@@@ Ruby Karinto: Ruby Karinto (HoZac, 2018) I got to this Canadian indie rock record via this week’s CFUV playlist email. It opens uptempo with some steady rock drumming and I think they’re rocking lyrics in Japanese. I better look that shit up, I don’t want to confuse my Asian nations. Whew, I confirmed the singer is Japanese and the rest of the band appear to be boring white people. This is what I thought indie rock is supposed to be — weird ass rock by freaks, not tight jeans posing hipster nonsense. I think I prefer singers in foreign languages and this young Japanese lady has shit going on. While she’s out front, the rest of the band is doing solid if not weird work behind her. I’m feeling the drummer, the synth player shooting squiggles all over the place and the bass player, well there’s not a lot of reward for being the bass player. I’m going to put this record on my list for future listening.
@@@ Heron – A Low Winter’s Sun (Sludgelord) Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email. It is a doom metal record that opens up with the tune ‘Of Gods and Goats’ so a little Satanic reference right out of the gate. It’s a wall of rolling guitar distortion in this first track, you can really get lost in it. I like this singer, he’s not your typical doomer, he sounds really pissed off. I’m feeling this second tune as it is a nice blend of darker emotions — sadness, frustration, melancholy, it’s not one dimensional. These are all hefty slabs of noise most getting up into the 7 minute area. Good stuff, thinking man’s heavy music, check it out.
@@@ Pharis & Jason Romero – Sweet Old Religion (Lula) A roots/folk/blues kinda record also the CFUV weekly playlist email. It’s centered around the vocal harmonies of male and female voices singing on top of two acoustic guitars. Super pretty first tune. There’s a full band on the second tune, but it’s still a super sweet affair so I’m guessing it’s gonna go like that all the way through. The sounds are great, the singing is super beautiful so if you’re into the uplifting roots music these two will hook you up big time.
YTD recordings listened to: 333
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 175
Not good music: 150
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, Los Texmaniacs, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto,