@@@ Priests: Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon, 2017) This DC outfit got a really nice writeup in the Guardian here and I thought I would peep. That is, after all, the point of music journalism, theoretically at least. This first tune is a B-52s type tune ramped up punk style with a wailing female singer. I like the wailing, let it out, you’ll feel better. It disintegrates at the end of the tune into wet toilet paper at the end and they let you peep the embers for a bit. Ah, they’re rebuilding the tune with free jazz saxophone tucked back there and more than a bit of drum bashing. The band is good, but the singer is the star here. She’s really letting it all hang out on this second tune. Regular readers know that I prefer the rough business and while these guys are not super muscular it’s the passion and shit losing vibe of the singer that really takes you into the tunes. I also want to give a shout to the bass player that is some into some pretty engaging shit and Imma swing back on this record when I can eat more of the sandwich.
@@@ Julian Lage: Live in Hollywood (Mack Avenue, 2016) I saw this jazz guitar whiz name checked on a email gig ad from the horribly pretentious Brooklyn club National Sawdust. Lage can play for sure. Unfortunately his tone while not completely pussy is somewhat puss and that makes me less interested in his playing. Less reverb, more overdrive perhaps? In the first tune he ends up playing with some fire but the tone at the beginning of the tune is flavored coffee. I know this observation makes me look like a bitch but if you’re gonna nerd out on yer guitar at least put some mustard on the sound so I can get with that. Is that too much to ask?
@@@ Gravehuffer: Your Fault (Gravehuffer, 2016) A self-released metal record that I got to via the indie music blog Indiepulse. When they get into the first track they adopt a pleasant workingman’s metal sound. No epic production sounds, no operatic singer. The singer is hardcore punk pissed kinda fella and the drummer while not full thrash brings the bologna to the sandwich. This first tune herks and jerks into various different sections and the guitar player appears to enjoy blasting his power chords peppered with occasional pig squeals. Let’s peep more. I’m looking forward to this second tune Of Fish and Men. Oh my this is full thrash, who would have thought people would get so worked up on fish and men. I like both the playing and the sounds on this record — not flashy just kicking some ass.
@@@ Stokley: Introducing Stokley (Concord Music Group, 2017) A super friendly booty r&b record from Concord, which has been dropping musical butter for decades now. This first tune is mad sunny, a tad too sunny for my ears but we all have different tastes and preferences. Let’s peep more. His second tune, Organic, is a slow jam about the hotness of organically pastured kale. I gotta entertain myself people, I ain’t clocking off this blog. It’s not about kale, it’s about a woman that he loves and he loves her all natural and he’s gonna let it grow organic. It’s a little funny and a little cornball at the very same time which is different than present day America and its sadness and cornball mash. Okay, I have rambled a bit here, this record is for cubicle dwellers and folks in the suburbs (not all of y’all) and I recommend sticking with Solange and Prince. I’m all about the new music but the classics have their place.
YTD recordings listened to: 408
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 227
Not good music: 162
Honorable Mentions: 5
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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests