Music for 6/24/17!!! China Gate, Sammy Brue, Fallout Boy

@@@ China Gate: Good Grief EP (Pizza Tape, 2017)  A super poppy indie rock EP that I got to via a music publicist email.  There are many bands these guys sound like but I can’t pull anything off my hard drive at this point.  It’s mad poppy, like the Friends theme poppy.  Ah, the second tune (which will probably be my last listen) is triggering some Cure feelings.  I know you’re all cringing and saying hey the Cure were a bunch of mopes but they were poppy mopes and these guys have dispensed with the mope and gone straight to the big punch bowl of awesome feelings, shoved their faces in there and blew bubbles.

@@@ Sammy Brue: I’m Nice (New West, 2017)  A nerdy female alt-country record I got to via last week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m calling her nerdy by virtue of the glasses she’s wearing on the cover of the record.  I like her voice on the opener here, it’s pleasantly odd.  It’s not her voice as much as her phrasing.  Oh boy, I think this might be a gent with long hair, well it really doesn’t matter does it?  Male female, nobody’s hung up on that ’round here!  The second tune is a super old school r&b tearjerker, I like Sammy whether the junk is external or a clam!  I had to DuckDuckGo HIS bio and find that he’s a 15 year old male.  Many 15 year old young men have a certain feminine flow.  I realize I’m not talking about the music but the music is all right — he’s jumping around a bit in terms of the arrangements but I do dig his voice.

@@@ Fallout Boy: Young and Menace (UMG, 2017) I fucking love Fallout Boy — the most earnest and heartfelt rock band ever.  When this tune kicks in full on, it’s a 50 car wreck shit biscuit.  I would liken it to Red Bull infused spray cheese.  It’s just energy and sound signifying nothing more than the desire to momentarily distract the monkeys and pull them away from their screens for a moment and then drop them back into their lives of Red Bull and cheese.  I urge folks not to listen to this tune, it’s straight awful and only useful at Guantanamo Bay.

YTD recordings listened to: 396
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 221
Not good music: 156

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/22/17!!! Queens of the Stone Age, TOPS, Garden City Disco

@@@ TOPS: Sugar at the Gate (Arbutus, 2017)  Indie pop that TOPS the charts at CFUv out in Vancouver.  It opens up cute and somewhat sultry with a female singer and a melancholic/romantic cloud in the air.  Imagine it’s a sunny day with them big ass fluffy clouds in the sky and you’re running naked through a beautiful field and you’re smeared with honey and all these beautiful butterflies are getting stuck to you more and more until there are so many they just flap their wings all together and you’re flying!!  It’s like that.  Sweeter than pie!

@@@ Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used to Do (Matador, 2017)  A pre-release classic rock banger off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Somebody has been listening and somewhat biting old ZZ Top records.  Guitar sounds are this outfit’s specialty but I find the tracks in the verse to be quite buzzy and without impact.  I’m a little surprised at that.  The singer is in full rock star mode and he does all right with it.

@@@ Garden City Disco: Garden City Disco EP (Self-released, 2017)  This record (that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email) should be called Garden City Techno because it comes out of the gate classic boom-titch/unt-sss.  Then comes you arpeggiated synths and a mellow marimba and your kickin’ out the techno jams classic style!  The second tune is much more flavorful with some serious drum machine tom action and a spoken word thing about ballin’ at the club.  The third tune is back to the classics, wave your Molly up in the air people!

YTD recordings listened to: 389
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 218
Not good music: 153

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

2017 Honorable Mention Pick 3

Aethenor: Hazel (VHF Records, 2017)

I had to do some searching around to get a handle on the folks that made this record.  It was made by musicians of varying backgrounds and that makes sense as it is a mash of jazz, ambient electronics, and a wee bit of jam rock.

The drummer is a jazz drummer that has played with Peter Brotzmann and he’s pretty much the star of the show.  He’s a very engaging drummer, switching up on a regular basis but all within the context of what’s going on around him.

It’s hard to describe the music these guys crank out.  It has elements of Sigur Ros but not as dreamlike and noisier.  Check it out.

 

Music for 6/1/17!!! Foo Fighters, Alt-J, Nick Jonas

@@@ Foo Fighters: Run (RCA, 2017) Hot tracks motherfuckers!  I’ve been down on the Foo and I may be out of love for them.  This single starts very Byrdsy and then descends into a cheesy rock lick.  And then it goes into classic Foo thrash even with some metal thrash orc vocals.  Oh my, they’re foo-ing all over the place.  Talk about mashing a lot of sonic ideas into one track, oy.  The question is whether all these various genres packed like fudge into one tracks is fresh and well swirled or just a confusing chop suey.  I’m going for chop suey and I say foo-ey on the chop suey.

@@@ Alt-J: Adeline (Atlantic, 2017)  Another single off the upcoming Alt-J full length which may in fact be a constipated record as it’s taking fucking forever to drop.  Not that I’m constipated waiting for it.  Just sayin’.  This is opening up classic rock solemn — a little Kansas pube right between two front teeth.  I think Alt-J went to art school as the art school stink lines are thick up in here.  He’s also biting some Radiohead chunk on this track and I have a sinking feeling we’re gonna just get a vibe because we don’t deserve more.  This is all fluff and no substance — it’s like a manicured vagina patch.

@@@ Nick Jonas: Remember I Told You (Island, 2017)  Regular readers know that I’m not gay but fuck Nick Jonas is hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock.  He’s a muscle headed Bieber even though Bieber has tried to bulk up his wienerboy Canadian puss frame.  Let’s get back to Nick Jonas cuz he’s the main attraction and shit.  This is a club banger, not full disco, not full funk, but more funk than techno.  Some nice guitar work and funky synth swells and then there’s Jonas’ blue eyed falsetto.  This dude can make butter melt in the middle of winter, Imma getting thirsty.  It’s a cotton candy nugget for the horny teen girls out there yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 333
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 190
Not good music: 128

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, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb

Music for 5/24/17!!! Quentin Stokart, Pumarosa, Fiver

@@@ Quentin Stokart: Bloom (N/A, 2017)  I got to this European jazz record via a twat by Bird is the Worm on the Twatter.  Instrumentation is alto and tenor sax, guitar, bass and drums.  This first tune is a slow melody and I like the guitar player most followed by the bass player.  I’ve checked out parts of four tunes and I like the instrumental tones but I think they should split a Red Bull.  It’s not sleepy, it’s purposely slow.

@@@ Pumarosa: The Witch (Fiction/Universal, 2017) I saw this new release on the new release section of Apple Music.  I guess they started out punk and then ended up electronic.  This first tune is dramatical with synth waves, oh that’s the intro as it has morphed into pretty standard synth rock, heavily influenced by the ’80s with a tad of funk thrown in for the dancing kiddies.  I don’t like the delay on the female singer’s voice on this first track, it’s cheesy.  This is meticulously produced major label hamburger helper.  Bread crumbs for your ears.

@@@ Audible: Audible Songs from Rockwood (Idee fixe, 2017)  Some quirky old timey string music I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.   In this first tune there is a smoky female singer, some basic acoustic guitar strumming, and two fiddles droning in each ear.  I like the way it sounds and I like the distinctly unmodern sound.  I really like the singer though it’s hard to describe — she has a pretty voice but she seems to be pretty uninterested in having you understand what she’s singing.  Check out the duo singing and the awesome fiddle playing on the fourth tune below.  Imma swing back on this record when I have more time.

YTD recordings listened to: 320
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 185
Not good music: 123

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, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver

Music for 5/22/17!!! Royal Blood, Full of Hell, El Michaels Affair

@@@ Royal Blood: Hook, Line & Sinker (Warner, 2017)  Some classic FM radio rock swirled up with a dash of cock rock.  I like the guitarist but he plays too much and the singer is most def stashing cucumbers in his leather pants.  The production is meticulous but the lyrics are so cliche and un-clever I can’t really roll with it.  Go for the early ZZ Top records if you want some memorable guitar playing.

@@@ Full of Hell: Trumpeting of Ecstasy (Profound Lore, 2017)  This is no soft, shiny metal for wannabes.  Yikes, this is the burning, blasting full monty that I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  Fast tempos, grinding guitars and both an orc and a caveman on the microphone.  Might be two different singers, who the hell knows, it’s really the punishment the band delivers that matters here.  10 songs in 24 minutes, short volcanic blasts.  Good shit, check it out.  This fourth tune, The Cosmic Vein, is fucking ridiculous.

@@@ El Michels Affair: Return to the 37th Chamber (Big Crown Records, 2017)  Obviously influenced by the legendary Wu Tang Clan record this is funky instrumental music.  The music is more tongue in cheek than the ghetto blasting from the Wu and more focused on the NPR party crowd.  A little more dirt and some more muscular funk would work better for me but I’m just one man.

YTD recordings listened to: 314
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 184
Not good music: 122

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, RAM

Music for 5/8/17!!! Battle of Santiago, Ozomatli, At the Drive In

@@@ Battle of Santiago: La Migra (Made with Pencil Crayons, 2017)  A mash of Latin music, straight jazz and arena rock that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist emails.  Think U2 on a steady diet of rice and beans.  Big guitar sounds, an active somewhat jazzy horn player and I really dig the drumming.  It’s a creative mash.

@@@ Ozomatli: Non-Stop from Mexico to Jamaica (Cleopatra, 2017)  Also off this week’s WRIR new adds section.  I like Mexican music and I love Jamaican music, don’t let me down!  This first tune brings some pretty thick ass bass and a loverboy singer.  He’s all right but I would prefer some toasting or some straight roots reggae.

@@@ At the Drive In: In-ter-al-ia (Rise Records, 2017)  Let’s peep the new At the Drive In record to see if they can resurrect their frantic, post-hardcore heavy business.  Thus far this first tune is holding its own with jumpy, frantic guitars and a generally drunken art school thrash.  The third tune, Tilting at the Univendor is the most accessible of what I’ve heard.  I like At the Drive in and I respect their formula but I don’t always feel completely satisfied.

YTD recordings listened to: 281
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 166
Not good music: 108

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