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

Music for 7/10/18!!! Foxtrott, Death Wheelers, Brad Mehldau Trio

@@@ Foxtrott – Meditations I (One Little Indian)  A three song, 9 minute indie electronic EP with somewhat strong classical vibes.  I got to this record via the CFUV weekly playlist.  The keyboard stylings are where you get the classical stink lines.  The female singer has a husky voice and she comes off as pretty serious.  I really like this second tune (clipped below) as it switches gears to a funkier place with a similarities to the first tune.  The third tune has more of a glitchy stardust feel in the keyboards and I would have reordered the three tunes and put the second and third tunes first but that’s just me.  For indie electronic, this is really good.  The keyboards set the tone but the beats are well done and tasteful and she certainly does not oversing.

@@@ Death Wheelers – I Tread On Your Grave (Riding Easy, 2018)  Some heavy music off the CFUV weekly email with a focus on the motorcycle subculture.  This first tune opens up with some pretty big riffs and the sound of the record is in the hard rock/rough punk/speed metal neighborhood.  Let’s see what the singer brings to the party.  Probably a huge handlebar moustache!  This has morphed into a Black Sabbath-y jam with long ass solos and full on drum spraying.  Thus far there has been no singer so I’m thinking this is an instrumental hard rock jam band.  This third tune is full tilt riff/boogie and it’s all right.  I’m not super in the market for an instrumental hard rock record but hey, if that’s how you roll who am I to judge and have at it!

@@@ Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch)  The certainty with which Brad Mehldau is presented to the world as the great jazz pianist of his generation is breathtaking.  To me he is like Oxycontin without the addictive qualities — he will numb you out and make your world one dimensional and fuzzy around the edges.  I don’t want to come across as bitchy but I don’t get the hub bub regarding this musician.  There’s not much except fake sophistication to hold onto here.  He doesn’t play with much energy (get a red bull for fuck’s sake) and his melodies are prefab pop and fresh biscuits.  No offense to Hillary Clinton but this is straight jazz for Hillary Clinton supporters that really don’t know what’s going on.

YTD recordings listened to: 393
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 207
Not good music: 175

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

Music for 7/9/18!!! The Faps, Alpheus, Firemelon

@@@ The Faps: Grimelda (Double Lunch Records, 2018)  If you took the Jello Biafra and forced him to have love baby with Frank Zappa or Primus with a better voice it might sound a whole bunch like this punk record I got to via an email from the band themselves.  There are plenty of power chords to be had here but they have guitar melody as well as a splice into a country tune in the the first tune.  These splices continue through the record while throwing down a pretty nice old school emo tune on the third track Good Song.  It’s an interesting record that evokes old school freak punk in an original way.

@@@ Alpheus: Light of Day (Liquidator Music, 2018)  A reggae record off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  It aspires to a vintage roots reggae sound with classic loverboy vocal stylings.  From what I know about Jamaican music this record tilts more towards ’60s sounds than ’70s sounds.  Mr. Alpheus does a convincing and strong job on the microphone — smooth and tender while not being overly soft.  This is not a modern sounding recording which I’m enjoying.

@@@ Firemelon: Goodbye (Self-released, 2018)  A lead single from a California Americana band that I got to via a music publicist email.  It’s got some strong Tom Petty influences but with a lot of steel guitar playing that lends a mournful tone to the tune.  It’s got a straight beat and a pleasantly gruff singer.  With these Americana tunes there’s not a lot to write about as it’s fairly straight ahead but due to the miracle of the interwebz you can check it for yourselves.

YTD recordings listened to: 390
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 204
Not good music: 174

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

Music for 7/3/18!!! Self Defense Family, Jim James, Death Grips

@@@ Self Defense Family: Have You Considered Punk…. (Run for Cover Records, 2018)  Presumably a punk record I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email.  I was expecting an anti-social blast of guitar to open the record but it’s opening up slack and a bit downtempo.  It’s got a nice drum shuffle and some moped singing.  Let’s peep some more.  The second tune raises the blood pressure a bit but no freak outs.  Slack and a bit downtempo.  It is certainly not for me to step in and say what is punk music but this is just a bit too flavored coffee and sad-tastic for me.  A little Red Bull might help, especially the singer.

@@@ Jim James: Uniform Distortion (ATO, 2018)  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  We switch over to Jim James the front man for My Morning Jacket.  He’s always had a pleasantly haunting voice but my impression is that he’s really interested in cultivating a rock star persona.  I could be wrong, Lord knows I could be wrong.  I’m experiencing a quite shizzy country internet connection where I’m getting little snippets of the beginning of the tune and then it goes to the next one.  My quick impression is that this is designed to be a pretty mainstream rock record.  I don’t like this first tune.  Okay we’re back to streaming normality.  The second tune is a squally rave up with a junior high school guitar riff and I don’t like the way they set his voice in the mix.  I’m not a fan of this record — I can’t tell if it doesn’t know what it wants to be or whether I don’t like how it’s setting out to do what it’s trying to do.  It’s not worth exploring that.

@@@ Death Grips: Year of the Snitch (Third Worlds, 2018) I keep trying on the Death Grips and I try to listen widely because I want to hear what all the kids are listening to.  Which is probably not Death Grips but I’m peeping Death Grips because I dig the album cover.  Jesus, that’s foul whatever it is.  Ah yes, the classic Death Grips aggro electro noise when you hit the play button.  It’s labelled as alternative on the Apple Music and I get that but it’s also a mutant electronic record as well as an escaped hip hop beast.  I get that it’s supposed to be a dystopian dumpster fire and the second tune Flies makes a sort of sense to me.  I’m feeling this fourth track, The Horn Section, it’s a prog like tune that took a shot of meth into the eyeball, turned up the drum machine and just blendered the fuck out of the melody.  I appreciate the fragmented nature of the record, it’s jumpy as fuck and attempts to overwhelm its listeners the way a heavy metal record endeavors to do.   I appreciated passages for sure without eating the whole sandwich.

YTD recordings listened to: 379
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 198
Not good music: 169

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

Music for 3/2/18!!! Counterweight, Wolf + Lamb, Logic/Marshmello, Meghan Trainor

@@@ Meghan Trainor: No Excuses (Epic, 2018)  Not just in the Apple hot tracks section, Meghan Trainor gets banner position on Apple Music.  You know the rotating banner, yup up there, cuz Meghan has lost a lot of weight and now she’s empowered and ready to rumble.  Not rumble literally as there is a lot less of her to rumble with.   This tune is full on mainstream biscuit magic — a little funky guitar, overproduced vocals and some recycled disco vibes.  It is a pop confection that has been worked on and smoothed to project Meghan Trainor as fun, smart, hip and entertaining.  As a product it is finely manicured like a porn star’s pussy hair.  As music it is quite soulless and cliche as fuck.  I hear all the fine sounds and the singing and I don’t feel much if anything at all.  In one earhole and out the other!

@@@ Counterweight: Hum (Wide Hive, 2018) A pre-release tune from a jazz collective that I got to via a music publicist email.  The instrumentation is trumpet, sax, guitar, bass or keyboards and drums and it is a tune anchored in ’70s fusion jazz.  I like the trumpet player here, he’s not fully on fire but it’s interesting playing.  It might have rocked more, but it didn’t.  It might have had a guitar solo but it didn’t.  It’s a fine tune, nothing too memorable.

@@@ Logic & Marshmello: Everyday (Def Jam, 2018)  Some mainstream pop electronica out of the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The #1 slot on the hot tracks section, actually.  It opens up a bit glitchy and then unfortunately Logic makes his appearance.  He sings for a bit and then he does some quick rhymes but his rhythmic work is overshadowed by his tired ass lyrics.  It’s not just awful, it’s really awful shit.  He works hard every day, but today is my day!  That’s it, that’s the best you got motherfucker?  The sounds are pretty standard and then he starts in on his old girlfriend’s daddy issues.  #wordsalad.  Oh fuck, Logic has jumped the shark y’all.  I made it 2:37 and I feel like I wasted 2:30.

@@@ Wolf + Lamb: Love You Still (Wolf + Lamb Records, 2018) I got to this EP of remixes from a promo email from Flavorpill.  This is a half techno/half disco club banger.  I think the first tune is the original mix (clipped below) and then it gets re-imagined in the mixes after that.  It’s an all right, classic flavored jam.  One of the things this tune has going for it is that it doesn’t have Logic on it!  I’m not a huge club music guy but the vocals here are well done and the remixes all repackage the tune well.

YTD recordings listened to: 120
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 63
Not good music: 55

Best: 2
Honorable Mentions: 3

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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur