Music for 5/23/21!!! Good Job Honey, Cannibal Corpse

@@@ Good Job Honey: Balls from the Back ( , 2021) I got to this stoner folk thingy via a music publicist email. The PR email said these guys are cannabis farmers and somebody was mad baked when they slotted this as folk music. This is what I affectionately called ‘frat boy’ rock with shades of Red Hot Chili Peppers, white people fake funky beats and lyrics sung by a woman who goes on a few different stories of encountering men and jonesing for some balls from the back. It’s fair game as men have spent centuries grading and degrading the female butt/onion but the song is not folk and I think any other format besides this low IQ frat rock would surpass this.

@@@ Cannibal Corpse: Inhumane Harvest (Metal Blade, 2021) Oh my, get out the gasoline and the matches and start planning as to where you might start a huge fire. Via the Apple Music blurb this is Cannibal Corpse’s 15th record and it most definitely is not lacking in energy and these guys don’t need a Red Bull. In fact they should carefully monitor their Red Bull consumption. This album reminds me a bit of Carcass’ Surgical Steel record — the production is quite intricate but it certainly does not soften the music. Excellent playing all around as you would expect from a seasoned band like this, I love this shit! I will be circling back on this record for sure, it’s got the focus and energy of a best of year effort. I will wrap up this pocket review and check this shit out while I get the plastic tank out and head out to the gas station.

Music for 8/28/2020! Jaleel Shaw, Ayalew Mesfin, Cilantro Boombox, Tame Impala

@@@ Jaleel Shaw: The Soundtrack of Things to Come ( , 2013) I saw somebody announcing on the Twatter an interview with this NYC sax player and found this record on bandcamp.   Instrumentation is sax, piano, bass and drums and the record opens with a mournful melody for a tune called I Wish I Didn’t Know.  I like the interplay between the musicians with the sax player and piano player catching my ear the most.  One of my gripes with straighter jazz is the low energy of the horn players, but this is not the case here as Shaw has both a strong tone and high energy.  The production here is a tad clean for my taste but this is pretty standard.  Whether it be heavy metal or jazz I’m always up for more fire so I dig the energy but could use more. 

 

@@@ Ayalew Mesfin: Blindsided by Love ( , 2020) I got to this Ethiopian musician via the reissue joint Stranded Records. There’s a lot of what they called Ethiopian jazz floating around that I don’t much cotton to, but this is a more driving retro, almost gospel rockin’ testifying thing he’s got going on. Very nice horn lines and as it’s a retro recording the drums are lower and the voice cuts through the mix as those frequencies are more evident. I’m wasting some time on the interwebz after this single and the player clicked through to the next track which is even more urgent and higher tempo. The singer is feeling it, he’s really working hard and it makes me like the music much more.  Passion, energy, I love that shit.

@@@ Cilantro Boombox: Wahoo (Cbbx, 2020) I got to this track via a music publicist email. I like the name of the band, I think it’s funny. Yikers, after an odd pitch shifted intro it gets into an ’80s dance rock, horn driven flow with a synth bass (I like that) frantic hi hat centric drumming (don’t like that), tambourine (agnostic, prefer cowbell). Out of that party section comes a more driving chorus with power chords, a different beat and the refrain wahoo, wahoo wahoo. Pretty much sums up where we’re at, no? Nice horn solo, some janky guitar, but yes, yes I hear it, there’s a cowbell up in there. This track has shot up my list as I’m a huge lover of cowbell and it is deftly deployed here and in large amounts. Fuck me, this is great! Points for weirdness for sure and big ups on the cowbell. This is slotted as jazz on Apple Music but it’s really kind of a Frank Zappa frat boy party track.

@@@ Tame Impala: Is It True (Island Australia, 2020)  Oh boy, the indie folks have gotten super into the retro disco funk which I find a bit regrettable.  I like some of it but it does seems folks forget the success Prince enjoyed with his guitar shredding.  Without some disruptive guitar it gets a bit smooth, in my humble opinion.  Not only smooth it doesn’t grab your attention.  I was surfing the Twatter reading about all this bullshit in Kenosha, WI and I got so engrossed in that so deeply I didn’t even notice how the track had moved on to the video in Apple Music.  The music is fine, it’s polished but it doesn’t hit hard and leave an impression.  I’m guessing that’s by design but I don’t have to like it.

YTD recordings listened to: 660
Good music, not list worthy: 344
Not good music: 297

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, STORMLIGHT, Venomous Concept, Chezidek, Shy One, Muqata’a, Protomartyr

Music for 6/5/20!!! Pole, Kedr Livanskiy, Ivan Kupala, Mild Life

@@@ Pole: 123 (Pole, 2011) Blurbed as a super important electronic producer from Germany in my weekly Stranded email I haven’t heard him before so I will throw him a peep.  It’s a record that stretches almost 3 hours so we’re just gonna nibble a bit and then give a few impressions and if folks want to throw a listen based on my nibbling well then have at it.  The first tune opens slowly but with intent.  I just saw on the PimpTube that this was Pole’s first compilation record and it has been remastered for 2020.  Sweet!  Minimalist arrangement with precise sonic placement.  For sonic components we have some vinyl scratch, a serpentine bass line that pushes and pauses and then again, a percussive synth whammy and a little high frequency glitch polish for ya earholes.  It’s well done for sure.  Imma peep this second track and then move in but I like what I hear.  To me this is ambient music with a little bit of techno and a medium amount of glitch.  It’s pleasantly soundtrack-y and I will circle back to this when I have more time to sit with this.

@@@ Kedr Livanskiy: Ivan Kupala (2MR, 2020) I was really into her last release and she’s now hitting Pitchfork partially because she’s cute and it’s an exotic story but she has skills for sure.  I’m not trying to demean her but there are reasons why some folks are pushed up and others aren’t and we should be honest about that.  Oddly enough this track is from last year’s record and while I would usually scrap this listen and go for something else, I dig her stuff and will give her a repeat listen.   This is an uptempo banger, moderately aggressive with some indie vocals in Russian that come in all dazed and faded and dreamy during a break before I predict she will drop back into the groove.  There it is back to the groove with a different vocal on top.  I dig it all right but I remember I’m a fan of the updated dubwise of the fourth track — trippy electro with a more wasted feel.

@@@ Miiesha: Hold Strong (EMI, 2020) Off the Australian music magazine Happy.   This is an electronic r&b self empowerment record from an indigenous Australian woman.  Right off the bat I can see it’s not as over the top as its American counterpart most likely would be.  Some of the murky, lower register synth sounds are reminiscent of 6Lack’s debut, a record I enjoyed very much.  Of course that was more of a dark, stoner record and this young woman has a very different vibe on the microphone.  She sings with the longing for fairness and equality that seems relevant right now.  Australia has its own racial situation that I’ve learned about listening to Australian musicians.  Lyrically as well.  I would listen to more of this as it’s a fresh set of sounds to my ears.

@@@ Mild Life: Rare Air (Heavenly/PIAS, 2020) Also off last week’s Happy Mag 5 upcoming releases.  I have not squeezed in Lady Gaga’s new record this week.  I will listen as I want to know what’s out there but I kinda hate Lady Gaga, seeing her as a manipulative bullshit artist.   On to this listen! I’ve checked out some of what is marketed as jazz outside of the USA and to my ears a lot of it can be more properly qualified as high end frat boy jamming but I listen.  Not all of it, but a good chunk thereof.   This is a pre-release track and it opens slowly and ambiently and doesn’t appear to be set to go frat boy jammy but who knows?  As the full band clicks in this looks set to be more an old school prog rock balloon with vintage synth sounds, a bass player that’s quite active.  Oooh, a singer and he’s dreamy.  Quite laidback and soft as a macaroni and cheese burger.  It’s like Gerry Rafferty and Yes had a baby that takes downers.  It is a 6.5 minute monster shot and I don’t know if I’m going to hang.  I might just freeball a bit while the keyboardist goes nuts and the drummer hits the ride to stretch this biatch out.  I’m glad I hung in there til just after 4:00 minutes cuz there’s a brief section with a cowbell.  That’s right, fucking cowbell!  The king of all hand percussion, I bow before you mighty cowbell.  Never let it be said that nothing comes to those who wait cuz I got a cowbell.  Fuckin’ A bubba.

YTD recordings listened to: 418
Good music, not list worthy: 216
Not good music: 189

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole

 

 

Music for 8/1/19!!! The Party on High Street, The Shiverettes, Lil Tjay

@@@ The Party On High Street – Electric Spinach (Self-Released, 2019)  I got to this record and the one below via the weekly playlist email at CFUV in Vancouver.   These guys are, apparently, a Canadian party band.  They are a party band but I would put their musical IQ at a higher number than an American counterpart.  Some of these band members have studied jazz, that’s what it sounds like it to me.  I find the fiddle player especially tasty.  I like the arrangements but the singer less so.  The second tune is about getting hammered and I think the world doesn’t need more songs about getting hammered.  They do a pretty high end job of channeling the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the third tune, Roll On.  I like it all right, check it for yourself.

@@@ The Shiverettes – Real Shrill Bitches (Self-Released, 2019)  Aggro female punk rock a la the Dead Kennedys.  Unfortunately, the singer takes the energy down a bit instead of that manic Jello Biafra injection.  Oh, there she goes losing her nut a bit, good for you!  The second track, Very Cool Dude, continues the overcaffeinated retro punk formula.  Of the four tunes I checked out I enjoyed them all in places though I’m not as interested in the songs as I am the sound of the band and I want to like both.

@@@ Lil Tjay: LANESWITCH (Columbia/Sony, 2019) We continue our listening for summer jam of the season.  Right now we got Nikki Minaj’s Megatron and Chance the Rapper’s Get a Bag as our two top contenders to this point.  I haven’t heard Lil Tjay before and he’s got a compelling mix of sounds going here.  He’s pretty brisk on the microphone and he’s got a blunted out, kaleidoscopic swirling thing behind his rhymes which in this case are medium trap.  He’s talking about two different things here: staying focused on his music and being strong and dangerous at the same time.  I can’t catch everything but the general gist is that he’s not looking for trouble but if trouble comes, naimsayin’?  Not making the cut for jam of the summer except maybe for the macho crowd.

YTD recordings listened to: 393
Good music, not list worthy: 234
Not good music: 137

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