@@@ The Knitts: Retreat (Knitting Factory, 2017) A mostly mainstream rock record I got to via a music publicist email. I’m not sure how to compare this first tune with other bands so I won’t. It’s guitar driven with post-classic rock vibes. The second tune comes on with a distinctly New York punk flow with some minimal, non macho power chord action. The third tune keeps the formula of straight up old school punk No Wave vibes. It’s pretty good.
You can stream it over here at All Music.
@@@ Bungler: On the Nature of Being Raw (Innerstrength, 2017) Some rougher hardcore/post hardcore from the Apple new music section. Big energy in this first track but nothing full on striking so let’s skip ahead. They got a good grind going in this second tune. Same formula with this second tune, high energy playing and standard songwriting. Let’s peep this third tune (clipped below!) This third tune is the best of what I’ve heard with a nice slashing guitar part in places and full energy press. Oops, my interwebz player skipped to the fourth so I’m now on the third tune and this is the best of what I’ve heard. Sorry for the confusion regarding which tune I’m listening to but this is a stream of conciousness music blog. I give these guys a solid B.
@@@ Methyl Ethel: Everything is Forgotten (4AD, 2017) Some psych rock off the Apple Music new music section. To my ears, yes I went back to the Apple Music and they have these guys as psych rockers. Weird, that’s not what I’m hearing this is sort of proggy synth rock. Just a pube or two of prog, barely there. Let’s check out more. Okay, this second tune Ubu is not psych rock it’s the same sort of art school soft Devo ice cream cone. Oy, regular readers know how I ride a fine line between being a genre bitch but also reserving the right to denounce a record that’s been mis-slotted for marketing reasons. I’ve not heard a whisper of psychedelic here, it’s an updated Squeeze-y art school kinda thing. I’ll keep the denunciation to that as we already have good ol’ Trump doing plenty of Stalinist denunciation. Whassup with the OrangeNut? He’s bigly pissed the last few days. Oy, do you think brother Obama tapped him up? As someone on another site said I got the popcorn going right now as this is gonna be some entertaining (and sad and crazy ass) shit. Okay fans of earnest synth/guitar indie Squeezings should peep this. I’m out!
YTD recordings listened to: 154
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 83
Not good music: 47
Honorable Mentions: 1
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, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Fruko Y Sos Tesos