Music for 10/5/17!!! Sabrina Claudio, Ascending Dawn, Iglooghost

@@@ Sabrina Claudio: Belong To You (featuring 6Lack) (SC Entertainment, 2017)  Super booty knocking r&b.  I don’t think 6Lack is on the single but he’s on the remix so that explains my peep.  Wow, he’s singing on this track and I dig his voice, it changes the track from straight lush to a blend of lush and something else.  #eloquent.  He de-cheeses the track and gives more dimension to it.  There’s plenty of lush reverb for everybody to have a slice and the instrumental side of the arrangement is dominated by long keyboards and string patches.  Solid for a mainstream track and I continue to dig 6Lack.

@@@ Ascending Dawn: Cannonball (Ascending Dawn, 2017)  I got me a publicist’s email about this band and it’s what I call a mainstream metal track.  It’s got some roughness to it, but it has a lot of arena rock and even pop elements to it.  Big guitar riffs for you to bounce around on and arena rock drumming with a soaring female singer.  Plenty of background vocals as well.  It’s got a tad of Foo in it, more than a schmear of Linkin Park and it has Heart vibes due to the singer.  Not really my cup of tea.

@@@ Iglooghost: New Wax Bloom (Brainfeeder, 2017)  An experimental electronic record last week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens up sort of Japanese royal court mashed with Alvin the Chipmunk and some New Age-y synth sounds.  That’s quite a mash.  The second tune brings in a jazz-ish horn line and some manic beats so this bad boy is gonna jump around more than a tad.  It’s an interesting blend of different sonic emotions — some childish, cartoon sounds, some club action, a tad of hip hop, some abstract electronic and pubes of whatever Mr. Iglooghost throws in.  Notable more for the production and the execution than the musical impact, imho.

YTD recordings listened to: 645
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 346
Not good music: 273

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

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Music for 10/4/17!!! Cold Specks, Emie R. Roussel Trio, Lupa J

@@@ Cold Specks: Fool’s Paradise (Arts & Crafts, 2017)  It’s interesting to hear black music put out by indie labels.  I’m so used to getting the tight jean poser guitar show and then something like this comes along.  Ms. Specks has a gorgeous voice and she’s rocking a mellow r&b flow in this first tune.  I guess it’s like basketball — one player makes a huge difference.  When you take this lush voice out this is basically an ’80s synth pop/rock tune but that’s lessened by her voice.  Let’s peep more.  I’ve sample bits of the first 3-4 songs it’s the same formula.  I can see some folks really attaching to this record.

@@@ Emie R Roussel: Intersections (Effendi, 2017)  Some straight jazz off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  Instrumentation in this first tune is piano, bass, and drums.  The sounds are immaculate and it has that straight jazz prim and proper sound that some folks love but I don’t as much.  Oh my, this third tune switches to electric keyboard and a straight jazz vocal song with some fusion sauce commences.  Not really my thing, but maybe for some folks out there.

@@@ Lupa J: Welcome Back (Lupa J/Inertia, 2017)  Somehow I got on this Australian music magazine email list.  The mag is called Happy Mag (great name??!!) and they had a mention of this artist on the promo email.  It’s a blend of club music and indie and her vocals are deeply and profoundly reverbed.  She’s got a huge thing going on for sure.  There’s also a bit of an aggro/industrial vibe to go with the dreamy female vocal which sounds odd but it works all right.  She’s most definitely a black mascara gal, a little dark around the edges but it’s an interesting mash of sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 645
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 346
Not good music: 273

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Music for 10/3/17!!! Antichrist Siege Machine, Archspire, Caligula’s Horse

@@@ Antichrist Siege Machine: Morbid Triump (Self-released?, 2017)  I found this metal outfit on the blog tapewyrmmetal.net.  It opens up with a long intro of clinking chains before it launches into a crusty thrash that is both satisfying and grating.  The ‘singer’ has his grunt on something fierce and I’m more interested in the drummer and the guitar player.  The second tune Goat Throne is some sort of hymn to barnyard toilets. This is some pretty raw, high energy business.  I was having a session on Sunday and one guy was saying that he read about a dude who had been, you know, fornicated by a horse and it had killed him.  I’ve never entered that arena but this sounds a bit like what it might be like to have a horse dick having a riot in yer ass.

@@@ Archspire: Relentless Mutation (Season of Mist, 2017)  I switched up my music blogs and I’m now in the editors picks at heavyblogisheavy.  Nice name.  This is a technical metal with a caveman singer.  Oh my, this is super nerdy metal.  The tones are sculptured and these guys lurch from one super difficult passage to the next.  I don’t know what to compare this music to but the grunting of the singer and the roughness of the playing is in conflict with the super precision and immaculate performance.  It’s like going to see the bearded fat lady shoot fresh fruit pies out her ass — it’s stunning and a technical feat but it’s a bit voyeuristic.

@@@ Caligula’s Horse: In Contact (InsideOutsideMusic, 2017)  Speaking of horses and dicks!  What a wonderful thing the universe is.  As soon as I mention that some random dude impaled himself on horse penis, here I discover a band named after one of the most lecherous men in history and it’s a horse!  Synchronicity.  Now I must say that this is not what I would think a band like Caligula’s Horse would sound like.   This sounds like, hmm, Kim Kardashian’s shiny ceramic masturbating horse.  It’s epic arena metal cross humped with Styx.  An operatic singer, slick production and sort of pretty boy metal tunes.  It’s entertaining in the way I was mentioning before with the bearded fat lady shooting fruit pies out her ass.

YTD recordings listened to: 642
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 344
Not good music: 272

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Music for 10/2/17!!! Elida Almeida, Otis Reed, LADAMA

@@@ Elida Almeida: Forti Dor (Lusafrica, 2017)  A mellow African pre-release single off an upcoming full length.  Nylon guitars, piano, string swells, and light beats are featured.  Almeida has a really nice voice, not soaring but sweet with a little gravel.  I have no preference for soaring voices.  Almeida sings in Portuguese so it pushes the vibe more into a world music neighborhood rather than an African one.  The tempo is medium, the energy is mellow and it’s a super pretty tune.

@@@ Otis Reed: Why Would I (Palmtree, 2017)  Somebody who started to follow this here blog does a fortnightly playlist and as it’s multi-genre and I’m super into the multi-genre I thought I would check it out.  This is a hip hop tune and it’s neither left field nor mainstream.  The beat is mid tempo and lighter rather than heavier with mellow keyboard vamps.  Lyrics are conscious and two MCs take turns on the mic and there is a female background singer.  It’s all right thought it doesn’t really stand out in my mind.

@@@ LADAMA: Compared to What (Six Degrees, 2017)  Some world music/funk I got to via the same fortnightly playlist.  Stream of consciousness lyrics with political flavors, uptempo conga, a tight repeating bass line, a horn section and a periodic guitar figure.  It’s a brisk tune and self-righteous.  Check it out you may dig it.

YTD recordings listened to: 639
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 343
Not good music: 270

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Music for 9/29/17!!! The Aces, Deep State, Kasha, Primus

@@@ The Aces: Stuck (N/A, 2017)  I got to this all female indie band single from a publicist email.  So far this falls much more — oh wow it segues out of the intro to a super sweet ’80s synth pop explosion.  Extensive but not excessive vocal harmonies in the verse and then it slips right into that synth groove which is catchy but a bit low IQ.  The plinky guitars and the pong synthesizers are the bubbles in this ginger ale.  And they use the word ‘babe’ a ton, like my mother in law.  Not a bad association for others, but not great for me.

@@@ Deep State: Time Unrivaled (N/A, 2017)  Another music publicist single.  I’m peeping it because they have the Minutemen as one of their sonic references in their spieling email.  I don’t want to be a dick (sometimes) but I hear more of the Go Gos than the Minutemen.  It’s more sweet guitar bounce than the fried punk weirdness of the Minutemen.  And crunchier too, in the guitars.  That’s supposed to be a little poetic there.  And crunchier too (pause, nod your head meaningfully, stroke your soul patch), in the guitars.  Yeah right on.

@@@ Kashaka : Tropa Da Jogador (Subterranean, 2017)  I saw some Afrique music festival in the BK this weekend and these guys are listed.  But if my ears are correct this is a Brazilian outfit.  Let me consult with the interwebz, ah the webs.  Ah, it’s a collaboration between artists in Brazil, Brooklyn and Africa.  It’s a true mash with elements of hip hop, Brazilian music, and weird ass keyboards that sound cool.  There’s a lot going on but it holds together rhythmically and it works for me.

@@@ Primus: The Desaturating Seven (ATO, 2017)  Primus is back with their original lineup.  The first tune sports a spoken word opening section that is part Lord of the Rings and part Wizard of Oz.  When the music starts it’s more theater show than Primus punky weird ass funk.  Maybe that will commence.  Ah the weirdness is slowly trickling in.  Ah, the second tune gets into the ol’ school Primus — weird Al freakshow vocals and chopped up funk.  I like it pretty good yo.  This is a concept record based on a children’s book which I think works because the singer works that childlike, anti-social vocal tip well.  The tunes have a slow unfolding quality which you have to be in the mood for.  I respect the ambition of what they’re trying to do here. This third tune is the best of what I heard.

YTD recordings listened to: 636
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 341
Not good music: 269

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Music for 9/27/17!!! Roger Harvey, l’rain, Big Brave, A Boogie wit da Hoodie

@@@ A Boogie wit da Hoodie:  Say A’ (N/A, 2017)  A hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s rocking an upbeat flow while rhyming about being stopped by the police.  It’s a cousin to DRAM’s tune Broccoli from last summer.  The tune turns itself over both musically and lyrically and I find that pleasing and creative.  The piano hook is mad catchy but the slideshow of beats and the arrangement gives the tune body.  This is a fat track so it goes to the top of the reviews.

@@@ Roger Harvey: When the Lights Come Up (Chunksaah, 2017)  A pre-release single that I got to via a music publicist.  It’s a ’70s soft rock inspired tune with a straight rock beat and a plethora of guitars.  The main vibe here is one of fatigue and longing tinged with sadness.  I’m giving this tune a second listen and it’s a slack version of something you might hear from that Roy Orbison/Tom Petty project from back in the day.  Straight rock with some literate lyrics.

@@@ l’rain: l’rain (Astro Nautico, 2017)  An electronic record this week’s CFUV playlist email.  This first tune is a lush New Age r&b kinda jam with lots of ooh/ah vocals, pillowy synths.  Other notable musical components include the clean guitar playing focusing on single line melodies and the female singer with her attendant background vocals.  Of which there is a plethora.  The drummer pumps some funk but not George Clinton over the top.  It’s not really an electronic record, I got that wrong.  It’s a band record with some synths and a high minded r&b approach.

@@@ Big Brave: Ardor (Southern Lord, 2017)  I go out of my way to check out Southern Lord releases as they’ve put many records in my ‘collection’.   I saw this record in the loud section on the CFUV playlist email.  The record consists of three long ass jams that total 40 minutes so that tells me the pace will be slow.  The first tune comes out with the guitar squall mingled with a slow riff and lots of drum toms.  And up jumps the female singer — that’s unexpected and a welcome unpredictable move.  She’s not shrieking like a stuck pig, it’s actual singing as if it were not such a metallic backdrop.  Let’s peep some more.  The second tune includes a slowly bowed cello and it almost comes off as a lovelorn tune, something the metal genre does not dabble in much.  Points for mashing shit up!  Excellent bass tone, feedback guitars, bashy drums and a singer.

YTD recordings listened to: 632
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 339
Not good music: 267

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Music for 9/27/17!!! Miley Cyrus, Light, Kevin Gates, David Crosby

@@@ Miley Cyrus: Week without You (RCA, 2017)  The rehabilitation of mainstream Nice Cyrus continues with this third pre-release single.  Oh no more pasties, bending over, dancing little people and stripper poles for Cyrus as she reaches back to the late ’50s/early ’60s for some vintage girl soul (including outfit — see below!)  Lyrics that can be played at family dinner.  It’s more than a bit like an Elvis track.  Let’s all move to Cali, put on the radio and kick back to the vintage pre rock ‘n roll stylings of shapeshifter Cyrus (who needs to make some payments on her Lamborghini).  Oh I kid, I kid.  It’s not a high bar to beat but she sings better than Taylor Swift.

@@@ Kevin Gates: By Any Means 2 (Bread Winner’s Association, 2017) A hip hop record occupying primo front page real estate on Apple Music’s front page.  This first tune is super Dirty South with some eerie vocal delays, super deep trunk bass, and some cough syrup skitter beats.  After a little intro it goes full gangsta with the gunplay and the dealing of the drugs and the fight to survive.  Whoever did the bass on this track deserves a medal for funk.  It’s just nasty and blobby and extremely satisfying.  Gates’ rhyming style is middle of the road — he’s not super quick but he’s crisp and rhythmic.  He also takes some turns at singing but it’s not extensive.  Where a lot of hip hop records are a loop and a little arrangement and then some blunted dude rhymin’ and rhymin’ these tracks are more fully fleshed out and focused so big points for that.

@@@ Lights: Skin & Earth (Warner, 2017)  Blurbed on the All Music notable release email as ‘a sweepingly romantic, post-apocalyptic, comic book concept album rife with sophisticated pop hooks.’  Oy, that’s a mouthful!!  I predict super slick production and a medium sized tidal wave of cheese.   Oh she’s got the finger snaps working in the verse of this opening track and then there’s a cheesy multi-tracked vocal explosion in the chorus.  She can sing, I’ll give her that but the pimped out production detracts from her performance.  On this third tune she’s doing that breathy near-orgasm shit that drives me insane.  If you need to go rub one out in the bathroom, fine go do it, this is America, but I don’t need to hear you get really close to your peak and sing at the same time.  She’s got a gentle dancehall sway to this tune Until the Light.  Some folks spent a lot of time on this record but it comes up more than a bit short on soul.

@@@ David Crosby: Curved Air (BMG Rights, 2017)  A pre-release single off the Apple Music hot tracks.  You gotta give Crosby credit for not making a CSN single as here he takes Joni Mitchell’s jazz fusion period and takes it for himself.  It’s most notable in the rhythm section where the bass player is very active and the drummer is also not straight hippie rocking it.  He also has a keyboard player and a flutist to round out the ensemble as previously described.  Crosby’s singing is straightforward and it’s not featured with a lot of vocal harmonies as it has been heard for decades.  I did not follow the lyrics closely but it appears they are serious and contemplative.  There ya go!

YTD recordings listened to: 628
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 336
Not good music: 266

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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