Music for 12/26/19!!! Priests, Pharmakon

@@@ Priests: Seduction of Kansas (Sister Polygon, 2019) #81 on Vice’s best of 2019 and it’s a blend of rock, punk, a little indie dancefloor, and a little ’80 angular Devo style business.  I don’t understand why the worst rock sounds of the ’80s have been recycled while hardcore and freak punk has not been resurrected.  These questions are above my pay grade but I’m not a huge fan of these sounds and while I’m sure the female singer is a decent human I’m not feeling her microphone stylings.

@@@ Pharmakon: Devour (Sacred Bones, 2019)  Some dark ass industrial that sits at #77 on Vice’s top 100 of 2019.  The unique addition to the cruncy, incessant machine sounds is the processed and fucked up vocals the singer, Pharmakon herself injects into the proceedings.  I dig the fucked-up-edness of this first track.  The second tune, Spit it Out has more of a swampy and metal feel to it.  It’s a 7 minute banger so I’m betting it’s going to unfold a tad on the slow side but that’s fine as I dig the sounds.  At about 1:40 it goes threedly and high frequency aggro.  I’m in the middle of the third tune and while it’s a bit of a one tone situation I do dig the unique sonic darkness presented here.

YTD recordings listened to: 667
Good music, not list worthy: 404
Not good music: 222

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 15

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon

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