Music for 10/25/18!!! Rae Spoon, Tim Hecker, Echo Beds

@@@ Rae Spoon: Bodies of Water (Coax, 2018) #1 out at CFUV in Vancouver.  It’s a singer/songwriter record with a young female singing.  The first tune starts out solo, clean electric guitar and her.  It’s melancholy and sweet.  A band does make a mellow appearnace behind her but it’s still very meaningful and deep.  The second tune brings on the classic indie though with a piano and a small synth part added to the guitar.  I like her voice without liking the lyrics very much.

@@@ Tim Hecker: Konoyo (Kranky, 2018)  I tyr to check out Tim Hecker’s ambient music as he’s a professional ambient music maker with skills.  This first tune, This Life, has a dark and mechanical bent to it with some screeching metallic sounds and offkilter synth playing that is not pillowy or cloudy, it’s unsettling.  The second tune, In Death Valley, focuses on more bell like sounds and there are a lot of delays and a lot of bell like sounds.  It’s got a dark feel to it but not as actively dark as the first tune.  It’s pretty engaging music.  Outside of three 3-5 minute pieces these are all long ones that require some attention.  Thus far I like the pacing and the sounds of this latest Hecker effort and I will swing back on this record when I have more time.

@@@ Echo Beds – Buried Language (The Flenser)  This recording is slotted as industrial music on the Apple Music and is in the loud section of the weekly CFUV playlist email.  It’s opens up with a straightforward drum machine rock/industrial beat but a super needly thin guitar part.  The comes the creepy voice.  I like the muscularity of it but I’m not super into the singer.  I really am in the mood for some dark sounds these days, but this is a bit overwrought.  I guess it works for the Halloween crowd as it has a cartoonish, villain-y feel to it but I would stick with the Tim Hecker record above if you want some dark and submersive music.

YTD recordings listened to: 599
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 319
Not good music: 244

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet, Tim Hecker

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Music for 9/17/18!!! Dad Nap, Scott Xylo, Immersion

@@@ Dad Nap: Worn Out (Self-released, 2018) I got to this DIY record via the music blog Indiepulse.  Super DIY recording — a one microphone creation with virtually no low end but tons and tons and tons of energy.  Manic acoustic guitar strumming, some harmonica and speedy vocals.  The vocalists are working so fast they sound more than a bit a little like Eminem.  I really appreciate the spirit.

@@@ Scott Xylo: Call Us When You Get there (Black Acre, 2018) I was clipping the above record on to this here blog post when I saw this record posted on the front page of Bandcamp and thought it looked good.  Btw, it’s album of the day at Bandcamp.  I expect a whole lot more low end on this recording as it’s a mash of Afrobeat, jazz, and funk.  Has a pretty intimate and laidback feel to it with mellow ass vocals.  Bits of Maxwell and other loverboy r&b gents.  The third tune, Sam’s Joloff, is the first spot where I felt connected to the sounds going on.  Simple funky bass line, some washed out midnight electric organ, some sax playing and mostly African drumming.  I like it without loving it.

@@@  Immersion: Irreversible Mechanism (2018)   Some metal off the bandcamp.  These guys are from Finland so you know it’s good!  Not really but it’s a great marketing line.  From reading their band camp page, they’re super into atmosphere and not putting out your standard metal bashing.  Which is great for them, but not so much for me.  This is a long intro on this first tune, I’m not feeling punished yet.  This is operatic and slow.  Not really my thing, let me skip to the next track.  Oh no, there it is!  I had to wait almost 4 minutes.  This is an epic artsy metal stomp.  It’s a lot of sustained guitar melodies, a lot of kick drum, and a lot of caveman-esque vocals.  I like the dirtier business myself but this isn’t all about what I like.  Check it out if it seems applicable to you.

YTD recordings listened to: 532
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 280
Not good music: 220

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode, Automatisme

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

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

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

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

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

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode

Music for 8/22/18!!! Mitski, Odetta Hartman, Uniform

@@@ Mitski: Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans, 2018).  Indie rock off this week’s All Music notable release email which we will be rocking for this whole day’s listen.  And shit.  A Japanese-American transplant doing torch songs, at least the opener.  These are finely crafted indie tunes, not fully downer-y but than a bit of melancholy.  Mitski’s voice is great, the lyrics are better than average but well I’m not super into the indie conceit.

@@@ Odetta Hartman: Old Rockhounds Never Die (Memphis Industries, 2018). I got to this alt country/indie thing via last week’s All Music.  It sports redneck sounds as well as indie sounds and Hartman comes off as a Jack White but with a vagina.  I’m assuming she has a vagina, it’s not a primary concern of mine.  Actually it does make you wonder if  Jack White might have a tickle muff betwixt his gams.  Back to the music!  I expected more redneck as the record is out on Memphis industries but besides a stray banjo and what not it’s pretty indie.  Not particularly noisy, they’re pleasantly coffee shop.  She’s got a ‘I want to run to the edge of the earth with you’ vocal hook going on this third tune.  There’s even a drum machine on this fourth tune.

@@@ Uniform: The Long Walk (Sacred Bones, 2018).  This is in the Nine Inch Nail industrial rock tradition though I haven’t heard any synths yet.  A lot of distorted guitars and bass, a distorted voice that sounds like it’s coming up a clogged drain.  I skipped to the second song, not usually a good sign if I can’t make it through the opener.  The guitarist and the drum probably own a fair amount of heavy metal records and they straddle metal, punk, and noise and industrial music but I’m not finding it a super satisfying listen.  You, dear listener, might feel very differently so check for yourself.  There never were any synths, the vocals were Nine Inch Nail-esque, but it’s a heavy rock record, just want to clear that up.

YTD recordings listened to: 486
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 253
Not good music: 204

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, 700 Bliss

Music for 7/31/18!!! BigHate, Tony Molina, Underworld and Iggy Pop, Aaron Martin

@@@ BigHate: Death Wish EP (Self-released, 2017)  A visceral and updated classic metal sound from a female fronted Italian metal band.  A big wall of guitars and they aren’t afraid to beat you down with them.  The drummer is also quite a bruising and pumped up kinda gent.  The energy is super high but the production is polished and a bit sweet so you have to be into that.  A less shiny production sound works better for me but metal lovers should check out this singer, she sounds more than a bit insane.

@@@ Tony Molina: Kill the Lights (Slumberland, 2018)  Jangly guitar record off last week’s All Music notable release email.  Reaches way back to the hippie era of the Byrds and California jangle rock as well as Alex Chilton and Big Star (and ooh a little bit of Norwegian Wood acoustic Beatles as well).  It has the required slackness/mope sauce that today’s indie listeners seem to need on top of the old school jangle.  They most definitely have the guitar sounds and the playing down pat but I don’t know why someone who likes this style wouldn’t head over to Big Star’s Radio City and just camp their asses out.

@@@ Iggy Pop & Underworld: Tea Time Dub Encounters (Caroline, 2018) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I think it’s hilarious they have a track called Get Your Shirt as I haven’t seen a picture of Iggy Pop with a shirt on in decades!  The first tune opens up brisk dance floor and then Iggy comes on with the spieling.  He goes into some old school decadence thing where he celebrates how you used to be able to smoke cigarettes and do blow on airplanes.  I guess so.  I’m on the second tune and the sounds thus far are video game machine on speed, in that neighborhood.  I like the third tune, the Big Song because the spoken word subject is more engaging and quite un-Iggy like.  Surprisingly introspective.  It’s an interesting collaboration that hinges upon whether you want to hear Iggy Pop talk about his life — I’m interested at points, at other points I could give a shit.

@@@ Aaron Martin: Touch Dissolves (IKKI, 2018)  I saw this recording mentioned on the Twatter by a jazz writer so here we are.  Martin is an improvising cellist who specializes in creating pieces that evoke tranquility.  The first tune is A Child’s Arms are Moonlight — I like the music all right but I think that’s an awful name for a tune.  It’s just too New Age-y for me.  The piece is multilayered and focused on long tones with some pulses that rings and some bow work/vibrato that gives you a nice tremolo-ish tone.  The second tune focuses on more higher string strumming that gives the impression of a uke with a little calm singing as one might sing to the child with the moonlight arms (oy).  It’s pretty music if not predictable.

https://iikki.bandcamp.com/album/touch-dissolves?action=share&from=embed&context=daily

YTD recordings listened to: 445
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 226
Not good music: 197

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus

Music for 7/24/18!!! Sea Moss, the Social Stomach, VoidCeremony, DRAM

@@@ Sea Moss & the Social Stomach: Ugh (Crash Symbols, 2018).  I got to this raucous yet partyistic noise based party punk via an email from KFJC out in California.  This first tune features a brisk tempo and pig squealing synths with other animal sounds but also a funky cowbell and a bouncy beat.  There is a woman wailing as in an incomprhensible fashion and lots of droney, siren-y shit.  The second tune, A Four Mile Parade takes a Left on Broadway, speeds up the tempo, keeps the wails, animal sounds, and siren sounds — it sounds as if the tune is imploding from the inside.  Let’s check out the band from the second half of this EP, the Social Stomach.  These guys are pleasantly strange as well but they sport a little prog and more rock vibes than noise.  A female singer works the microphone here but she has more of a detached Frank Zappa flow rather than the barnyard animal aspirations of the first outfit.  Spanish in the second tune which starts to heat up with some sci fi movie oscillating synth.  Both of these bands are fully formed and freaky — one with a partyistic, noisy tilt and the other a sort of art school prog with punk swirls.

@@@ VoidCeremony: Foul Origins of Humanity (Mondo Macabre, 2017)  Also off a KFJC email list of live and in studio performances.  This is three tracks of stormy, threedly epic death metal/black metal.  The singer is low in the mix and he explores various caveman concerns while a dual guitar attack gets nutty.  The second tune picks up where the grind of the first tune ended — it’s thrashy with some classic metal and they play fast.  Red Bull, meth, who knows.  It’s all about the guitars here.

@@@ DRAM: Best Hugs (Atlantic, 2018)  DRAM goes for song of the summer with an ’80s inspired synth r&b party bomb.  He gives an inspired vocal and rhyming performance but the early ’80s disco juice is not going well over here.  I feel the same way here as the Childish Gambino summer BBQ anthem — to my ears they’re trying too hard to get the title going for maximum bounce and party vibes but lacking on soul.  I can’t give song of the summer to the vocal hook ‘Your girl gives the best hugs’.  I like DRAM but really?

YTD recordings listened to: 427
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 224
Not good music: 189

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez

Music for 7/11/18!!! Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, Six Feet Under, ChanHays

@@@ Lil Pump: Drug Addicts (Warner Bros, 2018)  Lil’ Pump at the top of the hot tracks at Apple Music with a 2 minute track making the world a better place.  I hope Lil Pump was stoned when he hit the mic cuz that would explain his poor performance.  He goes down the list of all the drugs he takes on a daily basis and I could really care less.  His pills and shit probably make him constipated so maybe he could change his stage name to Lil Dump.  Low grade, pre canned hip hop shit for sure.  I came in not a Lil Pump fan and leave disliking him more.

@@@ Lil Yachty: Who Want the Smoke? (UMG, 2018)  I have fondness for Lil Yachty but he really didn’t up his lyrical game with this Apple Music hot track.  This sounds like a Halloween haunted house track with Lil Yachty playing the weird ass Frankenstein character.  Cardi B. makes an appearance, albeit not her best, she shoulda left it for the summer with biting the ol’ boogaloo track ‘I Like it Like That’.  I can see this working as a commercial for recreational weed shops running sales.  Who Want the Smoke?  Offset at least rhymes with some energy but Lil Yachty needs some coffee.

@@@ Six Feet Under: Unburied (Metal Blade, 2018)  A sizzly and full grinding metal record I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  They got a little boogie going in the second tune, Midnight in Hell, while the third tune (clipped below) is a very nice thwack to the head.  I would describe the singer as some sort of brownshirt caveman bitch, much like an ICE agent.  He’s tight and on the rhythm of the band, which you could bounce a nickel off the ass of btw, but as for what he’s saying that’s a bit of a rough go.  This is solid metal business if you can get with proto man on the mic.

@@@ ChanHays – The Creepy (Droppin’ Science)*  We switch back to the hip hop neighborhood and check out this release I saw on the hip hop adds list at CFUV.  This first tune is a retro laidback style — funky but friendly and chill.  While I expect the sound of the record to remain somewhat stable listeners get a plethora of guest MCs so the vocal stylings will be rotating.  Some of the middle tunes up the urgency with nice sounds and solid rhyming.

YTD recordings listened to: 397
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 209
Not good music: 177

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts