Music for 10/16/17!!! Crowd Company, Kelly Moran, King Khan

@@@ Crowd Company: Fever (N/A, 2017)  A pre-release single from a UK funk outfit that I got to via a music publicist email.  Female singer, full horn section, funky wah wah hook — the tune is rooted in ’70s funk but it has a hint of mellowness to it.  I like the vibe but the tune doesn’t leave a huge impression on me say the way the opening track to Curtis Mayfield’s first solo record does.

@@@ Kelly Moran: Bloodroot (Telegraph Harp, 2017)  I saw this pianist on a performance promo email from the adventurous music club Roulette in Brooklyn.  The first tune is a blend of piano but part of the piano has been blocked  and is buzzing and resonating strangely instead of well, sounding like a piano.  It’s a solo piece.  I like the second piece as well.  I would describe her tunes as having classical music components but also some improv and straight weirdness.  A mix of sweetness and not so sweet.   Ooh I really like the third tune, I’m going to have to swing back on this record.

@@@ King Khan: Murderburgers (Ernest Jennings, 2017)  I’ve peeped King Khan before and he’s a trip.  A blend of funk, spaghetti western, and some psych all mashed up.  These first two tunes have a distinctly retro vibe to them, the second being a cracked country flow and the first one touting more psych.  Maybe I’m getting King Khan mixed up with somebody else but I remember him being mo funky.  This is a West Coast weird rock record.  I like it all right, it has similarities to a Frank Zappa record but a bit straighter.

YTD recordings listened to: 669
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 360
Not good music: 282

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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, James Brandon Lewis, 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Kelly Moran

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Music for 10/13/17!!! Pollens, Boogat, Blue Hawaii

@@@ Pollens: Words (N/A, 2017)  I got to this Devo-esque with a splash of indie dance single via a music publicist.  Also a few David Byrne pubes.  Outside of a wide and simple bass line it’s a lot of percussive elements and the male and female singer doing their ‘avant pop’ thing.  It makes sense that somebody would update the Talking Heads’ white people polyrhythmic approach and they do it with enthusiasm.

@@@ Boogat: San Cristobal Baile Inn (Maisonette, 2017)  I got to this Latin dance record splashed with some rock sounds via this week’s WRIR chart email.  This first tune features a light club groove, some rock guitar and a vocalist working the mic very rhythmically.  The second tune definitely evokes the old school Cali band, Sublime with some lazy shuffling a good time kicking back.  Whatever genres this record borrows from everything I’ve heard is very rhythmic.

@@@ Blue Hawaii: Tenderness (Arbutus, 2017)  Indie electronic music off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Any notions of flowered wreaths is put to rest by the classic unt-sss of the opening track.  I appreciate the stripped down arrangements as it allows the listener to focus more closely on what is presented to them.  This tune features some bouncy synth bass, some occasional string flourishes, a short sax figure that floats by and a female singer that I dig.  I would call this an awkwardly funky record — the singer is a tad hesitant on the mic and there’s a sort of stream of consciousness feel to the arrangements that create this impression.  I’m not a huge indie electronic guy but these guys do their thing unabashedly with a different sort of energy.

YTD recordings listened to: 666
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 359
Not good music: 281

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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, James Brandon Lewis, 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/12/17!!! Lil Pump, Shigeto, No Warning

@@@ Lil Pump: Lil Pump (Warner Bros, 2017)  The Apple Music blurb says this record is stuffed with mosh pit anthems so I thought it was a metal record.  However, apparently the hip hop crowd has commandeered the mosh pit and it’s now part of the trap scene.  I’m not sure whether to refer to him as Mr. Lil or Mr. Pump, but whatever you want to call him he’s not very interested in contributing to society.  He’s all about the thuggin’.  He also appears to be thugging every day so he’s quite committed.  It’s pretty standard hip hop — lots o buzzy bass junk in the trunk, skittery beats and call and response vocals playing a central role in the arrangement.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lil Pump end up incarcerated.  40 million views for Gucci Gang, Lil Pump be pumpin’!!!

@@@ Shigeto: The New Monday (Ghostly, 2017)  I’ve put Shigeto records on my year end list before so I owe them a peep.  This first tune is a hybrid of chill techno and soft jazz fusion.  Smooth sax solo, some electric keyboards plinking and a low Barry White voice getting it on at a low volume.  Not literally getting it on.  Oh shit, the second tune is called Barry White!  I didn’t know, I swear.  They switch it up a bit and bring in a MC which changes the flow of the track.  The dude from the opener should be on this one!  The formula is okay and they do it well but it’s a too chill for me, makes me want to get the international flavored coffee and the patchouli out yo.

@@@ No Warning: Torture Culture (Last Gang, 2017)  A few pre-release singles off a record that straddles mainstream metal and brighter, Orange County punk.  Think Guns ‘n Roses smashed up with (what’s their name?  You know Fat Mike and shit…NOFX, that’s the name, thank you interwebz).  Lots of rolling guitar distortion with an anguished but not super pissed off singer.  I guess it lands more on the metal side, the Motley Crue neighborhood with Vince and thank God for that.  Arena rock drums, mid tempo headbangers, come and get it America!

YTD recordings listened to: 663
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 356
Not good music: 281

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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, James Brandon Lewis, 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/11/17!!! Peach Pyramid, Kelela, Chelsea Wolfe, New Kingston

@@@ Peach Pyramid: Repeating Myself (Oscar St, 2017) Indie rock off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Mad dreamy, super arpeggiated guitars.  I guess they’re either arpeggiated or not, there’s no super arpeggiated.  Not super, but they’re super twee.  Female singer, slack and straight than straighter rock beats.  There’s not a lot to go on about here so I don’t want to waste anybody’s time.  It’s shiny guitar indie done in the classic style.  It’s like trying to describe Domino’s pizza — the shit is mad salty and you either get with it or you don’t eat it.

@@@ Kelea: Take Me Apart (Warp, 2017)  I’ve seen posters for this record up in Brooklyn and given the state of the music industry it’s a bit shocking to see an indie label laying out for street posters.  The production here is ultra slick but more than just a repetition of retro electronic soul.  It’s being marketed as a super confessional record which I’m down with but her delivery is pretty smooth and doesn’t evoke any confessional vibe to my ears.  She rocks a pretty straightforward sultry and lush vibe.  The arrangements overshadow the vocals here by just a bit — I find my focus to be on the beats and the bass and I’m not noticing her lyrics or hearing her voice as more than a soft overlay.

@@@ Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun (Sargent House, 2017)  I was going to say more femme indie but these ladies came on dark, grungy, and unhappy.  Like Harvey Weinstein’s Ass Ball Connector!  Not to demean this fine band.  Very tasty fuzzy bass sound, wailing and dyspeptic guitar squall and arena rock drumming.  Let’s peep a bit more.  There’s more than a bit of art school to this heavy rock.  It’s slow like Jane’s Addiction but without Perry, you know Perry.  If PJ Harvey was grafted onto Jane’s Addiction’s torso without so much arena flavor.  It’s pretty good — it’s a bit restrained for my taste.  When I want a hot mess or a sonic dumpster fire I want a real fucking mess.  This is pretty manicured (like Harvey Weinstein’s Ass Ball Connector)?  #inappropes

@@@ New Kingston: A Kingston Story: Come From Far (Easy Star, 2017)  I saw a music publicist email about this up and coming reggae band.  This first tune sports both a thick bass and a shiny modern pop production.  Concious lyrics with some dub elements.  It’s a full reggae ensemble from hand percussion to background vocalists to bubbling organ.  I respect the spirit of the record but I’m not a fan of tunes like the fifth one ‘Agape’.  It’s a Hollywood/reggae vibe they’re working.  I prefer the old school sound and vibe.

YTD recordings listened to: 660
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 354
Not good music: 280

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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, James Brandon Lewis, 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/10/17!!! Como Asesinar A Felipes, Sam Smith, Bottin, HoodRich Pablo Juan

@@@  Como Asesinar A Felipes: Elipse (Koolarrow, 2017)  I got to this concept record by Latin American musicians via a music publicist email.  It consists of two pieces named interior, one named medio, and three with the word exterior in the title.  It is listed as hip hop/rap in the Apple Music slotting system but the intro of the first tune features a long sax blast and some Spanish vocalizing.  When the band comes in it has a slightly rough prog vibe rather than hip hop.  I like the bass tune and the band energy.  I’m peeping the third track and I like the varied instrumentation and the instrumentation and the more exploratory rock stylings.

@@@ Sam Smith: Pray (Capitol, 2017)  Sam Smith returns with a second slice of romantic ballad cheese for the masses!  He’s got the resounding piano chords and the slightly hip skittering high hat.  He’s in a bad way visa vis love and maybe he’s gonna have to pray.  And right on time comes the church choir.  It is building in energy and its cheesy flavors become more pronounced as he becomes more passionate.  This is blue/bleu cheese!  Part of me prays for this to be over soon as it is the sort of cliche serious tune that turns my stomach more than a bit.  My prayers have come true and I survived.  Check it out, it’s awesome!  This album is not out for another month so there’s plenty of time to get some boots for the tsunami of marketing that will commence in the name of sensitive fella Sam Smith.  I pray you all survive.

@@@ Bottin: I Have What I Gave (2MR, 2017)  An indie electronic record inspired by late ’70s Italian disco/funk.  The opening of the first tune does not evoke that era but I will be patient.  I heard the funk on the second half of the first tune but the second tune goes right into it, though it adds a little krautrock vibe, accidentally or not.  The singing is indie style, no divas or funky black folks on the mic here.  No offense to the effort here but I think I prefer the old school disco that inspired this.

@@@ HoodRich Pablo Juan: Do What I Want to Do (Empire, 2017) A hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The lyrics are pretty raw towards the women folk while the arrangement sports a weird kinda good/kinda annoying guitar/harp sample.  There are multiple MCs in various states of stoned.  This may be one of the lowest, flabbiest and fartiest hip hop basses I’ve heard.  The vocals crowd the track and I’m not sure it’s great to have the vocal hook be ‘I do whatever I want do’.  I know that’s what drives Trump’s toilet tweets, but remember the children!  It’s an all right track, C+.

YTD recordings listened to: 656
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 352
Not good music: 278

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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, James Brandon Lewis, 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/9/17!!! Marilyn Manson, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gill Landry, Metro Boomin’

@@@ Marilyn Manson: Heaven Upside Down (Concord, 2017)  Fantastic, there’s nothing America needs more than a new Marilyn Manson album!  Manson reminds me of bag of chips that you buy in the supermarket — it’s huge bag but it’s half air with some greasy shit at the bottom.  Or think of it this way — he’s a snake oil salesman pretending to be Satan.  On this first tune he borrows from the Nine Inch Nails playbook with some tense aggro for his posturing and sonic horseshit.  The second tune is glammy straight arena rock that you might find in a new country tune.  I desperately urge the youth of America to seek out something else besides the Manson clownshow.  If you want the rough shit for real there’s plenty of heavy metal out there.  If you want mainstream rock just listen to that and fuck this asshole in mascara.

@@@ The Black Dahlia Murder: Nightbringers (Metal Blade, 2017)  I got to this record this week’s All Music notable release email.   This is in the classic metal/thrash neighborhood with a pumped up drummer.  Wow, they’re all mad pumped up.  These guys are not the roughest gents on the block but they put Marilyn Manson’s pony ass on a  piece of toast and have him as a shitty snack.  Regular readers know that I’m not a huge fan of the classic metal but these guys bring it hard and they’re quite committed to what they’re doing.

@@@  Gill Landry: Love Rides a Dark Horse (ATO, 2017)  An Americana record from this week’s All Music notable release email and from a member of Old Crow Medicine Show.  The instrumentation on this first track is fiddle, acoustic guitar, piano, shaker and and bass.  It’s more old school than alt.  The vibe on this first track, Denver Girls is more faded and melancholy than partyistic.  Landry’s voice is very low register so that plays a role in creating that impression.  The second tune features some lovely sparse electric guitar playing to go with some slide guitar in the back and the strummed acoustic.   This is on the downer trip, which is fine, I like downer music.  If you dig the classic miserable old school country where it’s all heartbreak and isolation Landry will hook you up!

@@@ Metro Boomin: Blue Pill ( , 2017) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It may turn into a dance floor banger but is a laid-back skitter with some all right rhymin’ and some less than all right Auto tuned vocals.  Oh there are two autotuned vocals here.  Outside of the vocals, the bass, and the beat there is a little keyboard floating through but it’s mostly a stoned out track by a couple of gents who sound like they’re stoned and free styling on the microphone.  Skip the blue bill yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 648
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 348
Not good music: 274

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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, James Brandon Lewis, 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/6/17!!! Hans Ludemann, Pink, 5j

@@@ Hans Ludemann and Trio Ivoire: Desert Rooms (Intuition, 2017)  I got to this straight jazz record from a twat on the Twatter.  This is the second piano trio record I’ve heard in the last week or so.  I think the straight jazz piano record is the king of straight jazz in terms of seriousness and purpose.  This one is spiced with an African instrumentalist to go with the piano and the drummer.  Right now he’s taking a marimba type solo.  There are a ton of wooden percussion marimba type instruments coming out of Africa so I can be forgiven for not knowing the name.  God bless, this African dude is really changing the record for me.  The piano player is pretty straight and the drummer I haven’t noticed much.

@@@ Pink: Whatever You Want (RCA, 2017)  I checked out Pink’s other pre-release single What About Us and that was a massive cheese bomb and this one picks up right where that left of.  I like Pink’s voice, it’s very strong and she works it hard but the lyrics — I don’t know when mainstream pop lyrics were a dime store New Age support group.  I guess a bunch of these mainstream stars are more lifestyle brands than musicians.  Pink is the sympathetic, no bullshit feelings guru and I actually find her more tolerable than Beyonce.  It’s an electro pop arrangement with Pink doing her combination of bolstering and lamenting on the singer side of the equation.

@@@ 5j: barrow (5j barrow, 2017) I got to this indie folk EP via a music publicist email.  This record is being touted as old school Greenwich Village folk and while that’s not necessarily my favorite sub genre I dig this first tune.  I can imagine the young hipsters feeling this — the singer is polished, he’s no nasal Dylan sandpaper voice.  The arrangement is stripped down with bass, acoustic guitar and voice, but it’s the singer that’s really the star here.  This first tune (clipped below) Seagreen Dress does indeed explode with a drummer coming on and a female singer and a lot more energy.  And back to the mellowness.  Let’s peep more.  I somehow skipped ahead because I’m more than a bit out of my mind but I’ve checked three tunes and I dig the opener the best (clipped below).  As the NPR Tiny Desk brand displays there is more than a bit of NPR up in this folk record.

YTD recordings listened to: 648
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 348
Not good music: 274

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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, James Brandon Lewis, 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker