Music for 1/13/20!!! Woodhawk, ZONAL, The Cavemen, Wolfbrigade, Red Death, Warsenal, Flatbed

Today we’re listening off this week’s CFUV playlist email in the loud section — punk, noise, heavy metal.

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Stoner metal out of Canada.  Retro, riffy with a classic 1970’s type singer.  Big Arena Rock energy if you’re in for it.

Out on Relapse with Moor Mother on an electronic record.  Bold!  I think the first tune is a bit sleepy but the second one brings a beat and more rhythmic spoken word work from Moor Mother.  System Error, track 3, brings the full energy and I dig it.  Check that out!

Classic revved up punk-a-billy.  I liked the first tune, Snakeskin, the best of what I heard.

Punky metal out of Sweden on Southern Lord, one of my favorite labels.  A slightly polished update Motorhead kind of thing.

Metal out of Washington DC.  Muscular classic business, shreddy with a punk style singer.  Track 3, Sword without a Sheath, is the best of what I heard.

Classic metal/thrash out of Montreal.  Track 3 Lords of Rifftown, say no more.

Noisy hard rock.

YTD recordings listened to: 38
Good music, not list worthy: 23
Not good music: 17

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

 

Music for 1/8/20!!! Asagraum, Alyona Alyona, Lynkks Afrika, Moneybagg Yo

Asagraum

How can you not check out an all female satanic black metal band from Holland???  Fuck yeah.  The come out of the gate thrashy and blasting, an orc-y singer wheezing quite madly on the microphone.  There’s no doom or sludge in these first two songs, it’s full on uptempo, double kick drum madness.  I’m on the third tune, Abomination’s Altar, and these folks are ovaries to the wall and I really respect the massive amount of energy they’re putting out.  Check this out if you didn’t last year (I didn’t!) for a shot of early 2020 metal.  Big ups to the drummer, she’s working hard.

Alyona Alyona

Russian hip hop, could be a good thing or could be a PR gimmick.  If there’s one group of white people that could approach the ghetto African American mentality it would be the Ukrainians/Russians.  I’m on this first tune and Alyona Alyona is pretty rough and rhythmic over a well done arrangement.  I don’t know if she’s on about drinking vodka and eating tomatoes with it cuz the whole thing is in Russian.  There is a description of the topics she raps about above but really?  From the blurb above we see she raps in both Ukrainian and Russian.  I dig her microphone work and the arrangements, this is some wild ass shit.

Lynks Afrikka

I’m looking at four singles for Lynks Afrikka, I will be checking out two of the singles here.  The first tune is called On Trend and it’s about climate change and social collapse all done with a tongue in cheek style to the lyrics.  It’s a dancefloor/hip hop send up as he pops his lyrics over some disco beats and oddly funky electro sounds.  Afrikka has a new track called I Don’t Know what I Want and I like the On Trend tune better.  This one is more of a post modern Devo type track about modern life as an individual.

Moneybagg Yo

Kicking off the New Year with some tripped out trap off the Apple Music hot tracks.  #2 actually.  It’s a bit of anti-woman thing as he keeps rhyming ‘bitch u played’.  Standard beats, very fat and satisfying bassness and rapping all right but I don’t dig the lyrics.

YTD recordings listened to: 26
Good music, not list worthy: 15
Not good music: 11

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

Music for 12/19/19!!! Pissgrave, Deserted

@@@ Pissgrave: Posthumous Humiliation (Profound Lore, 2019)  Wow!  This record opens up with a giant wall of ass static!  Impressive.  The playing is fierce but the mix has been contorted and squashed until it’s recognizable but painfully so.  Sorta like a deer that’s been hit by a car — it’s still a deer but it’s very fucked up.  I think there would be more impact if the music had some low end to it as it sounds like it’s being extruded by a transistor radio.  I’m enjoying the threedly guitar work on this fourth tune, Catacombs of Putrid Chambers, but the distortion and the lack of low end is a bit physically repulsive to my ears.  Which is the point I get that, the world is ugly so why not music?

@@@ Deserted: Gatekeeper (Relapse, 2019) Off Vice’s top 100 of 2019 which has the most variety of any list I’ve seen to this point.  It can have that as it’s 100 records, but still it’s not infested (Trump!) with nonsense indie rock.  This first tune comes out frog stomping and riffy with big big guitar sounds and arena rock drums.  It slowly builds to a thrashy thing and I enjoyed that transition.  I’m not a huge fan of this singing style and they definitely swirl more than a bit of rock boogie into what I’ve heard thus far.  I like it all right but I like my metal less classic and rougher and more molten.

YTD recordings listened to: 660
Good music, not list worthy: 400
Not good music: 222

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 15

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

Best of 2019/Honorable Mention 2019

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@@@ The Muslims: Mayo Supreme (Don’t Panic Records, 2019) Three South Asians (two female, one male) tear it out with all the energy and attitude of classic punk. Great playing, outstanding singing and lyrics. As punk as some of my favorite punk shit of all time. Favorite track: The Stew.

@@@ The Good Ones: Rwanda, You Should Be Loved (Anti-, 2019) An acoustic record by survivors of the genocide in Rwanda. It’s hard to put a non-cliche word on this music — heartbreaking is a good place to start. Simple guitar parts and beautiful singing. Start with track 2, Despite it All I Still Love You, My Dear Friend.

@@@ Loscil: Equivalents (kranky, 2019) A super engaging and slow ambient record. Meticulously layered into one giant cloud that pulls you in. The word Equivalent appears in every track title and the record has a pleasing sameness to it sonically. Something at this slow pace in today’s world is super welcome. Pick whatever track and dive right in.

@@@ Canalon de Timbiqui: De Mar Y Rio (Llorona, 2019) Similar in style and beauty (minimalist, acoustic, incredible singing) as the Good Ones record but with female singers and marimbas at the center of the record. Some folks just let the music out of their bodies.

@@@ Kelly Moran: Ultraviolet (Warp, 2019) One of the best records I’ve heard that combines electronic and improvised music. I find the blend of prepared piano and synthesizers mesmerizing to listen to. A lot of electronic music can sound overly processed and sterile and that’s avoided here. At the same time post classical prepared piano records can be a bit uptight and that’s avoided here as well. The idea of this record being a bit John Cage and a bit Tim Hecker is an apt description.

@@@ The Garifuna Collective: Aban (Stonetree, 2019) A cultural mash of Caribbean musics — places like Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The Garifuna are a people in that region and this music is a unique mash of Carribean, Brazilian, and African influences. Rhythmically on fleek for sure with more gorgeous singing. Check out the effortless groove of the third tune Hamala.

@@@ Andre Bratten: Pax American (Smalltown Supersound, 2019) Tight, funky and minimalist techno out of Scandinavia. The distinguishing feature here is the focus of the arrangements. At first glance there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot going on but if you listen just below casual beats are shifting and sounds are coming and receding in waves making for a subtly dynamic record. Bears up to repeated listens for sure, I have it on now for the umpteenth and I feel its freshness revealed.

@@@ Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks: Black Mamba (Wolf’s Blood, 2019) Slotted as a hardcore record on Apple Music it is a saxophone and guitar free jazz record that is accurately self-titled in the below track. Trash music in the highest sense of the word. I never really understood or got Cecil Taylor’s music but I get this. The third track, Gripped, is killer.

@@@ Wyxz: Yiy (Self-released, 2018)  Not available on Apple Music (possibly other streaming music stores)  this is both brutal, mental and cerebral.  If this doesn’t get your blood pressure up you might be dead.  Accelerated tempos, manic and jumpy ass guitar sounds, it’s Frank Zappa with a Red Bull shot into its eyeball for a quick hit.

HONORABLE MENTION

@@@ Brittany Howard: Jaime (ATO, 2019) Much more appealing to my ears than her previous work with Alabama Shakes. Interesting sonically and arranged with more daring than 99% of today’s major label music. Just a tiny bit of jazz mind makes this stand out.

@@@ Michael Kiwanuka: Kiwanuka (Polydor, 2019) A soulful re-enactment of classic late ’60s, early ’70s soul music by this British singer. Standard concious lyrics, and groomed sounds. A slight update/upgrade to these classic sounds would have put this on the best of year list.

@@@ Deafkids: Metaprogramacao (Neurot, 2019) A tad slow out of the gate it gets into it’s own definition of a wicked shred by the fourth tune, Mente Bicameral. There’s not a lot of new non-metal rock and this formula could be a way forward.

@@@ clipping.: There Existed an Addiction to Blood (Sub Pop, 2019) clipping. is sharp as a tack on this Seattle hip hop record out on Sub Pop. Sonically it leans a bit away from hip hop and more towards electro and I feel that. Those fresher sounds reframe his music as something more than standard hip hop.

@@@ Danny Brown: uknowwhati’msayin (Warp, 2019) I like Brown’s style– he’s got an odd delivery and his lyrics are most definitely left field. He’s street and quirky ass odd at the same time. I like the track with Run with Jewels and Killer Mike’s turn on the mic is a standout. I found the middle of the record to be hotter than the beginning.

@@@ Bonnie Baxter: Axis (Haisu Mountain, 2019) You have to be able to admit the chopped up nature of our present day digital reality, as well as our shattered attention spans to enter into this organic electronic music which sounds really ancient and super today at the same time. It’s raw and unfiltered like good honey. Highlight: No DICC.

@@@ Toko Telo: Diavola (Daniel Brandt, 2018) This guitar heavy folk music out of Madagascar is my best music pick for corporate stooges. It’s just straight beauty with gorgeous interwoven guitar playing and soaring vocals. Check out the third tune Zaza Samondrara for a taste.

@@@ Kaleta and Super Yamba Band: Medaho (Ubiquity, 2019) One part African blurred and mashed up with one part classic American funk (including old school wah wah guitar shredding. Check out the second song, Mr. Diva and go from there.

@@@ Bug Martin: Gutterball (Pyrrhic Victory, 2019) Starts a bit slow but it’s on the list here due to the fourth song, Hypocrite’s Rag and the fifth, Jim Rodgers’ Blues. Very well executed update/homage to lonesome classic country.

@@@ Saint Abdullah: Mechanical Flirtations (True Aether, 2019) Holding down that space where electronic music meets improvised music. Also the inclusion of Iranian music (this record is a project between two brothers in Brooklyn and Tehran) makes this a unique effort. Outside of that interesting fact the music hits viscerally, just the way I like it.

@@@ Tobe Nwigwe: The Originals (Tobe Nwigwe, 2018) A first generation Nigerian-American MC from Houston that mashes up dancehall and hip hop with an undercover African flavor to it. His microphone work is sharp and combined with his excellent lyrics he is a force to be reckoned with. His sounds are as focused as his lyrics.

@@@ Logistic Slaugher: Corrosive Ethics (Logistic Slaughter, 2016) If I’ve never heard a metal band like this I’m guessing most listeners out there have not either. It’s not about the extreme sounds of the band, it’s that the singers sounds like a pig trying to sing jazz — he bounces up and down on rhythmically over the band, it’s quite mad.

@@@ Buzzherd: Buzzherd EP (Self-released, 2019) 21 minutes of roughness. Remember kiddies it’s not about who is the roughest, it’s about how it’s all put together. I tend to gravitate to the pissed singers rather than the cavemen and that’s what’s happening here.

@@@ Oli XL: Rogue Intruder, Soul Enhancer (Bloom, 2019) I would describe this as sci-fi electro funk with trippy, glitched bits on top. Chopped and delayed vocal samples, slick beats and slightly dubwise sounds in the arrangement constitute the formula here. The fourth track here, Mimetic, is a highlight but the depth and space of this record works for me.

@@@ Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen (Ghosteen Ltd., 2019) The sounds contained on this record are mesmerizing and superlative. However, Cave’s transformation into some sort of emotional advisor/New Age philosopher is slightly less welcome to me as an occasional annoying line pulls me out of the sounds.

Music for 10/4/19!!! Sturgill Simpson, Opeth, Project Pablo

@@@ Sturgill Simpson: Sonic Fury (Elektra, 2019)  The Guardian gave this record 5 stars which is kinda rare so I thought that earned a peep.  I like the Guardian’s music coverage without loving it.  This record not only got mad love in the Guardian it’s got a huge ass blurb in the Apple Music so you can see the folks in charge of Music are behind this effort.  I don’t believe it’s gonna be a classic country record, it’s gonna be a hybrid — some twang, some punk and some whatever.  Going against the grain this first tune is a massive guitar rock jam.  It’s good, I like the drummer.  The first two tunes were epic rockers with country feels but the third one goes more mainstream with a crushed drum sound and very little redneck action.  I can’t say I think this is a 5 star record to my ears.  It is an interesting update on a ZZ Top country/blues/redneck ’70s big guitar rock formula and I find the drummer and the guitar player to be the musicians I’m listening to most here.  You even get a dance track with the fourth tune ‘A Good Look’.  If you crave the combination of dance beats and rock I would suggest a classic Funkadelic record as nobody quite does that combo the way they do.

@@@  Opeth: In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast, 2019)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Some Scandinavian metal that opens with a church-y vocal choir before we get to the Beezlebub stomp and the baby skull crushing.  I’m not sure I’ve heard these gents before but hearing the synth and the opener Imma thinking this is not gonna be a straight and predictable run.  The second tune brings the noise, but not your dirty gutter water metal, it’s pretty high minded and aspirational.  Big guitar riffs, clean production etc, a little proggy action up in here.  There has been a paucity of vocals thus far but it sounds like a muscular Styx record — dramatical as shit.  Oh the singer comes on in for the third tune and it supports my case of this being a Styx record in disguise.  I respect the technical skills required to make a record like this, but it’s not really my cup of tea.

@@@ Project Pablo: The Solution (Ghostly, 2019) This is the pre-release single for a 4 song EP out on 11/1.  I saw this announced up on the Twatter — friggin’ love the hateful Twatter.  Not really but I enjoy typing the word Twatter and wish it would catch on with others.  It’s classic minimalist techno with some funk to it.  Very clean synth sounds with a fair amount of reverb and delay on them to stretch and deepen the percussive bleeps and clouds and bell like sounds.  It’s an 8 minute dancefloor banger so it unfolds as you would expect an 8 minute track to unfold.  More melody, a change of beats, some additional percussive elements.  This track is clean like a porn star’s freshly shaved and perfumed muffin.  It just is and I mean no disrespect to either the track of perfumed muffins.  When it rounds the bend and heads down the final 1/4 of the track it’s fully blossomed.  Big drumbeat, lots of synth pulses, burts of cloud synths, some funky bits, the whole techno shebang.  It’s a good muffin, well manicured.

YTD recordings listened to: 514
Good music, not list worthy: 310
Not good music: 171

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

 

Music for 9/6/19!!! Tool, Nef and Dirty Sanchez

@@@ Tool: Fear Innoculum (Volcano, 2019)  Tool’s return has been much celebrated on the interwebz.  Fans of adventurous rock are hoping these guys can revive it, that’s the feeling I get.  These guys are heavy but it’s more than that as they have world-ish hand percussion and other sounds in this first tune.  They are a highly polished do whatever the fuck they feel like and try to get it to work approach.  87 minutes of music that I’m not going to be able to get to so I will give impressions.  Exquisite sounds, guitar sounds, just on the verge of being too clean but there’s enough muscle remaining.  The tempo on this first tune (the title track clipped below) is slower as you would expect from a 10 minute track.  I love my heavy music delivered briskly so these long tracks lend a more exploratory and sophisticated presentation of heavy music.  I do love me my Pig Destroyer and Sepultura.  The second tune, Pneuma, is a proggy thing, chill in tempo with some bouncing delayed guitar and an arena rock drum groove.  These guys feel inspired by Yes but with more rocking.  I like it and respect the effort taken here but I’m not blown away, I want some higher tempos goddammit.  It’s an art rock heavy rock for old farts that’s what it sounds like to me.  I could use a metal beatdown interspersed in here to break the slowness.

@@@ Nef and Dirty Sanchez: Lotus (Self-released, 2019)  Independent hip hop I got to via an email from the artist of somebody doing promotion on behalf of these guys.  It’s a firm but not full on dancehall beat with a really nicely placed trumpet figure.  I believe from the lyrics that these gents are from the NYC area and they have a quick and tight flow in their rhymes.  Lyrics are uplifting without being overly preachy — basic business about staying sane in a nuts world and some reasonable lines about a government run by white vampires.  I get that.  I really dig the trumpet sample, followed by the beat, then the nylon guitar sample.

YTD recordings listened to: 459
Good music, not list worthy: 281
Not good music: 153

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

 

Music for 8/2/19!!! Immortal Suffering, Logistic Slaughter, Buzzherd

@@@ Immortal Suffering: Preyed Upon (Pathologically Explicit, 2019)  All three of the recordings listened to today are from bands scheduled to perform at the NY DeathFest so if you’re in the mood to get out there and celebrate death well head on over to St. Vitus bar in Brooklyn and they will hook your morbid shit up!  I’m listening to these three records from bottom to top and I just finished the Logistic Slaughter listening sesh before hitting this one.  This record just came out and it stomps whatever has the misfortune of being in its path.  What it doesn’t have in mayhem it makes up for in skull stomping smacking down.  I beg you, reasonable listeners, to give these records a shot as it’s hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock. The second tune, Bleed ’em out, is vile thrash with a lot of energy.  Oh these guys can bring a fat metal grind/kinda groove.  Start with Logistic Slaughter and go from there.

@@@ Logistic Slaughter: Corrosive Ethics (Logistic Slaughter, 2016)  Well, a title that it quite timely in today’s political climate.  I’m not sure that’s what they intended.  The first track (clipped below) is rough mosh but right in the middle there’s a finger popping bass section and some art school prog that makes its appearance in what is the metal version of a fistfight.  The singer here is a nut and he in turn sounds like a Satanic leprechaun or a pig getting its throat slit.  It’s really quite out there and you have to give respect to that.  The second tune Cathartic Killing is madness and slips and slides and herk a jerks all over town.  I can see how a listener might think these guys are either incompetent or brilliantly mad.  For an extreme subgenre these guys twist it even further.  They sport aspects of technical metal as well as straight dome cracking and the singer is out of his mind.  This is the best of what I heard today!

@@@ Buzzherd: Culling the Herd EP (Buzzherd, 2019) A muscular death metal with a sense of humor?  Possibly, as the first tune is called Judith Goat.  That has to be a joke, ya know Judas and the goat as a symbol of the Great Horned One, my holy father I pray to daily.  Oh shit, did I just acknowledge my own Satanic leanings??  I like these guys, the guitar player and the drummer especially.  Very driving rhythmically with occasional pig squeals out of the guitar.  It’s hard to imagine how glossy and attractive a death metal track can be, it is by definition a rough and not typically beautiful thing.

YTD recordings listened to: 396
Good music, not list worthy: 235
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, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter