Music for 11/21/19!!! The Phantom Broadcast, Juana Molina, Coldplay

@@@ The Phantom Broadcast: Antiquities Vol 2 (Vicarion, 2019)  I got to this genre mash of rock, jazz, metal via a music publicist in the Midwest.  The first tune is an ambient intro before things set to rocking.  As was described in the email it’s not gonna be a straight rock thing.  It does have elements of mainstream rock but it doesn’t come off as having the same goals as a mainstream rock tune.  So  a bit of prog, a schmear of classic rock, a little ’80s rock happening.  The third track, Burrowing Owl, opens acoustically with a figure, a wee bit of tinkly percussion and some intoned ooh ah vocals.  I would usually not respond to this type of music well at all but I don’t hate this, in fact I kinda like it.  I always say it’s partially the sounds, but also what you’re doing with the sounds.  In addition they seem into it.  I want musicians to be into what they’re doing and they sound into it.  The second to last tune, Leaving Appleton brings on the mellow once again so it’s less of a rock record and a bit more of a slightly proggy, arty acoustic thing.  I give respect to them for doing something different.

@@@ JUANA MOLINA: Forfun [EP] (Crammed Discs, 2019) Two releases (this one and the one below) from this week’s WRIR playlist email.  I’m a big Crammed Discs fan so I check their releases and I think I’ve even heard Juana Molina’s music before.  This first tune is a quirky rock thing, think a melted B-52s kind of vibe.  Thin driving guitars, an accelerated tempo, and vocals in Spanish.  Every track has the word punk in it so she does follow through on her pledge.  I would call this world punk, it’s executed well and she brings flavor to the tracks with her vocals.  I’m not super in the mood for it, I would recommend the new Muslims record over this one if you want a punk injection.

@@@ Coldplay: Champion of the World (Sony, 2019) I couldn’t find the Malaysian pop reissue from the ’70s that I wanted to review in this slot so I opted for the righteous and flaccid Coldplay.  This is the first single from their new biscuit.  I’m not sure what to say about this mainstream cheese comet — it’s hard to believe this is the work of grown men as it comes off as childish.  It’s got a classic feel good acoustic guitar strum, a big stack of background vocals, a simple guitar riff and the singer, oy the singer!!!  I’ve clipped the lyric video below but unless you’re strung out on Oxy I wouldn’t suggest it.  I think he’s the champion of the world because she (whoever she is is just so awesome).  Wow, let’s wrap up for the day.

YTD recordings listened to: 610
Good music, not list worthy: 364
Not good music: 205

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, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog, Loscil, The Good Ones

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