Wednesday 7/8/15: ILSA, Conrad Sewell, Stranger Cat

@@@ ILSA: The Felon’s Claw (A389 Recordings, 2015).  Heads up, molten metal alert.  Big, syrupy guitars spilling all over the place, a thrash drummer, and a Neanderthal grunting dog on the microphone.  Extra care has been taken to insert slabs of high end guitar smegma into all ears available for listening.  We’re getting a little classic metal guitar shredding tossed in for shits and giggles.  I googled ’em up and these guys are from DC, so this is some American made metal which I prefer to some of the more fog shrouded Finnish/Swedish business.  This second tune, 25 Cromwell descends into some engaging guitar grind and while I don’t usually like the caveman singers he’s does a lot more wailing than grunting so he just makes it in under the wire.  Check that, this is from Baltimoron-ica which feels right as you listen to them slime and lurch their way through their set.  Sweet, I have a feeling this record will make it to my year end lists.

@@@ Conrad Sewell: Hold Me Up (300 Entertainment, 2015)  The music lovers over at the Beats Highlights page are saying this is one of the best pop songs of the year.  It is a New Age club banger, with a tambourine and a chorus that sprays sonic cheese across the sky that coats cheese loving Americans that line up for it.  Crimes against humanity include disco string figures, the tambourine, and a stacking of vocals that creates a choir effect.  Beats are mostly electro pop with some club music influences.  Mr. Sewell I will not be holding you up I will be denouncing you in the most severe way possible.  This is the kind of mindless shit that is rotting the American mind, period.  Lately in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons I have been urging listeners to bring a fresh roll so they can have a nice cheese sandwich while they listen.  And earlier this week I suggested a fresh, crumbly biscuit for listeners as biscuits and cheese go well for a nice new country, Nashville record, but here I’m urging people to bring the macaroni because this is some nice, bright yellow, super salty, thick Kraft cheese sauce and nothing goes better with Kraft cheese sauce than macaroni elbows.  Enjoy!

@@@ Stranger Cat: Sirens (Joyful Noise, 2015).  A new fangled piece of indie electronic pop that evokes Tori Amos, with old school drum beats, lots of ping synthesizers and a dreamy (read meaningful) reverted female voice coming over the top.  It is both very artistic while featuring a young lady in a loose fitting white shirt and in flesh colored underwear/short shorts so if that’s a draw (or a pull, no pun intended) have at it.  Music publicist email related.

YTD recordings listened to: 532
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 308
Not good music: 183

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, ILSA


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