Music for 6/17/16!!! Joe Gifted, The Drums, Com Truise

@@@ Joe Gifted: Water (Warner Bros, 2017)  Satan could be from Atlanta and he would get a record deal.  That’s how hot that city is right now for hip hop.  This is a single and Mr. Gifted has some nice skitter in the beats and mad bounce in the bass but he also sports a mainstream sound and a kinda friendly flow.  Kinda friendly as he’s definitely for young kids with that potty mouth and he aspires to a lot of stuff and a lot of women.  Beats and bass win here.

@@@ Com Truise: Iteration (Ghostly, 2017)  I follow Ghostly on the Twatter but I didn’t see this new release.  I would call this electronic arena rock as the main voices are synths but the big drums and the overall feel is one of epicness.  Let’s see what some of the other tracks hold for us.  The second tune Ephemeron is not as epic, it’s an inflated early hip hop kind of sound with a fatty fat (but not hip hop) bass and a lot of delayed synth sound ping pong-ing around.  I don’t love the beats or the synths — I guess folks is mad ’80s retro and eat this corn up big time but it’s not for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 373
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 211
Not good music: 145

Buys: 5
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, 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, 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

Music for 6/16/17!!! Petros Klampanis, Yazz Ahmed, Nico Niquo

@@@ Petros Klampanis: Translator’s Note (Enja, 2017)  Called a secret weapon of jazz in a recent email from National Sawdust this first tune is a pretty ballad that takes it time and is not too sweet.  I don’t think I’m gonna hang for the full 13 minutes but I’ll peep some more.  I like this second tune, Welcome, a bit more as it sports a brisker tempo and more energy.  It’s a wee bit straight lace and laid-back for my taste but the sounds are really well done and check it for yourself.  The instrumentation is sax, piano, bass and drums and the tempos are more muted than blasting for sure.

@@@ Yazz Ahmed: La Saboteuse (N/A, 2017)  Another jazz record, this one by a Middle Eastern woman.  I got to this via a twat on the Twatter retwatted by Bird is the Worm.  It opens up spaciously with some Bitches Brew era sounding trumpet and a glassy ring.  The second tune brings in some Middle Eastern drumming and a stringed instrument most likely an oud.  Outside of the sounds it’s pretty straight.  It is a fairly large electric ensemble with electric organ and electric bass so it’s bound to evoke Bitches Brew.  I like this organ player!  I like the ambient feel of the recording as well as the players in the ensemble.  I like the way Ahmed shares the space with the rest of her players and it makes for a better record.

@@@ Nico Niquo: In a Silent Way (Orange Milk, 2017)  I’ve had an influential ambient record list tabbed open for a bit and I would like to move on with my musical life.  As I’m a musical contrarian I’m going to the bottom of the list where the quality lies.  Number of social media shares can be manipulated people and it is.  This first tune is a lot of synth cloud action.  Not cheesy but a lot.  There’s a bit of a New Age vibe to the sounds but I want to peep more.  Things get a bit darker in this second tune, He Loved Him Madly.  I’m on the third tune and this isn’t dark enough for me.  It’s a lot of upper register synths placed in minimal arrangements but I like a bit of aggro/darkness to my ambient music.

YTD recordings listened to: 370
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 210
Not good music: 144

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, Gloom

Music for 6/11/17!!! AJR, SZA

@@@ AJR: The Click (BMG, 2017)  Apple Music’s favorite new artist.  Oh wow, if you took cheesiest cheese of all, which would unto itself be a debate unto itself, and shoved it up the back orifice of the EDM genre it would sound like this.  The most unapologetically simple minded pop shit you will run across in a long time.  Big frat boy beats, some classical string flourishes, stupid lyrics, I mean if it wasn’t so toxic it would be hilarious.  This music would work great at Guantanamo Bay or in the hottest ring of Hell.  I don’t know how the producer and the engineers managed to do it but they really did shine a bucket of diarrhea.  I’m violently opposed to this music.

@@@ SZA: Ctrl (Top Dawg/RCA, 2017)  Is this RZA’s daughter?  She’s in the new artist section of Apple Music and this first tune is a blend of confessional indie songwriter and r&b sounds.  It’s a pretty fresh formula and let’s peep more.  Ms. SZA has a very sweet voice and quite the potty mouth.  I don’t judge but she’s foul.  I think I prefer the tunes that have guitar to the ones that are more hip hop based as they sound more unique.

YTD recordings listened to: 352
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 200
Not good music: 137

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 6/4/17!!! Kacy Hill, The OBGMS

@@@ Kacy Hill: Like a Woman (UMG, 2017) Apple Music’s favorite new artist.  The tune opens up with piano chords, a synth bass, and Hill’s slightly thin but sultry voice.  I really like the bass part but unfortunately the lyrics and Hill’s voice are not convincing to my ears.  I don’t like the finger snaps (in almost all musical situations) and the song never really erupts into anything, she just keeps asking what makes you make me feel like a woman?  She rides that hook into the ground.

@@@ The OBGMs: Torpedo (Black Box, 2017) A punk single I got to via a publicist email.  Even punks have publicists yo!!!  It’s not poppy per se and there is an interesting hook in the verse, but the guitars are toned down a bit and this lines up more with the Strokes more than the Bad Brains.  I like the outro and they have good energy.  This is post 9/11 America so you can’t make too much of a mess, it’s not allowed.

YTD recordings listened to: 338
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 193
Not good music: 130

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 6/2/17!!! Daniel Caesar, Loote, Wormwitch

@@@ Daniel Caesar: Get You (N/A, 2017)  Songs of the summer motherfuckers!  Straight off the Apple Music publicist purchased Songs of Summer playlist.  For example this track is a sexy, horizontal bop kinda song, and the last time I checked people are fornicating during all seasons.  The production here is smooth and so i Caesar’s voice.  Very smooth, like after a Brazilian wax smooth.  Personally I prefer Prince’s booty anthems as the rock guitar contrasts with other smooth elements.

@@@ Loote: High Without Your Love (N/A, 2017)  More songs of the summer.  This is some breathy finger snapping cinnamon bun porn pop.  She can’t get high without your love!  You know the greatest threat to America is stupid and this is highly polished cliche stupid.  I understand people want to dance but you can do better than this.  Check out her stage name — Loote.  A little Lil’ Yachty and a whole lot of money money money.  Makes Taylor Swift think she’s actually an artist.  She needs it so bad, oy what a lyric.  A lyric video, God I’m in heaven.

@@@ Wormwitch: Strike Mortal Soil (Profound Lore, 2017)  I couldn’t take any more of the Songs of Summer playlist, it’s complete bullshit.  I thought I would cleanse my ears with a little metal.  After a dramatical opener they get into some midtempo skull crushing with a thick guitar sounds, an angry ‘singer’ and a hard rock drum sound.  They switch up into a slightly faster thrash tempo before return to the boot stomp that opened the track.  The third tune Weregild dispenses with all niceties and gets straight into full tilt smashface although there is some unique operatic background vocalizations that remind me of Wagner.  These guys are all right.  They’re a bit obsessed with death but you know everybody has issues.

YTD recordings listened to: 336
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 191
Not good music: 130

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 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 5/25/17!!! Hooded Fang, Do Make Say Think, Noah Cyrus

@@@ Hooded Fang: Dynasty House (Daps, 2017)  An indie rock EP I got to via this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  There is plenty of krautrock and angular Wire type guitar rock to go around here.  The singer is purposely detached and I dig the drummer who pushes the tunes along well.  The second tune, Sisters and Sons is a big fast uptempo rocker and I continue to dig the drummer and the singer not so much.  I’m getting big Devo flashbacks on this fourth tune so this is looking like a big nerd rock festival.

@@@ Do Make Say Think: Stubborn Persistent Illusions (Constellation, 2017)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Yippee, more indie rock, though this is of a different subgenre.   The record consists mostly of longer (6+ minutes) jams so it has a bit of a granular, slow unfolding feel.  Big epic guitars but not macho and there’s more than a schmattering of prog up in here.  This second tune, Horripilation, makes me feel like I’m sailing across the ocean and it’s windy but not stormy and there are a lot of stars out — it feels tense but we have food and it looks like we’re going to make it.  Metaphorical yo!  Solid B on this epic indie rock.

@@@ Noah Cyrus: I’m Stuck (Records, LLC, 2017)  Miley Cyrus’ stepsister gets into the game with an uplifting, super modern love single I got to via the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It combines down home mainstream hick rock in the verse and then it gets all EDM and shit in the verse.  Be forewarned it is a cheesy eruption in the chorus for sure.  You get some whoo hoos in the chorus as well as some nah nahs, and regular readers know how much I love a woo hoo and a nah nah.  So uplifting it will make your teeth hurt.  Plus, I don’t think this is Miley Cyrus’ sister, that was bullshit.

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