Music for 6/28/17!!! Priests, Julian Lage, Gravehuffer, Stokley

@@@ Priests: Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon, 2017)  This DC outfit got a really nice writeup in the Guardian here and I thought I would peep.  That is, after all, the point of music journalism, theoretically at least.  This first tune is a B-52s type tune ramped up punk style with a wailing female singer.  I like the wailing, let it out, you’ll feel better.  It disintegrates at the end of the tune into wet toilet paper at the end and they let you peep the embers for a bit.  Ah, they’re rebuilding the tune with free jazz saxophone tucked back there and more than a bit of drum bashing.  The band is good, but the singer is the star here.  She’s really letting it all hang out on this second tune.  Regular readers know that I prefer the rough business and while these guys are not super muscular it’s the passion and shit losing vibe of the singer that really takes you into the tunes.  I also want to give a shout to the bass player that is some into some pretty engaging shit and Imma swing back on this record when I can eat more of the sandwich.

 

@@@ Julian Lage: Live in Hollywood (Mack Avenue, 2016)  I saw this jazz guitar whiz name checked on a email gig ad from the horribly pretentious Brooklyn club National Sawdust.  Lage can play for sure.  Unfortunately his tone while not completely pussy is somewhat puss and that makes me less interested in his playing.  Less reverb, more overdrive perhaps?  In the first tune he ends up playing with some fire but the tone at the beginning of the tune is flavored coffee.  I know this observation makes me look like a bitch but if you’re gonna nerd out on yer guitar at least put some mustard on the sound so I can get with that.  Is that too much to ask?

@@@ Gravehuffer: Your Fault (Gravehuffer, 2016)  A self-released metal record that I got to via the indie music blog Indiepulse.  When they get into the first track they adopt a pleasant workingman’s metal sound.  No epic production sounds, no operatic singer.  The singer is hardcore punk pissed kinda fella and the drummer while not full thrash brings the bologna to the sandwich.  This first tune herks and jerks into various different sections and the guitar player appears to enjoy blasting his power chords peppered with occasional pig squeals.  Let’s peep more.  I’m looking forward to this second tune Of Fish and Men.  Oh my this is full thrash, who would have thought people would get so worked up on fish and men.  I like both the playing and the sounds on this record — not flashy just kicking some ass.

@@@ Stokley: Introducing Stokley (Concord Music Group, 2017)  A super friendly booty r&b record from Concord, which has been dropping musical butter for decades now.  This first tune is mad sunny, a tad too sunny for my ears but we all have different tastes and preferences.  Let’s peep more.  His second tune, Organic, is a slow jam about the hotness of organically pastured kale.  I gotta entertain myself people, I ain’t clocking off this blog.  It’s not about kale, it’s about a woman that he loves and he loves her all natural and he’s gonna let it grow organic.  It’s a little funny and a little cornball at the very same time which is different than present day America and its sadness and cornball mash.  Okay, I have rambled a bit here, this record is for cubicle dwellers and folks in the suburbs (not all of y’all) and I recommend sticking with Solange and Prince.  I’m all about the new music but the classics have their place.

YTD recordings listened to: 408
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 227
Not good music: 162

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Power Trip, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests

2017 Honorable Mention Pick 5

Reverend Peyton: Front Porch Sessions (Family Owned Records, 2017)

I really loved Reverend Peyton’s last record, the rocking So Delicious but this almost solo record is growing on me.

I spend a lot of time saying this singer is not working for me, I don’t like their vibe, the delivery, etc but Reverend Peyton has a strange, somewhat nerdy voice but I dig it.  I can see how it might annoy others but I dig its uniqueness, it’s not rational.

It’s just Peyton and his guitar on this set.  He has multitracked the guitars so it’s not one guitar accompanying his voice.  His guitar playing is not super flashy but he’s got skills — he can outduel Taylor Swift on the guitar.

If you dig the blues and you dig his voice then I’ve hooked you up, but if you don’t feel his tone and delivery well…this might not be for you.

 

Music for 6/27/17!!! Melis, Vasser, Larkins, KINDER

Today we are back on this Best of Line Fit 25 hot tracks of the week.  I find the indie music to be culturally/philosophically fascinating as it is a projection of white folks’ psychology but this genre is not a place where I find a lot of good music.  I don’t wish to be a black person but I have more than my share of problems with whiteness and all the shit that goes with that.  On to the listening!

@@@ Melis: Flower (Virtuous Sound, 2017)  This indie folk tune opens up super intimate with a fragile female voice and a simple figure behind it.  It is sad and hopeful at the same time.   After about 90 seconds it opens up into a larger sound with an electronic beat, background vocals, electric organ.  I find the lyrics a tad confusing — I heard one line saying ‘everything I need from you is everything I see in you’.  Now we’re building to the full New Age catharsis.  Even though this tune is saturated with feelings there are repeated entreaties to not think about it.  What is this it I’m not supposed to think about?  Is it that the lyrics don’t make sense to me and don’t think about it???#sarcasm.  Confusion is an under discussed aspect of these large indie tunes — I just finished listening and I’m not sure at all what that was about though those were some big ass meaningful sounds.

@@@ Vasser: Little Things (Vasser, 2017)  An updated Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush world rock kinda sound.  The singer enters and he’s feeling a lot as well.  What are we to do with all these feelings?  I like the bass sound, and the beats are all right and though this isn’t my favorite sonic formula there’s some sophistication to it.  The singer, hmm, he’s not bad but he’s not my cup of tea.  I’m finishing up this tune and it’s similar to the first — a lot of focus on the sound and not much on the meaning.  Either I’m supposed to dig through the lyrics and figure it out, or I’m supposed to groove on the sounds and the tone of his voice, or it was supposed to say something and didn’t do a good job of it.  Or I’m stupid and that’s been accepted at the outset.

@@@ Larkins: Sugar Sweet (Mark Lippman, 2017)  The GoogleTubePimp calls this tune sun soaked.  And if you see the title of the tune on the video below this is an uplifter, a bra for the tits of your mind.  It’s a big rock drumbeat with some cutesy guitar playing that goes to half crunch in the chorus.  How was I to know you were in my veins?  How was I to know that we could be more than friends?  Yes, it’s veins.  So he’s celebrating having a romantic relationship with somebody who was previously just a friend.  Okay, big props because the lyrics make sense and I get it.  Whew!  Now he’s rocking a friendly big rock formula that isn’t my cup of tea but it might be yours and I’m just happy I listened to a song that made sense to me.

@@@ KINDER: Feeling Gets Too Heavy (Lapsang House, 2017)  A slow electro-banger of an upcoming yet to be released record.  From the sounds I thought this was gonna be a romantic kinda track but it’s got negative feelings in it.   Now he’s in a groove where he keeps saying ‘it’s your light that keeps me going’.    So maybe in the first half of the tune he’s got a lot of heavy feelings and then he kinda moves on to the place where he feels better about his relationship and this other person’s light is awesome and shit.  Again, a lot of feelings, I get that, and I think have some idea of what this tune might be about but I’m not going to the bank on it.  He’s got some Prince falsetto going here and some plinky chorused guitar (which I don’t love) and sonically it’s neither a rocker nor a club banger — it’s a slow quiet storm (of feelings).  Feelings, oh Lord the feelings!

YTD recordings listened to: 404
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 225
Not good music: 160

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/26/17!!! Judaskyssen, Erin Rae, The Last Dinosaur, Jerkcurb

Today we’re gonna bust out and listen to a playlist from Line of Best Fit here and I’m thinking we’re gonna be hit with a lot of detached indie goodness, some diluted funk indie electronic, and may be some ironic rocking (as in the kind where nobody sweats to much – Wilco style.  Here we go!

@@@ Judaskyssen: Vit Flagg (West Coast Recordings, 2017)  Yes, some updated ’80s synth rock with slightly aggro-kraut drums and mournful vocals over the top.  Sad and yearning over a rock beat here.  That’s where we’re at.  Now it’s not an American outfit and the singer has an accent so it’s a much classier effort.  Piano chords, a chainsaw synth patch, some echo on the vocals, this is serious business.  It’s a 7 minute tune and I made it about 2 minutes through, but you might like it.

@@@ Erin Rae: Wild Blue Wind (Refuge for Foundation for the Arts, 2017)  Alt-country folk/soft rock.  Very pretty voice, stripped down band arrangement, big vocal harmonies right across your pie hole when the chorus hits.  When those harmonies hit they throw in a sad slide guitar figure and that’s the money shot right there.  It’s a pretty standard take on Emmylou Harris/Neil Young country rock.

@@@ The Last Dinosaur: All My Faith (Naim, 2017)  Oh, here it is!  Super epic, big feelings white people folk/New Age rock.  I don’t think they mean actual religious faith but there is some choir action going on here, and it is meaningful whatever is intended here.  All the sonic signifiers are present — handclaps, organs layered in the back, huge background vocals and a whispering, super intimate singer who just wants to pick you up and hold you like a baby.  Me personally, I get really angry when I’m pandered to in this manner but that’s just me.

@@@ Jerkcurb: Somerton Beach (Jerkcurb, 2017)  I couldn’t find the tune featured on the Line of Best Fit but they have this other new track which is a mash of lounge music with some tropicalia flourishes.  The core elements are the pretty deep voiced male singer crooning his testicles off and the bright, tremolo guitar chord strums.  The percussion parts and the background vocals are kitschy and that’s the point, it’s part of the vibe.  A bit dark, a little romantic, a little weird, and slow.

YTD recordings listened to: 400
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 223
Not good music: 158

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/24/17!!! China Gate, Sammy Brue, Fallout Boy

@@@ China Gate: Good Grief EP (Pizza Tape, 2017)  A super poppy indie rock EP that I got to via a music publicist email.  There are many bands these guys sound like but I can’t pull anything off my hard drive at this point.  It’s mad poppy, like the Friends theme poppy.  Ah, the second tune (which will probably be my last listen) is triggering some Cure feelings.  I know you’re all cringing and saying hey the Cure were a bunch of mopes but they were poppy mopes and these guys have dispensed with the mope and gone straight to the big punch bowl of awesome feelings, shoved their faces in there and blew bubbles.

@@@ Sammy Brue: I’m Nice (New West, 2017)  A nerdy female alt-country record I got to via last week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m calling her nerdy by virtue of the glasses she’s wearing on the cover of the record.  I like her voice on the opener here, it’s pleasantly odd.  It’s not her voice as much as her phrasing.  Oh boy, I think this might be a gent with long hair, well it really doesn’t matter does it?  Male female, nobody’s hung up on that ’round here!  The second tune is a super old school r&b tearjerker, I like Sammy whether the junk is external or a clam!  I had to DuckDuckGo HIS bio and find that he’s a 15 year old male.  Many 15 year old young men have a certain feminine flow.  I realize I’m not talking about the music but the music is all right — he’s jumping around a bit in terms of the arrangements but I do dig his voice.

@@@ Fallout Boy: Young and Menace (UMG, 2017) I fucking love Fallout Boy — the most earnest and heartfelt rock band ever.  When this tune kicks in full on, it’s a 50 car wreck shit biscuit.  I would liken it to Red Bull infused spray cheese.  It’s just energy and sound signifying nothing more than the desire to momentarily distract the monkeys and pull them away from their screens for a moment and then drop them back into their lives of Red Bull and cheese.  I urge folks not to listen to this tune, it’s straight awful and only useful at Guantanamo Bay.

YTD recordings listened to: 396
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 221
Not good music: 156

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/23/17!!! Bedouine, Vince Staples, Superfruit, Municipal Waste

@@@ Bedouine: Bedouine (Spacebomb, 2017) An intimate folk music record I got to via a twat on the Twatter.  Smooth and silky as a Red Bull smoothie!  Compared to Joni Mitchell in the twat it doesn’t have her quirk, but it’s a sound that draws folks in who are looking for a warm pool of water to wash their feelings.  The second tune shifts over to a ’70s soft rock flow and if you’re into the singer’s voice you’re going to have a great time listening to this.  I’m on the third tune and my feeling is that the record is beautifully put together, she has a very appealing voice, the playing is good but not great and the lyrics don’t really stand out.

@@@ Vince Staples: Big Fish ( , 2017)  A hip hop single off the Apple Music A-list.  This is a club dance floor banger about late night balling and acquiring material possessions and engaging in occasional gun play.  It’s got a lot of Casio keyboard sounds, a fat but not ultrafat bass sound but I think my greatest objection is the handclap sample, it just cheese-a-fies the proceedings.  I’ll take Lil’ Yachty’s space flow and DRAM’s humor over this style.

@@@ Superfruit: Bad 4 Us (RCA, 2017)  A single off an upcoming full length.  It’s a white person’s dance floor banger with a straight beat some janky guitar wang and a lot of fluffy synths to go with the abundant vocal arrangements.  This is a music publicist’s wet dream — friendly cheerful lyrics, poppy as fuck and a huge GooglePimp presence

@@@ Municipal Waste: Slime and Punishment (Nuclear Blast, 2017)  Classic speed metal off the Apple music heavy metal front page.  They play fast, they rocked a great pun on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.  A piquant blend of hardcore, thrash, classic metal and Dostoevsky lyrics!  No, no joking.  It’s 28 minutes of bouncing around pissed at society.

YTD recordings listened to: 393
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 220
Not good music: 154

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/22/17!!! Queens of the Stone Age, TOPS, Garden City Disco

@@@ TOPS: Sugar at the Gate (Arbutus, 2017)  Indie pop that TOPS the charts at CFUv out in Vancouver.  It opens up cute and somewhat sultry with a female singer and a melancholic/romantic cloud in the air.  Imagine it’s a sunny day with them big ass fluffy clouds in the sky and you’re running naked through a beautiful field and you’re smeared with honey and all these beautiful butterflies are getting stuck to you more and more until there are so many they just flap their wings all together and you’re flying!!  It’s like that.  Sweeter than pie!

@@@ Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used to Do (Matador, 2017)  A pre-release classic rock banger off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Somebody has been listening and somewhat biting old ZZ Top records.  Guitar sounds are this outfit’s specialty but I find the tracks in the verse to be quite buzzy and without impact.  I’m a little surprised at that.  The singer is in full rock star mode and he does all right with it.

@@@ Garden City Disco: Garden City Disco EP (Self-released, 2017)  This record (that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email) should be called Garden City Techno because it comes out of the gate classic boom-titch/unt-sss.  Then comes you arpeggiated synths and a mellow marimba and your kickin’ out the techno jams classic style!  The second tune is much more flavorful with some serious drum machine tom action and a spoken word thing about ballin’ at the club.  The third tune is back to the classics, wave your Molly up in the air people!

YTD recordings listened to: 389
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 218
Not good music: 153

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch