Music for 2/22/17!!! King Woman, Electric Guest, Ritalin Boy

@@@ King Woman: Created in the Image of Suffering (Relapse, 2017)  Some stoner/doom metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Big syrup-y detuned waves of guitar distortion with ethereal, reverbed out dudes.  The second tune, Deny, brings the tempo down to a slow roll.  With this cloudy reverb on the vocals I really have no idea what they’re singing about but that may be for the best.  This third tune, Shame (they have four up on the Apple Music) takes it down further and it’s quite hypnotic.  If you’re driving pull over right now!  Be safe, oh this is epic.  Like a slow motion final scene in a Tom Cruise where he’s hanging out of a helicopter holding his co-star by the wrist trying not to drop her while people throw slices of bologna at them.  That could happen.

@@@ Electric Guest: Plural (Downton, 2017)  Some indie electronic off last week’s All Music notable release email.  Well indie electronic on the bottom and a flamboyant Elton John kinda thing on the type.  Falsetto vocals, piano, not my formula but I always have an open heart.  This second tune is kicking off like a Hall and Oates tune, wow, I’m not sure what to say.  It’s not full on Hall and Oates, maybe it’s just Oates.  I picked, it was random.  All right, one more tune.  This is kinda mislabelled, this is very light pop for people who are very sensitive but still want to shake their booties.

@@@ Ritalin Boy: Adult Entertainment (Self-released, 2017)  A glam punk record off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  Mucho power chords and big singalong choruses in the opener, Happy People Have no Stories.  The second tune, Dr. Doctor, is about anti-depressants.  If you like catchy punk dig out the old Clash records, try London Calling.  Much better lyrics.

YTD recordings listened to: 125
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 67
Not good music: 42

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz

Music for 2/21/17!!! David Grissom, Viriditas, Withdrawal

@@@ David Grissom: Slow Me Down (Mother Lode, 2016)  A single by a Texas bluesman after I saw a gig he having at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.  To my ears this tune is close to FM rock than classic Texas blues.  My guess he’s gonna bust a big guitar solo shred.  Ah, I got that right.  Myself I prefer my modern rock to be separate from my blues — I love that old school dirty Howlin’ Wolf business.

@@@ Viriditas: Viriditas (Eschatology, 2015).  A jazz record I found via a twat on the twatter.  This first tune is opening up ambient in the drumming area with some interesting low key jazz work and an engaging bass player.  This second tune is straighter and very pretty.  I like the tones here but I could use more improv like the opening track as the pace slows down as the record moves along.

@@@ Withdrawal: Never (Escapist, 2016).  Some no bullshit straight beat down metal off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  This first tune is a tasty blend of hardcore and thrash.  The singer has a ton of energy and the drummer is working overtime.  There are very nice sounds going on here and the energy is fantastic.  I’m on the third tune and I want to go burn somebody’s house down.  Check these guys out!

YTD recordings listened to: 122
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 66
Not good music: 40

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz

Music for 2/20/17!!! Ibibio Sound Machine, Hunck, D.O.C.

@@@ Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai (Merge, 2017)  This world music outfit has two tunes up on the Apple Music and this record is reviewed this week by WRIR in Virginia.  This first tune more than subtly bites Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop til you Get Enough’.  As WRIR says in the review these guys are trying to leave the world music ghetto and they’ve filed a lot of edges down here to get to mainstream listeners.  The energy is very high and the female singer is quite active on the mic.  I dig the rhythm section on this tune as well.  I guess I’m not feeling the synth hooks here, they’re not awful but they change the complexion and aspirations for the record.

@@@ Hunck: Little Women (Not sure, 2017)  I’ve been getting mad publicist emails about this band Hunck so I will give a peep and maybe a Trumpian pee.  Dance rock beats, medium strong ’80s rock vibes, and an aspiring porn star singer.  I’m feeling the drummer as he’s pulling off the sleazy vibes, but the guitar player, eh not so much.  Pretty standard stuff for the earholes.

@@@ D.O.C.: Parched Dredge EP (Iron Lung, 2017)  Some rough, sped up metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Hardcore singer with a little caveman grunting, herky jerky sizzly guitars — quite an impressive wall of them actually.  And the drummer, somebody get the drummer a beverage he’s drumming his nuts off.  Thrashing about like a fish on the bottom of a boat.  The bass player lays down a bed of sweet stanky bass.  These are all 30 second to 1 minute blasts of hate, really quite well done.

YTD recordings listened to: 119
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 64
Not good music: 39

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz

Music for 2/19/17!!! Strand of Oaks, Nikki Lane

@@@ Strand of Oaks: Hard Love (Dead Oceans, 2017)  Some indie rock that got a front page article on Salon saying it is a rock ‘n roll masterpiece.  In this first tune I hear a lot of Replacements vibe especially with the singer’s delivery.  It does not have that slap ass Replacements energy, it has more of a Wilco slack band energy.  Let’s peep more.  The second tune features a distorted electric guitar and more of a faded ’70s rock vibe, which is fine.  I’m not feeling masterpiece level feelings but I’ll check a bit more.  Oy, that was the third tune as my Apple Music player skipped me ahead — damn you interwebz.  This second tune has that desperate yearning thing and the fourth tune, Salt Brothers, is the most interesting of what I’ve heard thus far.  It’s a good record but I can’t give it masterpiece ratings.

@@@ Nikkie Lane: Highway Queen (New West, 2017)  Some new old school country off this week’s Apple Music new music section.  This first tune, 700,000 Rednecks, is pretty hot.  I’m not sure if this is aimed at Trump but it would be funny if it was.  I like this second tune, the title track, but not as much as the opener.  Let’s peep a bit more.  I’ve checked portions of four tunes and the opener is still my favorite.  The band has plenty of energy and she has a classic country voice.

YTD recordings listened to: 116
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 62
Not good music: 38

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz

 

Music for 2/17/17!!! Jidenna, Soviet Soviet, Tash Sultana

@@@ Jidenna: The Chief (Epic, 2017)  Hip hop off the front page of the Apple Music sto.  After an opening tune that does not a great job invoking African motherland vibes, the second tune gets into poppier territory.  I guess this record lands more on the poppier side  of hip hop with booty anthems but the metaphor of this MC being an African chief is kinda weird to me.  The ‘Chief’ makes two appearances in the first three tunes and I didn’t stick around to hear more from him.  Ah, Imma reading on the GoogleTube that Jidenna is Nigerian-American, well I find that use of African chieftain imagery to be much more appropriate now.

@@@ Soviet Soviet: Endless (felte, 2016).  Off an All Music notable release email from a few months back.  This first tune is full on 1980’s rock with all the sonic trappings.  Yikes!  Some of the guitar sounds are pretty massive and I appreciate that.  The singer sounds just like a singer I’ve heard but whose name I can’t pull of my slowly spinning hard drive.  I’m on the third tune and while this record is not going to make my list it has a fair amount of muscle and energy and I appreciate that.  It’s mostly uptempo with a standard rock band lineup.

@@@ Tash Sultana: Notion (Mom & Pop, 2017)  Off the apple Music new artist section.  This woman’s record is blurbed as beautifully minimalist guitar backing an expressive voice.  the guitar is clean with a lot of single line playing in this first tune and Sultana’s voice and her guitar is drenched in reverb.  She’s most definitely going for the epic vibe here.  Let’s peep more of this EP.  The second tune brings on a big organ/synth cloud but the same reverb drenched production.  I’m finding the songs aren’t effecting me as much as I would like them to.  I could use some more stripped down production myself.

YTD recordings listened to: 114
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 60
Not good music: 37

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz

Music for 2/16/17!!! Sandoz, Delphine, Jaakko Laitinen/Vaara Raha

@@@ Sandoz: #9294 (Intone/Mute, 2016)  I skipped an All Music notable release email in December and clicked it open today.  This is a collection of techno from 1992-1994.  This first tune is ultra rhythmic and stripped down at the same time with some clashy hi hats, classic electronic dance music snare rolls, simple vibe patterns.  Let’s check out more.  This compilation is a full 80 minute bomb and all the tunes are clocking in around 7-8 minutes so they take their time to open up and progress.  I like this second tune Limbo as it has world music influences and tight energy.  I like this third tune Ocean Reflection even more so I’m going to have to swing back on this collection when I have about 80 minutes to spare to listen.  This guy is a pretty sophisticated arranger, he had it going on.

@@@ Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha : Naennianen (Playground Music, 2016) A new add at WRIR.  I’m going to have to do an interwebz search on this outfit as I hear Arabic/Balkan music but I see names from Scandinavia.  These guys are Finnish and they play Balkan music and they do it well.  This is a single with a remix and I like it — I don’t love the MC on the remix but that’s just me.  I can’t find audio tidbits for my ardent listeners out there.  I found this live clip from about a year ago but it’s not going to give a good sense of what these guys do.  There are live clips on the GooglePimpTube if you feel inclined.

@@@ Delphine: Tender (Black Recordings, 2017)  An electro world single I got to from the WRIR weekly email.  I’m assuming it has world music influences as it’s on this email but I don’t hear them yet.  It’s got a pretty standard club arrangement with some classic uno-sss and keyboard vamps.  It is unique in that somebody is playing some piano over the top.  Pretty standard club business to my ears.

YTD recordings listened to: 111
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 58
Not good music: 36

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz

Music for 2/15/17!!! Egyptrixx, Priests, Gabriel Garzon Montano

@@@ Egyptrixx: Pure, Beyond Reproach (Halocline, 2017)  Experimental techno off of last week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens up big and percussive.  There is a low synth drone that sneaks behind these crashes but it’s a lot of metal and bashing spasms.  I skipped forward as that was annoying and on this second tune We Can Be Concrete it’s another storm of percussion this time more wooden sticks than crashing cars.  Outside of the tremendous energy put out rhythmically there’s not a lot going on.  I’m going to move on to another record.

@@@ Priests: Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon, 2017)  Some noise/punk off last week’s All Music notable release email.  It’s not exceptionally dirty or manic, like say the Dead Kennedys, but there’s a wailing woman ala Sleater Kinney on the mic.  The second tune kicks it off surfer style.  I’m on the fifth tune and while there is a lot of energy here there is nothing going on that really catches my ear or makes this record stand apart though the singer has her moments.

@@@ Gabriel Garson Montano: Jardin (Stones Throw, 2017)  Also off last week’s All Music notable release email.  It’s open a little slack and a little highbrow orchestral.  No beats yet.  The second tune, clipped below, gets on some beats and I dig the tune somewhat.  Apple Music has him blurbed as breathy and jazzy but I would blurb him as baroque and a tad fancy.  And maybe a bit nerdy.  He’s definitely a skilled arranger but I didn’t love a few of the synth sounds and I would have liked some more hard hitting sounds contrasting with the high end ones.

YTD recordings listened to: 108
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 57
Not good music: 35

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen