Date: 07-06-17 10:42
Listened to a few times and partially enjoyed (+best song):
Fucked Up - Year of the Snake
Goldfrapp - Anymore
Pissed Jeans - Bar is Low
Proper Ornaments - Magazine
Ty Seagall - Talkin'
Sleaford Mods - Drayton Manored
Slowdive - Star Roving
Thurston Moore - [all will please the core; nothing will stand out for others]
Wire - Short, Elevated Period
Had hopes but was disappointed :
Spoon - plain
Cloud Nothings - I've liked 'em before. Snooze.
GBV - usually there are at least a handful of good tracks
Fleet Foxes - random easy-listening snatchlets glued together hooklessly. NPR porn. Grammy bait.
Mountain Goats - why no guitar on an album about goth. Why? Whyyyy?
Wavvves - There are two tracks I like and a bunch I'll never hear again (Come to the Valley?). Better luck next time.
Grandaddy - Jeez, I used to like these guys. Maybe just a misstep.
British Sea Power - The most boring thing they've ever done. They've been
steering sailing toward this.
Clap Your Hands - Downward since first LP. Maybe back up after this?
Ray Davies - over-produced and soulless
Nick Cave - in some ways it's flawless but I can't listen to this much dreary pain
Real Estate - didn't they already make this album?
Gorrilaz - I always take a look and have appreciated the project but this is just product and embarrassingly so
Can't suss if it's brilliant or twee shite. What say you?:
Los Campesinos - 5 Flucloxacillin
(but nothing will ever beat Stealing Sheep - Apparition)
The repeat listeners:
Magnetic Fields - 50 Year Memoir - They don't all work but each has a kernel of originality. It was hubris to put out five discs when it fits on two, but there are a dozen Merritt classics
Rancid - Trouble Maker - You already know what it sounds like, and this will really please fans. It is thought-out and crafted.
Soviet Soviet - Endless - Fresh NuGaze. Not awesome but pretty good.
Mastodon - Emperor of Sand - I give little truck to teen metal, but when the mood strikes... RIYL - erm, Mastodon
Sallie Ford - Soul Sick - What a great singer-songwriter. Stands out from the current bloated pack à la Courtney Barnett. Wait, it's always bloated isn't it.
Japandroids - Near to the Wild - How many great albums can they make in a row?
Shins - Heartworms - Some of his best ever. Catchy as shit after a few spins.
Feelies - In Between - Who doesn't love a new Feelies. Several classic Feelies-type tracks.
Jesus & Mary Chain - Damage & Joy - Like the new MBV, better a decade late than never. If you have followed the Reids, you've heard most of this. Jim released a few of these as "Freeheat" and William as "Lazycame" and "Sister Vanilla". But these are re-recordings (except for the recent single and the soundtrack offering), punched up, sonic-fied. The newly-writtens are just as good. You know what it sounds like, but it's great to have them releasing again and it's strong material. You two boys shake hands and play nice!
New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions - It's an easy assumption that without Bejar it's not going to be the same; that it's an AC Newman solo joint. That would be the wrong assumption. Maybe the best since Twin Cinema.
Ride - Weather Diaries - Different than the two I love dearly [Nowhere-US & Going Blank Again] but in a good way. Better with each spin.
From the sounds of the live material the new Fall [this month] will be welcome.
Found this thread but never found the Best-of-2016, to post mine. Maybe I'll dig it up later if anyone has interest.
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