Music for 6/18/17!!! Macklemore, Iced Earth

@@@ Macklemore: Glorious (Bendo, 2017)  I check out Macklemore’s jams cuz he cracks me up with his cornball flow.  This single is no exception to his usual ways.  He’s mad grateful for his life in this track and he mashes a gospel choir with some EDM four on the floor and other sounds.  It’s supposed to be uplifting but I find the cliche nature of the lyrics and the arrangement to be very hollow.  He’s testifying and I wish he wouldn’t.  I made it 2:53 through the song before I had to shut it off yo.

@@@ Iced Earth: Incorruptible (Century Media, 2017)  Highlighted in the metal section of Apple Music they start out gloomy church choir and big thunderous tom fills.  But I suspect bones will be crushed forthwith.  It has begun!  I came for the beatdown and all I got was a cheese sandwich.  I guess there’s no escape from America’s tidal wave of cheese regardless of genre.  This is an epic, slightly more muscular classic metal formula with that kind of singer that sounds like they gots their balls in a vice.  This second tune opens up with the line ‘A storm is raging on the open sea…’  I would call this Metallica with cheddar.  Ah well.

YTD recordings listened to: 375
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 211
Not good music: 147

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Drone, 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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom

Music for 6/15/17!!! Alestorm, Afterlife Revival, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Big Boi

@@@ Alestorm: No Grave but the Sea (Napalm, 2017)  I shit you not but I believe these guys are pioneers in the pirate metal sub-genre.  This is a kind of awesomeness that is complex as they get props for getting out there into some weird state of mind but there’s mad cheese sauce to be found here.  I’m only going to listen to one song as it so perfectly captures what I imagine pirate metal to be that it can only go down from here.  As another fine purveyor of cheese MC Hammer said: ‘You can’t fuck with this.’

@@@ Chad Lefkowitz: Onward (Self-released, 2017)  A jazz record that I got to via a twat on the Twatter from blog Bird is the Worm.  I might have to be a bit more selective in peeping Bird is the Worm recommendations as this is the kind of straight jazz that doesn’t usually work for me.  I like the drummer and his energy level but the production sound and the playing makes me crave a flavored coffee and the New York Times sunday magazine.  Oh, he’s covering Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely and making me want to hear the Stevie Wonder version.  Oy.

@@@ Afterlife Revival: Rich in Love (Self-released, 2017)  An alt country single that I got to from a rather cloying publicist email.  I won’t hold the band responsible for their publicist’s over the top language but you have to peep her description: they ‘fuse Beatle-esque psych country with an Americana lilt, evoking Dylan and The Band.’  I object to the  word fuse and the lilt.  There is a little Beatles in here but not much and they do have The Band’s sound with a singer that sounds more than a bit like Dylan.  I like the arrangement and the playing but I find the lyrics a bit trite.

@@@ Big Boi: In the South (Epic, 2017)  Big Boi’s new single fuses ol’ school chill pimp funk with Dirty South beats.  It’s a low mid tempo pace with some drawling, oh the rhymes become more energetic about halfway through when Big Boi hits the mic.  I think as he has two guest MCs and I can’t place him.  I like the George Clinton influences here and I dig the guitar player and the bass player but they wear the hook out a bit.

YTD recordings listened to: 367
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 208
Not good music: 143

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom

Music for 6/14/17!!! Ruby Force, Gloom, Couleur Dessin, DJ Khaled

@@@ Ruby Force: Cowboy ( N/A, 2017)  Named a new artist to watch by Rolling Stone Country this is a single off an upcoming full length.  It’s a hayseed cool breeze of a love song.  Some chill honky tonk piano, strummed acoustic guitar and sweet vocal stylings.  At around two minutes the tune gets more energetic and from the snippets of the video that I peeped this it’s a hipster cowboy flirt-fest.  Pretty standard stuff.

@@@ Gloom: Solaris (eOne, 2017)  I’m expecting some gloom metal from a band called gloom.  I know that’s the kind of insight my regular readers expect from my daily missives but this first tune is not very gloomy it’s a mid tempo monster with some very fine distorted guitar sounds, boot stomping drumming with occasional thrashy outburst and a singer that is generally losing his shit.  Not a little bit of shit getting lost here, he’s really letting all his bad feelings out.  And good for him!  I really like this first tune, let’s peep more.  The second tune is even less gloomy I’m really being proven wrong on this gloomy prediction.  These guys are pleasantly math-y as their tunes twerk from one idea to another without being unfocused.  They also incorporate more than a bit of post-rock mainstream rocking without busting out the cheese.  Jesus, this singer is ridiculous!

@@@ Couleur Dessin: Couleur Dessin (Fixture, 2017)  Labelled as pop on the Apple Music it opens up sort Breeders without the guitars.  Kinda playful.  Now it’s moved into an XTC art school kind of thing.  Interesting for sure and not your standard indie — thank God for that.  I’m on the third tune and it’s really not a rock record.  It’s got some interesting sounds and the singer is adept and strange which I like.  Lilting and weird.

@@@ DJ Khaled: To the Max (feat. Drake) Motherfuckers know how much I love Drake so if there’s a guest spot (and it’s a rarity for him to pop up somewhere with a guest noodle) I have to get on it and peep.  DJ Khaled is a bombastic fellow but when Drake shuts his pie hole he brings some bass for real.  Otherwise the arrangement is more of a club banger with some skitter and some ambientized (that’s right I made that shit up) than a hip hop thing.  The track is at its best when Drake is not on the mic

YTD recordings listened to: 363
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 206
Not good music: 141

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom

Music for 6/13/17!!! Peeling, Unleash the Archers, The Velveteins, Chief Keef

@@@ Peeling: 7 Years of Blood EP (Buzz Records, 2017) A pretty noisy guitar indie recording off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Singer mixed down in volume and single coil telecaster guitar sounds mixed high.  Think Television with a half a Percocet pill and a pretty stomping rock drummer.  They should have put the third tune in the lead off position as it’s pretty rockin’ and if the singer had less reverb on his/her voice I’d probably be more into this.

@@@ Unleash the Archers: Apex (Napalm Records, 2017)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  It’s opening up synth-y and now we’re into a fast, double kick classic metal jam.  This singer is full on operatic with a soaring range.  This isn’t really my favorite sub genre of metal but they’re doing it all right.  The arrangements are complex and the production is immaculate.   When the singer goes high in the third tune, I don’t know what you’re supposed to do but it’s epic.

@@@ The Velveteins: Slow Wave (Fierce Panda, 2017)  Some indie folk also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Ah, that might just be the opening taster course as they get into some bouncy and energetic indie rock.  I like the arrangement on this second tune (clipped below).  They’re back into the strum dee dum on this third tune so this may be the course of the record, a combination of indie folk and indie rock sounds.

@@@ Chief Keef: Thot Breaker (RBC, 2017)  Switching gears let’s check out somewhat famous Chicago gangster Chief Keef.  This first tune is surprisingly tender and the second tune is a bit of a dance floor banger.  I had to do some Duck Duck Going to ascertain if I had it right that Chief Keef as a gangster dude as these tunes have some skittery beats but the general tone is not super rough.  This third tune is a pro weed anthem and it’s clipped below.  I tend not to love the synth only arrangements but this is all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 359
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 204
Not good music: 140

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb

Music for 6/2/17!!! Daniel Caesar, Loote, Wormwitch

@@@ Daniel Caesar: Get You (N/A, 2017)  Songs of the summer motherfuckers!  Straight off the Apple Music publicist purchased Songs of Summer playlist.  For example this track is a sexy, horizontal bop kinda song, and the last time I checked people are fornicating during all seasons.  The production here is smooth and so i Caesar’s voice.  Very smooth, like after a Brazilian wax smooth.  Personally I prefer Prince’s booty anthems as the rock guitar contrasts with other smooth elements.

@@@ Loote: High Without Your Love (N/A, 2017)  More songs of the summer.  This is some breathy finger snapping cinnamon bun porn pop.  She can’t get high without your love!  You know the greatest threat to America is stupid and this is highly polished cliche stupid.  I understand people want to dance but you can do better than this.  Check out her stage name — Loote.  A little Lil’ Yachty and a whole lot of money money money.  Makes Taylor Swift think she’s actually an artist.  She needs it so bad, oy what a lyric.  A lyric video, God I’m in heaven.

@@@ Wormwitch: Strike Mortal Soil (Profound Lore, 2017)  I couldn’t take any more of the Songs of Summer playlist, it’s complete bullshit.  I thought I would cleanse my ears with a little metal.  After a dramatical opener they get into some midtempo skull crushing with a thick guitar sounds, an angry ‘singer’ and a hard rock drum sound.  They switch up into a slightly faster thrash tempo before return to the boot stomp that opened the track.  The third tune Weregild dispenses with all niceties and gets straight into full tilt smashface although there is some unique operatic background vocalizations that remind me of Wagner.  These guys are all right.  They’re a bit obsessed with death but you know everybody has issues.

YTD recordings listened to: 336
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 191
Not good music: 130

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb

Music for 5/31/17!!! Night Demons, Succumb Succumb, Mountain Mountain

@@@ Night Demon: Darkness Remains (Century Media, 2017)  Get ready for the epic, operatic metal if you can!  A little synth tucked in here with this big guitar melody and some acoustic arpeggios before they get up on that thrash horse and ride!!!!  Classic metal with some thrash sprinkles.  I have no doubts the singer has quite a significant hair care budget as well as multiple pairs of leather pants.  He just said Satan’s minions await!  Ah, Imma scared, let’s peep more.  This isn’t my favorite style of metal but I would not chastise others for digging this classic metal drama.

@@@ Succumb: Succumb (The Flenser, 2017)  A more frantic, thrashy and threedly metal record that I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  All of today’s outfits were carefully chose from there.  I’m not sure how much Red Bull the drummer has shot into his eyeballs but it’s not an insignificant amount.  This is a 1:43 introductory teaser so I hope they can keep it up.  I await the caveman or the orc but thus far there have been a couple of disruptive screams and it’s been light on humans/cavemen.  I must at this point also give some props to the guitar players.  They’re jumping all over the place and keeping the listener on their toes.  I’m on the third tune and while I don’t love the singer I don’t hate him and I dig the band playing.  What a grinding shitpile!  Imma check this out more when I have more time for the whole journey.

@@@ Mammoth Mammoth: Mount the Mountain (Napalm, 2017)  This record opens up pretty classic metal with a big guitar riff, hard rock drums and a singer.  Wow, a singer, not an opera singer, not a caveman but a rock band singe.  I don’t love this guitar riff as it’s not as engaging as I would hope, but let’s peep more.  The second tune pumps a classic churning Sabbath-like grind and I feel this more.  I’m on the third tune and these guys are all right — get out yer cheap beer

YTD recordings listened to: 330
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 189
Not good music: 127

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb

Music for 5/22/17!!! Royal Blood, Full of Hell, El Michaels Affair

@@@ Royal Blood: Hook, Line & Sinker (Warner, 2017)  Some classic FM radio rock swirled up with a dash of cock rock.  I like the guitarist but he plays too much and the singer is most def stashing cucumbers in his leather pants.  The production is meticulous but the lyrics are so cliche and un-clever I can’t really roll with it.  Go for the early ZZ Top records if you want some memorable guitar playing.

@@@ Full of Hell: Trumpeting of Ecstasy (Profound Lore, 2017)  This is no soft, shiny metal for wannabes.  Yikes, this is the burning, blasting full monty that I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  Fast tempos, grinding guitars and both an orc and a caveman on the microphone.  Might be two different singers, who the hell knows, it’s really the punishment the band delivers that matters here.  10 songs in 24 minutes, short volcanic blasts.  Good shit, check it out.  This fourth tune, The Cosmic Vein, is fucking ridiculous.

@@@ El Michels Affair: Return to the 37th Chamber (Big Crown Records, 2017)  Obviously influenced by the legendary Wu Tang Clan record this is funky instrumental music.  The music is more tongue in cheek than the ghetto blasting from the Wu and more focused on the NPR party crowd.  A little more dirt and some more muscular funk would work better for me but I’m just one man.

YTD recordings listened to: 314
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 184
Not good music: 122

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM