here, a lot. It’s vaguely political and Eminem appears quite enamored by penises and things that go with them and despite my fear that he’s about to pop a clot right on the mic Eminem can still rhyme hard and nobody goes undenounced in this 8 minute non-banger. The last line ‘why am I such a dick?’ is a worthwhile question. He gets points for introspection.
@@@ Roy Montgomery: RMHQ Headquarters (Grapefruit, 2016). A just shy of 3 hours record that I got via this week’s All Music notable release email. It’s a downer indie first tune with Montgomery’s low voice and strummed clean electric guitar, and some ambient goodies for your earholes. Tres Leonard Cohen, who has a new album out that I haven’t heard. Let’s peep more. The second tune, Dear Future Loser, is mopey right out of the gate so this is gonna be a long ass three hours if you make the full ride. I can either hang myself or hang around this record but I don’t think I can hang with this record without hiding the rope. Oh lord, get your big ol’ bummer pants on and get out the oxycodone.
@@@ Crocodiles: Dreamless (Zoo Music, 2016). Calling all Cure fans to this record I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email. Strum-dee-dum acoustic guitar with synth melodies woven in and a singer that is half mope. The second tune, Maximum Penetration (are we doing phrasing here?) moves a bit into the quirky indie neighborhood a la The Coral. Let’s peep one more to get a clear idea of what these guys are about. The third tune, Welcome to Hell, is a white boy ’80s funk tune in the vein of INXS so this is gonna be a poo poo platter of ’80s sounds.
YTD recordings listened to: 842
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 470
Not good music: 316
Honorable Mentions: 14
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Xylouris White, Vadou Game, Michael Wollny/Vincent Peirani, Kadhja Bonet