Music for 5/22/19!!! Clay Renderings, The Band Gooch, Black Pistol

@@@  Clay Renderings: Black Vows (N/A, 2019)  This is a dark indie track I got to via a music publicist email.  Female singer, a repeating tom tom drum, an occasional somewhat dirty guitar chord.  It’s a downer track and I never discriminate against the downer tracks cuz they’re downer.  While the tune does build slowly over its almost five minutes it doesn’t have a lot of movement to it and qualifies as more of a vibe than a verse/chorus kinda thing.

@@@ The Band Gooch: Stuck With You (  , 2019)  Another music publicist email band peep.  Opens up energetically with lots of power chords and a somewhat detached but not downer vocalist.  Big power pop/punk rhythm section.  As I listen to him, the vocalist really reminds of Alex Chilton though a little bit more straight ahead.  Standard rock tune arrangement, the singer stands out here.  Not that much to say to be honest.

@@@ Black Pistol: Pick Your Poison (N/A, 2019) I got to this rock duo single via a music publicist email.  Standard updates on classic rock again, I wonder if this is gonna be a trend going forward.  Similar formula as the tune above.  Energetic rhythm section, a fair amount of rock guitar and a singer with personality.  With this tune you get some oooh, hoo woo doos background vocals and even some tambourine.  So if you’re calculating the amount of rock stuff you get the tambourine and the more complex vocal arrangement go for this one.

YTD recordings listened to: 261
Good music, not list worthy: 152
Not good music: 92

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

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Music for 3/28/19!!! Sheridan Reed, Ava Mendoza, Dean Lewis

@@@ Sheridan Reed: Money Maker (N/A, 2019)  I got to this soul/r&b single via a music publicist email.  It is a bit of a white boy frat r&b tune with the singer sound mad similar to the deceased singer from Sublime.  I appreciate the groove but overall it’s not really my thing.  It’s not my kind of soulful.

@@@ Ava Mendoza: Unnatural Ways (New Atlantis, 2018)  I got to this out rock guitarist’s record via a gig announcement from the awfully pretentious Brooklyn club National Sawdust.  It’s a big guitar rock formula here a la Frank Zappa without the childish lyrics and my favorite part of the record is the organ player.  Whoever is rocking that is doing a good job and the tone of the organ fills out the bass space and gives the record a fullness.  All the players are good and this is medium bluster and pretty accessible though it sounds like Mendoza has jazz training.

@@@ Dean Lewis: Stay Awake (Island, 2019)  This is a hot track at Apple Music and it sounds like a label and an A&R person want to take a bite out of Ed Sheeran’s audience and his bank account.  The production here is exquisite and polished but the tune is cliche trash except with an Aussie accent to class it up.  You would hear this at a gas station or while you may be getting a colonoscopy.  Maybe not at a colonoscopy factory because the tune is a bit of one by itself.  Maybe a dentist’s office.  These emotions are so recycled I can’t give it an iota of love.

YTD recordings listened to: 164
Good music, not list worthy: 97
Not good music: 61

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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

Music for 3/19/19!!! Tal Wilkenfeld, Cecilia Lopez, Anderson .Paak

@@@ Tal Wilkenfeld: Love Remains (BMG, 2019)  I got to this female rock record via Marc Maron’s email missive.  The first tune is guitar-centric and pretty thick for a major label rock record.   Wilkenfeld is a bass player (I see from the GooglePimpTube) and she sings the tunes.  I like the guitar sounds but I can’t say I’m enthralled with the lyrics.   The second tune is a slow one with acoustic guitar and a subtle but more than solid bassline.  I like the sounds here more than the tunes.  I looked up the guitar player on this record and his name is Blake Mills — he sounds a bunch like Nels Cline but more rocking and he and the drummer get gold stars for their work on this record.

@@@ Cecilia Lopez: Red/Machinic (XI Records, 2019)  I’m on Roulette’s mailing list up here in the BK and this drone musician is playing there and is a resident there and has a record from the end of 2018.  I skipped the first tune and dropped into the second which is a pretty mesmerizing drone piece that does at some point get into some duck like sounds interrupting the watery and metallic sounds.  The third piece sounds like a bunch of metal birds trying to start a lawnmower.  It’s pretty fresh stuff and though I can’t hang to check out the 72 minute wrap up to the record, check out some of the in between stuff as it’s really good.

@@@ Anderson .Paak: King James (Aftermath, 2019) A retro smooth funk jam that is the lead single off .Paak’s new record.  I’ve liked some of his previous stuff but this sounds really mature to my ears — a lot of Stevie Wonder with updated bass sounds and a little bit of Lionel Richie up in there.  I like the contrast between the smoothness of the production and .Paak’s medium gruff voice.  The track is Dr. Dre produced so the beats are tight and central to the mix.  Concious lyrics and high end sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 148
Good music, not list worthy: 89
Not good music: 53

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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

Music for 3/15/19!!! CHAI, Foals

@@@ CHAI: Punk (Sony, 2019)  All girl Japanese slightly buzzy and brisk pop being offered up as a punk variant.  I like some of the sounds here, but the Alvin and the Chipmunks influenced vocal sound can grate a bit.  They have big and high energy and score weird ass punk points for sure.  With song titles like Choose Go, I’m Me, and Feel the Best you know what you’re in for here.

@@@ Foals: Part 1: Everything not Saved will not be lost (Warner, 2019)  I got to this record as well as the Japanese gals up top via Line of Best Fit.  This is some meaningful and dramatical Brit rock with a lower register singer who is quite serious about being serious.  The synth sounds are gorgeous and there are a few threads of funk but the art school/Lord Byron singer really takes the wind out of the sails here for me.  There are some guitars here for those who like that bit but it’s not a rock record and I apologize for any misdirection in calling it Brit rock early on.

YTD recordings listened to: 143
Good music, not list worthy: 85
Not good music: 52

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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

Music for 2/26/19!!! Pete Berwick, John Mayer, Pink

@@@ Pete Berwick: Island (Self-released, 2019) Gruff, weary rock that reminds you of Social Distortion with less of the pumped up punk vibe.  Somehow I’m on this musician’s promo email list which is fine and today I have space.  The second tune, clipped below, is a slow one with an acoustic guitar.  But it does retain the world weary mid tempo rock vibe.  And the acoustic guitar gives way to the electric guitars which sound great by the way.  I like Berwick’s voice as it has character to it.  Rock is a tough sell these days but this is well done if you roll that way.  No pun intended.

@@@ John Mayer: I Guess I Just Feel Like (Columbia, 2019)  I saw big mouth music blogger Bob Lefsetz praising this tune so I thought I would throw it a peep.  In general, I think Mayer is a very good guitar player who is a little short on fire and his voice is just awful to my ears.  He’s a born panty quaker and he just goes with it so his music is soft as baby food or what fills a diaper after the baby food has been digested.  He’s the Mark Knopfler of our time.  This is a sad sack tune about how everything is turning to shit, which it is, but I prefer a good whip up that would inspire folks to go burn some shit down.  The tune outros with a shuffle beat and more shredding but the Mark Knopfler observation holds true.

@@@ Pink: Walk me Home (RCA, 2019) In general I have respect for Pink but this is a biscuit.  It’s a retrofitted new country midtempo ballad rocker but with a few modifications.  It does the classic arena rock explosion in the chorus and while millions of folks might fall for this fake uplift I ain’t buying it.  I want to like it but I also have some self-respect.

YTD recordings listened to: 109
Good music, not list worthy: 62
Not good music: 42

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

 

Music for 12/17/18!!! Idles, The 1975

@@@ Idles: Joy as an act of resistance (Partisan, 2018) #6 on the Guardian’s best of 2018 list.  I don’t know what I expected but this is a rock/Brit rock/punk type of mash.  I do like the jagged ridiculousness of the second tune ‘Never Trust a Man with a Perm’.  The singer is full of accent and pugnacity.  I guess being American stuck with this ass nugget Trump and seeing the word ‘resistance’ I was expecting something political.  This is mostly a bar fight punk blaster which I’m into.  I’m surprised it made it to the top ten at the Guardian for sure.

@@@ The 1975: Love It If We Made It (Polydor/Interscope, 2018) I got to this tune via an awful ass year end list.  I think I’ve heard these guys before and wondered what the fuss is about.  The production is flawless, a fly on this car is not to be tolerated.  I’m not sure what you call this music.  It sounds like a band, but it’s not rock and it’s sure as fuck cheesy.  The sound of it is awful to my ears, it’s pure shopping mall arena business.  The chorus is particularly notable for the mess of it.  It’s got a synth bass, a guitar plink, some synth splashes, big vocal splanks, a guitar wail, and some drum fills.  Talk about a buffet!!!  Yet I hate it.

YTD recordings listened to: 692
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 374
Not good music: 267

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

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, Janelle Monae, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 11/19/18!!! Daniel Khan, Smashing Pumpkins

@@@ Daniel Khan: The Butcher’s Share (Oriente Musick, 2018) I got to this political klezmer music record by an American who formed a band in Germany.  If the lyrics aren’t openly political they are metaphorically political.  The lyrics are literate and coherent but the delivery is energetic and entertaining.  I like a bunch of tunes on this record though I think a few of the songs in Yiddish limits the audience a bit.  I’m a New Yorker and we are balls deep in Jews all over the 5 boroughs so it sounds very familiar to me.  Great playing and this might make it onto my best of 2018 list.

@@@ Smashing Pumpkins: Shiny and oh so bright…. (Napalm Records, 2018) Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Shiny and oh so bright as Billy Corgan’s hairless pate??!!  No, too soon?  They come out of the gate full 1970’s power ballad rock.  There’s a fair amount of cheese sauce on this sandwich.  They’re gonna ride the rainbow, you dig?  And there’s a violin part so you know how it’s going down.
The second tune, Silvery Sometimes, sounds like a more typical Pumpkins track and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.  This is a catchy rock track, I’ll give the Bald Vampire that much.  The third tune, which will be my last tune, is back to a cloying arena rock thing.  This shit could be on Broadway for sure, it rocks but it’s well it’s bright and shiny like a bald head.

YTD recordings listened to: 646
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 351
Not good music: 254

Best: 11
Honorable Mentions: 8

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, Janelle Monae, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Gouge Away, Barro, Daniel Khan