Music for 7/23/20!!! Horace Tapscott Quintet, generalgruff, LIVING GATE

@@@ Horace Tapscott Quintet (Ace, 1969/2016)  I got to this jazz record from 1969 via the Stranded Records weekly reissue email.  It’s got an old school sound and instrumentation is sax, piano, bass and drums.  It’s a quintet so there’s one more player but I can’t hear him right now.  This first piece, the title track, is almost 17 minutes long and features regal melodies on the sax over staccato snare action and a pounding piano chord progression.  I like it all right and I’m going to check out a bit of other tracks before tipping to other music.  I like the angular cut of the second track For Fats and I like the piano player here but I’m moving on.

@@@ generalgruff – A Flock Of Shithawks (Tenderhorn) CFUV roots section!  It opens with a wide and mellow mix anchored by stringed instruments.  The track is titled ‘I Took a Shit in the Sea’ which is not a common sentiment for this vocal style — it’s a tender old school pastoral celebration of defecating in a body of salt water.  A nice distorted guitar enters for a solo and I am wondering if a 6 minute track about shitting in the sea is a tad long.  Maybe it was a big shit, a post-burrito shit.  The old school Ry Cooder country rock continues on the second track, that God Damn Whiskey Dick.  Outside of the most notable feature here, profane lyrics, there’s quite a bit of very nice guitar playing and interesting arrangements.

@@@ Stormlight – Natoma (Zegema Beach, 2020)  CFUV in the loud section!  This has a lot of spilly and loud guitars but it’s not particularly metal nor punk.  It sounds like a really noisy and chaotic Death Cab for Cutie and I like the sound.  The singer sounds a bit like Perry Farrell and it has quieter sections that then lurch back into noisy bits with spraying drums.  The second tune, The Past is the Key to the Future (great title btw) employs the same formula at a higher tempo with more drum spraying.  This is a blend of shoegaze, indie, old school Husker Du guitar sounds, and a wee bit of prog.  The drummer here is killing it, crushing it and killing it, good on ya bitch.  I’m going to swing back on this record and check out more of it — it has noise, energy, and a healthy not giving a fuck attitude.  And great drumming.

@@@ LIVING GATE: Heaven Ablaze (Relapse, 2020) I got to this record via the CFUV weekly email in the loud section.  Comes out of the gate rumbling and chugging with massive drum toms.  It is a musclebound ka-chunk with a prehistoric/’folk’ metal singer.  It then jumps to a crazy ass thrash section with a few little math bits in it.  These guitar sounds are really well done, balanced in frequency and they pummel the listener with impact.  I skipped ahead to the second tune, Roped, and it has a different feel to it.  An offset guitar melody sits along side of the power chords.  Same singer!  I don’t like these sorts of singers but the band here is hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock.  I super dig the rhythmic arrangement in the third tune Deathlust, which really is a pick me up track to get you out and achieving in the corporate world.

YTD recordings listened to: 568
Good music, not list worthy: 288
Not good music: 251

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, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, STORMLIGHT


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