Music for 9/17/18!!! Dad Nap, Scott Xylo, Immersion

@@@ Dad Nap: Worn Out (Self-released, 2018) I got to this DIY record via the music blog Indiepulse.  Super DIY recording — a one microphone creation with virtually no low end but tons and tons and tons of energy.  Manic acoustic guitar strumming, some harmonica and speedy vocals.  The vocalists are working so fast they sound more than a bit a little like Eminem.  I really appreciate the spirit.

@@@ Scott Xylo: Call Us When You Get there (Black Acre, 2018) I was clipping the above record on to this here blog post when I saw this record posted on the front page of Bandcamp and thought it looked good.  Btw, it’s album of the day at Bandcamp.  I expect a whole lot more low end on this recording as it’s a mash of Afrobeat, jazz, and funk.  Has a pretty intimate and laidback feel to it with mellow ass vocals.  Bits of Maxwell and other loverboy r&b gents.  The third tune, Sam’s Joloff, is the first spot where I felt connected to the sounds going on.  Simple funky bass line, some washed out midnight electric organ, some sax playing and mostly African drumming.  I like it without loving it.

@@@  Immersion: Irreversible Mechanism (2018)   Some metal off the bandcamp.  These guys are from Finland so you know it’s good!  Not really but it’s a great marketing line.  From reading their band camp page, they’re super into atmosphere and not putting out your standard metal bashing.  Which is great for them, but not so much for me.  This is a long intro on this first tune, I’m not feeling punished yet.  This is operatic and slow.  Not really my thing, let me skip to the next track.  Oh no, there it is!  I had to wait almost 4 minutes.  This is an epic artsy metal stomp.  It’s a lot of sustained guitar melodies, a lot of kick drum, and a lot of caveman-esque vocals.  I like the dirtier business myself but this isn’t all about what I like.  Check it out if it seems applicable to you.

YTD recordings listened to: 532
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 280
Not good music: 220

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode, Automatisme

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Music for 9/14/18!!! Twenty One Pilots, Automatisme, Signal

@@@ Twenty One Pilots: My Blood (Fueled By Ramen, 2018)  I got to this track via music biz blogger/big mouth Bob Lefsetz, who has pretty awful taste in music.  But he has juice, so there ya go!  This is a pre-release single that starts out a little rock and a tad electro but I anticipate a cheesy chorus explosion that streaks across the sky.  I’m a bit shocked as there has not been a cheese-gasm yet.  It certainly does not aspire to be Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower but I like the bass sound and the falsetto singing is interesting.  The lyrics revolve around a relationship and fighting together and staying together.  The tambourine and the handclaps and the synths not as cool.  It peters out and meanders a bit at the end but overall not as bad as expected.

@@@ Automatisme: Transit (Constellation, 2018)  Off this week’s CFUV playlist email and it looks like it’s gonna be an electronic ambient affair.  I’m good for that.  This first tune opens up cloudy and then moves into some fairly deep mechanical stutter and glitch.  Deep as in a lot, not as in meaningful.  Thus far no beats and an alternating cloudy/glitchy movement.  The second tune goes deeper with some panned bells, more glitch and an OCD knocking sound that conversates with some oscillating church organ type synth patches.  I like this, it’s thick and engaging.  Let’s hope they can keep the focus on the next track.  Track 3 was solid but not super up my alley but Track 4, confusingly named Bureau 3 is hot.  I’m going to have to swing back on this record and check it out as it’s looking like it’s half loaded with over the top full on ambient action.

@@@ Signal: Signal (Ramp Local, 2018)  I got to this noisy ass punk record via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  It’s not standard caffeinated three chord singalong business, it has a darker more aggro feel to it.  There are punky fresh bits of kibble with the last song clocking in at 2:56.  It’s a helluva staticky guitar mess with an agitated woman working the microphone with fairly and purposely inane lyrics.  The drummer and the bass player do simple but interesting things.  I like this and if you’re feeling like you would like a quick blast of angry female business, they’re here for you.

YTD recordings listened to: 529
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 278
Not good music: 219

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode, Automatisme

Music for 9/13/18!!! Mary Elaine Jenkins, Blood Orange, Billy Moon, $uicideBoy$

@@@ Mary Elaine Jenkins: Hold Still (Good Child Music, 2018) I got to this ‘modern yet timeless singer songwriter’ via a music publicist.  The first tune, The Rooster, is a full band twangy tune with a lot of percussion serving as a hook.  It’s a pretty familiar arrangement.  I don’t know if I misread the promo email or the record has been mislabeled but this is a blues rock record sporting Jenkins’ thick and slightly husky voice.  The lyrics center around the rottenness of men which would be standard for the blues.

@@@ Blood Orange: Negro Swan (Domino, 2018) I got to this record via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  This is blurbed on Apple Music as a look at black depression as well as the anxieties of queer people/people of color.  I’m a little shocked at the first tune as I think of Domino as one of the least funky labels going.  The tune, Orlando, comes out slinky and modern with punchy and funky keyboard sounds.  Puff Daddy and A$AP Rocky both make guest appearances on this record which is strange.  The second tune, Saint, is a full blown gospel tinged anthem — I’m not sure why this record isn’t on an American label releasing black music but I guess that’s not the business here.  I think the record gets a little lost in the vocal arrangements but Puff Daddy busts mad yos on his appearance and lets the female singer do the singing.

@@@ Billly Moon: I’ll Push the Pedals and You Steer EP (Graham Caldwell, 2017)  I saw a new record listed on the CFUV weekly playlist email but this 2017 EP is up on the Apple Music.  The first tune busts out with some sloppy ass Replacements guitar blasting with glam rock vocals over that.  Moon tosses big time classic rock vocal hooks regardless of musical arrangement.  It’s not what I’m most looking for in a record, but many many singers try to throw the hooks and come up empty so it’s an impressive piece of work.

@@@ $uicideBoy$: I Want to Die in New Orleans (G*59 Records, 2018)  This hip hop record is one of the new releases scrolling new music banner on Apple Music.  I’m expecting a trap affair with plenty of props for New Orleans.  This first tune is notable for the half sung rhymes and the vibe is depressive for sure.  I like the keyboard figure on this first tune, it really burrows into your brain.  I’m most interested in the keyboard arrangements, the vocals after that, and the beats least of all.  The fact that they do some white people emo style singing is interesting while not putting the record over the top.

YTD recordings listened to: 526
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 277
Not good music: 218

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode

Music for 9/12/18!!! face to face, Wax Chattels, Emerson Snowe

@@@ face to face: All for Nothing (Fat Wreckords, 2018) I got to this bluegrass tune from a music publicist email. It looks like these guys have more than dabbled as punk rockers so when the tune kicks in with acoustic guitars and those big ass Orange County vocal hooks, it’s Orange Grass and not blue grass. It’s not a bad thing but just be forewarned that there’s no redneck vibes going on here. #emocoustic

@@@ Wax Chattels: In My Mouth (Captured Tracks, 2018) I got an email all the way from the Australia and these folks were in a festival that went down under. It was described as proggy and gloomy, much like Paul Krugman’s underwear drawer. I’m on the first tune and I’m waiting for them to go from the intro blinking and start the party. It’s sounds like coffee shop Primus but not as annoying as the Primus singer. I hope they, at some point, put some mustard on this wiener and that’s no sex reference. It heats up but not as hot as one would like. The second tune comes in brisk and minimal like Devo on Red Bull but again the question remains will they whip an adequate shitty. Tension-Release, Tension-Release kiddies! When they get to the release it’s very restrained and professional. They can play the shit out of their instruments but it’s too polite for me. Check ’em out if your hair is always just right. Oh shit, the female singer loses it in the third tune. Nice job, but why the wait?

@@@ Emerson Snowe: sunlight (N/A, 2018) From the same Australian online (maybe paper) mag called Happy Mag. This tune is a bit garage-y, a bit poppy, and a bit rock ‘n roll. There’s an insistent snare drum that pushes through the vast majority of the tune and the sweet bits float over that. Drums, vocals, guitars, and a tad of synth action. Not exactly my thing but the point of this blog is about my thing but also the things of others.

YTD recordings listened to: 522
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 275
Not good music: 218

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode

Music for 9/11/18!!! Bixiga 70, Minyeshu, Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo

@@@ BIXIGA 70: Quebra Cabeça (Glitterbeat, 2018). Off this week’s WRIR playlist email.    There’s just a pre-release single up on the Apple Music for what looks set to be an Afrobeat funk explosion.  I’m into the guitar player’s chicken scratch style and the thick stew of drum kit, hand drums, and horns.  My African music radar was saying that the musicians are not African but lovers of the music thereof, and I am correct.  This outfit hails from Brazil and they put some more slight sonic variations into the tune and a slightly different rhythmic feel to the track.  I would check out more of this.

@@@ MINYESHU | Daa Dee (ARC, 2018)  Also off this week’s WRIR playlist email and also a pre-release single.  It’s a mash of African music but I’m gonna have to GooglePimp this musician as it’s a mash of genres.  Minyeshu hails from Ethiopia but now lives in the Netherlands.  It’s a piano ballad sung in an African tongue and it’s not the part of African music that I love most.

@@@ MICHI SARMIENTO Y SU COMBO BRAVO | Salsa Con Monte (Vampisoul, 2018)  We switch gears to some Latin American music.  It is salsa but the musicians could be from most anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.  Pardon me while I GooglePimp this band.  These guys are old school and are described as Colombian dance floor thunder.  I have heard so much old school Latin music from my out of print vinyl record archive but if you are a young gent or gal or gender fluid and have not heard the old school salsa, you’re missing out.

YTD recordings listened to: 519
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 273
Not good music: 217

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode

Music for 9/10/18!!! Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Lil Pump, Silk City/dua lipa, David Guetta

@@@ Paul McCartney: I Don’t Know (Capitol, 2018)  I won’t be checking out the whole new record by Paul McCartney.  I’ve never been a super fan, I’ve barely been a fan.  Maybe post-weed McCartney is less schmaltzy and slack than weed McCartney.   This is a mid tempo ballad with a nice arrangement, though it has a bit of Hey Jude in it.  When I hear Hey Jude I feel very violent.   The tune revolves lyrically around the vocal hook ‘what am i doing wrong, i don’t know.’  It’s a big of a head bender with downer lyrics layered on top of a pretty poppy musical arrangement.  It’s all right, it’s Paul McCartney you either love him or you’re uncouth.

@@@ Kanye West & Lil Pump: I Love it ( , 2018)  How can I not peep a track by two of my least favorite people in hip hop.  He pops out the first line, ‘you’re such a ho, i love it.’  I’m into Kanye’s sounds but Lil Pump is a flaming fucking douchebag.  I get the shock value of the vocal hook.  Kanye hits the mic and he gets into some pretty anti-social (and some may say anti-woman) rhymes revolving around what he likes in a woman and what he will buy her in terms of cosmetic surgery and material luxuries.  The sounds are okay, nothing too hooky or out there and it feels like a throwaway track.  Wow, 40 million hits on the Googletube for this biscuit, yikes!!!

@@@ Silk City, Dua Lipa: Electricity (Let Dreams Out, 2018)  Looks like we’re gonna hang out in the Apple Music hot tracks area where I comment on mainstream music and the various interesting ideas I hear in there.  This is a feel good dance floor banger that takes a techno beat, throws the piano chord progression over that and then throws the love sauce on top of that.  It’s pretty classic.  Let me care for you, I will give you electricity.  Hand claps, promises, great feelings.  Personally I think this sort of giant disco biscuit would explode much more if someone like Mary J. Beige was singing the fuck out of the vocals.  The dude is all right but he doesn’t lift the track to that higher place.

@@@ David Guetta & CeCe Rogers: Freedom (N/A, 2018) More dance floor business, but more stripped down house and less anthemic.  Now I’m not a total idiot cuz Guetta goes with the female vocalist and the tune works better imho.  It appears to be an ode to house music as the lyrics directly talk about how awesome house music is and  its connection to freedom.  There are a couple of times where the tune builds from just spoken word, builds to a crescendo and then busts out in a groove.  I like that.

TD recordings listened to: 516
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 270
Not good music: 217

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode

Music for 9/6/18!!! Amos Lee, Terry, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Rejoicer

@@@ Amos Lee: My New Moon (Dualtone, 2018)  The first tune right out of the gate strongly evokes Paul Simon’s Graceland.  It’s regal, a bit world music-y, and uplifting.  The second tune moves slightly towards a more Americana formula but it’s still a whole lotta adult alternative adult music.  It’s a philosophical question as to whether aspiring to be sophisticated is an act of sophistication but that’s for another day.  I like music that is messier and not quite so manicured as I aspire to live in reality but I know there are tons of folks out there who are comforted by this kind of music.  People who work at Amazon or have stores where fancy soap is sold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@@@ Terry: Bureau (Upset the Rhythm, 2018)  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email this tune opens up straight up Pixies.  Straight rock beat and holding it down bass.  Guitars come in but I’m doubtful that the singer will rock the level of irony to put it up there with the Pixies.  The female singer here is a bit of a wet blanket on the band.  It’s most likely purposefully detached but a shot of Red Bull could help out here.  Debaser!

 

 

 

 

 

@@@ Aaron Lee Tasjan: Heart Slows Down (New West, 2018).  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I think of New West as an alt country imprint and while this has a tad of that it’s more of an American rock track.  Tom Petty, especially in the vocal arrangement and the straight ahead-ed-ness of it.  It might be a bit too straight for my taste but there are a lot of straight folks out there.  I checked a few of the other tunes on the record and it is indeed a straight American rock record.  There’s nothing wrong with that so if you’re up for that have at it.

 

 

 

@@@ Rejoicer: Double Astral Move (Stones Throw, 2018) Some abstract electronic r&b also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m liking the space and movement in this first track Cloud of Me.  I’m going to gravitate to music that is rhythmically strong with trippy melodic overlay as it’s got a doubleshot going.  Let’s peep more and here’s hoping the first track isn’t a fluke.  The second tune is a glitchy, more driving track that I don’t like as much but it still works as a focused.  I’m on the fifth tune and this Rejoicer gent has arranging skills and a really high quality bag of sounds.  Check him out.

 

YTD recordings listened to: 508
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 265
Not good music: 214

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode