@@@ Control Freaks: Mindless Entertainment (Slovenly, 2017) Some old school, big mouth punk off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Think the Sex Pistols without the opioids. There’s a more than a dash of humor to this high energy punk rawk with lots of call and response vocals and singers taking their turns on the mic.
@@@ Zack Keim: First Step (Get Hip Recordings, 2017) A young man takes his Bob Dylan obsession out into the world. It’s quicker to say what’s not Dylan influenced than it is to say what is not Dylan influenced. His strumming, the tone of his voice, his delivery, he’s got it going on. Well the second tune thankfully drops the Dylan love with a different tone, slower arpeggiated guitar playing and a different tone of voice. This third tune is a folk Radiohead kinda tune — mournful, slow, he shoulda put this tune first. I think Keim is off to a decent start but he has to find a more distinctive voice for himself. Just my opinion.
@@@ Ego Kill Talent: My Own Deceiver (Elemess, 2017) A mainstream glam rock single I got to via the Indiepulse music blog. Think Marilyn Manson without that tremendous prickface Marilyn Manson. The guitar riffs are pretty standard and the singer is all right but maybe a tad soft.
YTD recordings listened to: 494
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 270
Not good music: 202
Honorable Mentions: 6
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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity