Music for 5/4/17!!! Tredici Band, Eric Matthews, Frank Ocean

@@@ Tredici Band: Amore Per Tutti (Self-released, 2017?) I got to this cassette/digital release of Italian pop via an email from a musician that used to be on my label.  I speak about the Italian pop as a collector and have many vinyls (as the Italians would say) in my obscure out of print vinyl archive.  This first tune is tad brisk and doesn’t swing quite as much as I would like but they have the organ sound spot on.  This second tune opens up with the correct sounds but I feel they’re taking the tune too quickly with not enough swing.  Imma gonna tip after this third tune which is closer to a George Michael/WHAM song than it is Italian pop.

This is one of the hot vinyls from my archive here.

@@@ Eric Matthews: Too Much World (Lo Fidelity Records, 2017)  A mash of prog, soft rock, shoegaze and singer songwriter music that I got to via a music publicist in Chicago.  Matthews has a big rock star voice and he’s airing it out.  The second tune is a piano track with strings so the ’70s epic rock vibe continues.  I’m gonna exit after this third tune as these aren’t genres Imma huge fan of.  Matthews has a great voice, the mixes could chop some high end out of them, and I prefer less drama than more but that’s just me.

@@@ Frank Ocean: Lens (Apple, 2017)  Apple is all up in Frank Ocean’s business and he’s got autotune on this ballad.  Halfway in Ocean brings in a tiny beat, some call and response vocals, and some synth clouds.  The vocal hook revolves around the line ‘I can feel the smiles on me’ and then some lines about how various people have a lens on him.  I find this tune and Ocean’s work in general to be pleasantly slack but somewhat meandering — I get that he’s not gonna roll corporate pop star style but it’s a bit too wavy gravy for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 268
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 159
Not good music: 103

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, 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, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark

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Music for 4/12/16!!! Wes John Cichosz, Gold Connections, The Buttertones

@@@ Wes John Cichosz (pronounced Chee-Hoas): The Moon Threads a Needle. (Self-released, 2017)  A mash of alt-country, blues and other Americana sounds that I got to via a music publicist in Chicago.  The band is medium large with horn players and an organ player in addition to guitar, bass, drums.  The production is polished, the lyrics are literate and Cichosz sings with a lot of commitment.  As the record moves on he moves closer to recreating ’70s soft rock/folk a la James Taylor.

@@@ Gold Connections: Gold Connections EP (Fat Possum, 2017)  Somebody (or more than one member) in this crew has been spinning Pavement records overtime!  I got to this EP via this week’s All Music notable release email.  The singer is putting out mad slack and it’s all right.  Crunchier than the Velvets with occasional shoe gaze blast off sections and then sweeter sections.  If you’re a millennial hipster and maybe you’re a tad lazy and have crumbs in your beard and you wear shirts with stains and you don’t give a shit these guys might work for you.

@@@ The Buttertones: Gold digging (Innovative Leisure, 2017)  Regular readers know my feelings towards the garage punk label.  It has a lot of cachet and it is regularly abused as most bands slotted as garage punk bands are not that.  I’m willing to be a genre bitch on this matter.  What if you went into a bakery looking for a bagel and they gave you a donut???  Chaos, that’s what ensues!  This first tune is basically a third The Clash, a schmear of rockabilly, and a lounge-y singer.  No garage punk to be found but maybe this donut will turn to a bagel in the next track.  Okay, I’m on the second tune and it’s a rockabilly tune — you know what I say?  Be a man and wave your rockabilly flag high cuz that’s what you are.  The record is pretty good, they’re a high energy outfit and they mix in a little ska and general party vibes into their tunes, but it’s a donut.

YTD recordings listened to: 239
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 130
Not good music: 89

Buys: 1
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, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab

Music for 4/11/17!!! Jake Xerxes Fussell, Saturn, Geotic

@@@ Jake Xerxes Fussell: What in the Natural World (Paradies of Bachelors, 2017)  Lonesome folk off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The record opens up with clean, arpeggiated electric guitar and Fussell’s voice.  I think this is a cover so Imma move ahead and we got a full band on this second tune (clipped below). Nice production influenced by Daniel Lanois.  I like this track, nice playing, no extra cheese, just playing and singing.  Very pretty but not over the top.

@@@ Saturn: Beyond Spectra (Rise Above, 2017)  Some proggy metal with some mainstream hard rock that I got to via the All Music notable release email.  This is some leather pants with large cucumbers stuffed down there music (Spinal Tap reference!)  The first tune is called Orbital Command but I thought he was singing Vegetables on Demand, which is fine as well.  Very intricate guitar and bass work with an operatic singer.  This second tune has a bit of boogie rock up in there.  If you dig a big ass guitar riff with big vocal sauce slather all over it, well then come and get it.

@@@ Geotic: Abysma (Ghostly Int’l, 2017)  Some chill techno off last week’s All Music notable release email.  A super pleasant, dare we say uplifting boom titch that gets some comfort synths layered over the top.  As a way of saying where this is at the first tune is called Sunspell and the second one is called Actually Smiling, the latter coming in with some tremolo oscillator action and a happy beat.  It’s not my thing but the sounds are real nice and there’s no shame in it.  Not for a rainy day, but more for the day you get a new puppy!  Yeah, a new puppy!!!!

YTD recordings listened to: 236
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 128
Not good music: 88

Buys: 1
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, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab

Music for 4/4/17!!! Yellow Claw, Nearly Dead, Amelia Curran

@@@ Yellow Claw: Los Amsterdam (Mad Decent, 2017)  A mainstream electro pop record off the Apple new music section.  This first tune is a gauzy, sleepy midtempo thing.  This record has a guest vocalist on almost every tune so it’s gonna be a poo poo platter of mini-styles.  Some might say these are lushly produced tunes, others might say they’re a bit soggy.  To synth and without body and firmness.  I’m gonna peep the tune with Juicy J cuz I have a bit of a soft spot for Juicy J, mostly his name.  This tune is firmer with a nice marimba-type sample and a wide bass.  Who wants to hear a singer say ‘Bitch I’m on Fire!!!’ a whole lotta times?  Not me!!!  Here’s Juicy J, and it’s all right.  I gotta better things to listen to.

@@@  Nearly Dead: Drop of Red (Geriatric Records, 2016)  I saw on the CFUV weekly playlist email that these guys have a new record called Weathered Meat.  I liked that title but it’s not up on the Apple Music, but this record is.  It’s an interesting, dirty, lo-fi quasi-punk stripped down rock thing on the opener.  Super ghetto AM radio static guitar tones.  The singer is a low register intoner of various imagined perversions and dirty scenarios.  Not all sexually oriented, some just nasty.  There is more than a passing similarity to Captain Beefheart here but with a grittier, nasty art school feel than the Captain’s full post-hippie freakshow.

@@@ Amelia Curran: Watershed (Six Shooter Records, 2017)  From a somewhat depraved buzzy place we move on to a more polished adult alternative, country roots record.  This is polished and meaningful and emotional country rock with lyrics to match.  While I appreciate some of the sounds here, it’s a bit of a snoozypants.  I’m perfectly aware some folks like the snoozypants and that’s fine too.

YTD recordings listened to: 222
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 118
Not good music: 84

Buys: 1
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, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab

Music for 3/21/17!!! Cindy Lee Berryhill, Alexis Taylor, Ha Ha Tonka

@@@ Cindy Lee Berryhill: The Adventurist (Omnivore, 2017)  Some indie/alt roots music off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Twangy guitar playing, high school punk band style drumming and Berryhill’s wavering voice.  Notable here are the literate, somewhat nerdy lyrics — neither bad nor good, just saying.  String arrangements and cello parts further solidify the NPR credibility of this record.  For the proudly nerdy.

@@@ Alexis Taylor: Piano (Moshi mocha, 2017)  Singer songwriter music off this week’s All Music weekly email.  Opens up a cappella and reverted and a tad snoozy.  I see, this is a remix record of a record from 2016 called Piano which is a piano songwriter record.  So I’m going back to the source of the remixes and it’s quite emotional.  Aha, I knew it!  This is one of the gents from About Group who made a couple of records that I’m very fond of.  This is heartfelt and distinctly un-American music because it’s not slick or glossy or manipulated.  It’s just a gent and his piano with a remix record if you feel the urge.  I can’t append this tune Crying in the Chapel so that’s too bad as it’s my favorite of what I heard. This is proudly earnest and sincere — it doesn’t super work for me but not because its earnest and sincere.

@@@ Ha Ha Tonka: Heart Shaped Mountain (Bloodshot, 2017)  Not the usual fare I hear out of Bloodshot which is fine.  It’s medium rocking with ’80s flavor and little shoe gaze especially in the guitars.  Ah, the second and third tunes bring in some jangle and I’m not really feeling this record, mostly the sounds and the formula behind it.

YTD recordings listened to: 188
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 102
Not good music: 70

Buys: 1
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, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee

Music for 1/31/17!!! Austria, Nothingness, Kehlani

@@@ Austra: Future Politics (Domino, 2017). Some club sounds with a singer that I got to From this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  I don’t like this singer.  I like the super fat distorted bass on this first track but I’m not feeling the singer.  Let’s peep more.  Te second tune, the title track, is the same.  I’ve checked portions of four songs and this doesn’t work for me.  As always listen for yourself, you might love it.

@@@ Nothingness: Being (Big Smoke, 2017). Also off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  It’s opening up slow with guitar notes, simple horns ,and rainfall.  Rainfall is not a good sign.  Now we’re getting into a big indie rock sound.  Earnest lyrics and a very nice Fender amp guitar sound.  Fuck, why is everybody so earnest, it’s annoying as fuck.  This third tune (and the others) evokes some firehose from back in the day, but the singer is not in that vein.  Ah, more rainfall on this third tune, is this some quadrophenia remake?

@@@ Kehlani: SweetSexySavage (Atlantic, 2017). I’ve seen this female r&b singer’s debut record mentioned in various nooks and crannies of the interwebz.  After a bit of a cosmic intro spoken word piece regarding her divine nature we get into a pretty standard modern sounding r&b tune.  She’s blurbed on Apple Music as silky and that’s spot on.  I dig the synth sample on this third tune.  Lush.  Let’s peep one of her dirty tracks because it’s supposed to be hot.  Tis tune, Not Used to It, is not so dirty it’s a ballad.  If a tune named Do U Dirty isn’t dirty then I don’t know what to say.  She’s not doing anything dirty, she’s just gonna mistreat whoever this person is.  I think this record is a tad hyped.  I dig some of the sounds but I don’t think she’s some star dropping magic from the sky.  Not yet.

YTD recordings listened to: 70
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 42
Not good music: 21

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

Music for 1/27/17!!! Japandroids, Allison Crutchfield, Tift Merritt

@@@ Japandroids: Nearer to the Wild Heart of Life (Anti-, 2016).  Off this week’s All Music notable release email and it jumps right out of the gate with big guitar sound.  Oh boy, it’s one of these big, anthemic singers, that could be a problem.  Especially with emotional indie style lyrics I have no interest in hearing about.  Let’s peep more.  Oh shit, a big Bon Jovi whoa ho in the chorus, that’s heavy and not something I’m looking to hear.  If I want big Bon Jovi whoa ho background vocals I can go stream a Bon Jovi biscuit.  I really like the guitar sounds and if you’re an American youth head straight to some old Bob Mould/Sugar records cuz you shouldn’t have to listen to the faux sophisticated lyrics.  Or those whack ass Jovi vocal stacks.

@@@ Allison Crutchfield: Tourist in this town (Merge, 2017)  Looks like it’s gonna be an overwrought indie Friday listening session.  This first tune opens up mostly a cappella with country twang.  I don’t know if this first tune had a band in it because I fast forwarded and this second tune is some faded California indie.  I’m going to need more than sweet/bittersweet feelings here, it’s just a tad….splooshy.  This fourth tune is a way uptempo synth rocker and I just think I’m not a big synth rock guy, but check it for yourself.

@@@ Tift Merritt: Stitch of the world (Yep Roc, 2017)  Also  off this week’s All Music notable release email.  With some smoky dual guitar playing on this first tune and Merritt’s weary voice she’s off to a good start in my book.  The second tune is a piano ballad and I like it but it makes me realize I was just in the first song for the exquisite guitar playing.  The third tune is very close to a Emmylou Harris tune and it’s good but this might be a bit mopey for me.  I like this record, it’s really heartfelt, the guitar playing is great, the record sounds great, her voice is really good.  I don’t love the lyrics but that’s just me, a lot of folks don’t care about the lyrics.

YTD recordings listened to: 62
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 37
Not good music: 17

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