Music for 11/17/17!!! Mauno Turning, Maraudeur, DRAM and Playboy Carti

@@@ Mauno: Turning (Idee Fixe, 2017)  Guitar indie off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  This is a classic formula — strummed clean electric guitar, slip slidey vocals.  They also sport a bit of math rock action on this second tune.  That was the third tune with the math.  I’m not going to hang for much longer as I’ve heard this record a bunch.  They do all right with it but indie is a tough sell for me.

@@@ Maraudeur: Marauder (Bruit Direct Disques, 2017) More rock, yippy!  This time in the electro/Devo neighborhood.  Angular non-rock rock with some synth half blasts, female singers, squiggles/video game sounds.  I want to wear a flower pot as a hat!  Things get a little more no wave detached in the second tune and the third tune goes for an angular ’80s half punk thing.  Or a Breeders type of thing without the humor and the rock blasts.  I don’t have much to say to this — it’s krauty so if you like krautrock you’ll feel this.

@@@ DRAM and Playboy Carti: Crumbs (Atlantic, 2017)  I had to tip out on the white folks’ music and I saw this tune Crumbs which seems appropriate for what the upcoming tax ‘reform’ bill gives.  The beats are slick and skittery with some high end Lexus synth bass that goes down smooth.  DRAM is all right, I like his style and I’ve not encountered Playboy Carti before but his rhymes are all right.  All I got is crumbs for you that’s the vocal hook.  Which sounds very of the moment as DRAM is blowing 100k on the weekend and our fantastic Republicans are pimpin’ it pretty hard and blowing hard as well.  It’s a good track, I don’t think it’s destined to be a classic but it’s got a smooth and relentless groove.

YTD recordings listened to: 744
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 396
Not good music: 310

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

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Music for 11/16/17!!! Amy Shark, Dianna Rein, THUNDER BODY

@@@ Amy Shark: Adore (Wonderlick/Sony, 2017)  Blurbed as the perfect indie rock slow dance single I ask myself how could I not peep this?  Regular readers know I’m no defender of indie rock, but this shit is not indie rock.  Call me a genre bitch but these marketing sluts are label surfing fir red.  This is a pop song with a guitar part and major major label production.  Don’t shit on my head and tell me it’s raining.  She adores you, I get it but puh-lease.  I would be more understanding if I didn’t feel mad deceived right out of the gate.  Make your pop songs and be proud motherfuckers.

@@@ Diana Rein: Long Road (Diana Rein, 2017)  I got to this record via the indie blog Indiepulse.  It’s a modern electric blues rock kinda record and while guitar shredding mamas are hot they’re not as hot as badass female drummers.  My problem here as with almost all modern blues rock records is that the arena rock production doesn’t work for me.  I like dirty ass sounding blues.  Let’s peep a bit more.  The songs are pretty standard, the riffs as well, c’mon folks get yer freak on yo.

@@@ THUNDER BODY: Solstice (Rootfire Cooperative, 2017)  Roots reggae I got to via a music publicist email.  This first tune has some different lyrics which I appreciate.  I don’t insist my roots reggae have every sound perfectly reminiscent of classic roots reggae — these guys definitely evoke the vibes.  What’s different here is the singer and the lyrics; if you don’t like his flow or the lyrics it’s not going to work for you.  Myself I think they do a good job with the sounds and I appreciate when people try to step out and throw even the slightest variation.

YTD recordings listened to: 741
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 394
Not good music: 309

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/15/17!!! Pink Siifu, Walk the Moon, RVIVR

@@@ Pink Siifu: Bills (Twothousandnine, 2017)  I saw this hip hop outfit shouted out on the Twatter and I scooped this b-side from a split single from the Apple Music.  It’s a pretty stripped down and funky arrangement with trippy synth layers and a fat bass pulse.  The MC is pleasantly nasal on the mic and he works the microphone in a subtle stop and start manner.

@@@ Walk the Moon: What if Nothing (RCA, 2017)  Some major label rock that occupies one of the prestigious banner positions up on the Apple Music.  Money changed hands.  I’m thinking as the intro to the first tune unfolds that this is gonna explode into a shopping mall rock cheese bomb.  No, they go for a white funk rock thing.   The lyrical component of this tune is blue eyed loverboy and the rhythmic undercarriage is a mash of prog and electro and arena rock.  Weird yo, points for an interesting blend.  The second tune stinks so I clicked through and we’re getting into Bon Jovi whoo hoos in this third tune.  The first tune was by far the most interesting track I’ve peeped.  It is coagulating into cheese as I click on the tracks.  Get some bred out for the third tune (clipped below).

@@@ RVIVR: The Tide/Shaggy (Dead Broke Rekerds, 2017)  Something about the moist weather in the Northwest makes for fertile ground for pop punk.  I saw on the CFUV weekly email that the music director had seen these guys live so that triggered a peep.  Crunchy guitars, caffeinated drumming and big ass chant a long vocal hooks.  Big pop punk energy if you’re in the mood.  Myself I dig it but I would rather toilet tweet.  The second tune on the 7″ (yes, fucking 7″!) features some guitar shred, a female singer.  Earnest kids, earnest white kids.

YTD recordings listened to: 738
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 392
Not good music: 308

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/15/17!!! Pink Siifu, Walk the Moon, RVIVR

@@@ Pink Siifu: Bills (Twothousandnine, 2017)  I saw this hip hop outfit shouted out on the Twatter and I scooped this b-side from a split single from the Apple Music.  It’s a pretty stripped down and funky arrangement with trippy synth layers and a fat bass pulse.  The MC is pleasantly nasal on the mic and he works the microphone in a subtle stop and start manner.

@@@ Walk the Moon: What if Nothing (RCA, 2017)  Some major label rock that occupies one of the prestigious banner positions up on the Apple Music.  Money changed hands.  I’m thinking as the intro to the first tune unfolds that this is gonna explode into a shopping mall rock cheese bomb.  No, they go for a white funk rock thing.   The lyrical component of this tune is blue eyed loverboy and the rhythmic undercarriage is a mash of prog and electro and arena rock.  Weird yo, points for an interesting blend.  The second tune stinks so I clicked through and we’re getting into Bon Jovi whoo hoos in this third tune.  The first tune was by far the most interesting track I’ve peeped.  It is coagulating into cheese as I click on the tracks.  Get some bred out for the third tune (clipped below).

@@@ RVIVR: The Tide/Shaggy (Dead Broke Rekerds, 2017)  Something about the moist weather in the Northwest makes for fertile ground for pop punk.  I saw on the CFUV weekly email that the music director had seen these guys live so that triggered a peep.  Crunchy guitars, caffeinated drumming and big ass chant a long vocal hooks.  Big pop punk energy if you’re in the mood.  Myself I dig it but I would rather toilet tweet.  The second tune on the 7″ (yes, fucking 7″!) features some guitar shred, a female singer.  Earnest kids, earnest white kids.

YTD recordings listened to: 738
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 392
Not good music: 308

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/15/17!!! Pink Siifu, Walk the Moon, RVIVR

@@@ Pink Siifu: Bills (Twothousandnine, 2017)  I saw this hip hop outfit shouted out on the Twatter and I scooped this b-side from a split single from the Apple Music.  It’s a pretty stripped down and funky arrangement with trippy synth layers and a fat bass pulse.  The MC is pleasantly nasal on the mic and he works the microphone in a subtle stop and start manner.

@@@ Walk the Moon: What if Nothing (RCA, 2017)  Some major label rock that occupies one of the prestigious banner positions up on the Apple Music.  Money changed hands.  I’m thinking as the intro to the first tune unfolds that this is gonna explode into a shopping mall rock cheese bomb.  No, they go for a white funk rock thing.   The lyrical component of this tune is blue eyed loverboy and the rhythmic undercarriage is a mash of prog and electro and arena rock.  Weird yo, points for an interesting blend.  The second tune stinks so I clicked through and we’re getting into Bon Jovi whoo hoos in this third tune.  The first tune was by far the most interesting track I’ve peeped.  It is coagulating into cheese as I click on the tracks.  Get some bred out for the third tune (clipped below).

@@@ RVIVR: The Tide/Shaggy (Dead Broke Rekerds, 2017)  Something about the moist weather in the Northwest makes for fertile ground for pop punk.  I saw on the CFUV weekly email that the music director had seen these guys live so that triggered a peep.  Crunchy guitars, caffeinated drumming and big ass chant a long vocal hooks.  Big pop punk energy if you’re in the mood.  Myself I dig it but I would rather toilet tweet.  The second tune on the 7″ (yes, fucking 7″!) features some guitar shred, a female singer.  Earnest kids, earnest white kids.

YTD recordings listened to: 738
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 392
Not good music: 308

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/14/17!!! Lucille Furs, Curtis Harding, Eminem

@@@ Lucille Furs: Self-titled (Lucille Furs, 2017)  Pastoral, weird ass British rock out of Chicago I got to via a music publicist in the Chicago area.  Reminiscent of the Coral, Temples, quirky guitar rock.  Let’s peep a bit more.  It would be tremendously easy for the singer to be annoying as shit and I’m the first to throw the penalty flag but I don’t mind this singer.  He plays the Ruby Tuesday role well.  Folks should check this out if they’re up for some old school chime guitars and retro vibes.

@@@ Curtis Harding: Face Your Fear (Anti-, 2017)  Old school r&b with strong rock flavorings that I got to via this week’s CFUV playlist email.  I’m feeling this first tune — nice arrangement (particularly the guitar) and the proper amount of soul.  The title track (clipped below) features a creeping bass line with some small string flourishes and falsetto vocals.  I like this record thus far and Imma picky fuck.  There are some tired ass re-enactments of classic soul records but I hear some fresher energy here.  I dig Harding’s singing and the guitar work as well as the sound of the record.  Imma gonna swing back on this record.

@@@  Eminem (featuring Beyonce): Walk on Water (Interscope, 2017)  I kinda really like and fucking hate Eminem at the same time.  I’ve heard some shit that is so crispy and awesome but the overly dramatical lyrics of this tune with the cheesy ballad piano and Beyonce’s typical shit is tiresome.  I made it three minutes before I had to turn that shit off, it’s a hip hop cheese bomb.  He coulda said what he wanted to say in a much different (and more entertaining) way and been more creative.  Plus the piano really ties a brick on that shit. I like his political shit and I will leave the confessional shit to others.

YTD recordings listened to: 735
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 394
Not good music: 307

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/13/17!!! Haley Hendrickx, Les Filles De Illighadad, Amp Fiddler

@@@ Haley Henderickx: Oom Sha La La (Mama Bird, 2018)  Pre release single that I got to via the Twatter.  Enuf said, love the Twatter hate the Twatter.  It’s a pretty classic indie guitar track — strummed guitar as a foundation for off kilter lyrics with simple rock drumming.  The tune peaks with her shrieking about how she wants to start a garden in her backyard.  It’s perfectly fine indie but let’s point out that it’s very conservative and staid at the same time it’s scoring hip points.  Which, as a concept, leads me to believe that conservativism is very hip even among people who think they aren’t — like Barack Obama, who was essentially a Republican President.

 

@@@ Les Filles De Illighadad: Eghass Malan (Sahel Sounds, 2017)  What is better than three West African women rocking it on electric guitar and vocals?  Not much people, not much.  The first tune is a bass drum pulse with multiple sinuous guitar melodies and the ladies vocalizing.  The emphasis here is more on trancing out the listener rather than the classic blues rocking West African music is known for.  If you want some chill groove music that has serious soul and beauty to it check this out.  I will be circling back to this.

@@@ Amp Fiddler: Amp Fiddler Knights (Mahogany, 2017) I’ve peeped Amp Fiddler’s music before — I can’t remember exactly what I thought of it but I liked it enough to re-peep.  It’s a mash of black American music — some funk, as well as jazz and r&b.  I hear some George Clinton doobie, some retro ’90s r&b sounds, and a touch of jazz and even some undercover disco action.  Lots of guest performers so the tunes jump around in style and energy as the record moves.

YTD recordings listened to: 732
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 392
Not good music: 306

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad