Music for 1/19/18!!! G-Dot, Late Sea, Angel Olsen

@@@ G-Dot: Fake news (N/A, 2017)  Some political minded hip hop I got to after an email from a hip hop promo outfit.  An excellent guitar part with an uptempo rhyming style from the MC.  As one would expect from a tune called Fake News, the President Cheeto-In-Chief makes an appearance in the track.  Excellent funky sounds, good rhymes, and a great idea for a track.  Check it out.

@@@ Late Sea: Hunter (N/A, 2017)  Somewhat art school-proggy-indie I got to via a publicist email.  It’s got a little Radiohead and a little Yes up in there.  It also has some sci-fi movie vibes sprinkled up in there with an arpeggiated synth.  I like portions of the arrangment — the drums are done well and the trumpet that moves across the stereo field.  I’m agnostic on the arpeggiated synth and the singer, eh.  He’s very serious, I have a tough time with serious singers.  If this sounds like a formula that works for you then have at it.

@@@ Angel Olsen: Special (Jagjaguwar, 2018) I’ve been seeing this indie artist sprinkled across the interwebz so I thought I would peep some.  It’s what I do.  I’m getting Velvet Underground vibes from the guitar and a little hippie psychedelic era off the vocals.  It’s sedated music, that’s for sure, oxy or xanax take your pick, this is America!!!  We got pills for everything yo and people are into it.  I don’t think I’m going to make it through this 7+ minute monster shot.  She’s starting to rock but I’m afraid I’ve been lulled into Snoozyland by the tune here.  I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you need to have some cough syrup, or weed, or oxy to make it through this track.  It’s not special unless you’re high on something, much like America.

YTD recordings listened to: 44
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 24
Not good music: 19

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, 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, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., 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, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo

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Music for 1/18/18!!! Mae Muller, Courtney Marie Andrews, Che Lingo

@@@ Mae Muller: Jenny (N/A, 2018)  Some white Brit girl hip hop/soul/r&b off the Tracks of the Week at Line of Best Fit.  The sounds are all right, medium funky and coherent, but I find Muller’s quasi-rhyming to be a tad clunky.  Fish and chips clunky.  She’s upset her man has a series of gals across the town but that doesn’t mean I have to suffer some C+ microphone work, does it?

@@@ Courtney Marie Andrews: May Your Kindness Remain (Fat Possum, 2018)  Also off Tracks of the Week.  It’s old school gospel tinged hippie rock with some Hammond B3 organ for her to sing over and a background vocal choir at certain points.  I dig the big guitar solo that appears and changes the vibe of the tune.  Andrews has a good voice but I could use a better vocal hook myself.  The tune climaxes 30 seconds from the end which I dig.

@@@ Che Lingo: Same Energy (N/A, 2018)  Also off the Tracks of the Week.  Nice hi hat skitter and big booty bass oozing underneath.  I’m hearing some British accent on one of these MCs and I thought I heard somebody toss the word ‘grime’ so it’s looking like some across the ocean hip hop.  I like it better than a lot of UK hip hop I’ve heard recently.  The MC has good microphone bounce which boosts the energy of the track instead of a lot of cough syrup rhyming you hear out there.  Keep that same energy, it’s all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 41
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 22
Not good music: 18

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, 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, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., 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, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo

Music for 1/17/18!!! Grime Lords, Holy Now, Kyle Craft

@@@ Grime Lords: Violent Violins (N/A, 2018) A gruff MC with spitty energy over a mostly retro New York hip hop sound.  I like the electric piano cloud and the little vamp after that.  It’s a pretty Wu-ey track with a funky bassline, I like it.

@@@ Holy Now: Feel it All (Lazy Octopus, 2018) Rock pop sweetness that’s been soaked in ’80s syrup for more than a bit.  Female singer, no anger, chime-y guitars and upbeat drumming.  I mean super upbeat drumming.  Some Cure, some R.E.M., some Ronald Reagan detached from reality flavors.

@@@ Kyle Craft: Exile Rag (Sub Pop, 2018)  Switching decades to the ’70s and some hippie country rock a la the Band.  I’m thinking most of the members of this band own the Band records, maybe all of them.  The singer, the guitar player, the drummer too.  The singer is not the star here but more of the dominant flavor as he has country rock star energy.  His voice is all right — not particularly memorable but he’s feeling it and you can’t deny that.

YTD recordings listened to: 38
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 20
Not good music: 17

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, 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, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., 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, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo

Music for 11/16/18!!! Ampline, Fake Palms, Hamferd

@@@ Ampline: Passion Relapse (Sofaburn, 2018)  A pre-release track from a publicist described proggy punk outfit.  It’s got a nice guitar arrangement and the tune has a grungy vibe with a bit of emo swirled in.  I’m waiting for the tune to somewhat explode and it is beginning to do so with some epic tom rolls and a boost in the drummer’s energy.  Halfway through the tune and they’re rocking pretty good.  The singer is not a shouter, he’s kinda nestled in that storm of guitars which I’m enjoying.

@@@ Fake Palms: I’m Not There (Pleasence/Buzz, 2017)  Off this week’s CFUV playist email.  Opens up early ’80s punk with some brisk drumming, grinding power chords and a slightly chorused guitar melody.  Good energy, fuck Ronald Reagan.  The singer is down energy sporting a slight loverboy pose.  Very good and surprising section change before heading back into the main groove.  Tight, good energy, B+ track.

@@@ Hamferd – Hon Syndrast (Metal Blade)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email but in the ‘loud’ section.   It’s a midtempo metal track with a tablespoon of gloom.  Things aren’t going to work out in this tune — no Facebook optimism here.  The singer is an anguished caveman and I have no clue what language he’s rocking here.  I don’t think it much matters, it’s the mood of his utterances and the track that we’re here for.  Oh no, a big operatic section with a singer letting his long hair down and standing atop the mountain.  #epic and #strangetransition.

YTD recordings listened to: 35
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 18
Not good music: 16

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, 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, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., 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, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo

Music for 1/15/18!!! Imarhan, Da Cruz, Sly and Robbie meet Dubmatix

  @@@ Imarhan: Azzaman (City Slang, 2018) Off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  I still can’t get the Apple Music working on my PC and I’m having computer troubles with various machines so I’m stuck with GoogleTube quality.  This tune is a slinky West African rocker with a plethora of backing vocals.  I’m betting there’s gonna be a fat guitar solo up in this track.  Right on time with a little delay and some fuzz.  It’s a solid track without being super memorable.

@@@ Da Cruz: Virose (Broken Silence, 2018)  Also off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  An updated reggae roots sound out of Brazil — fat synth basslines and a tight snare sound.  I’m no roots purist and the bassline is poppin’ for sure.  The female singer is rhythmically on point and there’s some synth candy and delays to dub it out further.  It’s also a solid track without making me jump up and down.

@@@ Sly and Robbie meet Dubmatix: Dictionary (Echo Beach, 2018)  It’s world music day here at Deep in the Music.  And if you don’t know WRIR in Virginia is one of the best world music stations in the U.S.  Trump tunes in when he’s looking to hear music from the shitholes.  It’s true!  This tune is a mash of hip hop and big beat — at least that’s what I hear.  Not a straight roots vibe to the arrangement either but it’s got an edge and tightness to it that I like.  Some mangled vocal samples and siren-y synths further spice up the proceedings.  This is the best of what I heard today.

YTD recordings listened to: 32
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 16
Not good music: 15

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, 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, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., 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, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo

Music for 1/11/18!!! Criolo, The Spy from Cairo, Borns

@@@ Criolo: Espiral de Illusao (Oloko Records, 2017)  Some firm and laidback Brazilian samba that I got to via the WRIR weekly charts email.  This first tune is mad sweet, layered with stringed instruments and hand drums/percussion.  The singer fits the music really well — mellow but not slack as the rhythms here are complex and satisfying.  The first three tunes are all well balanced instrumentally with really clear and unpretentious production.  Points also for the undercover nylon string guitar shredding that’s tucked into these tunes.  Imma swing back on this record so check it out.

@@@ The Spy from Cairo: Nothing New Under the Sun (Wonderwheel Recordings, 2017)  A Mddle Eastern electronic record I got to via a December 2017 WRIR playlist email.  When I was looking on the GooglePimpTube I saw this record described as oud funk and that’s accurate — it takes traditional instruments at the melodic positions and puts them on top of an electronic drum and bass.  The tune clipped below (the second on the record) is a good example but with dub production added to it.  There are a couple of dubs on the record and the reggae roots vibes are sprinkled throughout.  I like it all right, it’s pretty straight ahead.

@@@ Borns: God Save Our Young Blood (Interscope, 2017)  Some mainstream pop off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The verse is all right but the chorus is a bag of ass — just a bunch of pulsating synths and some quick tempo hi hats.  This dude, Borns, sports a slack loverboy pose and I almost forget to mention that one of my least favorite recording artists, the mighty swollen lipped Lana Del Ray is on this single.  This is about as close to word salad as you can get and still have a song (or at least an acceptable version of a song).  I get the hook and what it means but that’s about it.  Listen to the verse if you like but turn it off before he shows his ass in the chorus.

YTD recordings listened to: 29
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 14
Not good music: 14

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, 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, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., 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, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle

Music for 1/10/18!!! Dead Quiet, Richard Dawson, Justin Timberlake

@@@ Dead Quiet: Grand Rites (Artoffact, 2018)  Off the heavy section at CFUV out in Vancouver.  It’s more of a classic hard rock riff machine than a super pissed metal thing.  Oh the organ on the opener is filthy as it gets into the power hippie shit of yonder years.  The singer is mad dramatical, equal parts yearning and angry so it’s quite a celebration of unhappiness.  Myself I would rather listen to Wolfmother’s debut record than this but they have high energy.

@@@ Richard Dawson: Peasant (Domino, 2017) This record is on the top 50 records of 2017 at Line of Best Fit and after a jazz-ish opening track it moves into a version of British folk but with some indie weirdness injected into it.  The record has a pleasant jammy feel to it with extended horn solos in the instrumental opener and guitar on the third tune, Soldier.  Dawson’s voice works for the material and I appreciate the weirdness of the record without loving the record.

@@@ Justin Timberlake: Filthy (RCA, 2017)  A pre-release single off an upcoming Timberlake full length.  He is trying to recapture the booty king crown and he does all right with it though I find the arrangement to be far more sophisticated than his vocal work or his lyrics.  Somebody does a good job of taking late ’80s Prince music and adding some more modern sounds to it.  The rock section is ass as far as I’m concerned, he should stick with the Mickey Mouse funk.  The basslines and the synth work is high end for sure and really goes a long way to keep this from sinking to the bottom of the ocean floor.

YTD recordings listened to: 26
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 13
Not good music: 12

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, 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, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., 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, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle