Music for 8/1/17!!! Control Freaks, Zack Keim, Ego Kill Talent

@@@ Control Freaks: Mindless Entertainment (Slovenly, 2017)  Some old school, big mouth punk off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Think the Sex Pistols without the opioids.  There’s a more than a dash of humor to this high energy punk rawk with lots of call and response vocals and singers taking their turns on the mic.

@@@ Zack Keim: First Step (Get Hip Recordings, 2017)  A young man takes his Bob Dylan obsession out into the world.  It’s quicker to say what’s not Dylan influenced than it is to say what is not Dylan influenced.  His strumming, the tone of his voice, his delivery, he’s got it going on.  Well the second tune thankfully drops the Dylan love with a different tone, slower arpeggiated guitar playing and a different tone of voice.  This third tune is a folk Radiohead kinda tune — mournful, slow, he shoulda put this tune first.  I think Keim is off to a decent start but he has to find a more distinctive voice for himself.  Just my opinion.

@@@ Ego Kill Talent: My Own Deceiver (Elemess, 2017)  A mainstream glam rock single I got to via the Indiepulse music blog.  Think Marilyn Manson without that tremendous prickface Marilyn Manson.  The guitar riffs are pretty standard and the singer is all right but maybe a tad soft.

YTD recordings listened to: 494
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 270
Not good music: 202

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity

Music for 7/20/17!!! Nine Inch Nails, Rococo, Larissa Tandy, The Lemon Twigs

@@@ Nine Inch Nails: Less Than (The Null Corporation, 2017)  We won’t spend much time discussing that the leader of Nine Inch Nails is a senior executive at Apple Music (or was at it’s predecessor Beats) and his new track is in the first slot on the hot tracks section at Apple Music.  Hey, what the fuck, that smells like the digital version of old school music business mafia action!! Hey, it’s not gonna matter because the song is pretty boring — it’s the classic Nine Inch Nails mixture of darkness and alienation but with some pretty rote guitar power chords and Reznor’s downer singing/lyrics.  Pole position won’t save this ship from sinking.

@@@ Rococode: Young Ones (Marquis Services, 2017)  We switch up gears to some bouncy and hopeful indie electronic, ’80s flavored pop rock.  Oooh boy, bouncy bass, snappy drums, friendly synths, and an engaging male singer.  The second tune has a female singer but the formula is mostly the same especially in the rhythm section.  These aren’t sounds I like but they’re well done.  Songwriting is pretty standard pop so it’s sweet musical baby food for adults.

@@@ Larissa Tandy: The Grip (Larissa Tandy, 2017)  Off the folk/roots section of the CFUV weekly playlist email.  I like the plainness of the production and the music is in that folk/soft rock/indie/adult alternative neighborhood.  Tandy has a bit of an odd accent to her voice that catches my ear.  I’m on the fourth tune and she’s hopping around a bit stylistically while overall becoming more indie rock than folk roots.  This is not my favorite style of music but I can see more mainstream listeners digging this — she’s got some rocking, some passion to her voice and a bit of spark with familiar sounds.

@@@ The Lemon Twigs: Brothers of Destruction EP (4AD, 2017) A pre-release single off an upcoming full length.  I would put this in the quirky, lo-fi, classic rock reprisal of the indie area.  If you took the Velvet Underground and they had a baby with Captain Beefheart’s adopted son it would sound a bit like this.  There’s a bit of a sour-ish sound to the music and the singer is annoying (in my opinion and it’s my blog) so I probably won’t be checking out the full length when it happens.

YTD recordings listened to: 471
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 258
Not good music: 192

Buys: 7
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda. This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez

Music for 7/10/17!!! Anna of the North, Wyldest, The Anatomy of Frank, Peakes, R.L. Boyce

A couple of weeks ago I did a bunch of indie listening at Line of Best Fit’s tracks of the week and the Internet pretty much broke.  People went fucking nuts so it’s back again.

@@@ Anna of the North: Someone (Honeymoon/+1 Records, 2017)  A synth pop song fronted by a dreamy young female.  Those of you who love ABBA should be sporting major erections/moist panties.  Big pillow-y synths, angel choir background vocals — she’s only human, she needs someone to save her.  Gated snare sound, this is the total Reagan/Thatcher throwback.  She’s really wearing that vocal hook out.  I’m not a buyer of this but that’s just me.  More mopey than ABBA but still, major wood.

@@@ Wyldest: Hitchhiker (Hand in Hive, 2017)  Lucky us, more synth pop!  And another female singer.  Synth bass and what is going on with these massive angel choir background vocals??  If this is a trend it’s not going to be good for my mental health.  This tune has some really tasty drum machine hand claps so that’s something to look forward to.  This is a very similar formula to the first tune and that’s a bummer.  Let’s keep moving!

