Music for 6/24/19!!! Two Door Cinema Club, Black Midi, Nikki Minaj

@@@ Two Door Cinema Club: False Alarm (Glassnote, 2019) A British pop outfit trying to make the jump across the ocean and from the sound of the intro of the first tune they will not be leaping into my heart.  Think of these guys as a fish and chips version of ABBA — a pop vocal harmonizing group with a popped out synth pop arrangement.  The second tune, Talk, brings a little club dancefloor banger business but they do pour the cheese sauce on it fo sho!  The third track brings a faux Krautrock/early hip hop thing so they’re making a tour of various old school electronic sounds.  I got to this sandwich via the All Music notable release email.

@@@ Black Midi: Schlagenheim (Rough Trade, 2019) I saw these guys mentioned somewhere else besides the All Music notable release email.  They get into a disorienting punky grind right out of the gate and that’s a good sign.  It settles down into a familiar rocking thing but also with some mathy playing tossed in so these guys are gonna jump all over sonically.  The singer is surprisingly literate without really engaging me to listen.  I do like the trashing to and fro so let’s peep some more.  I’m almost two tunes through and I feel like this band is more about concepts than about passionate expression.  I think I might enjoy this record more with a different singer.  I’m sure he’s an awesome dude but I’m not super feeling him.  Check for yourself.

@@@ Nikki Minaj: Megatron (Cash Money, 2019) #1 on the Apple hot tracks.  I thought Minaj’s last full length was a bit less than enthralling and shit.  Nikki Minaj is a prolific singer and my first feeling is here that this could be song of the summer.  I don’t like the guitar, but she’s got hot beats and she made a Caribbean flavored jam about getting drunk, I can see a lot of people going for that formula.  She’s foul mouthed as usual and she has a whole verse about being a millionaire and she wants her pussy eaten carefully cuz it’s pricey.  I’m not saying the shit is priceless genius but it’s catchy, it’s well put together and fits the slot for jam of the summer.  Of course, many artists are going for the bbq primo jam so there will be more entries.

YTD recordings listened to: 316
Good music, not list worthy: 187
Not good music: 108

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, Emma Louise

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