@@@ The Ex: Sucking Pig (The Ex, 1980) Some classic angular punk I got to via last week’s Stranded Records weekly email. The guitarist sounds like he’s trying to hack a body to death with his slashing tone. Classic contrast between the bright guitar and the bass sound bubbling Devo style underneath. The singer is purposely ridiculous — I’ve got a tumour in my brain and it’s growing fast in the song after this track Sucking Pig. The most complicated part of the track revolves around the chorus when the lead singer keeps saying ‘sucking pig’ ‘sucking pig’ ‘sucking pig’ while somebody behind him pops off in an indistinguishable and rhythmically more complex manner. Sucking pig lost control, that’s a great line.
@@@ Angelica Negron: El Colapso (fabiandmts, 2016) I got to this musician via the BK club National Sawdust. I enjoy the combination of electronic and world music that non-white non-US musicians do with more ease than in the covid ridden America. The first minute of this tune is dominated by some lush electronic blanket-y type sounds and Negron’s high voice before the sporadic junk-ish type percussion style comes in. I shouldn’t say junk-ish, it’s not a consistent beat but there is some really nice hand percussion here and junk percussion is awesome despite its lowbrow name. Now we get a beat and a nylon string guitar(?) and the tune continues to fill up my headphones. She’s got some nice R2D2 chatter towards the end of the track and overall it’s a nice basket of sounds, lush and well arranged.
@@@ Gerard Way: Here Comes the End (Reprise, 2020) I got to this via a little picture of this dude and a blurb on the New York Times. I check out New York Times music writing to hear how overwhelmingly lame and conservative NY Times music writing is, it’s a joke really. The track comes out of the gate rocking in both a modern and retro fashion. It’s more of a frat boy party track than a heavy classic rock sort of thing. Mr. Way has a bit of sneer-y delivery to his delivery and he’s buttressed with a lot of guitar playing and rock drumming. I appreciate how high the drums are in the mix, I think the guitar playing could be more creative and I’m agnostic on his singing til I hear the black woman comes in for a bit Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter style and she blows him off the soundstage. The mix is crunchy as fuck and I’m not enjoying the resultant static.
@@@ The Streets: I Wish You Loved You as Much as You Love Him (Island, 2020) I got to this via a blurb in the Guardian which has better music writing than the NY Times but not by much. The track opens with a brisk lounge beat and a British dude saying the vocal hook and then spoken word lyrics that get tucked up under an okay bass sound that screams ‘Hey I’m a white guy and I don’t want to get too thick’ with the low end. The tune works better when the female hits the mic and sings. Oy the beat is all right but I could use a variation or a segue or something in addition to the less than clever hook, it’s not that great. They give this a lot of love in the Guardian but I’m not super feeling it.
YTD recordings listened to: 556
Good music, not list worthy: 282
Not good music: 245
Honorable Mentions: 0
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