@@@ Hooded Fang: Dynasty House (Daps, 2017) An indie rock EP I got to via this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. There is plenty of krautrock and angular Wire type guitar rock to go around here. The singer is purposely detached and I dig the drummer who pushes the tunes along well. The second tune, Sisters and Sons is a big fast uptempo rocker and I continue to dig the drummer and the singer not so much. I’m getting big Devo flashbacks on this fourth tune so this is looking like a big nerd rock festival.
@@@ Do Make Say Think: Stubborn Persistent Illusions (Constellation, 2017) Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Yippee, more indie rock, though this is of a different subgenre. The record consists mostly of longer (6+ minutes) jams so it has a bit of a granular, slow unfolding feel. Big epic guitars but not macho and there’s more than a schmattering of prog up in here. This second tune, Horripilation, makes me feel like I’m sailing across the ocean and it’s windy but not stormy and there are a lot of stars out — it feels tense but we have food and it looks like we’re going to make it. Metaphorical yo! Solid B on this epic indie rock.
@@@ Noah Cyrus: I’m Stuck (Records, LLC, 2017) Miley Cyrus’ stepsister gets into the game with an uplifting, super modern love single I got to via the Apple Music hot tracks section. It combines down home mainstream hick rock in the verse and then it gets all EDM and shit in the verse. Be forewarned it is a cheesy eruption in the chorus for sure. You get some whoo hoos in the chorus as well as some nah nahs, and regular readers know how much I love a woo hoo and a nah nah. So uplifting it will make your teeth hurt. Plus, I don’t think this is Miley Cyrus’ sister, that was bullshit.
YTD recordings listened to: 320
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 185
Not good music: 123
Honorable Mentions: 2
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, 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, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver