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Music for 2/14/19!!! Cass McCombs, Seun Kuti

@@@ Cass McCombs: Tip of the Sphere (Anti-, 2019)  Mostly mainstream rock but with a slack, indie vibe to it.  The singer sounds awfully like Jackson Browne, it’s almost spooky.  The second tune gets into a more rocking and country flow but it’s certainly not gonna muss anyone’s hair up.  The sounds are good, the playing is clean and well done, but the arrangements are extremely familiar to my ears and I don’t love the singer.  Is it old fashioned to want your rock to have a little rock in it?  This is just a bit too comforting for me, it feels like baby food.  His formula works best on the third tune, Estrella.

@@@ Seun Kuti: Black Times (Strut, 2018) I was going through some old All Music notable release emails and saw this one from early 2018. Gotta balance the white and black musics folks. It’s a pretty classic Afrobeat formula with a big ass horn section, a couple of guitar players and background singers. It’s interesting he had Carlos Santana come and shred on the title track and it really freshens the Afrobeat stew, I dig it. I don’t know if I’m up for almost ten minutes of Carlos but it’s good. I like the title of the third tune, Corporate Public Control Department. The band puts out a lot of energy and I like the record without loving it. Very trick horn lines, the singer is on the low energy side and it’s not Tony Allen on the kit. My favorite Afrobeat has Tony Allen on the kit.

YTD recordings listened to: 85
Good music, not list worthy: 48
Not good music: 33

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 2/13/19!!! Analea Brown, Xiu Xiu

@@@ Analea Brown: Lie To Me (Mensch House Records, 2019)  I got to this reggae track via a music publicist email.  It doesn’t matter that the singer is from Tonga, it’s just to say that this is not straight out of the Caribbean.  It’s a slow, buttery reggae ballad with both old school sounds (bassline) and more modern vocal stylings and turntable scratching.  I don’t think it particularly stands out but I like it.  Big ups to the bass player for holding it down.

@@@ Xiu Xiu: Girl With the Basket of Fruit (Polyvinyl, 2019)  We switch gears to some abrasive indie that I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens up with a fast non rocking spoken word track with a lot of rhythm and a singer losing in a nest/kluster of laser shots.  While not trafficking in standard punk sounds it does have a classic in your face attitude with not many fucks given to the listener and what they want.  I git that.  I hear a drummer and maybe a cello player, or an upright bass player, there’s some bowing going on here in the third tune which has switched gears to a slow, innward looking, desperate kind of feeling.  Though I don’t love this record, it is growing on me as it moves through its tunes.  It’s an artsty noise record and believe me I hear a lot of great first songs followed by a lot of dross.  This guy is on a trip and while not one for the shiny, happy people, he’s got some energy and passion going for him.  I dig the upright bass and the tribal drumming and the up in yer grillness of the singer.

YTD recordings listened to: 83
Good music, not list worthy: 46
Not good music: 33

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 2/12/19!!! Semaphore, Jessica Pratt

@@@ Semaphore: Unreliable (N/A, 2019)  I got to this pre-release single via a music publicist email.  A friendly rock tune with feelings based lyrics.  The vocal hook is ‘I told you we were unreliable’ which you will receive at a steady dosage through the tune.  It builds with some side stick snare at the beginning and moves into full rock band mode and bashes it way on the way out.  It is a rare case of upbeat rock that doesn’t collapse into Death Cab for Cutie cheese and actually rocks.  Successfully mines the Foo Fighters sonic legacy.

@@@ Jessica Pratt: Quiet Signs (Mexican Summer, 2019) Singer songwriter music off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Blurbed as timeless acoustic folk I can get with that.  The record opens with a piano solo followed by a dreamlike female voice.  It’s a 1+ minute appetizer for what’s to follow.  The second tune comes out with sparse acoustic guitar and Pratt singing and mixed as a retro vibe with a lot of reverb on her voice.  Some folks, like myself, might say it’s too much reverb.  I like the prettiness of this but I’m not sure there’s enough for me to remain interested.  And I’m not sure I love her voice.  I skipped to the next track so it was not enough for me to remain interested.  The third tune, Fare Thee Well, retains the retro folk thing but adds a high frequency synth/keyboard part as well as a percussive keyboard part.  All very tasteful and minimal.  I appreciate that she’s going for the less is more but I don’t love her voice and I feel like taking a nap.  I love a good nap!

YTD recordings listened to: 81
Good music, not list worthy: 45
Not good music: 32

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 2/11/19!!! Jonathan Finlayson, The Black Drumset, Combo Chimbita

@@@ Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Around (Pi, 2019) Blurbed as dense and elastic jazz music on the Apple Music this jazz record sports two horns, a pianist, bassist and drummer.  I’m feeling the drummer and his energy for sure.  I have reviewed this label before and have said critical things of records and have had musicians get up in my face so you know Lord knows I don’t want to stir the shit pot again.  It’s well played jazz if not a tad on the conservative side.  I prefer more fire and exploration but these are just personal preferences.

@@@ The Black Drumset: There’s a Shark in the Boat (N/A, 2019) A pre-release indie single that I got to via a music publicist email.  I hear this as a synth rocker, coming out  with a rolling and rocking tom beat, an accompanying synth line and some intimate kinda shoegaze vocals.  After the initial rollout it gets kinda jammy which lends a proggy feeling to the track.  Oh, I see from the video that there are two drummers, I get it.  An updated hippie Grateful Dead kinda thing.  It never really breaks itself out of its initial statement but it’s a cool vibe for the hipsters.

@@@ Combo Chimbita: Testigo (ANTI-, 2019) A pre-release single that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  Opening up with a hypnotic delayed guitar line, followed by a midetempo shuffle beat, this Latin rock single combines a lot of sounds.  A little African, some electronic sounds, and a bit of rock as the singer sounds a bit like overrated Patty Smyth.  I like this singer, she has weight.  Besides the singer I’m enjoying the simple yet powerfully propulsive bassline and I give props for flying the freak flag.  I like it a bunch without jumping up and down.

YTD recordings listened to: 79
Good music, not list worthy: 44
Not good music: 31

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 2/10/19!!! Aaron Porter, AJ Tracey

@@@ Aaron Porter: I Wanna Let Love (Bigger, 2019)  A dramatical, mid tempo LGBTQ ballad I got to via one of the NYC mailing lists that has a lot of club and LGBTQ music on it.  It had a great line — I wanna let love fuck me up, that’s good hook.  The sounds are very up to date modern and partialy dance floor banger sounds but it is a ballad.  A big over the top feelings bomb with lots of vocal tracks.

@@@ AJ Tracey: AJ Tracey (AJ Tracey, 2019) A gent from London mixing a lot of sonic influences.  I got to this via Flavorpill or Line of Best Fit, same as the track above.  I find UK rhyming to be kinda funny, I guess it’s my own limitations.  They just don’t sound as rough as American dudes but I understand it’s an arbitrary opinion.  The sounds here are a little dancehall with some hip hop influences as well as club sounds.  The second tune has interesting quasi-African guitar line and world music flavors.  It’s a really interesting arrangement but the rhymes, I can’t get past it.  The third tune, Rina, is a booty anthem and I am impressed with the productions and the sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 76
Good music, not list worthy: 42
Not good music: 30

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 2/7/19!!! Aspen King, Chad Van Gaalen

@@@ Aspen King: Say Something (Self-released, 2018)  A self released electronic record that sits atop the CFUV weekly playlist charts.  The sound set here consists of spoken word samples, chainsaw synth patches and a somewhat plodding beat.  No funk, no swing.  The synths have that trippy darkness you hear in a trap song.  After a brief wiggly intro it breaks out into a standard dancefloor unt-sss and I like it.  It has form and gives the cloudy, dark synths something to hang on.  The real tour de force is the third tune, Take Me Down (clipped below).  It takes a club diva sample, mangles the shit out of it, puts it on a dancefloor rhythm and shoots some funk up in it for sure.  Really hot track, check it out.

@@@ Chad VanGaalen – Odds & Sods (Flemish Eye)  Another record off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  An 8 minute two track bit of lo fi indie roots is what I’m thinking this is going to be.  Some nice electric guitar picking to open up the show followed up by the classic indie voice.  What starts as solo guitar builds in a reasonable to a full band thing and I like it.  It’s throwback but it sounds genuine to my ear and ends up rocking.  I much prefer the second track which is an interesting blend of rock and electronic elements with a blend of the two that works and enhance each other.

https://chadvangaalen.bandcamp.com/album/odds-and-sods

YTD recordings listened to: 74
Good music, not list worthy: 40
Not good music: 30

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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