Music for 7/23/18!!! Debademba, Protoje, Gurrumul

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YTD recordings listened to: 423
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 222
Not good music: 187

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez

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Music for 6/27/18!!! Jonah Sirota, No Age, Cardi B., Meek Mill

@@@ Jonah Sirota: Strong Sad (National Sawdust, 2018)  An instrumental (meaningful and kinda New Age-y Imma guessing) from the in house label at the pretentious Brooklyn club National Sawdust.  I’m on their mailing list.  The first piece opens up with what sounds like an organ arpeggio and then a violin playing melodically over the arpeggio.  It’s very sweet, sad sweet not syrupy sweet.  The second piece is a bit more disjointed with violin, cello, and the same organ (?) drone in the background.  It gets into a more dissonant and agitated space which I’m enjoying.  So it’s not as New Age-y as I thought it would be and not as New Age-y as the first piece.  It’s solid.

 

 

 

@@@ No Age: Snares Like a Haircut (Drag City, 2018)  Also off the Guardian’s best of 2018 list.  I’m not a huge Drag City fella but I’m open minded and these guys are supposed to be punks for all punks which sounds just fantastic.  This first tune does have something for a lot of folks.  Some singalong vocal hooks, a little shoegaze sauce, some Sonic Youth fuzz.  The second tune puts a little Ramones up in the vocals so it’s got a lot of referential sounds in it.  I like it, it’s a bit poppy for my taste but it’s good.  I think it works within a limited range of messy/neat with an emphasis on a quiet neatness and structure.  Regular readers know I really enjoy it when a musician/s lose their shit in full meltdown mode so that’s not available here.

 

@@@ Cardi B.: I Like It (Atlantic, 2018)  I like Cardi B. but I thought the first single for this record was not great.  This single is much better but I think she bit it too hard sampling ‘I Like it Like That’ to open the track.  It’s really the backbone of the verse and it implants itself in your mind pronto.  The rest of the track is a good blend of hip hop and Latin music components with a MC rhyming in Spanish and Cardi B. talking about how she needs mad money.  So I see why it has 163 million hits on the GooglePimpTube but it’s more for the love of that track than Cardi B.  That’s my view.

@@@ Meek Mill: Stay Woke (Maybach/Warner, 2018)  Meek Mill is a big deal since he was freed from a bullshit prison situation.  It is surprisingly a blend of hip hop and pop sounds with a guitar part (weird) and a pretty uplifting vocal section in the chorus.  He rhymes a lot about his time in the life, and a bunch about the situation facing African Americans in this country.  I’m a huge fan of the story and glad he’s out but the song isn’t particularly engaging to me.

YTD recordings listened to: 360
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 190
Not good music: 162

Best: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton

Music for 3/7/18!!! Eleanor Friedberger, Coping Skills, Anderson.Paak, Black Wizard

@@@ Eleanor Friedberger: In Between Stars (Frenchkiss, 2018). A pre-release single I got to via a music publicist email.  It’s got a soft FM ’70s feel to it while putting out a straight Tom Petty beat and a little, what’s her name?  Oh you know the super precious gal from the ’90s, Natalie Merchant!!! Motherfucker the hard drive is still turning, Friedberger has a bit of that.

@@@ Coping Skills: Autostraddle (Citywide, 2018). Definitely some girl punk gals that own Breeders records.  The singer is not your most polished performer on the mic and I find that both charming and not great.  The heart of the tune lies in the crushing chorus of power chords and yeah yeahs.  There’s no need to go on and on here as it is very straightforward rock business.  You either dig the quiet/loud schtick that made Nirvana and the Pixies famous or you don’t.

@@@ Anderson.Paak: Til it’s Over (OBE, 2018).  I haven’t checked out anything from Anderson.Paak for a bit and this track has the #1 slot on the Apple Music hot tracks section.   The creativity of this track resides in the blending of sounds and styles that he’s mixing here — r&b, a little Prince reference, some club sounds, and even some glitch/electronic sounds.  The lyrics themselves are not particularly notable but the unpredictability of the mix and the sounds are very engaging.  Check this out if you dig fresh sounds.

@@@ Black Wizard: Feast or Famine (Control, 2018). A metal single I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  This is a single off a record they have out now and I hear an updated classic metal formula with a singer.  Not a caveman and not a post-hardcore pisser but a singer.  Lots of riffs and power chords but the drummer is winning the Red Bull award for full on loss of nut.  I like the end of the tune where the tune sort of breaks down and they put it together and they head out into a monster outro shred.

YTD recordings listened to: 130
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 68
Not good music: 59

Best: 2
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: 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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Melissa Laveaux

Music for 4/20/17!!! Jacques Greene, Hoops, Arca

@@@  Jacque Greene: Feel Infinite (LuckyMe, 2017)  Some house music out of Montreal via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  This first tune is pretty standard if a bit light on the beats but it sports the standard minimalist vocals — oh there’s the beat.  Solid bass, skinnier than hip hop.  I didn’t really like the second track, the title track, as it grated on my nerves but the third tune is sweeter.  This is the best of what I heard as it has a marimba type voice in the track and I like some world music sounds in my house yo.

@@@ Hoops: Routines (Fat Possum, 2017)  Some mathy, nerdy guitar indie off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  There are three pre-release tunes up and this first one has too much reverb on the singer’s voice and a tad too much chorus on the guitar.  I don’t like this singer — I’m sure he’s an awesome person but I don’t dig his flow on the microphone.

@@@ Arca: Arca (XL, 2017)  Some abstract music also off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  This first tune focuses on a contrasting a descending vocal line with some tightly controlled feedback.  I’m not sure where it’s going but it’s an interesting pairing of sounds.  My fear is that this will collapse into some New Age-y electronic music but I hope I’m wrong.  By the way, I’ve misplaced my glasses and I’m blind as an old fucking dog today so my spelling typos must be forgiven.  This is dragging a tad, let’s move on.  There are some prominent electronic elements but there are also strong classical sounds here.  I like it okay, check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 256
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 139
Not good music: 95

Buys: 5
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, 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

Music for 2/14/17!!! Sloucher, The Bohemian Trio, Black Joe Lewis

@@@ Sloucher: Wait to Start (Swoon, 2016).  A grunge-y shoe gaze track opens up this record I got to after I got a music publicist email calling these guys the best indie band to come down the pike in a long time.  Or some such shit.  They have a Pearl Jam vibe going in this opener except no super annoying singer — I can’t stand that self-important dude.  Oh, big Nirvana vibes on this second track, I don’t like this one as much.  The singer can’t do that Kurt Cobain slack thing at all.  If you took the whole punk/grunge area these guys would come at the end as this is pretty mainstream grunge with plenty of melody and light on the punk acidity.  However, very manicured and thought out guitar tones.

@@@ The Bohemian Trio: Okonkala (Innova, 2017)  I saw this trio name checked on a Brooklyn club show listing email spiel.  They’re blurbed as being beyond genre but to my ears they play a sort of classically tinged jazz that says ‘I’m fancy and I dress well’.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  The instrumentation is piano, cello and clarinet and this music is straight up the alley of 65+ PBS viewers.  Extremely pretty and light, like one of Beyonce’s goddess farts.

@@@ Black Joe Lewis: Backlash (Black Joe Lewis, 2017)  I’m a huge fan of the 2011 effort Scandalous so I thought I would give a peep to this new one.  It opens up more rocking than soul-ing but there are horns back there underneath the crunchy guitar.  I’ve peeped portions of 4 of the songs and while there are some moments where the tunes come together but I think I’m going to stick Scandalous.  Check that record out!

YTD recordings listened to: 105
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 55
Not good music: 34

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, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen

8/17/16: Don Gallardo, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, Unfun, Dae Dae

@@@ Don Gallardo: Hickory (Self-released, 2015) An Americana record I got to via a music publicist in Chicago.  This first tune is a lush affair with sweet vocal harmonies and a measured pace.  Instrumentation is dobro, fiddle, mandolin, bass, drums, acoustic guitar and vocals. Let’s peep more.  The second tune is more of a summer shuffle with some pretty sweet acoustic slide.  The playing is very sweet and the record sounds great.  I don’t love Gallardo’s voice and lyrics as much as I like the playing.  Check him out.

@@@ Brian Wilbur Grundstrom: An Orchestral Journey (Navona, 2016).  A new classical composer I got to because I’m on the label’s mailing list.  The first tune is not available on Apple Music and the second one is slightly downtempo, very pleasant and driven by the string section.  I’m not going to gas readers by passing myself off as a classical music afficionado so I will relate that the marketing blurb for the records says Grundstrom favors long melodic lines and I hear that as well as harmonic sweetness and midtempo energy.  This is mellow classical not the ‘I’m going to invade your country classical.’

@@@ Unfun: Waterboarding (Debt Offensive, 2016)  Switching gears!  I thought this was going to be a hardcore punk record but it’s open up sludgy with waves of guitar ooze and tasty bass ooze as well.  Hmmmm…..now we’ve gone from that to a sort of Husker Du wall of guitar punk.  I like this and I hope they can keep it up.  And it sounds like they’re doing a good job on this second tune, Death Majesty.  These guys have a less dour singer than Bob Mould which changes the vibe of the record a whole bunch and I think Imma have to swing back on this record when I get a chance.

@@@ Dae Dae: Wat U Mean (Aye, Aye, Aye) (Nitti/300, 2016).  A rough hip hop single off the Apple Music front page.  I like the beat all right, I don’t like the sounds that constitute the arrangement but Dae Dae is energetic and convincing on the microphone.

YTD recordings listened to: 658
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 366
Not good music: 239

Honorable Mentions: 12
Buys: 11

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Changui Majadero, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante, Keefe Jackson, Unfun

7/20/16: Mamadou Barry, Lil Yachty, Jherek Bhischoff, Lindstrom

@@@ Mamadou Barry & Afro Groove Gang: Tankadi (Label Bleu, 2016).  Some large ensemble African music off this week’s WRIR weekly email.  There is a connection to Afrobeat but it’s more jazz like in its vibe.  Barry’s sax playing is fluid while I dig this hand drum solo it’s a tad smooth for my taste.  As evidenced by the fusion-y bass sound.  Let’s peep more.  From the review I read that Barry founded a band back in Guinea called Kaloum Star and I’m checking them out now.  I guess I’m a fan of the old school stuff, check it out.

@@@ Lil Yachty: Lil Boat (Quality Control/Capitol, 2016).  A blend of mainstream and left field hip hop off the Apple Music front page and the essential question is how can you sleep on a MC named Lil Yachty?  He’s got a little skit cooking on this first tune and some sort of alter ego between Yachty/Boat and I think the Yachty is the rich one and Boat is the normal one.  The second tune is Wanna Be LIke Us does two things I don’t like in hip hop or any genre for that matter.  First he’s talking about possessions and how rich his shit is and there’s a lot of panting and breathy rapping here.  Maybe he’s about to jizz hisself over all the stuff he has that other people don’t have.  I like a bunch of the sounds here, the arrangements are fresh but the lyrics is hit or miss.

@@@ Jherek Bhischoff: Cistern (The Leaf Label, 2016).  Experimental rock off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Experimental rock is a large umbrella so a little description may be in order.  This first tune is orchestral with string swells and no rocking.  Some woodwind action and light percussion.  Let’s peep further mabye this is the appeteaser.  I’m on the second tune and there’s still no rock which is fine except for the marketing label.  The third piece is a pleasant ambient and the fourth piece is another classical music piece.  Can you imagine Apple selling iPhones as iPads?  I can’t.

@@@ Lindstrom: Windings (Smalltown Supersound, 2016).  I’m checking out this record as I usually try to give a listen to Smalltown Supersound records.  This one is a bit different as it’s pretty friendly electro with handcalps and generous disco sprinkles.  This is not full frat boy trouser sausage music but it’s not super far away.  Let’s peep the second tune.  I like the rhythms here but I’m not a huge fan of the synth work — it’s a tad kindergarden-y.

YTD recordings listened to: 580
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 318
Not good music: 214

Honorable Mentions: 10
Buys: 9

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Xenia Rubinos, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF