@@@ Badflower: Temper EP (Republic, 2016). Stomping modern rock with classic swagger according to Apple Music. I think it’s more like a well dressed college dude wearing a grilled cheese sandwich impaled on his frat boy pecker wanering around a shopping mall parking lot. These guitra riffs are very familiar, maybe a tad so. Let’s peep more, this is a bit of an ugly dog. Oh no it’s not an ugly dog it’s a perfectly swirled pile of dog crap steaming on a cold winter night. These guys were handpicked by the editors at Apple Music. You guys need some new editors. Maybe get the folks who managed Hillary Clinton’s campaign, they did a bang on job! Who’s the dumpster fire now?
@@@ Lambchop: Flotus (Merge, 2016) Some mainstream indie rock off this week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune has roots in ’70s soul but with a white dude with a phased voice on the mic. This second tune, Directions to the Can, is a piano ballad so I’m digging the title but not the falsetto vocals. I like aspects of this record — I like and don’t like the vocal processing on the record — I don’t think he sings on the record without processing on any of the first four songs I listened to. I’m a big fan of energy, certain kinds of energy. This is mellow laidback energy, which I can get with, just not exactly the way Mr. Lambchop is rocking it here.
@@@ American Wrestlers: Goodbye Terrible Youth (Fat Possum, 2016). Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. We might be looking at a sing a long punk biscuit here — big brusque guitar strums, a little space organ, and then classic indie punk vocal melodies. Let’s DuckDuckGo these fellas. I hope you young kids gravitate to these guys are they’re rocking it for you — a little punky, a little ’80s synth action, a little melancholy, a little rocking. For sad loser Clinton voters (I didn’t vote for either candidate by the way).
YTD recordings listened to: 884
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 493
Not good music: 334
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, Bonga