@@@ 25,000 Kittens by 25,000 Kittens ( , 2014) I got to these two ambient drone pieces by and for cats via a shout out on the Twatter. Love that Twatter stew, the chaos, the fake news the bitching and moaning. Good stuff. This Japanese ambient artist and cat lover makes a couple of big pieces for his cats. Given the inspiration and the slow nature of these pieces this is not music for quick hit Instagrammers, this is mournful (and hopeful) ambient for folks to maybe reflect on their dead pets which sounds a bit crazy but it’s not. I’ve only had one pet my whole life and it was a stray cat I bought to kill rats in my Chinatown studio. That cut fucking blew at hunting NYC rats but she was the most loving little kitty you could dream of. I never took that cat to the vet and we fed it salty ass cheap ghetto kibble but me and then my kids loved the shit out of that cat and she almost made it to 18 years. So that’s my dead cat story and I’m sticking with it and this is really not just a great idea for an ambient piece it’s also really beautiful ambient music. Check it out.
@@@ Ellen Andrea Wang: Erasmus (Ropeadope, 2020) From the London Jazz Blog weekly email. A trio track with guitar, bass, and hand drums on this track. I’m not a huge fan of the guitar tone but I have that issue with almost all jazz guitarists. Lots of arpeggios out of the guitar and overall it has a flightier/New Age vibe that is also enhanced by occasional delay pedal action. I like the bass tone and the bass playing which is pretty thick as well as minimalist. About a third of the way the drummer switches from hand drums to full kit which I like. The production is extremely polished and what I call brunch style. Oh no, the guitar player has switched flavors and brought on the long grizzly tones. Shoulda started with this for Jesus Sake. Shredding commences and the whole track is percolatin’ pretty good. Pretty good for straight jazz, we’re not talking Converge here. Like the drummer here best, followed by the bass player, and the guitar playing is not to my taste.
@@@ Matt Berninger: Distant Axis (Concord, 2020) I love listening to all National and National related projects to shit on them. I think the National is a completely hyped and soulless projection of ‘art’. So I go in with that attitude but if it makes me shit my pants I will wave the diaper in the air with utter joy! Nice image. It opens as expected with an acoustic guitar strum and a huge ambient guitar (I think) sound. And then the deep voice and I won’t quite go so far as to say wake me when it’s over but somebody get me a pillow as it’s early snoozytime tea today. Don’t listen to this if you’re driving, yikers. About 1:45 the drums come in and by drums I mean it’s not a standard kit or not a kit at all. A piano comes in and I must say I haven’t heard a good piano in a rock song since Quadrophenia. Am I right people? It’s just so meaningful it makes my sphincter pucker, I can barely sit down that’s how tight my ass is. I apologize for the graphic nature of my critique but c’mon put some mustard on this bitch.
@@@ Glasseye Parlour: Riot (Glasseye Parlor, 2020) I got to what I think is going to be Australian rawk via Happy magazine in Australia. And it is updated post grunge hard rock from Australia where they still believe in rock. It’s about starting a riot, but I’m not sure if it’s starting a riot due to politicial difference or just for shits and giggles. You know whipping a shitty and starting a drunken riot and fighting and shit. I like the drums high up in the mix, the guitars could use a bit more freakshow, and the vocalist is a star, just ask him! Bass players in rock bands have pretty boring jobs, sorry dude or dudette. The drums are my favorite thing, the singer annoys me a bit. He’s probably a super nice horny guy but he sounds like he might have caught the vapors.
YTD recordings listened to: 724
Good music, not list worthy: 387
Not good music: 315
Honorable Mentions: 4
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