Music for 4/17/18!!! Nicki Minaj, Jason Aldean

@@@ Nicki Minaj: Barbie Tingz (Cash Money, 2018)  Off Apple Music hot tracks section, Nicki goes retro in the sounds, especially the drums on this track.  Oh man, right before the halfway point in the track she goes full hardcore on pissy bitches.  It’s raw and contrasts with the LL Cool J friendly style beats.  I think this pissy bitch might be a white girl but I’m not sure on that outside of the title.  Could this be Taylor Swift the bitch she wants to gut and cut?  Hmmm….

@@@ Jason Aldean: Drowns the Whiskey (Macon, 2018)  I think Nicki Minaj might have a much larger dick than this dude Aldean who might actually be sporting a va-jay-jay.  He’s trying to drink away the memory of a woman but the memory is drowning the whiskey and not the other way round, blah blah blah.

YTD recordings listened to: 209
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 112
Not good music: 90

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal

Music for 4/12/18!!! Jean Dawson, Alezzandra, Dire Wolves

@@@ Jean Dawson: Glacial Gallery (N/A, 2018)  Being marketed as experimental hip hop, this is a mash of some medium out production sounds, dark ambient electronic, and good ol’ trip hop vibes.  I don’t love the lyrics/vocals that much but some of the sounds are really nice, especially the minimalist non-dramatical/non-chorus parts.  It’s an all right tune but it’s not really experimental hip hop as far as I’m concerned.

@@@ Alezzandra: Bad Girl in Heaven Good Girl in Hell (N/A, 2018)  I got to this pre-EP release single via a music publicist email.  It’s a classic remake of the naughty girl trope.  Outside of the vocal hook I don’t hear much that naughty going on — the sounds are sorta classic rock with some ‘tude slapped on it.  I want to hear the naughtiness not just take her word for it.  Does she lick church pews and get aroused?  Does she shit in the town square and blame it on an old lady?  C’mon, this is art, be specific, draw me inside your world no matter how nasty it is.  Does she pee on hookers the way President Cheese Doodle does?  Okay, I’ve made my oint, I mean point, I can’t take her word for it.

@@@ Dire Wolves: Excursions to Cloudland (Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records, 2017)  A jam rock record I got to via the fine folks out at KFJC in California.  It was described by them as a space rock affair — a little Pink Floyd, some Grateful Dead, and some string band influences.  The record is four tunes around the 10 minute length and the description is accurate.  I do like the violin/fiddle player as he’s rocking a hypnotic almost Eastern flow here.  This second piece is sitting much better with me than the opener.  I’m not opposed to jam rock but at a certain point I would much rather listen to jazz where the level of playing is much higher.  I can see this working well live for sure.

YTD recordings listened to: 207
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 111
Not good music: 89

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal

Music for 4/11/18!!! Homayun Sakhi, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Hossein Omoumi

@@@ Music of Central Asia Vol. 3: The Art of the Afghan Rubab (Smithsonian Folkways, 2006) Out her Brooklyn way the club Roulette is having their annual trance festival and this artist (and the other two in this post) are performing.  Regular readers know that I’m a big fan of great music and think the non-white folks do great work in the area of producing great music.  There are two 30+ minute pieces here and they unfold slowly but Sakhi can play the shit out of his instrument called the Rubab.  The music here shares elements of Indian classical music but it’s not a copy.  A little past a third way through the piece a drummer comes in and things get heated.  This is awesome music and folks should check it out.

@@@ Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan: Rag Sangam (Self-released, 2017) We move of countries to the east and an Indian sitar player.  There are seven pieces on this recording and they tend to be 8-10 minutes in length.  The first piece is a solo piece but the second one brings on a drummer and it’s a midtempo piece of high quality.

@@@ Hossein Omoumi: Ates-i Ask (Ses, Goruntu, 2016) Music from Iran.  Fucking Iran with their bullshit and nuclear aspirations and their gall in questioning this fabulous American empire.  I don’t mean any of that.  As you can see from the cover below this record is a trio record — Omoumi on flute, a string player and a hand drummer.  This is some heavy and righteously beautiful shit they are dropping in this first tune.  Much like the other two recordings in this post it is a midtempo improvised piece but I really like the sound of these instruments together as well as the playing.  I also am enjoying the vocals which really push the record higher.

YTD recordings listened to: 204
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 109
Not good music: 88

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal

Music for 4/9/18!!! Nightwave, Peggy Gou, Khruangbin, Drake

@@@ Nightwave: Sanctuary (Fool , 2018)  I continue to grind throught the Dazed Digital underlooked records of early 2018.  Here we have a Glasgow based producer bringing the dancefloor bangers.  This first tune features some chopped vocals, classic dance synths, and bumpin’ unt-sss for the masses.  The second tune ups the hi hat but brings in some Asian flavored sounds and more chopped salad vocals.  Mr. Nightwave starts stretching out in the third tune with a fat booty bass and some manic drum machine programming.  He shoulda kicked off the album with this as it is the freshest of what I heard.

@@@ Peggy Gou: Once EP (Ninja Tune, 2018)  More dancefloor action by a South Korean female.  The sounds on this retro leaning EP are pretty standard but the arrangements are crisp nothing goes on too long.  I’m feeling this second tune, Hundres Times.  There aren’t as many vocals as I thought there would be, in fact there are not many at all and I could have used more.  Lots of energy and well executed.

@@@ Khruangbin: Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans, 2018) Marketed as a mash of Thai, Iranian and good ol’ jamming that I got to via the same list.  I’m usually suspicious of such mashes and view them as gimmicks but I will peep this with an open ear.  The first tune features a medium funky rhythm section and a decidedly hippie/retro guitar doing its jammy jam thing.  It’s cool and a tad snoozy at the same time.  I hear traces of these influences being marketed but not overwhelming except in the third tune where the guitar gets very circular and Eastern in flavor.  I like it, but if these guys had a singer who could carry the football I would be over the top with this.  It’s solid instrumental music but if I want instrumental I’ll hit up some great jazz as that’s what it’s there for.

@@@ Drake: Nice for What (Young Money/Cash Money, 2018)  Ooops, Drake has dropped another dookie bomb.  Thank God he’s taking a break from the weak dancehall but when he goes straight hip hop I don’t like it much better.  I like the beat and the arrangement but I find Drake’s lyrics to be mad boring and his delivery could use a gym membership.  I would like to think that I could like a Drake track if it was hot and I recognize that I hate on Drake at the same level as Beyonce but I don’t like his work.

YTD recordings listened to: 201
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 106
Not good music: 88

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal

Music for 4/8/18!!! Shamir, Debit

@@@ Shamir: Resolution (Father/Daughter, 2017)  Some young black male fronted indie rock that I got to via a 10 underrated records of the year by Dazed digital.  This gent has a stylish falsetto and he some epic guitar tones going on.  The vibe is rocking and melancholic at the same time.  He sounds a bunch like Prince (a little like TV on the Radio as well) and he does mix rock with dance beats.  It’s not a straight up comparison of the sounds but the formula is similar.  He does an ’80s rock thing on the fourth tune Dead Inside that I don’t like as much but I know the kids out there are just grooving on the ’80s for some unknown reason.

http://shamir.bandcamp.com/album/resolution

@@@ Debit: Animus (N/A, 2018) A blend of Latin club music and ambient music — that’s what the blurb from the Dazed digital list has.  It opens up mostly dark ambient but then other sounds start to come in.  I’m not hearing anything particularly Latin (which I was hoping for and shit) but let’s skip ahead.  It’s not particularly funk music, it’s dark with some club sounds but without the vibe.  It sounds more like a soundtrack to a Aliens franchise movie.  Lots of tension and foreboding.  The fourth tune brings some more rhythmic energy and a fat bass drop but still within the same framework.  I like it.  I don’t think I’m particularly in the mood for it right now but it’s cool.  I like ambient music where the synths and the sounds are more abstract but that’s just me.

YTD recordings listened to: 197
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 104
Not good music: 86

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal

Music for 4/6/18!!! Kellarissa, Messthetics, Calvin Harris

@@@ Kellarissa: Ocean Electro (Dead Oceans, 2018)  Some indie electronic off last week’s All Music notable release email.  It’s strange how indie electronic is a rebranded term for ’80s major label synth rock.  Regular readers know of my aversion to being a genre bitch but this is decidedly not indie electronic.  It’s very poppy with no lo fi sounds or off kilter song structures.  The third tune (clipped below) is the best of what I heard but admittedly I did not stick around for long.  The singer is all right and the synths sound good but there’s just nothing new swirled in or even hinted at here.

@@@ Messthetics: The Messthetics (Dischord, 2018)  Another release off of last week’s All Music notable release email.  I’ve been listening to Dischord releases for a long ass time so they’ve earned a peep.  My initial feeling is that I’m surprised by the bouncy bass player and the distinctly proggy feel to the opening track.  From a little interwebz searching I see this is Fugazi’s rhythm section with a different guitar player.  He’s okay but sounds too much like Joe Satriani — I could use some punk fuzz or something dirty and grimy to hold on to.

@@@ Calvin Harris: One Kiss (Columbia, 2018)  You know what they about Calvin Harris?  If he’s good enough for Taylor Swift’s high end twat then he’s good enough for the rest of us.  It looks like Mr. Harris has wisely taken a turn away from retro funk to more current dancefloor styles.  Four on the floor but with some techno unt tss action.  The singer is all right, she does well with the limited vocals given to her.  I’m not saying this is the greatest track ever but it’s good to Calvin trying for something in this century.

YTD recordings listened to: 193
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 102
Not good music: 86

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal