Music for 7/31/19!!! Dead Horse Beats, Doomsquad, Chance the Rapper

@@@ Dead Horse Beats – Inglaterra (Bastard Jazz) Some electronic music off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  The first tune, the title track, clipped below is a r&b tune.  It’s a drum machine and all synth based, though this might be a drummer, I can’t tell.  To my ears, it’s a white boy soul record with mostly late ’70s/early ’80s soft sounds.  The second tune reveals more of the same and I hazard to say, big shocker, that this record has been mislabelled, it’s an indie electronic soul thing.  Blue eyed Stevie Wonder but a tad softer in the funk department though it dabbles.  I like the arrangements, it’s really well put together, some of the keyboard sounds are a slight negative for me and I’m agnostic on the singer.  More guitars would have pushed it up the list for me.

@@@ Doomsquad – Let Yourself Be Seen (Royal Mountain/Bella Union, 2019)  More off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Let me GooglePimp this outfit but from the lyrics I’m getting the feeling that this might be a European outfit.  Noop, I’m very wrong, they’re from Toronto and it’s a retro dance thing.  I like some of the sounds (outside of the beats) but I’m not into the singer.  No funk, he’s got a dark disco thing going.  I like the fourth tune best of what I heard, partially because it has a female singer and partially because the sounds work better for me.

@@@ Chance the Rapper: Get a Bag (Chance the Rapper LLC, 2019) #3 on the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s an upbeat track about getting a big bag of money.  It’s definitely jam of the summer material but let’s be real, you can’t just get a bag cuz you want a bag.  It don’t work like that even if it’s a party track.  The track is catchy as fuck and I know that most Americans don’t really listen to lyrics so it doesn’t matter if it’s a hook that either makes no sense or is a tad on the offensive side but I would like it better if he wasn’t singing you want a bag and you get a bag.  F’real and I don’t give a fuck if I’m in the minority.

YTD recordings listened to: 390
Good music, not list worthy: 232
Not good music: 136

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, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL

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Music for 4/24/19!!! Hermit and the Recluse, Hawktail

@@@ Hermit and the Recluse: Orpheus vs. the Sirens (Obol for Charon, 2018)  I got to this 2018 hip hop record via a writeup at theringer.com of 2018 underrated hip hop artists.  It is a concept record revolving around Greek mythology.  The first tune is notable for a dramatical string melody and an elastic bassline.  Thus far the rapping is more down than up and the emphasis is on the arrangements.  I really like the sounds here, they’re really well put together and interesting with shouts to the producer and the bass player.  I find the rhymes a bit low energy and want to hear more energy put on top of these atypical hip hop arrangements. 

@@@ Hawktail: Unless (Padiddle Records, 2018) Called ‘bluegrass royalty’ by the uber pretentious club National Sawdust in the BK, NY on whose email list I’m proud to sit.   Unlike yesterday’s fake folk listen this is some real ass bluegrass/folk music.  Yeah, they’re different but also connected.  It opens up with some fine fiddling playing.  Oh my, this fiddle player kicks it and he pulls a band consisting of upright bass, acoustic guitar, and banjo I think.  I don’t know if we’re gonna get a singer for this record.  The second tune is a slow ballad with what I think is bowed bass and accordion.  The melodies are super sweet but the playing is modest and they don’t milk it.  I plan on checking out this record more deeply when I have the time so feel free to peep it.  High quality playing.

YTD recordings listened to: 209
Good music, not list worthy: 127
Not good music: 72

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, 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

 

Music for 9/7/18!!! Christopher Pellnat, Not Of, Purlicue, bodies

@@@ Christopher Pellnat: Liftoff (Self-released, 2018) I got an email from the artist himself asking for a review so a peep it shall be.  Pellnat has a formal, somewhat British bearing to his voice and the instrumentation on this first track is acoustic and electric guitar, upright bass and another stringed instrument I can’t identify.  The second tune comes with accordion and shaker so Pellnat is not particularly defined by a singular set of sounds but his voice and his literate lyrics do show up on every track.  It’s a pretty eccentric singer songwriter record for nerds.  You might usually associate this kind of music with confessional lyrics but the focus here is not that.

@@@ Not of: Hypocritic Oath (No List, 2018)  I got to this heavy record via the Vancouver radio station CFUV.  This is a duo of drums and electric guitar and they kick up a pretty decent shitstorm for just two gents.  This first tune is pretty barbed with the drums turned up high in the mix and the tune changing at a pretty fast clip.  They get to some pretty vigorous rocking in the second tune Watch Him, They Said.  It’s reminiscent of the Stanford Prison Experiment from medium back in the day.  It’s got a pretty pleasant blend of punk energy and rock energy.  It’s not a straight hardcore record as it sports far more melody.

@@@ Purlicue: Sip ‘n Dip (Self-released, 2018)  We’re going full self-released record Friday with this record that is #1 out on the CFUV charts.  A 5 song EP and the art punk tag they put with this release on bandcamp is appropriate.  It’s two female singers, a couple of guitars, a bass player, and drums on this first tune.  It’s got a distinct Breeders tilt to it but not as wise ass-y.

@@@ bodies: shitty grin (Self-released, 2018)  Our last listen of the day and the tune starts out with an ‘80s rock groove — chorused guitar, that particular drum sound and an earnest singer.  They tag themselves as garage pop and that is an accurate tag.  I’m on the second tune and the combination of the friendly singer and the band’s pleasant rocking does indeed help qualify them as garage poppers.

YTD recordings listened to: 512
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 268
Not good music: 215

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 7/30/18!!! The Chainsmokers, Inge Ginsberg, Michael Arnowitt, Beacon

@@@ The Chainsmokers: Side Effects (Columbia, 2018)  A midsummer sexy cheese biscuit from the Chainsmokers.  If you google what is the most sultry cheese you get no answer.  Fuck off, the Chainsmokers are the answer!!! Google asks you if you want to search for the saltiest cheese.  Ha, no!  There is a female guest singer here and as far as music goes we have a four on the floor kick drum, a pleasant slightly distorted bass sound, sweet cotton candy clouds of synthesizer and a big ol’ chorus hook to reel the fish in.  As far as the lyrics it’s classic themes of yearning and wanting some love today.  There is a rap section here which we will not comment on.  Lyric video?  That’s better than watching Trump toilet tweet!!!!

@@@ Inge Ginsberg: Death Metal Grandma (N/A, 2018)  I saw on the Twatter a twat about the video below.  A 96 year old Holocaust survivor performing her poems with a death metal band.  You can’t fuck with this headbending mash of generations and cultural influences but the combination of a Holocaust survivor and death metal does make sense if you think about it.  She does a little moshing at 1:25 and she’s got skills!  I’m blogging about this because I see a lot of hipsters wearing the same tight blue jeans, writing the same song and pretending that Jesus just laid a golden egg and they’re breaking the mold.  But you’re not breaking the mold the way a Holocaust survivor death metal combo platter does.  Showing the kids how it’s done!

@@@ Michael Arnowitt: Sweet Spontaneous (PARMA, 2018)  I’m on the mailing list for this hybrid classical/jazz label and I try to give their releases a peep.  Oh boy, this is vocal jazz which I have problems with.  I love Billie Holiday and some of Ella Fitzgerald but this is another thing.  It’s not nearly as cool as death metal grandma.  This is brunch music for the upper middle class.  Highbrow production signifying class both economic and cultural.  I tipped out when the spoken word artist came in on the third tune.  I get that some folks might really be into this but I’m not one of those folks.  I’m with Inge!

@@@ Beacon: Losing My Mind (Ghostly, 2018) I got to this track via the Twatter and a label twat launched thereupon.  Regular readers know of my war on cheese and we attack hipster cheese as well as Chainsmokers type cheese biscuits.  This is just a few sequins and an Ambien away from Barry Manilow cheese!  Solo piano, breathless vocals, and a string swell.  I’m sorry I have to stop typing for a second to wipe my eyes as this is powerful business.  He’s so in love he’s losing his mind!  God this hit me hard, right in the nutz.  It kicked me with a cheesy boot, right in the nutz.

YTD recordings listened to: 441
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 224
Not good music: 195

Best: 8
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

2018 Honorable Mention Pick 5

Toxic Holocaust: Chemistry of Conciousness (Relapse, 2013)

Short on guitar solos and absent any epic lead singers these guys bring a solid amount of punk energy to their metal music.

Check out the track below — tasty thrash drumming, a wall of guitars with some methed out threedling, and a Lemmy descendant on the microphone.

A little Bad Brains, some Motorhead, it’s a metal formula based not on rocking but on plain, straightforward sonic assault.

Check it out!

Music for 7/18/18!!! Orlando Caichito Lopez, Balun, Dirty Projectors

@@@ Orlando Caichito Lopez: Caichito (World Circuit, 2001/18) A reissue by premiere Cuban bassist Orlando Lopez. If you can’t enjoy this Cuban music you might be too stupid to live. This ticks a lot of boxes for great music — sophisticated rhythms, beautiful melodies, great playing etc. Instruments on this first piece include flute, trombone, strings, organ and conga in addition to the great bass player. Hipsters rejoice, you can get this on vinyl for the first time. This is a great summer record that works for both cubicle dwellers as well as devoted music listeners. The production is ambient and spacious without being muddled and the playing is great.

@@@ Balun: Anos Atros (Good Child, 2018) Sticking with the Latin musicians we move neighborhoods to a San Juan-Brooklyn outfit and this pre-release single that combines electronica, dreamy vocals and touches of Latin music. It redeems itself with high and real energy as well as scoring high on the quirk scale. The arrangement itself is quite complex with multiple rhythmic sources and a lot of different sounds. I would listen to more of this.

@@@ Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose (Domino, 2018) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. The gent leading this outfit has been exploring the notion of indie funk (black music) for a bit and this first tune is a pretty good realization with classic soul vocal delivery in places, well placed horn lines as well as indie quirk and stupidness. He also evokes some Paul Simon crossover records which I’m not sure is a great thing. It’s tricked arranging for sure but I’m not sure I love the results. It sounds like it’s trying awful hard to be upbeat and optimistic — regular readers know how much I love the mandatory music cheerleading. If you dig the upbeat indie optimism you will be rewarded by a music nerd’s arranging virtuosity.

YTD recordings listened to: 416
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 217
Not good music: 185

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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