Music for 11/8/16!!! Miranda Lambert, Frank Ocean

@@@ Miranda Lambert: Wildcard (Sony Music, 2019)  I saw this record at the top of last week’s All Music notable release email.  The opening track here is called White Trash and it is new country pop arena rock white trash redneck business.  I know Lambert is pretty popular but to me the combination of sounds here is just trash and I guess you could say these sounds are a white trash aesthetic.  I don’t know if she gets the irony of that.  I doubt she and the produces would agree but I guess they’re trash.  Too splashy, very few sounds of any sort of subtletly or sophistication, I’m ashamed to be white when I hear this.  C’mon fellow crackers, can we not do better than this?  It’s supposed to be ironic or funny but it’s not.  The second tune is more of a midtempo but it’s still a blend of cheesy ’80s rock sounds with a pubic hair of country.  You treat my mind like a hotel room, and I know why I gave the keys to you.  That’s how I feel about this record except I don’t want to cough up the keys.  I think I might need more than celebrating one’s own trashy life.

@@@ Frank Ocean: In My Room (Blonded, 2019) #2 or #3 in the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I’m split with Ocean — I think he’s a bit overrated but he does present himself as a human with human emotions and he is a musician.  Some of these hot tracks punks are brands and attention seeking whores, just pimping music to get where they want to go.  Ocean has always excelled at mashing up hip hop/r&b with intimate bedroom vibes.  The beat is down lower here, and he’s got a mental vocal sample clicking away and Ocean brings more energy to his vocals than usual.  I leave this 2:13 of Frank Ocean music the way I came in.  I like a lot of the elements here, but it doesn’t all add up to genius to my ears.  The lyrics have a rambling feel to them and it doesn’t go past being a well devised bedroom groove.

YTD recordings listened to: 586
Good music, not list worthy: 347
Not good music: 201

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, 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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog

 

 

Music for 11/4/19!! IV League, Larkin Poe, Michael Kiwanuka

@@@ IV League: When You Lose Me EP (IV League, 2019)  I got to this Australian band’s record via a contest they won in Australia.  Slotted as indie rock the first tune comes out with updated ’80s mainstream rock sounds.  Female singer, big energy, and lots of tom toms in that first tune.  This is a Cranberries type of record with less grunge and less epic-ness, but not by a lot on the epic-ness.  I know that’s not a word, I could give a shit.  I don’t like the guitar sounds here, too washed out and chorused for my taste and lest you think I’m a bitch, when they do that to the guitars it declaws them and makes the rock instantly diluted to my ears.  I appreciate some of what these guys are doing and I like the singer but I’m not sure I believe in this big rock sound, if I ever did.

@@@ Larkin Poe: Venom and Faith (Tricki-Woo, 2019)  Another Australian female outfit, this time blues rockers.  Starting with an old scholl chant presented in an arena rock style, they do bring some horns and a rolling snare into the proceedings.  I give props to that as they don’t just hit it with the giant guitars and the white folks’ rock blues.  Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues — there ya go for white folks doing the blues!  It feels a little strange to hear Australian women do what is an old African American art form but I’m not one to say they’re not allowed, it’s not my shit.  If folks dig this then I urge them to check out Howling Wolf and get some Smokestack Lightning going on.

@@@ Michael Kiwanuka: Kiwanuka (Polydor, 2019)  A five star record I got to via the Guardian.  A five star rating from the Guardian, let’s be accurate!  I listen to so much music but I believe that I heard a pre-release tune by this artist.  This first tune does open up the big bag of retro soul sounds from the early to mid ’70s era.   A large ensemble (including tambourine) with a sweeping emotional vibe to it.  I was reading a Christian prayer book for mothers that I found on the street this weekend and on one page it says the biggest room is the room for improvement.  This record is aspirational in the same way that prayer book was.  Outside of this record and its spot in our current society it is jarring to hear a record so earnest in such a cynical environment and I give big respect to him for going there.  The sounds are very well done, I could use a tad more freshness to give a nod to the passage of time as well as a nod to a retro sound.  It’s a black soul/slightly spaced out, slightly hippie rock thing, check it out!!!

YTD recordings listened to: 575
Good music, not list worthy: 340
Not good music: 196

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, 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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka

 

Music for 10/18/19!!! WAAX, Local Natives, lauv

@@@ WAAX: Big Grief (Dew Process, 2019)  I got to this band via an Australian music magazine.  Outside of the United States people still participate in and listen to rock bands.  This is a retro guitar indie record with a female singer.  This first tune is a Smashing Pumpkins/Hole lovebaby with big power chords in the chorus.  These guys rock a classic formula because it works.  The singer makes the attempt to put a unique fingerprint on this formula with her microphone work — a little waver in her voice, some sharpness there, and a wailing almost fliput at other points.  The production files down some of the impact here for me but the band has a lot of energy and they rock it.  Rawk!!

@@@ Local Natives: Violet Street (Concord, 2019)  Also from an Australian music magazine.  I’m a bit suspicious of Concord releases as they seem to be a comfortable label for the unadventurous masses but I go in with an open mind.  It opens up with a tune called Vogue which sound like a less bummed Radiohead tune with quasi highbrow orchestration.  Oh the resonant piano chords come out in the second tune, though the pop beats coffee shop this tune When Am I Going to Lose You.  I think it might be Thom Yorke’s doppelganger on the microphone here though the effect is quite different.  The third tune Cafe Amarillo brings back the strings and cements the record as a easy listening for the employed crowd.  Soothing sounds, a thoughtful, conflicted singer and sweaters and flavored coffee.  We all like what we like.

@@@ Lauv: fuck, i’m lonely (AWAL, 2020)  I saw this musician discussed in a music industry email about targeted marketing, boy I love targeted marketing — it makes me feel so…wanted and targeted.  I will check the song momentarily but I am wondering if the title is better than the song and if a lot of lonely people responded to this title.  The verse is pretty average but the chorus is simple and effective.  The sounds here are electro pop with a bit of hip hop urban-ness.  It’s not bubblegum pop and I know urban can be a thinly disguised racist slur but I send it out as a sonic observation not one about any particular folks.  It’s not much more than the hook whether we’re talking any sort of lyrical development or even sonic changes within the tune.  But these days folks seems to be satisfied with just a hook and not much more so whichever way you want to go.

YTD recordings listened to: 542
Good music, not list worthy: 322
Not good music: 185

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, 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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter

Music for 10/2/19!!! Nice Biscuit, Girl Band, Kate Teague

@@@ Nice Biscuit: Digital Mountain (Self released, 2018)  I got to this Australian rock record via the Happy online music magazine.  That’s out of Australia, Happy Mag that is.  This first tune has a rocking vibe with a few sci fi threads/’80s flavors.  Chorused guitars, quirky female vocalists and some pretty straight rocking.  I’m not a huge fan of these guitar sounds but I do like the weirdness of what they have going on.  The third tune sounds like Devo and Yes had a proggy little weird ass love baby.  Song lengths aren’t your standard 3 minute pop biscuits, the shortest is just shy of 5 minutes with some going up over 7 minutes so a little bit of jam for your biscuits.

 

@@@ Girl Band: The Talkies (Rough Trade, 2018)  I got to this Irish rock band record via the Line of Best fit weekly email.  After a weird intro they get into a noisy and bashy punk flavored tune called Going Norway.  The singer is a shouter and a bit unhinged.  Thus far I’m not sensing that they want to perform songs, more like big shots of blustering sound.  I’m not opposed to the absence of melody and structure, I’m cool with that but I haven’t connected with these tunes yet.  I like the noise of the guitars and drums on this record and the singer’s nuttiness but the tunes leave me a bit unengaged.

 

 

@@@ Kate Teague: Kate Teague (Muscle Beach, 2018) Ah, this fall’s indie guitar new flavor.  If you’re an indie listener you’ve heard this formula dozens of times — shiny arpeggiated guitar, straight rock drumming and female singing.  It’s a bit melancholy, a bit slack, and a wee bit rocking.  I’m not sure what to say here, I don’t strongly dislike it but it’s very standard fare.  Also it’s a bit ironic that hipsters can think repeated versions of the same record is hip.

 

 

 

YTD recordings listened to: 505
Good music, not list worthy: 304
Not good music: 168

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, 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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx

 

Music for 9/30/19!!!! Mariachi El Bronx, Kraz, Milquetoast and Co.

@@@  Mariachi El Bronx: Mariachi El Bronx (White Drugs/ATO, 2009)  I got an email from a music publicist celebrating the 10th anniversary of this record which I’ve never heard.  The first tune is a large mostly mariachi band ensemble with a ripping horn section and a singer doing his thing in English.  I love this kind of music — a celebration of Mexican-American culture.  Super upbeat energy but also a performance of something besides partying.  An obvious reference here would be Los Lobos but this is less guitar oriented though the singer does sound a bit like the gent from Los Lobos.  I really don’t know where I was at when this record came out and folks who dig Mexican music should check this out.  The whole band is killing but the horn section is blazing.

@@@ Kraz: Telescope (Feel Music, 2019) I saw an article about this record in Salon.  It is a record about gentrification in Brooklyn and is notable for being about that phenomenon.  The article says this musician is a hired gun guitarist but he’s putting this out under a different name.  The first tune (clipped below) is a ’70s style midtempo rocker.  I’m not getting the gentrification theme hit over the head, I guess you have to pay closer attention to the lyrics.  I guess I’m finding the lyrical theme sitting in back of the rock sound.  The sounds are a blend of Gerry Rafferty with a few Lenny Kravitz pubick hairs.  I like the music all right though I don’t find it particularly unique in its sounds and structure and I guess I was hoping the theme of gentrification would be more pronounced.

@@@ Milquetoast & Co: Kashmir the Great (N/A, 2019)  I got to this rock record via the indie music blog Indiepulse.  It’s an arena rock EP with a few proggy threads to it — that’s my first impression.  A cello line, a Pink Floyd big space rock production sound and a Yes-like singer.  Sorta nerdy, sorta rocky.  I like the marimba/vibes solo in this first and let’s peep a bit more before we wrap up for the day.  The second tune is a guitar driven tune called ‘Idiot’ and it stays in the Pink Floyd with less space and maybe inching over to the Radiohead neighborhood with the lyrics they have going here.  I don’t need a record like this in my life but they do have some really high end arrangeing going on here.

YTD recordings listened to: 502
Good music, not list worthy: 302
Not good music: 167

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, 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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx

Music for 9/11/19!!! Altin Gun, Wuta Mayi, Green Day

@@@ ALTIN GUN: Gece  (ATO, 2019)  I’m a little surprised this Turkish psych rock via Amsterdam record is out on ATO.  I didn’t think major labels released interesting non-pop music any more.  There’s plenty of hippie vibes to be had in this world music so I get that.  Nice guitar tones, a really good drummer and well done sounds.  The vocal duties are shared between at least a gent and a gal.  It does straddle the stoner rock/world/mainstream music crowd (maybe a bit less than the super huge mainstream) so I guess they could draw enough fans to attract a major label vampire.  It does a really good job of being a retro record and a fresh one at the same time.  I guess mostly the sounds and the production make it a compelling sounding record for these great and awesome times!

@@@ WUTA MAYI: La Face Cachee (Sterns, 2019)  A 70 year old gent from Kinshasa in the Congo and his music goes back decades.  This first tune just oozes sweetness out the speaker.  Mayi himself sings as if he just ate a stick of butter, there is a choir of background vocalists, some nylon string guitars, hand percussion, a kit drummer and a whole bucket of smooth.  Even an accordion or the African equivalent thereof.  My guess would be the guitars are the sweetest of all, they’re really chilled out but active (and more than one).  The horns on this second track, oh my.  I don’t usually ever refer to artwork or videos in my reviews as I see them as superfluous but check the pic of Mr. Mayi and you can see where this record is at.  It’s a high end expression of African musical culture.  He’s a senior statesman and he’s doing his thing.

 

@@@ Green Day: Father of All… (Reprise, 2020)  A pre release single from Green Day.  Yikes, they’re making another lap around the ol’ corporate punk rock racetrack.  They come out more Queens of the Stone Age rather than classic spiky hairdo Green Day talking about how they’re too bored to even spank it.  It’s is a brisk punk tempo with handclaps and mucho glam feels to be had.  A crushed drum sound, small production flourishes and falsetto vocals make this Green Day track stand out as a medium move away from past efforts which focused on singalong anthems.  I check the lyrics on Genius and they kinda made sense and that’s pretty good for these days.  I’m a bit puzzled as to what Father of All…. means as a title but I’ve learned not to sweat such expectations.  It’s not gonna make a lot of sense and it feels like they’re just looking to wind the people up.

YTD recordings listened to: 467
Good music, not list worthy: 285
Not good music: 156

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, 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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah

Music for 9/3/19!!! Alexander Tucker, Pusha T, Ceremony

@@@ Alexander Tucker: Guild of the Asbestos… (Thrill Jockey, 2019)  While this review is at the top of the post it is my last listen of the day so it is natural to compare it to the Ceremony record down the bottom.  Here we have more of an ambient opening tune, heavier on cloud synths and lighter on rhythms.  The growling bass sound is quite nice.  It’s got that large arena rock album vibe of a classic U2 without that blowhard Bono.  The quasi-Brith affect of the singer lends a highbrow signifier to the track.  Go Brexit!  Fucking do it, slit your own throats it’s totally punk rock.  Slight non-sequitur there.  These are all larger tunes from 5+ minutes up to 10.  The second tune unwinds more slowly as you would expect from a 9 minute monster shot so it does appear to work within popular song structures but in an engorged fashion.  I really like the bass sound, the singer not so much.  The bowed sounds of the third tune work for me, but I tipped!

@@@ Pusha T: Coming Home (featuring Lauryn Hill) (UMG, 2019)  When I saw this single listed in the Apple Music hot tracks I thought Pusha T and Lauryn Hill was an interesting combination.  And sonically she does provide contrast to Pusha T’s tough street rhymes.  I’m not sure what the tune is about but it’s more uplifting and melodic than usual Pusha T business.  Towards the end of the track the title ‘Coming Home’ appears – it’s a black rebirth anthem and it’s pretty interesting.  There’s a line about black people being past their due date, that line caught my ear.  I’m listening to the track for the second time and it’s hard to connect his rhymes to her sung lyrics.  The sounds are pretty hot and atypical for what I’ve heard from Pusha T before.

@@@ Ceremony: In the Spirit World Now (Relapse, 2019)  I find it fascinating that heavy music label Relapse has started trafficking in other genres.  My guess is they’re feeling economically pinched and looking to get any loot they can from other genres.  The first tune, Turn Away the Bad Thing, is an angular old school art school thing from the first half of the ’80s balanced pretty equally between guitars and synths.  The singing duties are mostly handled by a gent with a brusque barking manner.  That tune, clipped below, is picked as the main single for a reason as it is both melodic and muscular.  These guys do a good job of making synths sound aggressive and rocking, an above average example of synth rock so check it out if you roll in this way.

YTD recordings listened to: 451
Good music, not list worthy: 274
Not good music: 152

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, 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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah