@@@ A House in the Trees: Summertime (Handsome Dad, 2017) Perfectly timed single off this week’s Tracks of the Week at Line of Best Fit. The last time I listened to Tracks of the Week the internet pretty much broke, that’s how popular it was. People flipped. It’s a trip hop beat with a downer male singer that is joined by a female friend a bit into the track. It’s got a faded feel with some long synth clouds and arpeggiated guitar. There is also an Alvin and the Chipmunks helium voice that makes an appearance. This is all about the vibe. Grab some Oxy and kick back, it’s like that.
@@@ Johnny Kills: My Shirt Guy is High (Johnny Kills, 2017) Some Violent Femmes-y (but slower with an organ) indie rock. Nasal voice, very stylish buzzy bass sound. This is all about slackness so if you’re rocking some summer fun-employment Mr. Kills will hook you up. He’s mellow in the verse and he kicks it harder in the chorus — that’s a classic move. There’s a very good chance Johnny is getting high with his shirt guy, it sounds a bit like that.
@@@ Dama Scout: Suzie Wong (Hand in Five, 2017) More indie rock, imagine that! Female voice with lots of reverb, slack and down, a half crunchy guitar and a straight rock beat. It’s got a little Pixies/Breeders vibe of irony and purposely not rocking/while rocking. It kinda comes and goes without leaving a huge impression and that may or may not be the point.
@@@ Prism Tats: Used to Be Cool (Anti, 2017) Quirky indie. I’m a bit surprised a larger label like Anti would be up on this list but tracks of the week…oh you unpredictable tracks of the week. This is a blend of uptempo energy and it gets right up to the edge of rocking without being rock. The singer has bounce and the tune is more happy rock than art school rock.
YTD recordings listened to: 498
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 272
Not good music: 204
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