Music for 12/11/17!!! J Hus, Wolf Alice

@@@ J Hus: Common Sense (Butter World, 2017)  An African MC in London combines African music and UK grime.  I like his accent but I must say I much prefer American hip hop beats.  This second track is funkier with a bouncy bass line.  I wish the arrangements were less synth heavy.  I got to this via the Guardian top 50 of the year and frankly these non-Americans should stay out of the rap game.  Maybe some Nigerian cats can match American hip hop funk but it’s a tough hill.

@@@ Wolf Alice: Visions of a Life (RCA, 2017)  Another UK outfit off the Guardian top 50 of the year and I tend to find the records that are lower on the list are better than the ones near the top where the music publicists are vying to get their big money records fellated as much as possible.  This is #12 on the list so publicists are looking for head for sure. If you’re up for some highly produced, strongly flavored of shoegaze indie with a female singer then you’re in luck!  I find the guitars here to be very satisfying but the production cuts down the whirlwind and the noise and the female singer pretties it up a bit.  They have a go at uptempo punk business on the second track Yuk Foo, and it’s all right but it could use some more mess.  It’s a tad too packaged a mess but that’s the point here.  Somewhat unfortunately.  It’s an all right record but music to me is about passion and the production constrains and packages the passion.  Smells like passion for those who don’t like a shitty mess.

YTD recordings listened to: 784
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 423
Not good music: 323

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding, Les Amazones D’Afrique

 

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Music for 12/10/17!!! Lil B, Miguel

@@@ Lil B: Black Ken (BasedWorld, 2017)  Retro West Coast (San Fran specifically) hip hop I got to after seeing this record on more than one best of 2017 year end lists.  When Lil B hits the mic he is both concious and filthy.  He will do it with a lady while her friend is in the room.  I like the George Clinton vibes, and the retro sonic approach but he’s too nasty for my taste.  He don’t want no broke hoes in his bed, you dig?  The sounds are freshly retro for sure.

@@@ Miguel: War & Leisure (RCA/Sony, 2017)  A mainstream r&b record with guitars, pretty good as far as I’m concerned.   He’s going for some Prince fan love on this first tune and I can’t tell if I’m willing to give him the same respect.  The second tune Pineapple Skies heads into bubblegum territory which is the wrong way for me.  This is more Lionel Richie/Michael Jackson.  The first tune is the best and it’s the roughest and it ain’t that rough.  I don’t like super taffy sweet r&b.  If you do, that’s fine, but not me.

YTD recordings listened to: 784
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 423
Not good music: 323

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding, Les Amazones D’Afrique

The hoes and These Heaux!

If you don’t know about Cash Me Outside Girl Danielle Bregoli you can read about here at the Daily Beast.

The front story is that this 13 year old girl had beef with her mom and goes on television and starts talking to her mom and people in the television audience like she’s a streetwalker — hence Cash Me Outside.

This girl has a record deal with Atlantic Records, a major corporate record label.  So click on this tune and think about whether a large music label should be trafficking in 14 year old girl whore fantasies.

And then think about how it’s not surprising at all that numerous film directors and actors are being outed as rapists and perverts when executives at Atlantic Records are putting this shit out.

This is some funky ass weird shit bubbling up in our society.

Make sure you peep this video to get the whole show.  She raps like she’s 7 years old for fucks sake.

2017 Honorable Mention Pick 6

Oumou Sangare: Mogoya (No Format, 2017)

You know a record is bad ass when the sixth track kills it (I’ve clipped the sixth track as the second video below because Tony Allen’s track has to take first place).  She gets into a level of funk on that sixth track that most musicians can only dream of.

This is a full band record with kora, multiple background singers, synth and organ in places.  Sangare’s voice is strong and very pretty but it’s not a heaven sent African Whitney Houston kind of thing — not much soaring but her vocal arrangements are sophisticated, very sophisticated.  It’s not an Afrobeat nor an African power trio rock record like Noura Mint Seymali and her crew but there is some guitar shredding and some large ensemble vibes.

Start with the two tunes I’ve clipped below as they’re my favorites on the record and then go from there.

