Music for 3/13/19!!! Haaze, Fried Egg

@@@ Haaze: Swamp Mama (Self-released, 2019)  Some sludgy ass metal I got to via the loud section at CFUV out in Vancouver.  We’re talking an absolute wall of guitar distortion.  I find this wall far superior to anything Trump has considered thus far, that fuck.  They get into to a lil bit of swinging once they establish the tune.  I can get with that though it’s surprising to hear when it happens on a metal record.  They have a couple of singers — one a Neanderthal and one more of a shredded throat kind of fella.  Gargling glass and what not.  I guess I should switch these guys out of the doom metal category and into a swamp ass metal category.  They boogie a bit like rednecks but they do bust a metal track for sure.  These guys should hold onto their drummer, he or she (or gender 3) is an animal.

@@@ Fried Egg: Square One (Feel It, 2019)  Some pipin’ hot and fresh hardcore off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  They got double pogo sticks going on this first track.  They also tuck a little straight up rock ‘n roll guitar riffage into the proceedings.  Nothing wrong with that.  The singer is great — I can’t really hear a fucking word but he’s barking like he’s full on in heat.  These folks kick up a fresh ass fuss and I will be swinging back later to consider it for my year end list.  Check it out to harvest the crust in your eyes.

YTD recordings listened to: 139
Good music, not list worthy: 83
Not good music: 50

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

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Music for 9/5/18!!! Windhand, Martin Van Ruin, KEN mode

@@@ Windhand: Diablerie (Relapse, 2018) I got to this pre-release metal single via a music publicist email.  Of which there are many to be sure.  Music publicist emails that is.  This tune opens up sludgy as fuck with what sounds like a detuned guitar spilling all over with arena rock drum sounds and a singer.  Yes, a singer singing.  So this is more in the grunger/stoner rock neighborhood than the straight metal zone.  It’s a well put together set of sounds with a big guitar solo in the middle of it.  I’m not jumping up and down but if this is a blend you think you might like check it out.  I’ve had enough grunge for a lifetime.

@@@ Martin Van Ruin: On the Level (Self-released, 2018). An indie rock track I got to via a Midwestern music publicist.  The promo email mentioned something about Wilco type business but I (thankfully) don’t hear that at all.  It’s a mainstream rock sound with some ’70s sounds and some ’80s ideas.  It’s got a very straight rock drum beat, a big riff and rock bass holding it down.  I like the video, it’s funny, the footage of a young Milfier Hillary Clinton is super hot.  If I didn’t know better it looks like they’re making fun of white people, and so called hip progressive ones at that.

@@@ KEN mode: Loved (Season of Mist, 2018). I got to this noise rock record via the All Music weekly notable release email.  Notable releases chosen by All Music.  The first tune jumps out of the speaker sounding like a combination of the Jesus Lizard and a messy metal band.  I like the energy a whole bunch.  The guitars are sharp and KEN mode puts some heat and passion into his music.  He’s losing his nut on the microphone.  Great distorted bass sounds, thwacking drum sounds, and throat tearing vocals.  Swings in places, rocks in others, noisy in other nooks and crannies.  I’m going to circle back on this bitch, it’s got some heat to it.  Check it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 507
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 265
Not good music: 213

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, 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, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode

Music for 6/22/18!!! Arianne Grande, Physique, Lily Allen, Beyonce and Jay Z

@@@ Arianne Grande: a light is coming (Republic, 2018)  A pre-release single for Disney snowflake Arianne Grande with an intro rhyme from Nicki Minaj.  If you want some toughness on your track, dial 1-800-NickiMM!  I tell you this with the experience of listening to thousands and thousands and thousands of tracks I have no idea what this track is about.  There is a vocal sample ‘you wouldn’t let anybody speak and instead’ that goes circular in various volumes through the WHOLE track and there is a vocal hook ‘a light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole’ but I have no idea how those two things go together or what it may or may not mean.  The verse gets brisk but I can’t glean any meaning off that either.  So there ya go, it doesn’t have to make sense, it would be nice if it did, but it’s a flavor pack from a mainstream ‘artist’.

@@@  Physique: This Punk Life is shit (Iron Lung, 2018)  A full on wall of guitar buzz on a hardcore punk record I saw in the loud section of the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Regular readers know that I’m super open to anti-social expression as being cathartic but the buzz and high end on this record hurts my ears.  Nice punk rockers wouldn’t do this to me.  I’m sure this is full on ripping live but I can’t roll with it, I need my ears and shit!

