Music for 10/9/17!!! Marilyn Manson, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gill Landry, Metro Boomin’

@@@ Marilyn Manson: Heaven Upside Down (Concord, 2017)  Fantastic, there’s nothing America needs more than a new Marilyn Manson album!  Manson reminds me of bag of chips that you buy in the supermarket — it’s huge bag but it’s half air with some greasy shit at the bottom.  Or think of it this way — he’s a snake oil salesman pretending to be Satan.  On this first tune he borrows from the Nine Inch Nails playbook with some tense aggro for his posturing and sonic horseshit.  The second tune is glammy straight arena rock that you might find in a new country tune.  I desperately urge the youth of America to seek out something else besides the Manson clownshow.  If you want the rough shit for real there’s plenty of heavy metal out there.  If you want mainstream rock just listen to that and fuck this asshole in mascara.

@@@ The Black Dahlia Murder: Nightbringers (Metal Blade, 2017)  I got to this record this week’s All Music notable release email.   This is in the classic metal/thrash neighborhood with a pumped up drummer.  Wow, they’re all mad pumped up.  These guys are not the roughest gents on the block but they put Marilyn Manson’s pony ass on a  piece of toast and have him as a shitty snack.  Regular readers know that I’m not a huge fan of the classic metal but these guys bring it hard and they’re quite committed to what they’re doing.

@@@  Gill Landry: Love Rides a Dark Horse (ATO, 2017)  An Americana record from this week’s All Music notable release email and from a member of Old Crow Medicine Show.  The instrumentation on this first track is fiddle, acoustic guitar, piano, shaker and and bass.  It’s more old school than alt.  The vibe on this first track, Denver Girls is more faded and melancholy than partyistic.  Landry’s voice is very low register so that plays a role in creating that impression.  The second tune features some lovely sparse electric guitar playing to go with some slide guitar in the back and the strummed acoustic.   This is on the downer trip, which is fine, I like downer music.  If you dig the classic miserable old school country where it’s all heartbreak and isolation Landry will hook you up!

@@@ Metro Boomin: Blue Pill ( , 2017) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It may turn into a dance floor banger but is a laid-back skitter with some all right rhymin’ and some less than all right Auto tuned vocals.  Oh there are two autotuned vocals here.  Outside of the vocals, the bass, and the beat there is a little keyboard floating through but it’s mostly a stoned out track by a couple of gents who sound like they’re stoned and free styling on the microphone.  Skip the blue bill yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 648
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 348
Not good music: 274

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

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Music for 10/3/17!!! Antichrist Siege Machine, Archspire, Caligula’s Horse

@@@ Antichrist Siege Machine: Morbid Triump (Self-released?, 2017)  I found this metal outfit on the blog tapewyrmmetal.net.  It opens up with a long intro of clinking chains before it launches into a crusty thrash that is both satisfying and grating.  The ‘singer’ has his grunt on something fierce and I’m more interested in the drummer and the guitar player.  The second tune Goat Throne is some sort of hymn to barnyard toilets. This is some pretty raw, high energy business.  I was having a session on Sunday and one guy was saying that he read about a dude who had been, you know, fornicated by a horse and it had killed him.  I’ve never entered that arena but this sounds a bit like what it might be like to have a horse dick having a riot in yer ass.

@@@ Archspire: Relentless Mutation (Season of Mist, 2017)  I switched up my music blogs and I’m now in the editors picks at heavyblogisheavy.  Nice name.  This is a technical metal with a caveman singer.  Oh my, this is super nerdy metal.  The tones are sculptured and these guys lurch from one super difficult passage to the next.  I don’t know what to compare this music to but the grunting of the singer and the roughness of the playing is in conflict with the super precision and immaculate performance.  It’s like going to see the bearded fat lady shoot fresh fruit pies out her ass — it’s stunning and a technical feat but it’s a bit voyeuristic.

@@@ Caligula’s Horse: In Contact (InsideOutsideMusic, 2017)  Speaking of horses and dicks!  What a wonderful thing the universe is.  As soon as I mention that some random dude impaled himself on horse penis, here I discover a band named after one of the most lecherous men in history and it’s a horse!  Synchronicity.  Now I must say that this is not what I would think a band like Caligula’s Horse would sound like.   This sounds like, hmm, Kim Kardashian’s shiny ceramic masturbating horse.  It’s epic arena metal cross humped with Styx.  An operatic singer, slick production and sort of pretty boy metal tunes.  It’s entertaining in the way I was mentioning before with the bearded fat lady shooting fruit pies out her ass.

YTD recordings listened to: 642
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 344
Not good music: 272

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

Music for 9/27/17!!! Roger Harvey, l’rain, Big Brave, A Boogie wit da Hoodie

@@@ A Boogie wit da Hoodie:  Say A’ (N/A, 2017)  A hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s rocking an upbeat flow while rhyming about being stopped by the police.  It’s a cousin to DRAM’s tune Broccoli from last summer.  The tune turns itself over both musically and lyrically and I find that pleasing and creative.  The piano hook is mad catchy but the slideshow of beats and the arrangement gives the tune body.  This is a fat track so it goes to the top of the reviews.

@@@ Roger Harvey: When the Lights Come Up (Chunksaah, 2017)  A pre-release single that I got to via a music publicist.  It’s a ’70s soft rock inspired tune with a straight rock beat and a plethora of guitars.  The main vibe here is one of fatigue and longing tinged with sadness.  I’m giving this tune a second listen and it’s a slack version of something you might hear from that Roy Orbison/Tom Petty project from back in the day.  Straight rock with some literate lyrics.

@@@ l’rain: l’rain (Astro Nautico, 2017)  An electronic record this week’s CFUV playlist email.  This first tune is a lush New Age r&b kinda jam with lots of ooh/ah vocals, pillowy synths.  Other notable musical components include the clean guitar playing focusing on single line melodies and the female singer with her attendant background vocals.  Of which there is a plethora.  The drummer pumps some funk but not George Clinton over the top.  It’s not really an electronic record, I got that wrong.  It’s a band record with some synths and a high minded r&b approach.

@@@ Big Brave: Ardor (Southern Lord, 2017)  I go out of my way to check out Southern Lord releases as they’ve put many records in my ‘collection’.   I saw this record in the loud section on the CFUV playlist email.  The record consists of three long ass jams that total 40 minutes so that tells me the pace will be slow.  The first tune comes out with the guitar squall mingled with a slow riff and lots of drum toms.  And up jumps the female singer — that’s unexpected and a welcome unpredictable move.  She’s not shrieking like a stuck pig, it’s actual singing as if it were not such a metallic backdrop.  Let’s peep some more.  The second tune includes a slowly bowed cello and it almost comes off as a lovelorn tune, something the metal genre does not dabble in much.  Points for mashing shit up!  Excellent bass tone, feedback guitars, bashy drums and a singer.

YTD recordings listened to: 632
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 339
Not good music: 267

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

Music for 9/22/17!!! Darius Rucker, Avey Tare, Ritual, Daphni

@@@ Darius Rucker: Don’t (Capitol Nashville, 2017)  Friggin’ Hootie is back — I know he’s huge with the new country crowd but honestly I wouldn’t wipe my ass with some of this new country music.  It’s so fucking cornball, what the fuck?  This is off an upcoming full length.  Now Hootie is different, well not really as he was in a band called Hootie and the Blowfish.  That’s tough to live with.  Is it my imagine or does Rucker look like Dave Chappelle in this video clipped below.  I would love to hear the country lyrics of a tune written by Dave Chappelle as I’m sure they would be way less ernest and more entertaining!  It’s pretty standard, I know these lyrics are standard for the genre but it’s just baby food.  I thought we were adults here.  Oh Hootie we hardly knew ye.

@@@  Avey Tare: Eucalyptus (Domino, 2017)  An experimental rock record from the Domino imprint in the UK.  This first tune is lo fi and ambient and indie all in one sandwich.  It’s not somber, it’s more trippy and inward sounding but it’s low energy.  It also has a distinctly fish and chippy/British smell to it.  Let’s peep more.  It’s a dude and his guitar with a lot of weird ass garnish on these first two tunes.  Oh there’s a single drum but not a kit.  Not judging just describing.  This third tune, Ms. Secret, is the best of what I heard.  It’s still mad trippy but with more energy and melody.

@@@ Ritual: In this Moment (Roadrunner, 2017)  Metal off this late July All Music notable release email.  It’s opening up cinematically — regular readers know I hate the intros just get on with the skull crushing already for chrissakes.  Oh, I heard this during the summer, it’s a blues/ hard rock mix.  I don’t really like this formula but I’ll give the band some precious real estate on this blog which is a huge blog so this space is mad valuable.  Ha!

@@@ Daphni: Hey Drum (Dan Snaith, 2017)  I was looking for a record by these guys but alls I got was this single.  It’s house music with some bass that barely registers on my headphones.  I like the arrangement but he’s wearing the fuck out of this ‘hey drum’ vocal sample.  Oy, over and over I feel like I’m at Guantanamo Bay.  Oh, he broke from it, great.  And we’re back after a little house keyboard break.  Oh Jesus I want to kill him or me — I can’t decide.  I made it to just shy of 4 minutes and he’s busted out into a very funky club groove.  He shoulda cut the shit on the hey drum, edit the fuck out of that and get on with the funk.  Ah well.

YTD recordings listened to: 614
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 329
Not good music: 261

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

Music for 9/21/17!!! Sparks, Nick Jonas, Electric Wizard

@@@ Sparks: Missionary Position (N/A, 2017)  I’m not sure if I’ve peeped this band yet as publicists bombard my inbox with the same band over and over ’til I’m confused.  These guys are from the UK and they are wacky.  References might be XTC but more tongue in cheek, and maybe a little Beatles action in the vocal melodies.  I hate to use the Fab Four as a reference as it makes people shit their pants.  It’s an urgent drum beat with tambourine and piano while the guitars are there they don’t drive the tune or mark it as a rock tune.  It’s all clever lyrics regarding the title.

@@@ Nick Jonas: Find You ( , 2017)  Off the Apple Music best of the week playlist.  Regular readers know Imma huge Nick Jonas fan.  He’s mad hot and super talented, a panty quaker in the tradition of Bieber and (gasp!) Harry Styles.  Harry Styles you rule my world!  Jonas is biting Bieber’s ballad style pretty hard.  Oh my the auto speller changed ballad to balls and for a second Nick Jonas was bitting Bieber’s balls.  That’s really too much.  This is more romantic than lustful but I’m sure the video is full of Jonas hotness.  I don’t like the track much but it’s pretty restrained for major label business.

@@@ Electric Wizard: See You in Hell (UMG, 2017)  Retro hard rock a la Black Sabbath in a tune I got to via the Apple Music heavy metal playlist.  Caveman drums, but not modern metal sounding with crunchy, angry flower power style guitars.  Riffs that are old school not classic metal but the first wave back in the day.  The tune is building with more frantic drumming and wah wah guitar.  It’s a familiar formula but they do it well.  Check out War Pigs if you want the classic business.

YTD recordings listened to: 612
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 327
Not good music: 259

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

Music for 8/22/17!!! Miley Cyrus, Crystal Eyes, Thy Art is Murder, Baka Not Nice

@@@ Miley Cyrus: Younger Now (RCA, 2017)  Cleaned up, re-Disneyed Miley Cyrus needs to maker her Lamborghini payment so she’s back for the masses.  Let us see what she and her marketing team have come up with.  She’s got a greaser rockabilly look on the cover and her first line is ‘I feel like I just woke up’ she’s on about ‘no one’s stays the same’.  It’s a pretty simple pop rock arrangement with acoustic guitar and a few electro details thrown in for good measure.  She keeps singing ‘what goes up must come down’ and I’m at the point I get to with a lot of pop songs where there are meanings that are hinted at but mostly it is evocative word salad.  Miley is hinting at some sort of rebirth/change yada yada yada, let’s move on.

@@@ Crystal Eyes: The Female Imagination (Sweetie Pie, 2017)  Some female fronted classic guitar indie off an old CFUV weekly playlist email.  Reverbed vocals and a slack Velvet Underground manner of rocking.  Let’s peep a bit more but I don’t usually go for this sound/energy.  The second tune has a wee bit more energy but it’s not a full spanking to be sure.

@@@ Thy Art is Murder: Dear Desolation (Nuclear Blast, 2017)  Some tightly manicured and aggressive metal from former CIA case officers off the Apple Music metal section.  I’m feeling the guitarist, he’s all amped up on Red Bull and whatnot.  The singer is right at the line that divides hardcore singers and barnyard animals and I hope the drummer has proper health insurance as he’s hitting that double kick so frequently his leg might fall off.  Ah my leg!! I like this third tune (clipped below) which is a piquant blend of some classic metal guitar riffing, tasty thrash drumming and a full metal beatdown.  The production is super pristine so that changes the listening experience but these guys bring it.

@@@ Baka Not Nice: Live Up to My Name (Warner Bros, 2017)  A gangster ballad off the A-list hip hop.  Mr. Not Nice is not really very nice and he appears to be extensively involved with shooting other folks.  The arrangement is pretty trippy and the synths are used more percussively than melodically which it makes for a funkier and weirder listening experience.  I like the snare sound they got on the drum machine.  Mr. Not Nice drinks Henny when he’s shooting at the range as it helps his aim out on the streets when he’s been drinking.  You get the idea.

YTD recordings listened to: 544
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 293
Not good music: 227

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

Music for 7/22/17!!! Japanese Breakfast, Howling

@@@  Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds from another Planet (Dead Oceans, 2017)  Off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  ’80s influenced synth rock with a dreamy female singer.  It gets guitar noisy in a breakdown section and then goes back to its arpeggiated guitar sound.  They’re back with the shiny guitar and the reverbed out vocals in the second tune and while I understand this is a trendy, comeback hip indie sound I can’t abide by it.  I find it more than a bit self-indulgent and kinda boring.

@@@ Integrity: Howling for the Darkness Shall Consume (Relapse, 2017)  Epic metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Oh, they’re switching up gears and into a sweet tasty thrash — I love that suffocating snare sound and the grinding guitars.  I’m feeling this second tune Fallen to Destroy.  These guys play with a lot of energy and sort of slip in and out of sections with dexterity — thrashing into slick rocking sections into classic metal melodies.  I usually decry classic metal records as cheesy and somewhat ridiculous but the way these guys do it is really happenin’.  Imma swing back on this record when I have more time but if you’re into metal these guys have it going on.

YTD recordings listened to: 477
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 260
Not good music: 195

Buys: 7
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