Best of 2017 Pick 6

Drone: Reversing Into the Future (Pomperipossa, 2017)

This ambient record that has been on my listening list for a little over the year gets called up to the ‘best of’ list.  It is just right for me in terms of what I want from an ambient record.

It has a tasteful amount of long tones/ideas coming across the stereo field and they rotate at a speed where I’m engaged, enjoying what I’m listening to and eager to hear what’s next.  There are no cheesy sounds here, big fat cotton candy cloud synths but it’s not too annoyingly industrial and dark.  It has a pleasant combination of sounds — some nice long high energy particulate matter, some metallic grinding, some motor like noises and some, of course, drones.

There six tracks on the record and they’re all titled This Strange Life 1, This Strange Life 2, etc.  Some of my favorite passages are on track four (clipped below for your listening convenience).  It all goes down like one giant cinematic piece with variations.

Check it out, it’s high quality ambient for ya earholes!

 

 

Music for 2/27/17!!! Steve Lacy, Power Trip, Rev. Sam Dixon

@@@ Steve Lacy: Steve Lacy’s Demo EP (Three Quarter, 2017)  An alt r&b record I got to via the Apple Music new music section.   And no, not Steve Lacy the sax player from the ’60s-’70s.  These first two tunes are centered around Lacy’s guitar playing and he’s got some sophisticated vocal arrangements in this second tune, Ryd.  The cover of the record has Mr. lacy sandwiched between a guitar and a bass so I’m thinking he programmed these beats and let fly with the rest of it.  It’s pretty good.  I would have dug some more variety of guitar tones as in maybe some Prince like guitar shredding.

@@@ Power Trip: Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord, 2017)  I checked the advance single and felt it so I’m back for more now that the full length banger is out.  Plus I’m a Southern Lord.  These guys have a militant vibe to their metal stomp with plenty of thrash drumming and some extreme Red Bull shredding in this first tune (clipped below).  I remember the Motorhead vibes these guys pump out like stale body odor.  The second tune, Executioner’s Song, brings on big stomp.  I’ve checked out four of the tunes here and I’m going to have to swing back on this record before I go burn somebody’s house down.

@@@ Rev. Sam Dixon: My Soul Says Yes (Manufactured, 2017)  Some old school gospel with r&b sprinklings that I got to via a music publicist email.  Some really beautiful gospel choir action and an interesting guitar player on this first tune.  The vibe here is super old school and I dig that.  If you, fabulous listener on this blog are not hip to the flavors of gospel and how much it has informed today’s soul/r&b music check out the reverend and get an earful for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 136
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 75
Not good music: 41

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip

Music for 2/20/17!!! Ibibio Sound Machine, Hunck, D.O.C.

@@@ Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai (Merge, 2017)  This world music outfit has two tunes up on the Apple Music and this record is reviewed this week by WRIR in Virginia.  This first tune more than subtly bites Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop til you Get Enough’.  As WRIR says in the review these guys are trying to leave the world music ghetto and they’ve filed a lot of edges down here to get to mainstream listeners.  The energy is very high and the female singer is quite active on the mic.  I dig the rhythm section on this tune as well.  I guess I’m not feeling the synth hooks here, they’re not awful but they change the complexion and aspirations for the record.

@@@ Hunck: Little Women (Not sure, 2017)  I’ve been getting mad publicist emails about this band Hunck so I will give a peep and maybe a Trumpian pee.  Dance rock beats, medium strong ’80s rock vibes, and an aspiring porn star singer.  I’m feeling the drummer as he’s pulling off the sleazy vibes, but the guitar player, eh not so much.  Pretty standard stuff for the earholes.

@@@ D.O.C.: Parched Dredge EP (Iron Lung, 2017)  Some rough, sped up metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Hardcore singer with a little caveman grunting, herky jerky sizzly guitars — quite an impressive wall of them actually.  And the drummer, somebody get the drummer a beverage he’s drumming his nuts off.  Thrashing about like a fish on the bottom of a boat.  The bass player lays down a bed of sweet stanky bass.  These are all 30 second to 1 minute blasts of hate, really quite well done.

YTD recordings listened to: 119
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 64
Not good music: 39

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz