Music for 6/11/19!!! Lust for Youth, Plaid, Pelican

@@@ Lust For Youth: Lust For Youth (Sacred Bones, 2019)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  All Music has this slotted as post punk revival and Apple Music has it as Indie pop and Apple Music has it right.  Unfortunately.  Deeply rooted in ’80s synth rock  it does have guitars (some) and drums (electronic but maybe not on all the tracks) and an ’80s type of singer.  Oh boy, not really my cup of synths.  Don’t like the sounds and not my type of singer.  Probably fantastic people but I’m not up for this.

@@@ Plaid: Polymer (Warp, 2019)  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The first tune, Meds Fade, contains a straight drum machine beat and a lot of chopped and glitched side business.  Some aaaahhhh vocals, it’s a bit of an odd duck overall.  A little dancefloor banger, a little abstract, and even a little bit rock ‘n roll.  Kids today.  The second tune, Los, gets into the video game pong synths but then puts a slightly off kilter groove under that and it’s off to the arcade!  The weird ass arcade where the pizza eats the Italian guy chasing it.  It’s pleasantly losing its structure and becoming more chaotic.  Maybe not losing its structure but sounding more crowded and chaotic.  I like the ripping drum sample on the third tune, Maru, best of what I heard.

@@@ Pelican: Night Time Stories (Southern Lord, 2019) Doom metal off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The record opens up with a pretty acoustic guitar and a distorted bass and no drums.  Ah, there’s the crush right there but it’s a very polite crush — I want a hammerlock!  I’ve been clear that I don’t like prog swirled up in my heavy metal.  The second tune Midnight and Mescaline comes out rocking, more hard rock than the suffocating heavy metal we all know and love.  I’ve checked these guys before and I have re-concluded that they are a heavy band for people who don’t like heavy metal.

YTD recordings listened to: 294
Good music, not list worthy: 174
Not good music: 103

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

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Music for 5/16/19!!! Della Mae, Full of Hell, General Purv

@@@ Della Mae: The Butcher Shop EP (Rounder, 2019)  I’ve dug Della Mae records before.  They do the bunch of females harmonizing but they’re a bit more rocking than some of the more mainstream versions of their formula who bring more cheese to the singing and the playing.  This first tune, Bourbon Hound, pumps the tempo and the energy.  The rock three uptempo barn roof raisers before they get to a bluesy rendition of ‘Sixteen Tons’.  These are all classic tracks but it’s the energy they bring to them that makes it a worthwhile listen.

@@@ Full of Hell: Weeping Choir (Relapse, 2019)  Three pre-release tracks up on the Apple Music with the first one being Burning Myrrh (clippped below for your earholes)  It’s pretty close to double red bull time — a delicious storm of octopus drumming, guitar noise and an orc sounding bitch on the microphone.  Not just an orc as I believe this to be a multi-vocalist crew.  It’s a quick 2:12 blast of dirty crunchy ass so I will stick around for another one to catch the other flavors.  Armory of Obsidian Glass is a detuned, oozing thing though this could be the intro before they whip another shitty.  It does break out into a medium slow grind with a pretty complex vocal arrangement.  It’s a 7 minute biscuit and Imma gonna tip after about 5 but it’s solid metal.  I really dug the opening meltdown.

@@@ General Purv: The Astounding Exploits of General Purvis Attaboy (Baffled Octopi)+. First off, great band name and album title.  I found it on this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  I thought it was going to be a classic punk throwdown but it’s an electronic record with an arena rock attitude.  The beats are solid but the stars here are the synthesizer, well arranged and rocking.  I like these tracks, they’re unpredictable, funky and spontaneous.  If you are a listener that has checked out electronic music before and found it more than a bit nerdy, these guys/gals/humans could be a good fit for you.  Much more accessible but not stupid, there’s some good doobie in these arrangements as they’re not committed to doing one particular thing with their music.  I’m going to swing back on this record and listen to it when I have more time.  Check it out!

YTD recordings listened to: 256
Good music, not list worthy: 148
Not good music: 91

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

Music for 5/2/19!!! She Rides Tigers, Schoolboy Q, Sun O)))

@@@ She Rides Tigers: Scars (N/A, 2019)  I got to this power trio track from a midwest music publicist. The first track, Scars of Allegory, opens up sounding like a blend of ’90s power punk pop and ’00s emo.  It’s got plenty of distorted guitars for you earholes but the singer works against the notion of a power trio as he’s a sensitive cat.  The second tune, Perfect Crime, does get into deeper riffage territory with the guitar and bass playing in unison at points and guitar washes at other points.  Very nice vocal melody in this track, catchy and different.  They went for the full arena guitar solo shred and it works all right.  Get yer glow sticks out, kiddies.  It’s certainly a well trodden neighborhood of rock but they do an above average job of breathing some life and energy into riff rock. 

@@@ Schoolboy Q: Crash (Interscope, 2019)  Off today’s Apple Music hot tracks section.  A non trap single from the L.A. rapper.  A fair amount of sung vocals, I really like the beat and Mr. Q’s flow on the microphone.  There is a trippy string sample and what sounds like a fat dude digesting after a huge nasty meal.  The tune has more structure to it than a typical hip hop jam and comes off as undercover pop.  Professional, it’s professional.  Some hip hop is just a dude going nuts over a beat, which is cool, but this has been thought out more.

@@@ Sun O))): Life Metal (Southern Lord, 2019)  Some weird ass metal off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m a fan of the Southern Lord label and this record consists of four long ass sludge bombs with the shortest track coming in at 11+ minutes.  This is bound to be a long, distorted vibe, glacial shall we say?  Between Sleipnir’s Breaths, that’s the title of this first track.  Sleipnir was an 8 legged horse ridden by Odin.  Right around the 4:30 mark an almost prayerful female singer gets on the mic riding a mellow boat on the ocean of guitar murk and distortion.  The contrast is quite jarring.  I have not mentioned the third component of the tune which are long ringing stabs of a high up on the frets guitar waili

YTD recordings listened to: 226
Good music, not list worthy: 135
Not good music: 82

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

Music for 4/4/19!!! Magic Circle, Horndal, Diplo

@@@ Magic Circle – Departed Souls (20 Buck Spin)  Some heavy shit off this week’s CFIV playlist email.  Somebody sure has some Black Sabbath records on their phone as they get into the old school dark guitar riffage.  And the singer!  A little more upbeat than Ozzy but he’s a cousin for sure.  The singer’s vibe lightens the mood of the original metal sound but they have the formula down — big drums with massive fills, two guitars winding and driving the tune with necessary power chord action.  If you’re up for updated Sabbath have at it.

@@@ Horndal – Remains (Prosthetic) These guys are a bit of a different metal animal.  Some classic metal but with some doom mixed in and an altered formula.  Despite the rocking energy it’s more of a hopeful affair than a lot of metal.  What we have here is more of a rage against the machine (not the band, the metaphor) and less of a comfort of the grave situation.  It offers a different heavy music experience than what you usally get.  It’s hard to put into words so we have this here interwebz and folks can peep it for themselves.

@@@ Diplo: Hold You Tight (Mad Decent, 2019) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I like a solid dancefloor banger as much as the next person.  Hold You Tight opens up with a classic peppy techno loop, some staticky rain and a filtered vocal melody that sits there before it joins the beat and it grooves full on.  The loop is good, not great while the vocal processing is where the energy went.  Some nice dub delays, some nice smearing of the hook.  I would expect more from a big club star if you’re asking for 5 minutes of my time.  Some more spark and originality for one thing — this is a couple notches above being sprung for a can and then pumped out on the interwebz.

YTD recordings listened to: 178
Good music, not list worthy: 107
Not good music: 63

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, Horndal

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

Music for 2/28/19!!! Overkill, Candlemass, Whitechapel

@@@ Overkill: The Wings of War (Nuclear Blast, 2019) Classic metal with some industrial flourishes that I got to via the excellent Vancouver station CFUV.  I don’t usually go for the classic metal due to goofiness but these guys really rev it up.  The singer sounds like he could fit right in with the Scorpions and the drummer needs to cut back on the Red Bull.  I’m listening to this record on really nice headphones and my ears are just stuffed with guitars and guitar distortion.  If you’re looking for fully brewed and steeped classic metal these gents will hook you up.  Leather pants, big riffs, cucumbers stuffed down there leather pants….it’s all there and more!

@@@ Candlemass: The Door to Doom (Napalm Records, 2019)  Occupying the #1 slot on the Apple Music metal page, these guys enter all sinister and shit, the way Trump stomps into his bedroom with his ill penis and his dark rage.  After the hazy, epic intro it gets into a hard rock thing a pretty boy sounding singer and some pretty mannered metal.  The second tune, Under the Ocean, opens up with some Bon Jovi/Soundgarden guitar noodling and it’s pretty goofy to my ears.  A wee bit of metallic cheese, oh there they’ve ripped of the laderhosen and it’s a 3/4 mashup!!!

@@@Whitechapel: When a Demon Defiles a Witch (Metal Blade, 2019)  I’m checking out this tune as I’ve always wondered what happens when a demon defiles a witch.  Apparently it’s a pretty gruesome affair as these guys get down and smash up the place with a lot of guitar power chord action and a devolved singer.  They get a good stomp going with the added double kick thwacking.  They do that thing where they have the lead guy grunting in the front and actual singing/harmonizing behind him.  It doesn’t get into the specifics of what happens when a Demon Defiles a Witch, though they kinda jump the shark in the second half of the song with some introspective slow down before going out kachunky and back!  Flopping around like a fish at the bottom of a boat.

YTD recordings listened to: 115
Good music, not list worthy: 66
Not good music: 44

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, Converge, 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

Music for 1/2/19!!! The Beths, Thou

@@@ The Beths: The Future Hates Me (Carpark Records, 2018) #41 on the NPR best of 2018 list so it’s gonna be soft and intimate, right?  The first tune actually comes out with uptempo energy and a little Queens of the Stone Age guitar grind but toned back for the NPR people.  Oh my, she’s comforting and friendly but they’re actually rockin’ it by 2018 rock standards.  Melodic and hooky it’s an updated Breeders thing with a less acidic and ironic singer and it’s all right.  Reminiscent of the Weezer, of the Superdrag, of the ’90s hooky power rock.

@@@ Thou: Magus (Sacred Bones, 2018)  #43 on the very same NPR list and it’s spieled as gloom folk.  Good stuff.  It’s not folk, I’m an idiot, it’s a metal record.  Oh my somebody has been in the kitchen cooking up the guitar sludge and pouring it all over the listener and I think that special somebody is an orc.  Or somebody with laryngitis.  Oh my, this is quite slow and syrupy and stoned out.  The second tune dabbles in a sci fi drum machine kind of thing but I think it’s just a palette cleanser before they bring out, you guessed it, another pot of high end guitar asphalt.  Right on time, the monster is up and stomping around.  I’m a bit too caffeinated at this point of time to get pulled down in the mud like this but they’re executing this quite well.

YTD recordings listened to: 4
Good music, not list worthy: 2
Not good music: 0

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, 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, 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, Converge, 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