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Going Steady: New Singles, Thursday, April 30th, 2020, Reviewed

 

Conflict of Interest – 156/Silence – hardcore scream vocals with a rumbling under the rumbling that peeks in and out of focus – B-

Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider – 2nd Grade – Peter Gill was with one of my favorite pop punk bands of the past five years, Free Cake For Every Creature, here he channels Liz Phair circa Girlysound – B+

Far Away From Here – Andy Jenkins, Erin Rae – southern singer songwriter gloms onto smooth jazz – C+

Goodbye Blue – BADBADNOTGOOD, Jonah Yano – quiet electronica, hey aren’t they jazz guys? – B-

Glide (Goodbye Blue Pt. 2) – BADBADNOTGOOD – now you can hear the jazz – B-

Love in Mine – Big Thief – a fragile and lovely folk track outtake off their last album’s sessions – B+

Duke of Dynamite – Brant Bjork –  fuzzy rocker with an awesome lick – B

A Picture Of A Butt On A Computer – Dominic Angelella – singer songwriter indie division with a great guitar sound on the chorus – B-

Sing to Me, Willie – Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson – sweet little ode to Nelson in celebration of his 87th birthday, something of a triumph for Edie as she summons her father’s funeral and her deepest feelings and yet with an ease that honors Willer naturalness – B+

Being Them – Fake Names – blah somethingcore rockers – C+

I Know Alone – HAIM – pleasant if slight pop rocker, their best since “Summer Girl” – B+

Just Like Kids (Miau) – Hinds – typical pop punk by the popular girl band from Madrid going nyah nyah to everyone who offered advice – B

Face – Jessy Lanza – experimental pop weirdness – C+

Twisted – Johanna Warren – new brave new world of Lucy Dadus somewhat harder than folk singer songwriter, topped by a strong vocal that reaches for the sky – B-

Take Back The Radio – Katy J Pearson – English singer songwriter with an ear for folk pop rock, and here she nails down an elusive nostalgia with skill and cotton candy to burn – B+

Time (You and I) – Khruangbin – Texan instrumental r&b band add vocals – C+

Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé) – Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé – ever since that album with her husband, Bey has been in my rearview mirror, it was such a terrible album by her superstar flattening of the curve pop apexes. Enter Megan Thee Stallion, who just hit Tik Tok big time with “Havoc” and signed to Jay Z’s “Roc Nation” for representation, and here the Queen and Princess of Texas hip hop join together and Megan just hands the keys to the beemer to Bey who performs her best verse in years and years – A

Cosmic Dancer – Nick Cave – The original was where Mac Bolan stuck an electric guitar on the coda and  through the heart of folk rock, the Cave cover adds a blood soaked red hand – B+

On the Floor – Initial Talk Remix – Perfume Genius, Initial Talk – Easily the most accessible song we have heard from Perfume Garden, is an electronic EDM bopper – B+

Alive – Petite Noir, Kingdom – aka Noirwave, electronic soul experimental track – B

Through The Bad Times – Petite Noir, Kingdom – bass oom pah pah – B-

Worm In Heaven – Protomartyr – poetic with an edge of brutality when they hit their stride towards the end  – B

Anaphylaxis – PUP – the title means an extreme alergic reaction from the fast loud punks – B-

Osho Tapes – Same – like they just came out of the mid-10s, with a Real Estate ambient wall of sound sound – B

Is There Something in the Movies? – Samia – You might remember Samia from last year’s excellent Liz Phair cover on “Never Said ,” -this has a similar, slow folk acoustic eary sad girl vibe but the song isn’t as good – B

Hayastane – Serj Tankian – lyric written by the Prime Minister of country in waiting Armenia, the sound is edgy Armenian folk from the Systems Of A Down leader – B

In This Town – Sleep Eaters – garage rockers from London with a side of psych – C+

We See You (Taking Aim) – Sophia – repetition driven alt rock – B-

Bate Onna Bo – TisaKorean – Texan dance rapper, dancey first half and full on bizarre for the close – B

Magic Happens – From “The Disneyland Parade, Magic Happens” – Todrick Hall – reached the semi-finals on American Idol Season Ten, he is a great disco performer (and dancer but that doesn’t bother us here) with a terrific party track for that parade I always do my best to miss – B+

Tried to Tell Me Something – Wesley Gonzalez – low key white boy soulfulness – B-

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