@@@ Hannah Epperson: Upsweep (Listenrecords, 2016). This record is high up on Ted Gioia’s best of 2016 list. It’s highbrow chamber pop/indie. I feel fairy wings sprouting on my back as I listen. Lots of plinky and shiny in this first tune with a little violin and some orchestral sounds. Think Kate Bush on steroids. The second tune leans more electronica but it features fingersnaps which is not a big draw for me. This is his #3 pick and I don’t really agree.
@@@ L.A. Salami: Dancing with Bad Grammar: The Director’s Cut (Sunday Best Recordings, 2016). #4 off Mr. Gioia’s best of 2016 list. Mr. Salami is a Brit, he traffics in abrasive and stream of conciousness lyrics and he does a bit of a rock thing (at least on this first tune. The second tune is an acoustic guitar love song and a similar lyric style. I like the first tune better. I’m on the fourth tune and it’s been three mostly downer tunes which is fine, but I thought it was going to be more wild than this. I like some of his lyrics, the rest I don’t get the big deal. It’s an updated sorta Bowie art rock sound.
@@@ Train: Play That Song (Columbia, 2016) Oh boy, mainstream rock cheese off the Apple Music hot tracks section. I wouldn’t say that I would rather listen to two rats fuck in a wool sock but it would be a tough choice. This is not your bright orange kraft macaroni and cheese, it’s more like when you go to a ghetto pizza joint and they put a shit ton of mozzarella on the slice cuz they have no sauce or crust skills and it’s that cheap ass part cheese/part rubber. Because this song has mad rubber bounce but it’s awfulness, fuck these dudes.
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Honorable Mentions: 21
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