The Black Keys "Lo/Hi" - Pretty groovy, I like it. Nothing very innovative but fun.
Townes Van Zandt "Sky Blue" - More info here: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/28/69671802 ... t-sky-blue
Lots of nice solo vocal and fingerpicked acoustic guitar songs, classic folk, including a great rendition of "Pancho and Lefty"
Holly Conlan "Dust" - This is an EP by the sister of a former coworker of mine. The music is nice and she can sing but she does that same thing that all indie/pop women singers have been doing for 15-20yrs that I can't stand. Hilarious breakdown of the vocal tropes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-0K77ccAOU
and more in depth analysis here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNtonlvglu8
Foals "Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost" - Arcade Fire esque, 80s synth influence, maybe a little Talking Heads vibe laying into some decent grooves, don't love the singer though, overall kinda meh
Sigrid "Sucker Punch" - Not my cup of tea, electronic stuff with yet another woman "hip singing"
Stella Donnelly "Beware of the Dogs" - More of a live/band/acoustic style thing, which I like. The singing's good, less "hip singing" style, and she's Australian so she gets a pass for some of that. Sounds a little twee sometimes, in a good way.
Helado Negro "This Is How You Smile" - Very mellow, kinda reminds me of low key Yo La Tengo stuff, might go back to this in the right setting
Dido "Still On My Mind" - Seems pretty true to form, I wasn't super into her before, still think this is just OK
Amanda Palmer "There Will Be No Intermission" - Kinda snoozy :/
Man, there are so many albums. I have no idea what 90+% of them are. It's a little mind melting to just try one after another after another and not give them much of a chance. Music overload!
The Coathangers "Devil You Know" - Punk, touch poppy and maybe slightly twee, not bad
Kari Faux "Cry 4 Help" - Huh, I actually liked this, more than I thought, hip-hop, kinda early 90s retro but mixed with modern, still with the soft vowel mushed mouth-y thing from "hip singing" though ugh, also some 70s rnb/funk retro a la Childish Gambino's "Awaken My Love"
Ten Fé "Future Perfect, Present Tense" - Bad to some pretty straight alt rock, also just ok, I appreciate the very straightforward drum and bass and guitar lineup.
Indoor Pets "Be Content" - Good indie rock, amped up fast paced poppy, singer kinda reminds me of the Vampire Weekend singer, maybe a little too much 100% loud all the time, could just be the mastering though
Meat Puppets "Dusty Notes" - liked it
Hannah Georges "Imprints" - Fuck, if any more women sing like Dolores O'Riordan I'm going to puke (no disrespect, just, aargh) ... pass ... oh man, it's covers too anyway, ugh
Patty Griffin "Patty Griffin" - I guess I'm just an old fogey, this is the first thing that's sounded like "real music" to me for most of the night...
MC Frontalot "Net Split etc." - Still doing his thing, going strong
Nick Waterhouse "Nick Waterhouse" - Totally retro but to a time and vibe that works for me