@@@ Lily Allen: No Shame (Warner, 2018)  Sort of the British equivalent to Arianne Grande.  I got to this record via the Guardian’s best records of 2018 thus far.  I can say that the songs here make more sense than the pre release single from Arianne Grande.  It dabbles in some non pop sounds and while the music is more coherent, I don’t find this to be a particularly interesting collection.  As with the Beyonce and Jay Z music I’ve been peeping over the past week you have to be involved with these musicians as people to find their music engaging.  It’s a lifestyle package which has nothing to do with music.   I love the Guardian but just another example of poor mainstream journalistic music reviewing.

@@@ Beyonce & Jay Z: Nice (Sony Music, 2018)  Speaking of which let’s keep enduring this record!  It opens with the repeating hook ‘I can do anything!’ and the Jay Z comes with his trip.  It’s a boasting song with typical references to their incredible wealth — by the way why is it hip for Beyonce and Jay Z to flaunt their wealth but it’s disgusting for Trump to do the same?  It’s ill and typically American to flaunt wealth regardless of color, naimsayin’?  I find Jay Z’s rhymes more interesting than Beyonce’s here but it is their collective self-absorption that drives this record.

YTD recordings listened to: 349
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 184
Not good music: 157

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, Dona Onete, 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

Best of 2018 Pick 4

Magrudergrind: II (Relapse, 2016)

It takes me time to digest all the potential best/honorable records but if you want a record that doesn’t stop once it starts this one will work for you.

All the players in the band are above average and they are tighter than a welldigger’s ass in the middle of the winter but it’s the drummer who takes the gold start.  He thrashes, he sprays, he grooves, he drives the bus.

The guitar player and he get into some really interesting places as the sections of these tunes herk and jerk around.  The various pieces of the tunes with changing vibes make the whole record less predictable and tres engaging.

This is not a record NPR listeners — it’s got a lot of anti-social shit in it.  It takes the bilious fuck society of hardcore punk and smashes that into high impact metal and hard rock.

Have a big ol’ cup of coffee or shoot a Red Bull into your eye and throw this on the platter.

Check it out!

Music for 11/3/17!!! Spit Syndicate, Willow Smith, Kid Rock, Converge

@@@ Converge: The Dusk In Us (Epitaph, 2017)  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m a big Converge fan.  Ah, thank God the bands that discard all manner of bullshit and get on with the transfer of energy.  These guys are obviously close to legends and they blur hardcore punk and metal depending on the record.  This one (to my ears) has an emo feel to it and I’m feeling this first tune.  Let’s peep more.  Oh my this second song is awesome, just full tilt herky jerky, coming off the rails hardcore.  Same with the third tune, this shit is perfect for this Golden Era of Assholes.  I don’t have the time to eat this whole sandwich but this will be on my best of 2017 list in some manner or form.

@@@ Spit Syndicate: Emperor’s New Flows (1 Day, 2017). I got to this hip hop single via an email from Happy Mag.  These guys are in Australia and to my ears they are rocking a quasi retro ’90s New York sound.  Their accent is subtle and changes the vibe of the track.    I would put these guys a few rungs above Macklemore and a bunch of rungs below Eminem who is a rough bitch. Beats are all right, arrangement sorta familiar.

@@@ Willow: The 1st (Roc Nation, 2017).  Some alternative music from the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.  She has an odd singing style and appears to have a British accent at certain points.  It’s an aspirational highbrow sort of thing with big, meta lyrics, quasi improvised string arrangements and a generally artsy feel.  The second tune opens up with a classical-esque piano so that continues.  I’m assuming she’s playing that interlude.  I’m on the fourth tune and it’s a bit all over the place aesthetically — confessional lyrics and unrestrained youthful singing, classical flourishes in places and singer songwriter vibes in other places.  It’s a bit messy for my taste and I think she would be best served with a producer/partner who could focus her energy.

@@@ Kid Rock: Sweet Southern Sugar (Top Dog/BMG Rights, 2017) Motherfucking Kid Rock has a new record and I’ve read in more than one spot that it’s good.  How can this be?  Kid Rock is a super huge dickhead  Let’s peep this shit.  First tune, Greatest Show on Earth, we’ll see.  It’s a classic rock nugget with a hip hop potty mouth.  It sounds pretty good as opposed to his last album which sounded like ass.  The musical arrangements are pretty much xeroxed, beyond familiar from the guitar hooks to the vocal melodies.  I’m on the fourth tune and this one is most definitely a step down in quality from the first three and a step up in cheesy sounds.  Yikes.  One more and that will be enough Bob Ritchie until the next biscuit drops out his ass.  You can call this redneck rock or country rock but it’s classic rock with a little hip hop attitude and this crazy ass trailer trash element thrown in for racial confusion.  This fifth tune American Rock ‘n Roll is going to be on offer at Cracker Barrel as a super cheesy biscuit as part of a cross promotion.

YTD recordings listened to: 711
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 381
Not good music: 297

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge

10/18/17!!! May Roosevelt, Irreversible Entanglements, Nasti

@@@ May Roosevelt: Air (Inner Ear, 2017). A single from a female musician on a small Greek label that I review on occasion.  It’s a krautrock/club mash with a dreamy reverbed female voice. Straight up kick-snare instead of a classic techno aunt-tss with layers of ambient synth patches.  It ebbs and flows from section to section.  It builds to a synthy climax with additional percussion and volume.  It’s got some nice sounds and it could be a bit shorter.

@@@ Irreversible Entanglements: Irreversible Entanglements (International Anthem LLC, 2017).  Four long (10-15 minute) pieces on this jazz record that I got to via last week’s CFUV playlist email.  I thought we were headed for a long jammy thing until the black female hits the spoken word and she hits it hard!  Talking some painful truth about life in America for African Americans.  First it’s awesome to have a woman going off on this and let me be one of very few white Americans to praise the hell out of this.  Let it out!  The instrumentation is pretty standard — drums (high in the mix!), bass, and a horn.  It’s hard to say much about the band cuz the spoken word missus is burning the microphone up.  They’re her support and they do a great job.  This will be on my best of year end list as it has what I like in records — passion, anger, folks expressing themselves powerfully, etc.  Turn off the sound on your NFL games and put this record on!

@@@ Nasti: Big Achievements (Iron Lung, 2017) An angular and abrasive punk record off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Oh and they drop into a classic hardcore punk grind. Yeah kiddies, punk rock.  They are spanking the baby here purdy good yo and let’s peep more.  With titles like parasites, slugs, and blisters (all separate tracks) you know what you’re in for.  You get a fat dose of guitar feedback to go with your working man’s thrash — ’tis the ying/yang of hardcore.  I initially typed ying/yank which is a sort of masturbatory Asian philosophy a lot of TED talk folks employ.  Heavy on the yank.  But I digress.  This will most def harvest the crust from your eyes so if you have crusty eyes or you get the Fugazi reference have a go.  Good for those who are feeling worn down by El Trump-o, the great American rapist.

YTD recordings listened to: 675
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 363
Not good music: 284

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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Kelly Moran, Irreversible Entanglements

Music for 8/16/17!!! American Lips, Soft Dov, Bleachers, Marshmello

@@@ American Lips: Kiss the Void (Ancient Fashion, 2017)  Elvis Costello type New Wave punk I got to via this week’s CFUV playlist email.  These guys have a nerdy angular thread but they have solid brisk energy with catchy vocal melodies.  I hate the term power pop or pop punk but this applies to the 10 songs here clocking in at 22 minutes.  A solid balance of sweetness to muscle and I will check the whole record when I have the time.

@@@ Soft Dov: Massacre Through Seduction (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, 2017)  Some punk metal off this week’s CFUV email.  The singer is somewhere in the psych/hardcore area though he sings which is quite an occurrence these days in metal.  They have a spastic punky drummer but they’re classified as a metal band.  It’s loud, it’s aggressive, I won’t be a bitch about it.  I would use nihilistic Iggy Pop photo-punk as a touchstone for this record.  Check it out.

@@@  Bleachers: Gone Now (RCA,  2017)  Jack Antonoff’s side project.  He writes tunes for a lot of headline empty head singers.  This is supposed to be an ode to American suburban rock and this first tune is inspired by Bruce Springsteen.  It sports earnest vocals and a long rock build.  However, the rocking is extremely flaccid.  I mean flaccid enough that some Cialis should be sprinkled over this track to firm it up.  All cheese, no angst.  The second tune is blue eyed soul track and I’m not sure who inspired it.  Oh shit, he’s trying to rock a Prince 1999 vibe.  I’m sorry but this is a war crime!!  Fucking shameful pimp job.  I had to hit the stop button I can’t abide by this music as it is a shameful bite job and poorly done at that.  Check out the Prince clone below.

@@@ Marshmallo: Science (RCA, 2017)  A mellow, quasi-loverboy mainstream r&b single off the Apple Music best of the week.  Oh wait take that back as he gets medium EDM funk on after the intro.  I can’t tell if he’s singing ‘I found peace in your body’ or ‘I found peace in the violence’  Maybe because dude is wearing that giant marshmallow helmet/mask/hat.  Yo take that shit off in the studio so I can hear what you’re on about.  The sounds are fairly bittersweet for a mainstream tune.  Usually it’s bubble gum and Xanax for all those involved but he’s trying for something else here.  I thought the word salad quotient was pretty high, I’m really not sure what this is about.

YTD recordings listened to: 533
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 287
Not good music: 222

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, American Lips