@@@ Wes John Cichosz (pronounced Chee-Hoas): The Moon Threads a Needle. (Self-released, 2017) A mash of alt-country, blues and other Americana sounds that I got to via a music publicist in Chicago. The band is medium large with horn players and an organ player in addition to guitar, bass, drums. The production is polished, the lyrics are literate and Cichosz sings with a lot of commitment. As the record moves on he moves closer to recreating ’70s soft rock/folk a la James Taylor.
@@@ Gold Connections: Gold Connections EP (Fat Possum, 2017) Somebody (or more than one member) in this crew has been spinning Pavement records overtime! I got to this EP via this week’s All Music notable release email. The singer is putting out mad slack and it’s all right. Crunchier than the Velvets with occasional shoe gaze blast off sections and then sweeter sections. If you’re a millennial hipster and maybe you’re a tad lazy and have crumbs in your beard and you wear shirts with stains and you don’t give a shit these guys might work for you.
@@@ The Buttertones: Gold digging (Innovative Leisure, 2017) Regular readers know my feelings towards the garage punk label. It has a lot of cachet and it is regularly abused as most bands slotted as garage punk bands are not that. I’m willing to be a genre bitch on this matter. What if you went into a bakery looking for a bagel and they gave you a donut??? Chaos, that’s what ensues! This first tune is basically a third The Clash, a schmear of rockabilly, and a lounge-y singer. No garage punk to be found but maybe this donut will turn to a bagel in the next track. Okay, I’m on the second tune and it’s a rockabilly tune — you know what I say? Be a man and wave your rockabilly flag high cuz that’s what you are. The record is pretty good, they’re a high energy outfit and they mix in a little ska and general party vibes into their tunes, but it’s a donut.
YTD recordings listened to: 239
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 130
Not good music: 89
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, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab