Music for 8/3/17!!! Indonesian Junk, Lucy Rose, Skrillex & Poo Bear, Mick Jagger

@@@ Indonesian Junk: I’ll Run Away (Rum Bar, 2017)  A late ’70s/early ’80s old school rumble punk/rock single I got to via the music blog Indiepulse.  The singer has a bit of Joey Ramone and they’re a bit looser than the Ramones.  There is an unexpectedly nice guitar shred solo but it’s a tad long on the outro.  It’s a cool tune but feel free to call it a day when you need to.

@@@ Lucy Rose: Something’s Changing (Lucy Rose/Communion, 2017)  Folky singer songwriter that features a harp on the first tune.  This is just the intro so the flavors may change.  The second tune brings in some super mellow reverbed electric guitar and Daniel Lanois sounding production.  It’s super soft and intimate music — no feelings are going to get hurt in the listening of this record.  #guaranteed.  Get out your chamomile tea and just kick back into these welcoming sounds if that’s how you float.

@@@ Skrillex & Wool Bear: Would You Ever? (WEA, 2017)  An electro single off the hot tracks section of Apple Music.  Tis a chopped vocal salad dance floor banger.  The male singer’s voice fades in and out of processing as he keeps asking the lady in his life ‘would you ever run away with me?’  I’m assuming Poo Bear is the singer and Skrillex is at the computer.  As a technical show it’s a solid B, as music it’s C-.  The last 15 seconds is actually mad hot but that’s too long to wait and they should have started with that boom titch and maybe eased up on the chopped salad.

@@@ Mick Jagger: England Lost (Universal, 2017) This single has been getting press in various locations and on music blogs that I follow.  It’s Mick Jagger bitching about Brexit over a grime arrangement.  It’s not so grime-y imho.  I just looked up the definition of grime (electronic music that came out of jungle/UK garage and hip hop) and outside of the featured vocal by Skepta this is surprisingly Stones-y with harmonica, a few guitar riffs, mid Stones-era disco influence all served up over a pretty straightforward funky beat.  I don’t want to get into the politics of Brexit as it’s mad complicated but the idea that people would vote against their own economic self-interest seems to freak people out.  Contrary to ruling class behavior which is always focused on economic self-interest, many folks are good for an old fashioned fuck you to those at the top and why that is shocking is more than a bit sad.  The assholes who have been gorging at the financial pig trough in London deserve a hale and hearty ‘Go fuck yourself’.

YTD recordings listened to: 502
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 274
Not good music: 206

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

Music for 7/24/17!!! Vera Blue, Meklit, Ritual, Shania Twain

@@@ Vera Blue: Perennial (Island Records Australia, 2017)  Some Kate Bush-y epic electronica/adult alternative off the music blog Indiepulse.  The sounds here are a piquant stew of mainstream pop/electronica and New Age with a lot of modern sounding synths, a little schmattering of acoustic guitars and plenty of multitrack vocals.  All this slathered over just the right amount of funky for housewives drum machine beats.  I’m not a buyer, it panders.  I tried to find a lyric video as that’s my favorite thing but I couldn’t find one.  And that will be your loss, not to see these lyrics unfold on the video, the tears streaming down your face as you realize yes, I need to be brave, yes! I need to do more self care, and yes! I will love again!!!!

@@@ Meklit: When the People Move the Music Moves too (Six Degrees, 2017) World music off this week’s WRIR playlist chart email.  It’s a mash of African sounds, some American black music and adult alternative sounds.  It’s uplifting for sure.  Ah, I’m not super low IQ — I went to get a video and I see Meklit is an Ethiopian-American so that explains the blend.  As the first tune unfolds it has some nice muscle to it so it’s uplifting but it’s not soft, a combination I don’t really love.  The production is strong and the horn section is happening.  The lyrics are not to my taste but I’m very finicky.  She has really mashed American music with African music here.  Check her out.

@@@ Ritual: In This Moment (Atlantic, 2017)  Metal off the Apple Music new release section.  The first tune is opening up like a Hollywood soundtrack — epic with huge tom rolls, chants, and a rising guitar squall.  In an odd turn of events the second track gets into a blues vocal with thunderous arena rock production.  Yikes!  I guess that’s what this record is going to be as the third tune keeps those blues inflected vocals, though a dude steps in and they start rocking.  I can’t really get with this music, it’s not a blend of sounds I can get with.  It’s just too shiny and epic and shall we say a tad cheesy for my taste.  There are a bunch of covers of songs here that I don’t think needed to be covered.

@@@ Shania Twian: Poor Me (Mercury Nashville, 2017)  A pre release mainstream country single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It is breathtaking how far stretched country music has gotten.  I can’t find a single country music element in this tune — not a twanghy guitar, no pickup truck lyrical references.  Ms. Twain is a big star, she doesn’t have to do country music and it’s just an observation.  I neither hate the tune nor love it, it just sorta passes through and is over.

YTD recordings listened to: 481
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 262
Not good music: 197

Buys: 7
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

Music for 7/21/17!!! The Grape and the Grain, Umoja, Lafo Taylor and Aabo, Jeremy Pinnell

@@@ The Grape and the Grain: Holy Rollin’ (The Grape and the Grain, 2017)  If you’re looking for some sexy boy classic rock for your hot summer day these guys will hook you up.  I got to this EP via a music publicist.  The singer is feeling his hormones.  I’m not sure about the guitar player as he sounds like he’s been holed up in his room studying great rock differs from days gone by.  Big Foghat/Led Zeppelin/Lenny Kravitz/Bad Company vibes here for sure.  The drummer is pulling his weight or otherwise this trip into very familiar territory would fall apart.  I liked the opening track the best.

@@@ Umoja: 707 (Awesome Tapes from Africa, 2017)  A South African bubblegum disco re-issue I got to via this week’s WRIR review email.  I tend to be a bit prejudiced against South African music as the beats don’t have the heaviness of the West African music.  The reviewer makes the good point that these early synths and drum machines are making a comeback in the tight blue jean indie crowd so folks should check out the African working of these sounds.  They’re not my favorite sounds but they’re deployed in a much funkier manner here than white boys and white girls and their wonder bread funk.

@@@ Lafa Taylor & Aabo: Feel (Mixto, 2017).  Some hip hop influenced club boom/titch I got to via the new release section of Apple Music.  A couple MCs freestylin’, some synth bass and other non bass patches.  The second tune has a less pleasing vocal hook.  This is the kind of music they have on in Wall Street bars — bouncy, low IQ, and faux funky just like the folks listening.

@@@ Jeremy Pinnell: Different Kind of Woman (Sofaburn 2017)  A pre-release singer from a down and out country singer whose debut made my year end list.  I like Pinball’s voice — it’s world weary but not so flat and boring that I want to turn the stereo off.  On top of that Pinnell’s band is pretty top notch, especially the guitarist.  This is not your standard Nashville babyfood, and thank God for that.

YTD recordings listened to: 475
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 260
Not good music: 194

Buys: 7
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, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda. This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez

Music for 7/3/17!!! Future, Misterwives, Lobo Marino, Kyo Itachi

@@@ Future: Extra Luv (Epic, 2017)  I know Future is crazy popular but I don’t get it myself.  This is a midtempo club banger celebrating Future’s lifestyle — lots of ladies, some gun play.  If he’s to be believed he’s fornicating quite frequently.  The raw rhymes with the friendly club sounds is kind of jarring.  It’s from a full length but I don’t think I’ll be peeping it.  He sounds crazy drunk in this track and this isn’t particularly compelling rhyming though it does appear he has a fat lifestyle.

@@@ MisterWives: Connect the Dots (Republic, 2017)  I got a follow from a music blog called indieentry and that site had reviewed this record.  This is on Republic/UMG, a big corporate ass label and this first tune reflects their values.  A manicured sound, very loudly compressed, and an emphasis on technical issues over emotions.  Let’s peep a couple more examples of this group, which is a large band with horns that is somewhat pop and rocks a bit.  The second tune is an upbeat ’80s influenced guitar pseudo rocker and I would rather have a boiled ginger ale enema than being on the receiving end of this depressing lilt.  This is for suburban pillhead housewives to put a coat of whitewash on their empty lives.  I’m dancing as fast as I can motherfucker!

@@@ Lobo Marino: Mulberry House (Self-released, 2017)  A self-released string record  that I got to via the WRIR weekly charts email.  Opens up with a female singer and some mandolin.  These first tracks have more than a schmear of dour which is fine.  I like this second tune, which has a significant drone element and a pretty melody.  It’s got its share of New Age lyrics, which is a problem for me as I’m emotionally dead inside.

@@@ Kyo Itachi: Benkai Beat Tape (Modulor, 2017)  Ten songs in 16 minutes by a Japanese hip hop producer.  Mostly a vintage ’90s hip hop sound with some Japanese vocal samples.  I’m concluding from the GooglePimp (where I gather snippets for unto you) that this is a re-issue from 2010.  Just the facts.  It’s cool that these are quickies, commando style hip hop moments with a little Japanese flavoring.  It’s a good peep for hip hop instrumental listeners.  I prefer it to listening to Future’s Penis Adventures, which I’m sure are quite compelling (mostly for Future’s Penis).  Sometimes a break from the rhymes can be quite refreshing.

YTD recordings listened to: 420
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 232
Not good music: 168

Buys: 6
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, Power Trip, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda

Music for 7/2/17!!! Portico Quartet, Tyler, The Creator, Noel Gallagher

@@@ Portico Quartet: Endless (Gondwana, 2017)  A track from an upcoming jazz release that I got to via a twat by Bird is the Worm.  It is labelled as crossover jazz on iTunes, which doesn’t bode well but I enter with an open mind.  Surprisingly they throw an electro synth loop into the foreground of the mix and follow that up with some Ghostly style droplet synth.  Sounds more like an electronic outfit entering the jazz orifice than the other way round.  A flute with some echo becomes the melodic center of the track and it’s all anchored by a slightly funky drum part.  It’s all right.

@@@ Tyler, the Creator: Who Dat Boy?  (Columbia, 2017)  I’m listening to this hip hop single lat but I don’t want to give the impression that it’s brothers and sisters at the back of the bus.  After a sci-fi opening he gets into a pretty urgent and tight grind.  Oh, big bass, bigger than big.  There are multiple MCs and I’m not sure what this track is about but it’s very detailed and graphic.  I like the sounds and the feel of the track for sure.

@@@ Liam Gallagher: Chinatown (Warner, 2017)  A hot track off the Apple Music from the guitar player of the Oasis outfit.  It’s a kick drum, some arpeggiated guitar, and oh now it’s a full band thing.  He’s got them Brit rock melodies down pat, must be the fish and chips.  Is that racist?  Not sure what the lyrics are on about but the vocal melodies are big and he’s still working that updated Beatles psychedelic mode.

YTD recordings listened to: 416
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 230
Not good music: 166

Buys: 6
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, Power Trip, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda

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