Music for 5/20/20!!! Wasted Shirt, Cirith Ungol, ALMA, Jess Williamson

@@@ Wasted Shirt: All is Lost (Famous Class, 2020) The first two listens today are from last week’s CFUV playlist email and the second two are from the Line of Best Fit from last week.  Rock with updated flavors people!  There’s freaking out guitars and an accelerated beat and everything, snowflakes be rocking.  It’s got a bit of a long ago hippie lose your wig vibe to it but I dig the energy.  Pleasantly buzzy bass and the drummer does not need a Red Bull, he might have to actually chill out a bit or he’s gonna hurt himself.  I’m checking out the second track, Zeppelin 5 and it’s not very Zeppelin like — thus far the guitars on this record are more of the stabbing sound variety and not the long bizarro melodies type but maybe it’s a hipster joke, the title Zeppelin 5.  They get into some fake metal caveman singing in this third tune, so I’m thinking they’re taking the piss here.

@@@ Cirith Ungol – Forever Black (Metal Blade)  This is a band making a comeback after 30 years, fuckin’ A!  When you type fuckin’ A is it a capital A or a small a?  Talk about the healing power of classic metal.  And they comeback as they went out but with more updated sounds.  Big ass guitar riffs, a singer that is operatic and reaching for the clouds in the sky.  Look into my eyes, they reflect the darkening skies, forever black, not the most hopeful line in the middle of a pandemic but you gotta let it out if you gotta let it out and these guys took a 30 year break and now they gotta let it out.  Big guitar solo, all twirly and shit if that’s your thing.  Horns up, ya shittaz!

@@@ ALMA: Loser (Sony, 2020) Technicolor pop, that’s how they describe it on the Apple Music.  It sounds like electro pop with a downer female singer.  It’s one of those mainstream, low self-esteem quasi-empowerment things.  Baby I’m a loser if you want to lose it with me.  Don’t need a hero, don’t need a bad man.  I’m sure she’s an awesome person but this is a trash, childish comic book trash.  Lyrically, and sonically it’s a manicured bush.  The singing is all right though her voice which works with the lyrics does clash a bit with today’s upbeat pop sounds.  I would skip this.

@@@ Jess Williamson: Wind On Tin (Mexican Summer, 2020) Country rock with a few smidges of Tom Petty feels (big guitar strums, familiar chord progressions) on this track I got to via Line of Best Fit.  Female singer, straight beat plus some bonus tamborine.  This would be much better with more cowbell.  Most everything is improved with cowbell.  It’s got a breathy ambient break where I would tell you the hook if I could understand her vocalization but alas I could not.  I don’t fully object to the dreamy female vocal style on top of mainstream country rock but it’s not moving me, the vibe washes the track out a bit for me.  To my ears they don’t go together.  She’s got a very nice voice and the playing is solid.

YTD recordings listened to: 378
Good music, not list worthy: 196
Not good music: 170

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, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez

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