Music for 12/5/19!!! Richard Dawson, Vampire Weekend, Clairo, Georgia

@@@ Richard Dawson: Jogging (Domino, 2019)  Off the Guardian’s best tracks of the year and this one comes out rocking a bit strangely as one would expect from label Domino.  Over the pretty standard rock guitars you get a slowly unfolding melody that jumps range and vibe.  It’s an update on ’90s grunge with more sweetness.  I like his singing but I don’t love the ’80s snare and I’m agnostic to a bit sour on the guitars.  It’s all about the vocal melody and lyrics here.  A minimalist retro synth comes in and I find it both weird and a welcome addition to the listening experience.  It’s a 6 minute plus biscuit and I’m going to jump around minute 4 right around when the robot vocals come in and the whole things is morphing into a sci-fi rocker.  Respect for the weirdness but not on my top of the year songs.

@@@ Vampire Weekend: Harmony Hall (Columbia, 2019)  I might have peeped this track before but we’re good for repeats here.  It opens with a couple of quite nice ascending and descending acoustic guitar lines before a piano part comes in and it’s that sort of indie sweetness that sounds like the sort of escapist white people business.  I get the aesthetic and I appreciate the musicianship but I can’t participate.  I’m happy to see Vampire Weekend expand past being a white boy African music outfit and get into Paul Simon territory as well as other similar sounds are triggered here.

@@@ Clairo: Bags (Fader, 2019)  I continue to underestimate the appeal of classic indie/Velvet Underground style rock.  Personally I’m done with it.  Midtempo beats, slack vocals, simple guitar — these days more females are plying the boards with this formula than the gents.  I could be wrong on that.  If you’re not giving me a lot to listen to in the music then I want some ripping lyrics/vocal performance.  I find the vocals here to be above average but not lifting the track noticeably.  It’s a melancholic look back at an ended relationship.  I do have to upgrade the drums, there are a lot of nice touches in the playing here.  I’m an energy listener so when I don’t get the kind of performance energy I want it doesn’t work for me.  Yet I do acknowledge millions and millions of people lap this formula up with a spoon.

@@@ Georgia: About Work the Dancefloor (Domino, 2019)  Another Guardian track of the year, this time a Krautrock inspired dancefloor banging.  Yikes, I hate these funkless Kraut beats though I do like the synth action and she’s working the diva vein pretty well.  I’m not a fan of this drum machine snare sound but the spare, uncluttered mix allows her voice to come to the front.  Not a track of the year for me, but I do get the appeal of this track.

YTD recordings listened to: 631
Good music, not list worthy: 379
Not good music: 214

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, Loscil, The Good Ones, Sudan Archives

Music for 11/26/19!!! Allison Moorer, Gulcher Lustwerk, Gibson Wilbanks

@@@ Allison Moorer: Blood (Autotelic/Thirty Tigers, 2019)  I got to this record via its 5 star review in the Guardian.  Moorer is country musician Shelby Lynne’s sister and they share a violent family event.  The first tune, Bad Weather, is sweet and melancholy highlighted by some eerie electronic garnish in the background and female vocal harmonizing.  I like it without loving it.  It’s a pretty straight country singer-songwriter record but I’m feeling this third track Nightlight.  Lyrically, the chorus works very well for my ears.  The fourth tune pivots to a funky rock sound on a track called The Rock and the Hill.  I think this is a very good record, but it’s not a 5 star record for me.

@@@ Galcher Lustwerk: Information (Ghostly, 2019)  This techno record has been getting mad visibility on Twatter from Twatter ads I suspect.  After a half sweet synth intro track it gets into banging the dancefloor.  Lightly spiced funk is how I would phrase it.  I don’t like the capitalist striving message of the second track I see a Dime but the third track, Another Story, pops all right with some deliciousness on the hi hat.  There is some rhyming going on in this third track and the combination of hip hop and techno is pretty uncommon in my listening adventures.  Given how big a push this record is getting I was expecting more from the record, it is a bit light.

@@@ Gibson Wilbanks: Oh Sweet Baby (Self-released, 2019) I got to this alt country tune via a music publicist email.  This title track is a classic country with a whole lot of sweetness.  I guess that’s why he called it oh sweet baby.  I’m a sucker for slide guitar, I think it’s a great sound.  Wilbanks’ voice is not the core sweet component of the track, it’s got a bit of gravel to it.  He is, however, joined by a female singer backin him at many points in the tune.  It’s not a lonesome tune.

YTD recordings listened to: 616
Good music, not list worthy: 370
Not good music: 208

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, Loscil, The Good Ones

 

Music for 6/2/19!!! Xinobi, Buffalo Blanco

@@@ Xinobi: Piano lessons (Discotexas, 2019)  I saw this artist on a gig poster that was posted up on the Twatter.  I love the Twatter.  Opens up four on the floor with a piano vamp and what I would call a whipping type sample.  You will know what I mean if you peep the track.  The piano part is the lead melodic instrument and it’s a bit of a simple melody.  I could use more energy or something a tad more dissonant and rougher fitting.  About halfway through the piano recedes, well no a synth is added (as well as a synthesized/processed vocal and at its peak its a pumping piano/synth/vocal dancefloor banger.  I’ve come to realize that the reason I like guitar in these types of tracks because they lend an organic roughness to the superstructured rhythms.  I like it but it’s too smooth and too predictable for me.

@@@ Buffalo Blanco: Anos Viejos (Atlas 32, 2017)  On the same Twatter posted gig poster. The first tune is super melodic almost proggy track but it’s got solid non-nerd energy.  Lyrics in Spanish it does straddle Death Cab for Cutie and old ass prog music.  This is not some dumbass frat brother rock, these guys are aspirational with an epic vibe to the compositions and the sounds they chose.  They are neither full rocking nor full soft serve ice cream.  I like it.  A few synths here and there but mostly guitars and sophisticated vocal arrangements.

YTD recordings listened to: 274
Good music, not list worthy: 161
Not good music: 95

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

Music for 5/16/19!!! Della Mae, Full of Hell, General Purv

@@@ Della Mae: The Butcher Shop EP (Rounder, 2019)  I’ve dug Della Mae records before.  They do the bunch of females harmonizing but they’re a bit more rocking than some of the more mainstream versions of their formula who bring more cheese to the singing and the playing.  This first tune, Bourbon Hound, pumps the tempo and the energy.  The rock three uptempo barn roof raisers before they get to a bluesy rendition of ‘Sixteen Tons’.  These are all classic tracks but it’s the energy they bring to them that makes it a worthwhile listen.

@@@ Full of Hell: Weeping Choir (Relapse, 2019)  Three pre-release tracks up on the Apple Music with the first one being Burning Myrrh (clippped below for your earholes)  It’s pretty close to double red bull time — a delicious storm of octopus drumming, guitar noise and an orc sounding bitch on the microphone.  Not just an orc as I believe this to be a multi-vocalist crew.  It’s a quick 2:12 blast of dirty crunchy ass so I will stick around for another one to catch the other flavors.  Armory of Obsidian Glass is a detuned, oozing thing though this could be the intro before they whip another shitty.  It does break out into a medium slow grind with a pretty complex vocal arrangement.  It’s a 7 minute biscuit and Imma gonna tip after about 5 but it’s solid metal.  I really dug the opening meltdown.

@@@ General Purv: The Astounding Exploits of General Purvis Attaboy (Baffled Octopi)+. First off, great band name and album title.  I found it on this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  I thought it was going to be a classic punk throwdown but it’s an electronic record with an arena rock attitude.  The beats are solid but the stars here are the synthesizer, well arranged and rocking.  I like these tracks, they’re unpredictable, funky and spontaneous.  If you are a listener that has checked out electronic music before and found it more than a bit nerdy, these guys/gals/humans could be a good fit for you.  Much more accessible but not stupid, there’s some good doobie in these arrangements as they’re not committed to doing one particular thing with their music.  I’m going to swing back on this record and listen to it when I have more time.  Check it out!

YTD recordings listened to: 256
Good music, not list worthy: 148
Not good music: 91

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

Music for 4/30/19!!! Zr. King, YG, Flying Lotus

@@@ Zr. King: Ships in the Night (N/A, 2019)  A pre-release hard rock single I got to via a music publicist.  Let’s give this bitch a ride.  It opens with a somewhat staggered off kilter power chord/riff combo platter.  Comparisons to Led Zeppelin are a stretch and Queens of the Stone Age are a better comparison.  I never really grooved on Robert Plant but this somewhat restrained singer does bring the rocking down a couple of notches.  If duder was flipping the fuck out on the microphone I would be more liking this.  Possibly even bigly.  Intentional grammar mistakes hashtag.  Some more variation on the guitar riffs would be welcome as well.

