Music for 6/19/19!!! Baroness, Butcher the Bar, Dreamville

@@@ Baroness: Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns, 2019) Alternative metal off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I read the blurb and these guys are into some non standard metal sounds.  Off the top of my head as I listen to this first tune I notice a sort of Soundgarden-y vibe to the proceedings.  An epic singer but not completely over the top cheesy it is closer to post grunge hard rock than what I consider the full metal monty.  I like the bass player the most, he’s grabbing my ear bigly followed closely by the drummer who’s doing some solid work.  It does a good job of what it sets out to do but it’s not really my cup of metal.  I like the dome smashing molten shit.

@@@ Butcher the Bar: III (Bobo Integral, 2019)  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Indie guitar rock with manners, just what the world needs!!  It’s got a little shoegaze up in there but it’s not as noisy as I believe the central shoegaze business is.  The singer is super sensitive which is his right.  They do add an organ to the mix in this first tune which is interesting and not common.  Let’s peep a bit more.  It’s just too soft for me, the singer is sending too many feelings out into the universe.

@@@ Dreamville: Down Bad (Interscope, 2019) A 5 MC hip hop track up on the Apple Music hot tracks section.  As usual JID hits the mic with style and entertaining energy.  When J. Cole hits the mic, the arrangement switches up to a different theme and I think that’s sharp.  It’s got a retro turntable percussion sound that give the track a back feel while the beats are standard trap without a little less skitter than the super trap business.  I like the track, some of the MCs really hit it, the guy who does the chorus is not my favorite.

YTD recordings listened to: 307
Good music, not list worthy: 183
Not good music: 106

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief

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