@@@ The Rolling Stones: Blue and Lonesome ( , 2016). I guess Mick Jagger got tired of being a rock star cartoon character so they’ve decided to make a stripped down record of Chicago style blues tunes. No preening bullshit and a lot of old school harmonica playing. There are only two tracks up on the interwebz ahead of this early December release. I would check it more of the record. I’m not jumping up and down but I would check out more.
@@@ Kevin Krauter: Fantasy Theme (Winspear, 2016). A fragile indie folk single I got to via a twert on the Twitter. Lots of arpeggiated nylon string guitars and a fragile upper register voice. A few instruments (not drums) sneak in at the end and it’s a very pretty song. A tad too pretty for me, but if you like sensitive and pretty go check this tune out.
@@@ Recondite: Osa (Innervision, 2016). Some unt-tss I got to via twert from Ghostly. So the label listed on this slick techno is Innervision, but Ghostly is twerting on it and selling it in their label store. #confusing. This first tune sports a swirly melody and a few other synth goodies but it’s stripped down. Let’s peep more and put on a synthetic fabric shirt before doing so. The second tune takes the tempo down and brings on the hand claps — this is not the hardcore techno business, this is techno for folks with jobs who have to get up in the morning. Or pay too much for clothes at a Manhattan rag shop with this in the background. Solid B.
YTD recordings listened to: 894
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 498
Not good music: 339
Honorable Mentions: 15
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