Friday 7/3/15 — Failure¡ Miguel¡ Bilal¡ Self Defense is a Family¡

YTD recordings listened to: 521
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 301
Not good music: 180

Honorable Mentions: 14
Buys: 9

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Astral Swans, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Royce Wood Junior

@@@ Failure: The Heart is a Monster (Failure Records, 2015).  Off the Beats highlights page.  These guys are a blast from the grungy past though I can’t say I remember them.  Oh yeah, there’s yer fuzzy punk bass, yer arena rock drum sound and yer big grunge guitar.  Detached voice, oh the stench of slackness fills my ears.  Singerman sounds like the dude from Bush, yikes, bad luck there.  Pearl Jam pubes, Nirvana pubes, Bush pubes, and even an Alice in Chains pube.  Brrrr, tread carefully or ye shall be wearing the flannel forthwith.

@@@ Miguel: Wildheart (ByStorm/RCA, 2015)  Off last week’s All Music weekly notables.  He’s got some pretty whack guitar power chords in this first tune, Beautiful Exit.  He sounds a whole bunch like geek rockers ELO in this track.  Let’s skip ahead as he can’t rock.  The second tune, Deal, is slinkier with some disco garnish including some Nile Rodgers flavored guitar, some partyistic whoa-ohs, and a gated snare disco beat.  The third tune, The Valley is better but I’d rather listen to a Prince record — this is a bit of a warm mess.  I guess this guy is huge but I’m not feeling it.

@@@  Bilal: Pleasure Toy (eOne, 2015).  Just this one tune up on the Apple Music store.  The bass player is hot, the beats are old school and light and Mr. Bilal wants to be your pleasure toy.  Bilal steps back for a rap by Mr. Big K.R.I.T.  Lots of double entendres about dildos and arousal.  I would feel it more if the beat hit harder, it’s a bit of a Lionel Richie butter bomb.

@@@ Self Defense Family: Heaven is Earth (Deathwish, 2015).  Also off last week’s All Music notable blah blah blah.  I try to check out Deathwish releases as they’ve hit the bulls eye previously.  This first tune is an emo spoken word with some ambient guitar tones rolling through and a mostly hi hat.  It doesn’t build, it rolls steady.  The second tune has the same just above slow gait but the singer is starting to get more worked up.  It’s not an art school heavy record, it’s just not super heavy but it’s dark.  It’s cool, but I really enjoy listening to folks lose their shit.

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