Music for 1/22/20!!! Phoebe Green, Algiers, Pearl Jam, Eminem


@@@ Phoebe Greene: Easy Peeler (Chess club, 2019)  Straight beat, nice modulating synth sounds, decent bass sound and ‘dark’ singing.  Quiet in the verse, blasting off in the chorus.  A version of mainstream rock from back in the day.

@@@ Algiers: There is No Year (Matador, 2019) I’ve seen quite a bit of buzz around this album and I peeped a few songs last week while I loaded illegal software onto my computer.  It wasn’t as good as I thought it might be — that’s obviously my opinion but I felt it rocked in a decidedly non rocking way.  But I will repeep.  The singer is over the top with the energy but the music doesn’t match his energy and it seems more interested in telegraphing to listeners its own importance rather than the music itself.  This is no call for classic rock sounds, electronic sounds can kick ass but there’s a holding back on the energy of the music which leaves the singer with too big of a weight to carry.

@@@ Pearl Jam: Dance of the Clairvoyants (Sony, 2020) I will say upfront that I have always loathed Pearl Jam — I find them insufferable.  They’ve altered the formula to bring in a bit of electronic sound and some ’80s guitar sounds.  There are a lot of words here and I will try to focus — aargh I’m having a tough time caring.  God I hate Eddie Vedder’s voice.  I’m sure he’s a fantastic person but I don’t want to listen to him sing.  It sounds like they want to be Pearl Jam in all their epicness while trying to be relevant in a drastically changed sonic world.  Dancy Pearl Jam is still Pearl Jam which will be good for diehard fans, but not for me.

@@@ Eminem: Darkness (Interscope, 2019)  Ah, it’s Eminem back with his own special vision of hatred and dystopia.  I don’t protest the concept but sometimes he does go over the line into some sort of hip hop cartoon vibe.  He’s just a bit too ready to blow it’s a bit silly to my ears.  I listen to a fair amount of hip hop and there’s just a ton of pill popping lyrics happening these days.  Ease up on those pills yo, that shit will kill you.  Oh shit, there’s a mass shooting up in this biatch.  Fictionalized of course, hopefully.  I guess part of this tune is a critique of the media which is cool but I’m not sure a tune is gonna do much more than cash in on the idea of mass shootings.  Finally, as with Beyonce’s fuzzy ass politics I can’t tell if Eminem is protesting mass shootings or just re-enacting them.

YTD recordings listened to: 59
Good music, not list worthy: 34
Not good music: 23

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

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