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 6/17/16!!! Joe Gifted, The Drums, Com Truise

@@@ Joe Gifted: Water (Warner Bros, 2017)  Satan could be from Atlanta and he would get a record deal.  That’s how hot that city is right now for hip hop.  This is a single and Mr. Gifted has some nice skitter in the beats and mad bounce in the bass but he also sports a mainstream sound and a kinda friendly flow.  Kinda friendly as he’s definitely for young kids with that potty mouth and he aspires to a lot of stuff and a lot of women.  Beats and bass win here.

@@@ Com Truise: Iteration (Ghostly, 2017)  I follow Ghostly on the Twatter but I didn’t see this new release.  I would call this electronic arena rock as the main voices are synths but the big drums and the overall feel is one of epicness.  Let’s see what some of the other tracks hold for us.  The second tune Ephemeron is not as epic, it’s an inflated early hip hop kind of sound with a fatty fat (but not hip hop) bass and a lot of delayed synth sound ping pong-ing around.  I don’t love the beats or the synths — I guess folks is mad ’80s retro and eat this corn up big time but it’s not for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 373
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 211
Not good music: 145

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 6/13/17!!! 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 6/7/17!!! Nick Hakim, Bad Breeding, Yo Gotti

@@@ Nick Hakim: Green Twins (ATO, 2017).  Some faded Beach Boys indie off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  After a mellow intro he brings in some medium funky beats with a tad of space organ and the continued sedate vocal trip.  The second tune brings in a pair of super reverbed guitars pulling some single line melodies.  Hakim is working an earnest r&b vibe.  Hakim’s strength is his arranging skills and singing but I fear he gets a bit lost in his sounds and there could be more mess and more soul.

@@@ Bad Breeding: Divide (Iron Lung, 2017)  Some sizzly and skanky hardcore whip frenzy off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  It sounds like somebody running down the street spinning diapers full of shit that sprays passers by.  Atypical guitar playing and fart ass bass sound — I really appreciate this mess, it’s not halfway.  These guys got it going on punk rawk style yo.

@@@ Yo Gotti & Mike Will I Make It: Gotti Made it (Gotti Made it, 2017)  Some gangsta flavored rap off the Apple Music hip hop.  This first tune is a boasta — he’s got a hand in a lot of shit.  It sounds like he might be in the drug dealing business and it appears he has owned firearms for a while now.  The beats and bass are wicked if you’re up for some drug dealing glamorization lyrics and some gunshot samples.  Oh, and a generous helping of anti-women sauce.  Just sayin.

YTD recordings listened to: 346
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 198
Not good music: 133

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 5/10/17!!! Nearly Dead, Goldlink, Dead Moon

@@@ Nearly Dead: Weathered Meat (Geriatric Records, 2017)  Sludgy, belligerent punk (with trumpet!) off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Full AM radio static guitar sound, a spoken word singer.  Pretty anti-social lyrics to go with the fuckload of static and noise.

@@@ Goldlink: At What Cost (RCA, 2017)  I had Goldlink’s last record on my listening list for a long ass time.  So long, in fact, that here’s his new one.  I remember really liking his voice.  Oh Lord, he can flow on a mic.  He’s got a lot of early ’80s funk/r&b sounds — smoother rather than hard, a tad fusion-y.  I clicked and streamed a bit of his last record and I much prefer the sounds on that record.  Just hear him go on the first tune, After You Left.

@@@ Dead Moon: What a Way to See the Old Girl Go (Voodoo Doughnut, 2017) Old school punk rock from this week’s All Music notable release email.  I had to do some interwebz searching to find that these guys were around from the late ’80s til a bit after the beginning of the Iraq war.  The vibe here on this first tune is sloppy ass Rolling Stones licks with a kinda crazed sounding singer and straight ahead rock drumming.   Second tune as well.  I appreciate the no bullshit approach to playing a mash of punk and rock. It’s a live record, by the way, so it’s extra sloppy style in an endearing way.

YTD recordings listened to: 286
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 170
Not good music: 109

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

Music for 5/9/17!!! Perfume Genius, Kid Ink

@@@ Perfume Genius: No Shape (Matador, 2017)  Some intimate and fragile boy indie off the Apple Music new music section.  The verse is very dollhouse pretty and then it explodes in the chorus, but not a rock explosion — more like a kaleidoscopic noise swirl thing.   It catches your ear for sure.  Think Tori Amos but with a penis and not a macho war penis but a sensitive, super feeling penis.  Mr. Genius’ voice is a bit similar to Antony from Antony and the Johnsons (I forget her new name, sorry:)) but this is some really well put together music and is not just an identity politics marketing move.  Would the music industry do that?  Hmm, yeah.

@@@ Kid Ink: 7 Series (RCA, 2017)  Some what I anticipate hard hip hop off the Apple Music new music section.  This first tune is a booty tune called Supersoaka — there are a couple of drug and gun references and some medium offensive anti-woman lyrics.  However if you can roll with that the sounds are hype — trippy ass oscillating synth, chopped beats that almost sound drum and bass and some fat bass.  The second tune is much mellower, it’s still a booty tune but it’s absent the darkness of the first track.  The third tune has an almost Drake like Caribbean bounce so I’m not sure what’s up with that opening track.  It’s gonna run from party r&b to semi-gangster.

YTD recordings listened to: 283
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 168
Not good music: 108

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