Music for 11/28/17!!! John Maus, Maximum Mad, Proto Idiot

@@@ John Maus: Screen Memories (Ribbon Memories, 2017)  To me it is a contradiction but this is upbeat krautrock synth rock.  The sounds are kraut-y, a bit industrial with sawtooth synth basses but it’s all served up with a cherry on top.  There is a B horror movie lower register singing doing an accent-less Dracula thing.  It’s all right, I never got synth rock myself, have at if you do.

@@@ Maximum Mad – Dear Enemy (Good to Die, 2017)  Some good old fashioned ass kicking metal/hardcore splatter for your dissatisfied earholes.  This is no epic, classically influenced business, this is set ’em up and grind ’em down with a hardcore singer and drums that are pleasantly perched betwixt metal and punk.  They also have a few stray Pearl Jam sorta pubes going tucked under the pillow.  I prefer the dirty business to the grunge business but it’s mostly in the guitar riffs and my what a pleasantly farty bass in the third tune Active Aggressive.  Peep for yoself.

@@@ Proto Idiot: Leisure Opportunity (Slovenly, 2017)  Classic self-effacing old school Brit punk off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Do you remember when people weren’t so far up their own asses?  I do!  These guys do too.  It’s 15 songs in 32 minutes so that’s commando style for sure.  Let’s peep a few more nuggets and head out of town.  I’m stupid, you’re stupid let’s do it!  That sounds about right to me.  Big sing a long vocal hooks, the classic simple punk rock playing.  Come and get it you mohawk wearing retards.

YTD recordings listened to: 764
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 409
Not good music: 318

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, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

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Music for 11/27/17!!! James Arthur, Neck of the Woods, Blank Range

@@@  James Arthur: Naked (Sony Germany, 2017)  Having half of you is not enough, he’s standing naked!  He’s not really saying why he’s naked — he’s got relationship problems in this electro pop tune.  He’s giving all he can for chrissakes!  It’s building like a stock market rally though his voice is kinda doughy.  I see from his Apple Music discography that he’s a tattooed bitch so that’s the marketing sell.  He’s a rough boy going pop loverboy.  I can’t really figure out how he’s going to give her everything when he’s standing there naked.  Maybe he has the world stuffed up his ass.  It’s possible, he’s keestering the world.  A lyric video, Christmas is early bitches!

@@@ Neck of the Woods: The Passenger (Self-released, 2017) Some hard rock/heavy music off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Oh my the singer is pissed — his vocal cords turning to fiberglass threads with a rough but not crazy metal band behind him.  I feel bad the singer is so out of sorts — it’s the holidays and the stock market is at record highs!  I prefer my metal much messier and crushed but check this out for yourself.

@@@ Blank Range: Marooned with the Treasure (Sturdy Girls, 2017)  Classic roots rock off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Shades of the Band, Blues Traveller with a twangy singer, a lot of guitars and a little hippie looseness to get you over the hump.  You also get some old school organ to go with the duel guitar attack. I’m not particularly in the mood for this but it’s all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 761
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 407
Not good music: 317

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, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/25/17!!! The Light Wires, The Body and Full of Hell

@@@ The Light Wires: The Invisible Hand (Sofaburn, 2017)  I dug Jeremy Pinnell’s first solo record so I wanted to listen to the band he had before he went solo.  This is a reissue of previously released music.  This first tune sports a heavy Replacements vibe (including his voice) which I dig.  Big American guitars.  The second tune is a couple notches above a ballad still with the big ass guitars.  It’s more rocking and less lonesome than his first solo — more classic American rock and I like it.  It’s crazy how much he sounds like Paul Westerberg on these tracks.  I’m going to swing back on this record but fans of Tom Petty, the Replacements (obviously), and Soul Asylum should check this.

@@@ The Body and Full of Hell: Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (Thrill Jockey, 2017)  Some death metal/black metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  I would say this definitely has some art school noise blended into this black metal.  It’s full on but with art sauce.  I like it.  The second tune does the same thing as it presents a little electronic intro before diving deep into the mosh pit.  A mosh pit whose overlord is an orc.  The guitars are noiser and less slab like than a typical metal record so there are most definitely variations to the formula going on here.  I usually don’t like to mix electronic elements with my heavy metal but this works for me.  Check for yourselves.

YTD recordings listened to: 758
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 405
Not good music: 315

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, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/8/17!!! Moonspell, Black Gardenia, Cannibal Corpse, The Boxer Rebellion

@@@ Moonspell: 1755 (Napalm, 2017)  Some dramatic, Portuguese language heavy metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Halfway through this first tune and no distorted guitars in sight.  Heavy on the orchestral strings and the gruff caveman on the mic.  The second tune, the title track looks like it’s set to crush albeit in a very operatic manner.  A huge chorus of female background singers to go with you distorted guitars and the double kick drum.   Not really my thing, but maybe yours?

@@@ Black Gardenia: Lucky Star (Black Gardenia, 2017)  Old timey vocal jazz I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Instrumentation is two guitars, upright bass, minimal percussion/drums and a female singer.  The energy on this first tune is high but not manic and it comes with a tasteful guitar solo.   There’s a horn player on this second tune and I thought I heard minimal snare brushwork on the first tune but I could be wrong.  These are all well known jazz tunes done in a straightforward intimate manner without too much polish.  I kinda can’t stand the high end jazz sound but luckily this record does not employ it.

@@@  Cannibal Corpse: Red Before Black (Metal Blade, 2017)  Angry beheaded chicken thrash metal from a veteran band.  I got to this record from the Apple Music new release area.  The singer is an angry orc which is not my thing but the drummer and the guitarist bring some serious blood pressure raising to the record.  Let’s peep more.  Same on the second tune, Red Before Black.  This might be a dual guitar attack, it’s a wall of buzz, threedle and distorted guitar syrup.  Blasting with an occasional burst of guitar shred melody.  This is music for people with shitty jobs and only money for cheap beer.  Good shit, check it out.

@@@ The Boxer Rebellion: Love Yourself (Absentee Records, 2017)  Oh, back to society with its conventions, superficial pretty and fake emotions.  This tune would qualify.  If you could ask for help, the first thing I would say is love yourself — that’s the vocal hook here.  I don’t think he means you should sprint home and rub one out as the world is not short on masturbators, public and private.  So he means to love yourself spiritually and emotionally and shit.  Not sure what to say to this as I’m dead inside.  I like the bass player, the drummer is all right but a little douchey in his choice of beats, and the singer is your friend.  No doubt the singer is your friend, he’s telling you to love yourself.  Emotionally and shit, stay off the johnson rod — give that a rest as you’re gonna cramp up.  It’s pretty standard, corporate, self-help rock.  Love yourself, everybody, c’mon!  I have no idea what to expect after those words are spoken.

YTD recordings listened to: 722
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 387
Not good music: 302

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

Music for 10/30/17!!! Victor Rice, EUFOBIA, CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO, Selena Gomez

@@@ Victor Rice: Fumaca (Easy Star Records, 2017)  A pre-release single that I got to via a music publicist email.  I’m supposed to know who this musician is but I don’t.  It’s a lounge tinged, laid-back reggae jam — instrumental thus far.  The horns just work their melodic magic over a chill yet bubbling rhythm section, including organ.  So Victor Rice is a NYC transplant that was big in the ’90s NYC ska scene and this is a tune from a new record by him.  The horn section here is very pleasant.

@@@ EUFOBIA: Graveyard (N/A, 2017)  A single from a Bulgarian heavy metal band that I got to via the indie music blog called Indiepulse.  I would peg this is medium retro metal — it’s got a bit of a Pantera vibe with some caveman grunting in the chorus and some singing in the verse.  Big rhythmic guitar playing that reminds one of Rage Against the Machine.  However that is just the base for some super epic guitar soloing.  Lots of rock energy but not super pissed.  Horns up ya shittaz!

@@@ CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO: Canzoniere (Ponderosa, 2017) Right out of the gate I have to do some searching on this band as I’m guessing Brazil but it might be Portugal (or somewhere else).  It’s somewhere else, they’re from Italy and they’ve been rocking it since 1975.  It has a pop and world music sensibility operating at the same time.  Lots of layers of tracks – tons of vocal tracks but also lots of percussion and small instrumental pieces.  The second tune switches over to a medium gruff gent and accordion so this record might be set to bounce around sonically quite a bit.  Whatever happens musically you can be sure there’s going to be a lot going on and it’s going for a large pop art statement.  That’s what it sounds like to me.

@@@ Selena Gomez & Marshmello: Wolves (Interscope, 2017)  We’re going to finish up today with a single from Selena Gomez but be careful as you nibble it, it’s a super cheesy biscuit!  If you have high cholesterol or if you are on a low sugar diet you might want to keep away.  She’s going to be running through the jungle and she’ll be running with the wolves to get to you.  I won’t dwell on the detail that wolves don’t live in the jungle (though they do work in large music label corporate offices).  It’s a tune that tries to be a sandwich for everyone — an anthem, a little rock guitar schmear, and a few EDM pubes for the club kiddies.  And to complicate matters it’s both a biscuit and a sweet cookie so I leave confused but I know in my heart this tune stinks.

YTD recordings listened to: 698
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 374
Not good music: 290

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

Music for 10/17/17!!! Sam Smith, Lye Marlow, Sven Laux, Satyricon, Migos/Minaj/Cardi. B

@@@  Sam Smith: Burning (Capitol, 2017)  Possibly the finest anthem to gonorrhea ever written.  Just a beautiful piano and vocal, and then the chorus — everybody has the clap! Sam Smith has been burning since you’ve been gone cuz you gave him gonorrhea!  I have peeped all three of Sam Smith’s pre-release tracks and he lets no emotional titty go unmilked.  Jesus, talk about painful discharge.

@@@ Lye Marlow: Headlights (Sick and Brilliant, 2017)  Described as industrial pop by a music publicist it does indeed sport both sweetness in the vocals and plenty of squirch, static, and mechanical sounds.  It is a computer generated arrangement for the most part.  The beats are square in sound with a chainsaw synth bass with plenty of electronic garnish.  Sweet chorus and vocal sauce over the top people.

@@@ Satyricon: Deep Calleth Upon Deep (Napalm, 2017)  A blend of heavy metal styles in this record that I got to via the CFUV playlist email.  The singer is neither orc nor operatic, he sounds like an angry dwarf.  I’m digging the drummer who goes from old school straight metal, to spraying beats and then hitting some thrash section.  The guitar player rocks a similar blend of old school sounds sprinkled with newer weirdness — just a touch.  I’m digging this second tune, Blood Cracks Open the Ground.  Imma guessing there’s plenty of Black Sabbath that has been rocked in that tour van.  There is some extremely well done guitar distortion in the third tune, To Your brethren in the dark — clipped below!  Beautiful rolling waves…check that shit out if you have a minute.

@@@ Sven Laux: Paper Streets (Dronarim, 2017)  I got to this ambient classical record via the Russian label that released it.  It is described as an organic, neo classical journey and it lives up to that billing.  There are a few tracks for folks to stream and the one I’m checking out, a glimpse of memory, is a spare repeating piano figure punctuated by string swells and then some electronic processing that comes from the organic regions of the tracks.  It’s a slow loping tune with repetition and familiarity balanced with waves of processed sound washing over the listener.  I like the darker ambient stuff myself but it’s pretty focused and good for what it’s trying to do.

@@@ Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B: Motor Sport (Quality Control, 2017) A single from three hot mainstream hip hop folks.  Cardi B. and her stripper pole took Taylor Swift out to the woodshed so you gotta give props to that.  When the hip hoppers use percussive hip hop vocal sounds it makes the track sounds kinda throwaway.  Cardi B hits the mic and calls all the other girls’ coochies ‘catfishes’.  Oh Cardi B. you potty mouthed gal yo.  Nikki Minaj celebrates her juicy pussy and her stacks!  Yeah folks, that’s how it goes.  I don’t love the hip hop status money anthems but I guess other folks feel it.

YTD recordings listened to: 694
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 372
Not good music: 288

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

Music for 10/24/17!!! Trivium, Post Malone, Colleen, Kelly Clarkson

@@@ Trivium: The Sin and the Sentence (Roadrunner, 2017)  A hard rock/classic metal mix off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The singer is arena style and the drummer is catching my ear the most as far as the band goes.  I had to go look up the definition of metal core as they are described as such in the All Music email.  This is not a metalcore record, it’s a variation of the Linkin Park pretty boy metal sound.  I’m not protesting the music, it’s all right (a tad forage-y for my taste and aimed at the suburbs) but I am not psyched for the deceptive marketing.

@@@ Post Malone: Candy Paint (Republic, 2017)  Off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s looking like it’s gonna be a sweet hip/hop track.  Not as humorous as DRAM or Lil’ Yachty but similar in vibe.  It’s very surprising to hear the skittering beats and the cotton candy sounds and happy chorus.  Well done for what it is, not my thing.

@@@ Colleen:  A Flame My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey, 2017)  An electronic record also off this week’s All Music notable release section.  The first tune is a chattery piano/keyboard sound, bouncy and arpeggiated.  The second tune takes a similar repeating keyboard mash and adds a slightly delayed, reverbed female singer.  It’s quite indie.  I’ve listened to snippets of about half the tunes and the aloof, electronic, part video game aesthetic is in full play.  It’s all right as background but I’m not really being pulled into the music.  I like to be pulled into the music.

@@@ Kelly Clarkson: Meaning of Life (Atlantic Recording, 2017)  If Beyonce is a lifestyle brand for African American women to live vicariously through, Kelly Clarkson is  that for white women.  Honkeys and crackalackas!!  This tune continue what I’ve heard recently as she tries to meld old school soul with updated, modern electro pop.  She can sing for a white person — she might be able to set fire to the rain the way Adele does.  I wouldn’t expect much from the lyrics, it’s pretty recycled.  She sees the meaning of life in the eyes of her lover.  Yup, you lift me up, we’re flying higher, yada yada yada.

YTD recordings listened to: 686
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 367
Not good music: 288

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