@@@ Arianne Grande: a light is coming (Republic, 2018) A pre-release single for Disney snowflake Arianne Grande with an intro rhyme from Nicki Minaj. If you want some toughness on your track, dial 1-800-NickiMM! I tell you this with the experience of listening to thousands and thousands and thousands of tracks I have no idea what this track is about. There is a vocal sample ‘you wouldn’t let anybody speak and instead’ that goes circular in various volumes through the WHOLE track and there is a vocal hook ‘a light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole’ but I have no idea how those two things go together or what it may or may not mean. The verse gets brisk but I can’t glean any meaning off that either. So there ya go, it doesn’t have to make sense, it would be nice if it did, but it’s a flavor pack from a mainstream ‘artist’.
@@@ Physique: This Punk Life is shit (Iron Lung, 2018) A full on wall of guitar buzz on a hardcore punk record I saw in the loud section of the CFUV weekly playlist email. Regular readers know that I’m super open to anti-social expression as being cathartic but the buzz and high end on this record hurts my ears. Nice punk rockers wouldn’t do this to me. I’m sure this is full on ripping live but I can’t roll with it, I need my ears and shit!
@@@ Lily Allen: No Shame (Warner, 2018) Sort of the British equivalent to Arianne Grande. I got to this record via the Guardian’s best records of 2018 thus far. I can say that the songs here make more sense than the pre release single from Arianne Grande. It dabbles in some non pop sounds and while the music is more coherent, I don’t find this to be a particularly interesting collection. As with the Beyonce and Jay Z music I’ve been peeping over the past week you have to be involved with these musicians as people to find their music engaging. It’s a lifestyle package which has nothing to do with music. I love the Guardian but just another example of poor mainstream journalistic music reviewing.
@@@ Beyonce & Jay Z: Nice (Sony Music, 2018) Speaking of which let’s keep enduring this record! It opens with the repeating hook ‘I can do anything!’ and the Jay Z comes with his trip. It’s a boasting song with typical references to their incredible wealth — by the way why is it hip for Beyonce and Jay Z to flaunt their wealth but it’s disgusting for Trump to do the same? It’s ill and typically American to flaunt wealth regardless of color, naimsayin’? I find Jay Z’s rhymes more interesting than Beyonce’s here but it is their collective self-absorption that drives this record.
YTD recordings listened to: 349
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 184
Not good music: 157
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto