Monday 7/13/15: Ezra Furman, Justin Brave, Apocalyptica

Just a wee rant before we start today’s listening.  When I opened up the Beats browser window the top banner has the line: ‘A cup of coffee and the Journal’.  As in the Wall Street Journal, the paper of global commerce.

Ah, music for yuppies, money pigs and generally fiscally wise and emotionally retarded bank morons.

With that in mind, let’s get on with the parade of exquisitely marketed superficial summer electro.

@@@ Ezra Furman: Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union, 2015).  Off the Beats highlights page.  Perpetual Motion People would be perfect for junior investment bankers as they rush rush rush to finish their Powerpoint presentations and gulp down Pepto Bismol to calm their 28 year old ulcer/diarrhea.  This first tune is a bit of Devo, a smattering of Violent Femmes and a little Italian style rock/pop organ.  Furman is rocking the mic pretty hard — he’s got a little camp, a little Broadway, this is mostly not a rock thing.  I think I heard the advance single of Furman’s as I drown from all the love I get from music publicists.  This might be a bit of a reach for the junior investment banker.

@@@ Justin Brave: Heartbeats (77 Music, 2015).  I’m listening to this hip hop record last on the day but I don’t want to put the review down the bottom.  No back of the bus for hip hop on this blog.  The title track is up first and I would classify it as funky hippie hop.  Laid-back with a nice rhythmic synth squiggle driving parts of the song.  Mr. Brave has a friendly flow.  He’s usually working mid tempo  and his lyrics are more concious than a street banger.  Solid, minimalist beats.  I don’t think of the investment banker crowd as a good target for hip hop, but maybe there is some deep repressed funk buried down in there.  He gets rougher on the third track — more spitting and hostility.  You know there’s a lot of buttery soft folks out there who have problems with expressions of anger — heads up softies!

@@@ Apocalyptica: Shadowmaker (Better Noise, 2015).  Off last week’s CFUV weekly email.  Big arena metal drums, big metal ka-chunk and bells and cellos.  It is metal/classical mash which makes perfect sense to me, but probably not those folks sitting down to a cup of coffee and the Journal before they head out to ruin the world.  The  second tune, Cold Blood, brings on the very professional and not very compelling singer.  It’s weird how the lyrics are very dark but they’re delivered by a purdy boy.  I don’t want to smash the guy in the face with a 2X4 but he would probably sing better after a beatdown.

YTD recordings listened to: 545
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 313
Not good music: 188

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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