@@@ John Legend: I Know Better (Sony, 2016). The official anthem of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Oh boy! Thanks, and I’ll be here all week. Mr. Legend will not be one — he’s ridden his looks and his penchant for xeroxing vintage r&b with light cheese swirls will not get him to where Curtis Mayfield currently rests. This is Disney r&b, I just want to kick back, have some popcorn and wait for Bambi to be reunited with the moms and shit. This tune aspires to black church authenticity but it doesn’t work for me.
@@@ The Weeknd: Starboy (UMG, 2016). The Weeknd is a big fucking deal, people love the Weeknd. I can’t say I understand why. The production is deft and he sings all right but it’s got this slick sci-fi angle that grates on me. Maybe that’s why people like him — he’s a loverboy astronaut for the alienated youth of America. Let’s peep more. He also sports a hip hop undercarriage with fat booty bass and skittery beats. This third tune dabbles in synth rock but I find his lyrics and his singing annoying.
@@@ Venom Prison: Animus (Prosthetic, 2016). I gotta listen to a bit of metal cuz I don’t want to lose my underground fans. All 4 of them. This is a sludgy, doomy opening — kind of gassy actually. The bass sounds like a man who ate at a funky Mexican joint and could make it outside before his behind exploded. And then it segues into a full on lose your shit jam. Thrashy, end of rope vocals, splat. There’s amphetamine feel to this tune — maybe unlimited Red Bull and a few lines of fertilizer! Let’s peep more and be frightened. The third tune, Celestial Patricide, is blowing out at the seams. Really quite delicious like someone set Trump’s orange hair on fire. Fuck, that would be so delicious to see that asshole sprinting down the street begging for water to put that wig out. #dicknut. Small, spurts of guitar melody or riffs lend a more fractured feel to the already sprayed out drumming. This is pretty committed and fully fueled agony.
@@@ Jinjee: Searching (self-released, 2016). A constantly morphing black music jam that opens up sci-fi, then moves kind of old school before it comes out jazz fusion with a dash of prog. #highenergy Big modern guitar solo, some sax shredding and pushing pushing pushing. Nice work, check it out.
YTD recordings listened to: 939
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 523
Not good music: 355
Honorable Mentions: 16
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, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest, 6Lack