@@@ The Anatomy of Frank: Holy Mountain (Polar Islands, 2017)  Super intimate acoustic guitar and singing.  The intimate and soft feelings are everywhere here, watch your step you might crush one!  If Simon and Garfunkel had a gay love baby with gentleman junkie James Taylor it would sound a lot like this.  And that would be one fine looking gay love baby.  Towards the end the tune opens up a bit with some orchestral pieces but it doesn’t go over the top and I give Frank (and his anatomy!) credit for that.  Watch the feelings, they’re everywhere and delicate like salamanders.

@@@ Peakes: Saint (Peakes, 2017)  A balanced blend of synth and guitar on this just under mid tempo contemplative mope nugget.  They do have a nice ambient sound to the arrangement here.  The lyrics are somewhat dour –  what’s done is done appears a lot and that’s pretty much what America has been telling the country of Iraq and the Middle East for over a decade now.  Hey sorry about the invasion thing, what’s done is done!  But I digress.  How can I be a saint with the choices I’ve made?  That’s the lyrical essence of the tune.  The guitarist is the star here and the singer needs a Red Bull!  Onward.

@@@ R.L. Boyce: R.L.’s Boogie (Waxahatchie, 2017)  I’m more than a bit shocked to hear this old school electric blues track on an indie tracks of the week.  Who let Rosa Parks on the front of the bus??!!  Congrats to you Mr. Boyce and I dig your funky swinging guitar and the drummer is killin’ it!!!   It’s a rambler and it doesn’t have much of a lyrical point but it does swing like a motherfucker and I’m feeling this drummer.  You indie kids listen to how the old school brothers rock it as you could learn a thing or two.

YTD recordings listened to: 438
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 242
Not good music: 176

Buys: 7
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda

Music for 6/26/17!!! Judaskyssen, Erin Rae, The Last Dinosaur, Jerkcurb

Today we’re gonna bust out and listen to a playlist from Line of Best Fit here and I’m thinking we’re gonna be hit with a lot of detached indie goodness, some diluted funk indie electronic, and may be some ironic rocking (as in the kind where nobody sweats to much – Wilco style.  Here we go!

@@@ Judaskyssen: Vit Flagg (West Coast Recordings, 2017)  Yes, some updated ’80s synth rock with slightly aggro-kraut drums and mournful vocals over the top.  Sad and yearning over a rock beat here.  That’s where we’re at.  Now it’s not an American outfit and the singer has an accent so it’s a much classier effort.  Piano chords, a chainsaw synth patch, some echo on the vocals, this is serious business.  It’s a 7 minute tune and I made it about 2 minutes through, but you might like it.

@@@ Erin Rae: Wild Blue Wind (Refuge for Foundation for the Arts, 2017)  Alt-country folk/soft rock.  Very pretty voice, stripped down band arrangement, big vocal harmonies right across your pie hole when the chorus hits.  When those harmonies hit they throw in a sad slide guitar figure and that’s the money shot right there.  It’s a pretty standard take on Emmylou Harris/Neil Young country rock.

@@@ The Last Dinosaur: All My Faith (Naim, 2017)  Oh, here it is!  Super epic, big feelings white people folk/New Age rock.  I don’t think they mean actual religious faith but there is some choir action going on here, and it is meaningful whatever is intended here.  All the sonic signifiers are present — handclaps, organs layered in the back, huge background vocals and a whispering, super intimate singer who just wants to pick you up and hold you like a baby.  Me personally, I get really angry when I’m pandered to in this manner but that’s just me.

@@@ Jerkcurb: Somerton Beach (Jerkcurb, 2017)  I couldn’t find the tune featured on the Line of Best Fit but they have this other new track which is a mash of lounge music with some tropicalia flourishes.  The core elements are the pretty deep voiced male singer crooning his testicles off and the bright, tremolo guitar chord strums.  The percussion parts and the background vocals are kitschy and that’s the point, it’s part of the vibe.  A bit dark, a little romantic, a little weird, and slow.

YTD recordings listened to: 400
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 223
Not good music: 158

Buys: 6
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, 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, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/23/17!!! Bedouine, Vince Staples, Superfruit, Municipal Waste

@@@ Bedouine: Bedouine (Spacebomb, 2017) An intimate folk music record I got to via a twat on the Twatter.  Smooth and silky as a Red Bull smoothie!  Compared to Joni Mitchell in the twat it doesn’t have her quirk, but it’s a sound that draws folks in who are looking for a warm pool of water to wash their feelings.  The second tune shifts over to a ’70s soft rock flow and if you’re into the singer’s voice you’re going to have a great time listening to this.  I’m on the third tune and my feeling is that the record is beautifully put together, she has a very appealing voice, the playing is good but not great and the lyrics don’t really stand out.

@@@ Vince Staples: Big Fish ( , 2017)  A hip hop single off the Apple Music A-list.  This is a club dance floor banger about late night balling and acquiring material possessions and engaging in occasional gun play.  It’s got a lot of Casio keyboard sounds, a fat but not ultrafat bass sound but I think my greatest objection is the handclap sample, it just cheese-a-fies the proceedings.  I’ll take Lil’ Yachty’s space flow and DRAM’s humor over this style.

@@@ Superfruit: Bad 4 Us (RCA, 2017)  A single off an upcoming full length.  It’s a white person’s dance floor banger with a straight beat some janky guitar wang and a lot of fluffy synths to go with the abundant vocal arrangements.  This is a music publicist’s wet dream — friendly cheerful lyrics, poppy as fuck and a huge GooglePimp presence

@@@ Municipal Waste: Slime and Punishment (Nuclear Blast, 2017)  Classic speed metal off the Apple music heavy metal front page.  They play fast, they rocked a great pun on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.  A piquant blend of hardcore, thrash, classic metal and Dostoevsky lyrics!  No, no joking.  It’s 28 minutes of bouncing around pissed at society.

YTD recordings listened to: 393
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 220
Not good music: 154

Buys: 6
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, 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, Dead Ranch

Music for 5/24/17!!! Quentin Stokart, Pumarosa, Fiver

@@@ Quentin Stokart: Bloom (N/A, 2017)  I got to this European jazz record via a twat by Bird is the Worm on the Twatter.  Instrumentation is alto and tenor sax, guitar, bass and drums.  This first tune is a slow melody and I like the guitar player most followed by the bass player.  I’ve checked out parts of four tunes and I like the instrumental tones but I think they should split a Red Bull.  It’s not sleepy, it’s purposely slow.

@@@ Pumarosa: The Witch (Fiction/Universal, 2017) I saw this new release on the new release section of Apple Music.  I guess they started out punk and then ended up electronic.  This first tune is dramatical with synth waves, oh that’s the intro as it has morphed into pretty standard synth rock, heavily influenced by the ’80s with a tad of funk thrown in for the dancing kiddies.  I don’t like the delay on the female singer’s voice on this first track, it’s cheesy.  This is meticulously produced major label hamburger helper.  Bread crumbs for your ears.

@@@ Audible: Audible Songs from Rockwood (Idee fixe, 2017)  Some quirky old timey string music I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.   In this first tune there is a smoky female singer, some basic acoustic guitar strumming, and two fiddles droning in each ear.  I like the way it sounds and I like the distinctly unmodern sound.  I really like the singer though it’s hard to describe — she has a pretty voice but she seems to be pretty uninterested in having you understand what she’s singing.  Check out the duo singing and the awesome fiddle playing on the fourth tune below.  Imma swing back on this record when I have more time.

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

Music for 4/11/17!!! Jake Xerxes Fussell, Saturn, Geotic

@@@ Jake Xerxes Fussell: What in the Natural World (Paradies of Bachelors, 2017)  Lonesome folk off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The record opens up with clean, arpeggiated electric guitar and Fussell’s voice.  I think this is a cover so Imma move ahead and we got a full band on this second tune (clipped below). Nice production influenced by Daniel Lanois.  I like this track, nice playing, no extra cheese, just playing and singing.  Very pretty but not over the top.

@@@ Saturn: Beyond Spectra (Rise Above, 2017)  Some proggy metal with some mainstream hard rock that I got to via the All Music notable release email.  This is some leather pants with large cucumbers stuffed down there music (Spinal Tap reference!)  The first tune is called Orbital Command but I thought he was singing Vegetables on Demand, which is fine as well.  Very intricate guitar and bass work with an operatic singer.  This second tune has a bit of boogie rock up in there.  If you dig a big ass guitar riff with big vocal sauce slather all over it, well then come and get it.

@@@ Geotic: Abysma (Ghostly Int’l, 2017)  Some chill techno off last week’s All Music notable release email.  A super pleasant, dare we say uplifting boom titch that gets some comfort synths layered over the top.  As a way of saying where this is at the first tune is called Sunspell and the second one is called Actually Smiling, the latter coming in with some tremolo oscillator action and a happy beat.  It’s not my thing but the sounds are real nice and there’s no shame in it.  Not for a rainy day, but more for the day you get a new puppy!  Yeah, a new puppy!!!!

YTD recordings listened to: 236
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 128
Not good music: 88

Buys: 1
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, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab