Monday 7/6/15: ZZ Ward, The Internet, Chet Faker

YTD recordings listened to: 526
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 305
Not good music: 181

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, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Evan Caminiti

@@@ ZZ Ward: Lonely (Hollywood, 2015).  Just as Chet Faker sounds like a play on jazz musician Chet Baker, ZZ Ward seems to biting the ZZ Top chunk.  In a pretty sad and cheesy way, but this is America sad and cheesy rules the day.  Big arena rock guitar over a West Coast hip hop beat, handclaps, synths, and a lot of vocal melodies from the Adele playbook — it’s truly a fuckshow, very difficult to describe.  Fortunately we have the intertoobz and the GoogleTube and you can peep it for yourself.  Now I often recommend folks bring a fresh bun so they can turn musical cheese into a delicious cheese sandwich but in this case I would bring a nice, crumbly fresh biscuit and put the cheese over the top of the biscuit or break it roughly into two pieces and have a cheese biscuit.  Hmmmm…..

@@@ The Internet: Ego Death (Odd Future, 2015).  Some pretty out hip hop/r&b off last week’s All Music weekly email.  On this first track you get a nice slab of angular bass waves, a dreamy yet potty mouthed female r&b singer, some laid-back fusion-esque guitar over a live drums (i think).  I really like the bass player and unorthodox feel to the tunes.  On the flip side I don’t love the guitar player’s tone and I wished the tunes hit harder.  Check it for yourself and they get respect for pushing boundaries.

@@@ Chet Faker: Bend (Downtown Sounds, 2015)  Off the Beats Highlights page.  If the  Eagles had a love child with Beck their little Cali boy would sound like this tune.  Simple and funky beat, whamping waves of synth bass and slack vocals with some more tuned in background vocals.  Welcome to the Hotel Chet Faker!!!




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