Music for 9/26/17!!! Benjamin Booker, Hex One, Phoebe Bridgers, The National

@@@ Benjamin Booker: Warning (ATO, 2017)  I have some All Music notable release emails from the past few months that I scour when I’m looking for new music to peep.  Booker is  being marketed as a new generation bluesman from New Orleans, mixing non-blues sounds into his blues.  I like this first tune which sports a little punk flow to it and I appreciate him not sticking with the classic blues sound palette.  I’m on the third tune and this is pretty fresh — Booker’s gravelly voice is pleasing and the non standard guitar tones serve the music well and imbue it with some new energy.  Imma swing back on this record when I can check the whole sandwich but this record could end up on my year end list.

@@@ Hex One: Peep the Steeze Ft. Skyzoo (N/A, 2017)  I got a music publicist email about this hip hop single and I’m checking it as I like Skyzoo.  Steeze is style with ease so that can help you understand the boasting on the track.  I hear this as retro NYC beats with quick and sharp rhymes passed back and forth betwixt the MCs who believe that you do not have any skills and they have many.   The arrangement is pretty sparse with some mellow keyboard slid in between the beats and the vocals.

@@@ Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger in the Alps (Dead Oceans, 2017)  The Line of Best Fit has this record as the record of the week.  Apple Music has this blurbed as confessional folk rock which isn’t something that sets my hair on fire but I’m sure I have regular readers that love some confessional folk rock so I will peep it for them.   I can confirm that this record is not as bad as the National’s new effort.  It shares certain qualities including meaningful indie style lyrics and ambient sound goodies used to fill out the tunes.  It is mo slack and if I fall asleep while reviewing this it’s not my fucking fault it’s the slack pill I’m being fed.  Let’s check a little more before my nap!  The second tune has a distorted guitar and a drum beat but there’s no rocking to be had here.  Don’t worry, your feelings won’t get hurt.  The music is okay if you can groove on its relaxed vibe but when I hear this soft, confessional vibe I wonder what the fuck happened to white people?  Cheese eating bags of overwrought feelings.  Jesus.

@@@ The National: Turtleneck (4AD, 2017)  That’s right, we’re circling back to 2017’s magnum opus by the National.  Change your undies and get ready!  This is a rocker and they seemed to be getting worked up over a turtleneck.  Could that be?  The guitar player is actually catching my ear (I say nice things when I have them to say) but I’m reminded that the drummer is a lasagna noodle and the singer, well the singer is important.  I have looked up the lyrics and while I can see that there are references to weed, and the rich and the poor, I don’t really get the part about the turtleneck.  Maybe you’re not supposed to….honestly I don’t have the time to grok it.  It’s a bit of a wanky rocker with some guitar noise and word salad.  We’ll be back tomorrow for more of the National!

YTD recordings listened to: 624
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 334
Not good music: 264

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

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