@@@ YG: Stop Snitchin’ (Def Jam, 2019)  I saw the first two seconds of the video and it puts F**k Slavery up on a black screen but when the tune comes on Apple Music it’s all about snitchin — it’s a rhythmic encantation bitch n*gga, snitch n*gga, ho n*gga, it’s really quite a show.  The trap leaning arrangement is tight and catchy but it is really strange and mostly fucked up to connect slavery with snitching to the cops.  I would like to have had that explained in more detail but it was little more than the hook bitch n*gga, snitch n*gga, ho n*gga.  Catchy as fuck but also very….well check it for yourself.

@@@  Flying Lotus: Takashi (Warp, 2019) Flying Lotus up on the Apple Music hot tracks!  Imagine that.  I’ve always felt Flying Lotus is overrated but I’m able to be convinced.  Here he sheds the abstract electronica for a caffeinated booty jam.  He continually accelerates the tempo of the keyboard stuffed track til it’s hyper funk.  Impressive as a technical work of music making, not as much for listeners.  I guess if you’re into proggy sounding funk then this would make you shit your pants.  I move to the next tune unsoiled.  It also could be shorter, possibly much shorter.

YTD recordings listened to: 220
Good music, not list worthy: 132
Not good music: 78

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail

Music for 4/8/19!!! Rabit, Eartheater, Swan Meat

@@@ RABIT: Life After Death (Halcyon Veil, 2018)  I got to all three of today’s listens via the Line of Best fit weekly email which had all these outfits packaged in a show and shit.  With the large theme of life after death the record opens up with the track The Quickening featuring glitchy beats and some semi-dark synth waves.  The second tune, Spiral, gets into more of an electronic indie thing with a simple bassline, swirling sounds and some melodic fragments over the top.  There are some heavy vocal samples about life on the planet with a shout to both geniuses and Hitler.  I appreciate this is not your standard four on the floor bag of bangers.  It’s a bit too sci-fi epic for my taste but that’s just me so check for yourself.

@@@ Eartheater: Concealer (Doom Trip, 2019)  I was expecting some darkness from a tune out on a label called Doom Trip but no, it’s got kind of a Japanese pop trippy, bouncy feel to it.  Female singer, pulsating synth but the main problem for me is the lackluster kick/drum beat.  C’mon swirl me a little funk to keep me interested, please!

@@@ Swan Meat: Tame EP (Bala Club, 2018)  Without using particularly abrasive sounds this first tune generates an in your face feeling — staccato blasts of noise, some interwoven synths, a robot video game vocal part and a thick kick drum.  The second tune, Lullabye, employs a string synth patch, the same synthetic vocal and a generally busy but not cluttered field of sounds.  It’s a dark, quasi industrial dancefloor banger for sure.  Deceptively not a lullaby, shame on you.  Very pleasing and authentic bass sounds, other synth patches I don’t super love.  I appreciate how this is pretty gloomy electronic music.

YTD recordings listened to: 183
Good music, not list worthy: 111
Not good music: 64

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, Horndal

Music for 4/4/19!!! Magic Circle, Horndal, Diplo

@@@ Magic Circle – Departed Souls (20 Buck Spin)  Some heavy shit off this week’s CFIV playlist email.  Somebody sure has some Black Sabbath records on their phone as they get into the old school dark guitar riffage.  And the singer!  A little more upbeat than Ozzy but he’s a cousin for sure.  The singer’s vibe lightens the mood of the original metal sound but they have the formula down — big drums with massive fills, two guitars winding and driving the tune with necessary power chord action.  If you’re up for updated Sabbath have at it.

@@@ Horndal – Remains (Prosthetic) These guys are a bit of a different metal animal.  Some classic metal but with some doom mixed in and an altered formula.  Despite the rocking energy it’s more of a hopeful affair than a lot of metal.  What we have here is more of a rage against the machine (not the band, the metaphor) and less of a comfort of the grave situation.  It offers a different heavy music experience than what you usally get.  It’s hard to put into words so we have this here interwebz and folks can peep it for themselves.

@@@ Diplo: Hold You Tight (Mad Decent, 2019) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I like a solid dancefloor banger as much as the next person.  Hold You Tight opens up with a classic peppy techno loop, some staticky rain and a filtered vocal melody that sits there before it joins the beat and it grooves full on.  The loop is good, not great while the vocal processing is where the energy went.  Some nice dub delays, some nice smearing of the hook.  I would expect more from a big club star if you’re asking for 5 minutes of my time.  Some more spark and originality for one thing — this is a couple notches above being sprung for a can and then pumped out on the interwebz.

YTD recordings listened to: 178
Good music, not list worthy: 107
Not good music: 63

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, Horndal