Music for 5/16/19!!! Della Mae, Full of Hell, General Purv

@@@ Della Mae: The Butcher Shop EP (Rounder, 2019)  I’ve dug Della Mae records before.  They do the bunch of females harmonizing but they’re a bit more rocking than some of the more mainstream versions of their formula who bring more cheese to the singing and the playing.  This first tune, Bourbon Hound, pumps the tempo and the energy.  The rock three uptempo barn roof raisers before they get to a bluesy rendition of ‘Sixteen Tons’.  These are all classic tracks but it’s the energy they bring to them that makes it a worthwhile listen.

@@@ Full of Hell: Weeping Choir (Relapse, 2019)  Three pre-release tracks up on the Apple Music with the first one being Burning Myrrh (clippped below for your earholes)  It’s pretty close to double red bull time — a delicious storm of octopus drumming, guitar noise and an orc sounding bitch on the microphone.  Not just an orc as I believe this to be a multi-vocalist crew.  It’s a quick 2:12 blast of dirty crunchy ass so I will stick around for another one to catch the other flavors.  Armory of Obsidian Glass is a detuned, oozing thing though this could be the intro before they whip another shitty.  It does break out into a medium slow grind with a pretty complex vocal arrangement.  It’s a 7 minute biscuit and Imma gonna tip after about 5 but it’s solid metal.  I really dug the opening meltdown.

@@@ General Purv: The Astounding Exploits of General Purvis Attaboy (Baffled Octopi)+. First off, great band name and album title.  I found it on this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  I thought it was going to be a classic punk throwdown but it’s an electronic record with an arena rock attitude.  The beats are solid but the stars here are the synthesizer, well arranged and rocking.  I like these tracks, they’re unpredictable, funky and spontaneous.  If you are a listener that has checked out electronic music before and found it more than a bit nerdy, these guys/gals/humans could be a good fit for you.  Much more accessible but not stupid, there’s some good doobie in these arrangements as they’re not committed to doing one particular thing with their music.  I’m going to swing back on this record and listen to it when I have more time.  Check it out!

YTD recordings listened to: 256
Good music, not list worthy: 148
Not good music: 91

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv

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Music of the 5/15/19!!! Divorcer, Protruders, PUP

@@@ Divorcer: Debt Jubilee (No Sun, 2019)  Off kilter old school guitar indie with a female singer that I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  It’s a Minutemen/Breeders love baby thing.  I like the band but I could use some more energy from the singer.  Jumpy song sections and a general lack of respect for the way things are done.  Which I like.  The synths come on for the third tune (clipped below) and I liked this best of what I heard.

@@@ Protruders: Poison Future (Feel It, 2019)  It’s gonna be angular white people indie rock day.  This time the the female singer is replaced with a dude with some distortion on his voice.  He does raise the energy of the Velvet Underground on Red Bull vibe of the band.  A similar decision to break down the songs into shards which is fine though this second track, Tax 101, is pretty straight ahead rock.  Generally more energetic and more rocking than the grrl band and I’m just describing not judging.  Whichever way you go, I could give a shit.

@@@ PUP: Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper, 2019) And we end today’s listening with some major label pop punk guitar business out of the Canada.  A hooky opening track (clipped below) with AC/DC and Green Day pubes.  I read a blurb about this record and it’s about depression which is a serious thing.  The never ending debate is whether addressing these serious things in a pop music context is good or does it dilute the seriousness by presenting ideas in a spoon fed manner.  I’m telling you kids, I think this is a case of personal preference.  I like this band and some of the songs work for me and other ones don’t work for me so be a thinking adult and decide for yourself.  I found the opener less effective than the other tracks.  Often the label will put the hookiest shit up front to snag people with short attention spans.   That might be you!

YTD recordings listened to: 253
Good music, not list worthy: 148
Not good music: 91

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams

Music for 5/14/19!!! Satori, Quiet Earth, Luke Combs

@@@ Satori: Makhtub (Crosstown Records, 2017)  I got to this world/trance/New Age artist from a gig announcement from the hoity toity BK music club National Sawdust.  The opening tune (clipped below) featurs some cool chopped and glitched Middle Eastern string sounds and some less cool vocal parts.  It’s a slow jam but I have a feeling this next track is gonna be a dancefloor banger.  Noop, wrong again.  I like the third tune, Dive Into the Mystic, but if you desire a hypnotic trance-like listening experience from that part of the world I would recommend any number of Tinariwen records over this.  I like parts of this but I want it to hit harder.

@@@ Quiet Earth: Desertion/Migration (N/A, 2018)  This two song blast of distortion and punk/metal/rock energy is off an Invisible Oranges looking back at underrated music of 2018.  It’s a duo record and they kick it out for a duo but the drummer is also listed as the bass player and if he’s playing those two instruments at the same time, well then he gets a friggin’ gold star for that.  More than solid shit to harvest the crust from your eyes.  I little drano for your soul.  Sonically the sounds lean more punk than metal as it has a spill-y less manicured feel to it than most metal.

@@@ Luke Combs: Beer Never Broke My Heart (Sony, 2019)  Some new country off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The blend of power rock guitar playing and banjo always spins my head a bit til I reconcile those two sounds, but the hook is good and could probably do better as an official anthem for the Beer Brewer’s Association of America.  Combs has a suitably gruff voice and I think I would enjoy this song more if it was more straight redneck and less mainstream rock.

YTD recordings listened to: 250
Good music, not list worthy: 146
Not good music: 90

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams

Music for 5/13/19!!! Ed Sheeran/Justin Bieber, Logic

@@@ Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber: I Don’t Care (Warner/UMG, 2019). Two of my favorite musicians go whiteboy dancehall and pop out a shiny ass pop biscuit for the masses.  And boy the masses are up for some Bieber/Sheeran corn! 25 million hits on the GooglePimpTube.  Yikers.  It’s not the Latin immigrants ruining our nation, it’s tracks like this!  I’m having trouble distinguishing between the fine vocal work of Bieber and Sheeran but I think Sheeran got back of the bus status on this trip.  The sounds are super updated and popping, it’s not that track is stupid it’s childish.  Some little children are dumb as a bag of rocks but not all are stupid.  But most children are childish and most adults will be too if they listen to cheesy cornbread.  Go check out the comments on this track and tell me it’s not a playground for adult children.  C’mon do it, I dare ya!

@@@ Logic: Icy (Def Jam, 2019) Another track off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Logic is a producer widely lauded as super talented but I find his tracks mostly derivative.  Icy is slang for something expensive and the production here on this super produced ode to materialism is indeed icy.  However, just as the track above the IQ here is well dressed and childish.  I’m icy, I’m clean, I’m a bad motherfucker, I’m me.  This is impressive.  The beats are average but the ascending/descending element of the mix is very nice.  Let it not be said that I don’t give respect when something is well done.  If they had made the lyrics as sophisticated as that sample well I’d be a fan.  Gucci Bag guests on this track and Logic’s list of guests on his new record is extensive: apparently Wiz Khalifa hasn’t smoked his way into a coma and he made an appearance, and grandaddy of corn Will Smith is up in there (if it’s the same Will Smith I could really be bothered to google that shit), and even Eminem who takes a turn threatening to kill somebody.  I kid I kid I kid, these are great people and this is great stuff, it’s just….childish.  Myself I would rather listen to dogs fornicate in a parking lot.

YTD recordings listened to: 247
Good music, not list worthy: 145
Not good music: 88

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams

Music for 5/10/19!!! Madonna, Pianos Become the Teeth, Vampire Weekend

@@@ Madonna: I Rise (Sire, 2019)  Off the Apple Music hot tracks section and the second track from Madonna’s new and 14th album.  I’m usually a little suspicious when somebody puts the last tune of a record out for a single but this single is different as it samples the young woman from the Parkland mass shooting in Florida.  It’s a loping uplifting dancefloor banger.  I can tell you as one of the most active listeners in the country (yeah that’s right) I’m getting tired of the empowerment lyrics.  All the rising and the bravery and theovercoming is getting a bit stale.  It’s not an offensive track but it does seem that close to billionaire Madonna who rolls with the creme de la creme is surfing a bit on the misery of others.  I don’t think she should have made the lyrics in first person but that’s just me.  Which begs the question: can white women be white saviors?  I’m guessing yeah.

@@@ Pianos Become the Teeth: Wait for Love (Epitaph, 2018)  A final listen off an All Music notable release email from 2018.  Yikes, I was expecting some variation on classic southern California punk but this comes out mad mainstream radio friendly.  I dig the drummer but the generally uninspiring puss vibe to the playing doesn’t super work for me.  The drummer is killing it but the tunes are soapy dishwater.  I don’t think I’m the intended demographic for this record.

@@@ Vampire Weekend: Sympathy (Spring Snow/Columbia, 2019)  You gotta give Vampire Weekend some props for putting a song entitled Unbearably White on their latest effort.  Because I’ve thought the same exact thing.  This single is an explosion of high energy, quirky indie melody and strangeness.  Little bits of falsetto background vocals, strummed acoustic guitars, little weird section breaks, handclaps, it’s a basket of major label indie love!  Bask in it people.  There are some undercover classic rock vibes going on here as well.  They put a little electronic chopped business at the end of the track and throw a little filtered eq at certain points so they did indeed cover all the bases.  These guys are tight and play well but they don’t sound like they could fight their way out of a paper bag.

YTD recordings listened to: 245
Good music, not list worthy: 145
Not good music: 86

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams

Music for 5/9/19!!! Paul Doffing, Dury Dava, Satan’s Satyrs

@@@ Paul Doffing: Easy as You Come (N/A, 2019) Hey, hey, it’s Thursday and we kick it off with an acoustic guitar driven folk rock/FM rock track I got to via a music publicist.  Mr. Doffing has a pleasant voice with a bit of gravel to it and at about 1 minute a medium driving drum beat comes in.  The drum/no drums sections dictate the structure of the tune.  Just prior to the outro there’s a little guitar solo section and a female background singer comes in again on the fadeout.  I don’t have anything against the song or the playing within it.  It’s a ditty with a nautical theme, how ’bout dat?  I neither love it nor hate it.

@@@ Durt Dava: Satana (Psilos, 2019)  I got to this track via an email from the label located in Greece.  With a singer working the otherworldly and anguished vocal range of Thom Yorke the band is indebted to Radiohead and their eclectic rock sound.  It has a pleasant space rock feel to it without going to far into the jam band neighborhood.  I much prefer the space rock to the jam band.  It is an almost 9 minute monster shot so it is going to shift from one space to another and it does just after the 3 minute mark.  I might not hang for the full ride but it has a lot of energy and it’s an interesting blend of sounds.  Some dance like drum beats and tom tom drumming unfolding in an ongoing swirl of guitar sounds.

@@@ Satan’s Satyrs: Succubus (Relapse, 2018)  A stoner-Satanic metal throwdown I got to via an All Music notable release email from 2018.  The drummer is killing it, he must have shot a can of Red Bull into his eyeball as he is almost literally playing his nuts off.  That’s right his nuts might fall off and he will then be without huevos.  His drumming is garnished with what I believe is dual guitar rifffage salad galore in the greatest and stoniest of 1970’s traditions.  The singer is not an afterthought but he’s fighting to hold his own against the blizzard of guitars and drums.  It’s not really Satanic it’s Sabbath-y rock with even a bluesy twist on another one of the tracks.

YTD recordings listened to: 242
Good music, not list worthy: 143
Not good music: 85

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams

Music for 5/8/19!!! Tigrin Hamasyan, Shannon and the Clams

@@@ Tigrin Hamasyan: For Gyumri (Nonesuch, 2018)  Both of today’s listens come from an old ass All Music notable release email from last year.  A solo piano record with some vocalizing, oh boy there it is (the vocalizing) and I don’t like the way they put it in the mix.  Too New Age-y.  For the most part I do like Hamasyan’s piano playing.  Aarrgh, more and more voices, it’s turning into a Bobby McFerrin record in front of my very eyes!  That’s not what I’m looking for.  Let me check another tune.  I like the piano playing on the second track (clipped below) and I’m agnostic on the brief electronic music flourishes.  Certainly more engaging than Brad Mehldau who I find to be a cup of warm milk before you die, it’s still a bit snoozy for my taste.

@@@ Shannon and the Clams: Onion (Easy Eye/Nonesuch, 2018) I have enjoyed the quirky energy of the Shannon and the Clams on previous recordings.  They do a really good update on the classic doo wop rock thing.  They are tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time and they infuse mad energy into their stuff.  The second tune, It’s Gonna Go Away, is a very good example as they drop the tempo but the playing remains crisp and tight.  It’s a bit shocking that this record is out on the Nonesuch imprint as they are the kings of slack flavored coffee indie — a band that gets up on it and kicks out the jam with gusto is not what I associate with Nonesuch.  I’m going to circle back on this when I have more time to eat the whole sandwich but don’t sleep on this.

YTD recordings listened to: 239
Good music, not list worthy: 141
Not good music: 84

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams