6/6/16: Beck, Ringworm, Randy Valentine, Steve Gunn

@@@ Beck: Wow (fonograf/capitol, 2016).  The title track lead single from Beck’s new record.  I’ve always felt somewhat slack about Beck’s slackness.  And I’ve felt very slack at the corporate media’s fawning over his slackness.  Ya know, the know nothing douchebag music writers at the New York and most of the New York Times writers.  This track is a bit of a reinvention for Beck — he’s working some distinct electro elements while retaining his white boy hip hop flow that blends a pube of New Age with comical non-sequiturs.  Mixing lines like ‘don’t forget where you came from’ with an animal doing jujitsu on the lawn.  I guess those cheesy one liners is what gives the track ‘meaning’.  I like the sounds here, they’re well done.  If he stuck with the nonsense lines I would like the track much more.

@@@ Ringworm: Snake Church (Relapse, 2016).  The first single off a heavy metal full length banger due out at the end of July.  The first thing I notice is the big riff action here which places them in the mainstream metal — oh wait, they’ve dispensed with that in they’re working a post hardcore piss thrash.  Sweet, I love this shit.  The drums are only half standard as he works some dome thwacking kick drum.  And now they’ve brought the riffing back in with the thrash drumming creating a sort of boogie vibe.  So it’s a mash of that mainstream riff metal and thrash and hard metal drumming.

@@@ Randy Valentine: Too Late (Royal Order, 2016).  A reggae single that mixes reggae/dub sounds with loverboy r&b sounds and softness.  Lots of vocals in the r&b style and I’m not sure I like them.  The beats are nice and the arrangement is solid but the vocals blanket rather than accentuate the sounds.  That’s my view.  I got to this via the Apple Music reggae page.

@@@ Steve Gunn: Eyes on the Lines (Matador, 2016).  Some slack neo-psychedelia I got to from this week’s All Music weekly ‘notable’ releases.  This is an atypical mashing of slackness and classic rock.  Gunn’s voice is mad slick but also kinda classic rock faded.  And if you compare the guitar arrangements to something you would hear on a classic Pavement track it’s much more mainstream.  Hearkening to both ’90s retro grunge and even ’60s and ’70s rock.  I like a bunch of the guitar sounds but I would dig it more if the drummer was more interesting and if there was more freakshow baked into the proceedings.  Once you get accustomed to the mash it’s pretty predictable.

YTD recordings listened to: 487
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 272
Not good music: 181

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 9

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks

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