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Going Steady: New Singles 5-15-20 – 5-21-20 Reviewed


Pretty Money – Advertisement – blues workout from Seattle rockers, the lead singer is real good – B-

AS Tearless (feat. Lalita) – Amnesia Scanner, Lalita – noisy and also oddly melodic experimental duo from Berlin – B

Rise – Alison Mosshart – The Kills blues woman on an average blues work out… though she does have that voice – C+

It Ain’t Water – Alison Mosshart – Americana blues, like Lucinda Williams without the skills, but with the attitude and a somewhat better voice – B-

Hustle Don’t Give – Apollo Brown, Che Noir, Black Thought – featuring the Roots guy on an old school Wu-y track stolen by Che Noir from one end to another with a “this is for my husband” shout out – B

About A Girl – Bully – we are inundated with covers in this pop moment of despair and derangement, most aren’t worth your while but this one is a masterful take on one of Nirvana’s masterpieces (plus one of the great first lines of a song: “I need an easy friend”) –  SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Turn To Hate – Bully – three years on and this personal bucket list band are back with a perfect indie rock track emerging from Orville Peck’s country song, plus  a lovely guitar solo on the bridge – A-

Wayne – Des Rocs – awesome little rock and roll pounder: “Just call me Wayne and I’ll run run run til the grave, cause the day I rest, is the day I’m dead and we’ll all go down in flames” – A-

Never Come Back – Four Tet Remix – Caribou, Four Tet – EDM popper remix from the always worthy Four Tet – B

Ready Cheeky Pretty – CHAI – if you’ve ever watched Asian porn, the singer sounds like one of the schoolgirls squeal but in a good way – C+

Do It – Chloe x Halle – straightforward r&b with excellent singing by both sisters though not much more – C+

I Got Nothin’ – Dion, Van Morrison, Joe Louis Walker – This is more like it, straight up electric blues with two great singers added for featured power – B+

Rot Your Brain – Exhumed – hardcore and does  exactly what it says it will – B

Same Mistakes – Hannah Georgas – pleasant, beat programmed, singer songwriter who wants to go back in time and warn her younger self… a little cliched given her side of the street – B-

495 (feat. Rico Nasty, Big Flock, Big JAM & Weensey) – IDK, YungManny, Big Flock, Big JAM, Rico Nasty – A who’s who lead by IDK in tribute to his home in Maryland with an excellent sample on the bridge  B-

Continuous Portrait – Inventions – electronic mood vibes meets a quiet ambient sound effect – B

Dolly Dream – Jade Hairpins – half of Fucked Up go electronic pop beats and rock vocals – B+

Headlights – James Vincent McMorrow – typically soulful use of that awesome falsetto – B

X (with KAROL G) – Jonas Brothers, KAROL G – reggaeton pop plus the Colombian superstar – B-

I’ll Take It Boring – Jordana – a pretty indie pop track about being an introvert – B+

Will – Remix – Joyner Lucas, Will Smith – Joyce inspired by Will and Will tells us what gets him jiggy! Soft like microsoft – B+

No Options – Justine Skye – neo-r&b , soft funk goodie – B

Brutality – Katie Von Schleicher – this song is so strong, I doubled back on Katie’s literature influence, and didn’t need to double back on the movie that will influence the upcoming album, “Vertigo” -as terrifying film as ever made about necrophilism. An intense  beauty of metallic sounds and keyboards like phantom of the opera with a sense of dread – A-

Daisies – Katy Perry – a very strong EDM pop groove plus ballad on “Daisy” so it is especially sad Taylor Swift isn’t on it – B+

Lose Somebody – Kygo, OneRepublic – horrendous MOR EDM – MUST TO AVOID – D

One Of Them Girls – Lee Brice – nothing special  classic country with a thump – B-

Riot – Lil Skies – nice beat, self love, popping flow – B-

Racks 2 Skinny – Migos – Migos as usual without the sneaky high hand of “Taco Tuesday”

Bless Me – Moses Sumney – well, it’s not “Cut Me” or “Me In 20 Years” -it doesn’t have that well of sadness in it, but it is still gorgeous – A-

Downer Surrounded by Uppers – Mrs. Piss – straight up metal meets hard rocker – B-

Knelt – Mrs. Piss – Chelsea Wolfe and  her band drummer Jess Gowrie with a goth sludge metal keeper – B

Damaged Eyes Squinting into the Beautiful Overhot Sun – Deerhoof – The fourth song off the experimental 00s style indie band and another really good one – B

I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight – Mark Ronson, Raissa – Linda Thompson’s singing on the original is a schooling on sex and youth and hedonism and the sturdy EDM of Mark Ronson’s cover and Raissa’s ordinary vocal adds nothing at all but it is still a pleasure to hear the song as it drips in irony  – B

Try – Neil Young – Neil calls his upcoming album release the missing link between Harvest and Comes A Time, and its first song is a plodding country rock minor work but not bad – B

Selling Candy – Ohmme – i can hear why they are loved so well, I love em as well in theory -the vocals has a touch of the Roches  and the music is thunderous guitar and drums… the song could be better – B

All Together Now – OK Go – the song is ordinary  but (no shock here) the video makes better use than usual of the pandemic induced limitations as they split up the screen by instrument in the arrangement and a musician might show more than once, the bridge nearly saves the song  – B-

Hot Heater – Pottery – sounds like Talking Heads circa “Burning Down The House” – B-

Pop Shit – REASON, ScHoolboy Q – TDE signing Reason has some weird voice, and here with labelmate Schoolboy Q they add a trap beat behind em on a keeper – B-

Don’t Talk to Me – Regional Justice Center – two man noisecore overload – B

Escape from LA – Regional Justice Center – under a minute of brain throbbing mania – B+

Plan B (feat. Brandy) – Ro James, Brandy – straight up, old school r&b – B-

Maggie – Sarah Jarosz – she was great opening for Steve Earle two years ago (here) and just as good on this beautiful folk rocker, a smooth going down beauty – B

(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? – Sharon Van Etten, Josh Homme – if you thought you were sick of the song wait till you hear this slow and tedious slide guitarred bore – D

ENEMY – slowthai – I’ve never quite gotten Slowthai, his rap is experimental and he is nothing like the grime that usually comes out of the UK, but the sound is unique and this has a pounding beat that gets under your skin about just like the NME awards (with Matt Healy sampled at the upstart) where he threw a drink at an audience member – B-

MAGIC – slowthai, Kenny Beats – this is better, thanks to not just slowthai’s rap but Kenny’s drums plus bass dubby beat – B

Pure Cinema – Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – early 10s indie vibe – B-

Guys – The 1975 – not bad, 75ish mid-tempo record but they should have released the album, this is their sixth single off the quarantined new release – B

I’m Not Getting Excited – The Beths -From Auckland, New Zealand, where they killed off Covid-19 in a month, a power pop rock band with muscle and guitar solos, the full monty, and a hook’s hook AND  a fake ending and, hell, as a great a thanatological exercise as you will ever hear AND, AND, AND … a terrific little rocker – A

This Forgotten Town – The Jayhawks – old school, tuneful, country rocker beaut – B+

Death By Rock And Roll – The Pretty Reckless – did you know that lead singer Taylor Momsen played Cindy Lou in “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”? Sure, the sucky one with Jim Carrey but even so. Not unlike this sucky rocker but even so – C+

Information (and the Island in the Sky) – The Rentals – everybody working with Matt Sharp, blokes from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Killers, Flaming Lips, bore me to distraction, as does this melodramatic guitar and electronics bummer – C-

Temperature Rising – Tory Lanez -when did he become Chris Brown? – C+

Excitement – Trippie Redd, PARTYNEXTDOOR – Redd was so bad on 2018’s Travis Scott tour he pulled out after a month, but if he sucks on stage (Trippie was terrible), he is better on record though not on this snooze – C

Zen (with K.Flay & grandson) – X Ambassadors, K.Flay, grandson – indie superstars try to get through isolation with K.Flay stealing the show – B-

Only in My Dreams – Zeshan B – piano lick folk ballad – C+

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