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

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Music for 4/25/19!!! Mick Jenkins, Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist

@@@ Mick Jenkins: Pieces of a Man (Free Nation/Cinematic, 2019) I’m extending my listening session for underrated hip hop from 2018 that I saw listed up on theringer.com.  The first tune has a spoken word empowerment lecture for about 90 seconds until the tune kicks off into a part fusion, part soul track.  The second tune changes from a live full band tune to a more traditional drum machine thing.  I like Jenkins rhymes, he has solid thick energy on the mic but I’m not super into his keyboard player.  He’s too high into washed out abstract patches and too low on funk.  Otherwise I really like the tracks.  The fourth tune takes the keyboard profile down and I like it much better.

@@@ Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, and the Alchemist: Fetti (Empire, 2018) Another listen off theringer.com underrated 2018 hip hop records.  A few years ago I really enjoyed a gross Alchemist record so I thought I would check this record out.  The first tune has an interesting wailing vocal sample as an MC gets midtempo rough on the mic.  The second tune, Blow, uses some really catchy samples.  A short bass figure, a ringing vibes sample and multiple MCs.  I’m on the third tune and I’m listening more to the sounds and the arrangement than I am to the rhymes.  Lyrically, the rhymes revolve around various ghetto hip hop themes.  Dead homies, pussy ass n*ggas, freaky bitches and a tune called Saturday Night Special.  I like it without loving it.

YTD recordings listened to: 211
Good music, not list worthy: 129
Not good music: 72

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, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail

Music for 4/23/19!!! TR/ST, Johnnyswim, Lil Dicky

@@@ TR/ST: Destroyer Vol. 1 (House Arrest, 2019) Some superstar indie off this week’s All Music notable release email. Oh boy, my Apple Music is sluggish as fuck this morning and I hope it hangs in there. We open up with a indie techo beat and some other club sounds and a singer with a low voice percolating beneath the pong synth. When it gets to the chorus, it loses what energy it has and I’m not a fan yet. The second tune is a more straight ahead synth rock tune. Midtempo, big synth pillows, and I still don’t like the singer though I like him more than in the first tune. The third tune gets even more Kraut-y so it looks like they vacillate between the angular, dark dancefloor half bangers and the ’80s synth rock numbers. Not great for me but if you’re looking to get your chainsaw synth and your ping pong patch served up with some unt-sss techno well then you’re in luck!

@@@ Johnnyswim: Moonlight (BMG, 2019) I’m not sure what to think of contemporary major label folk but when I click on this first tune I’m thinking they’ve genre fucked us as this is an undercover pop biscuit. Oh, it’s true this is some pop rock that is happy to fire the corn cannon! Fake uplifting lyrics, big exploding choruses, it’s the full monty. I made it about halfway through the first tune before moving to the second. It was brutally cheesy. The second tune opens up with a faux Radiohead half electro bass and straight rock beat. But then comes the singer and I don’t enjoy that. I guess it all comes down to what role music plays in your life. If you’re in it for a melody and something to soundtrack your scene well this is highly manicured and dramatical, but if you’re looking for some sort of emotional connection from your music don’t expect it to come here.

@@@ Lil Dicky: Earth ( Dirty Burd, 2019) A Disney style feel good climate change anthem to munch your Big Mac and trip out on Instagram. It’s really not about climage change, it’s a list of animals with animated characters and ghetto descriptions of each creature. There’s nothing here that’s particularly connected to reality. I had to tip out after some sort of unrelated comparison between the male and female orgasm. It is a fact not mentioned in this song (about climate change) that if you love the earth then you need to not just chill, you have to change your behavior. Oh, right, people aren’t really up for that. Ah well, reality. It would be a cheap joke to say the lyrics here a lil dicky but it’s applicable.


YTD recordings listened to: 210
Good music, not list worthy: 126
Not good music: 75

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, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui

Music for 4/14/19!!! Kevin Abstract, Tame Impala

@@@ Kevin Abstract: Arizona baby EP (RCA, 2019)  There’s been some dudes using hip hop sounds but getting into some non hip hop territory.  This tune from the Apple hot tracks section does just that getting into some indie electronic action in the arrangement (including guitars and a saxophone) while he gets a good head of steam going on the microphone over new style but not quite full trap beats.  Regular readers know I enjoy a mashed up style if it’s done well and Mr. Abstract is all right at it.  I think Abstract is indebted to Andre 3000 of Outkast — he doesn’t bite him but he is inspired by his uniqueness, no holds barred style.  This music is not a bullseye for me, but for mainstream music on the hot tracks section it’s pretty interesting.  I’m feeling this third tune Georgia the most of what I’ve heard.

@@@ Tame Impala: Borderline (Island, 2019)  Super slick indie disco off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Unfortunately, a somewhat so standard it hurts four on the floor beat could use a funk injection.  Throw some melancholic falsetto vocals about being in L.A. by yourself and you get #sadface disco biscuit.  I like the flute part, real or canned.  It’s a bit of a colander of synth spaghetti comprising the mix.  I count four or five layers of synth-y goodness.  Could use some funk and a more interesting arrangement.

YTD recordings listened to: 194
Good music, not list worthy: 120
Not good music: 67

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 3/27/19!!! PNB Rock, Cold Showers, Rotting Christ

@@@ PNB Rock:  I Like Girls (WEA, 2019)  A celebration of lesbian love, or at least of dudes watching girls go at it.  It’s a pretty low IQ hook for a tune but they’re going for it!  He goes to the club with a girl who likes girls and the weed comes out and some girls end up getting raw with each other.  The chorus is the worst because the melody is recycled.  I’m betting PNB Rock wouldn’t be up for watching big bull dykes go at it but if he celebrated that I would give him some respect.  He’s a pussy — he only like lipstick lesbians, what a unrough bitch.

@@@  Cold Showers: Faith (N/A, 2019)  A lead single from a record due out on May 24th and I got to this via a music publicist.  It’s super rooted in ’80s synth/guitar rock.  I appreciate the drum part the most and the singer’s Depeche Mode vocalizing style the least.  It’s a muscular Cure track without the cleverness of the bummer Cure dude.  I appreciate the energy but the track could use some flash in my dumbass opinion.

@@@  Rotting Christ: The Heretics (Self-released, 2019)  A metal record off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  From the spoken word intro to the vibe of the sounds it appears to be an ambitious record questioning man’s relationship to God and I”m betting more specifically the Christian God (see funny hat below!).  The sounds are solidly classic arena metal, and the playing is mostly classic metal with some touches of thrash, and some Christian choir group action.  I don’t think these guys are American and I’m guessing, no wait let me Google these bitches.  Wow, a Greek metal band that goes back to 1987!  They are classic metal incarnate.  They’ve run a race Motley Crue gave up so they could sit at home and play with fake boobs and masturbate in bus stations.  It’s not my style but I give props for longevity.

YTD recordings listened to: 161
Good music, not list worthy: 96
Not good music: 59

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 3/25/19!!! Blueface, Ken Nordine, Orville Peck

@@@ Blueface: Thotiana (5th Amendment, 2019)  A friend of mine sent me the link for this strip club anthem and the article the New York Times wrote about it.  Let’s just reiterate for the umpteenth time that New York Times’ music coverage is a bag of ass.  Incompetent and up its own ass.  Straight up Blueface can’t rap for shit, but music critics at the the Grey Lady don’t give a sliver of a fuck regarding one of the core elements of hip hop.  I know the word retarded is not considered correct but Blueface’s voice sounds off and a bit askew and if it were back in the day somebody might call it retarded.  Congrats on making it to the NY Times, but this is trash.

@@@ Ken Nordine: Word Jazz (Pickwick, 1957)  I saw on the KFJC semi-whatever email that this jazz poet passed away recently and I never heard of him and shit so I peeped him at All Music and saw this may be considered his best record.  The music here is pretty old school standard straight jazz and Nordine sounds like a present day voiceover fella.  He’s a bit offkilter but not especially jazzy or funky (according to my vague definition thereof).  The second tune fits a more standard definition of jazz .  I do like his very deep voice and what appears to be some irony to his poetics.  Check it out for back in the day vibes.

@@@ Orville Peck: Pony (Sub Pop, 2019) I saw this queer country record on the Line of Best fit weekly email which I enjoy sometimes.  The first tune is spaghetti country-ish and dramatical.  Peck has a deep register voice and the track sounds mad ironic to my ears.  I guess this gent’s identity is unknown which is fine for me as regular readers know I’m music only.  I like the guitar sounds and I find his voice and approach entertaining without super loving the tunes.

YTD recordings listened to: 158
Good music, not list worthy: 95
Not good music: 57

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 3/19/19!!! Tal Wilkenfeld, Cecilia Lopez, Anderson .Paak

@@@ Tal Wilkenfeld: Love Remains (BMG, 2019)  I got to this female rock record via Marc Maron’s email missive.  The first tune is guitar-centric and pretty thick for a major label rock record.   Wilkenfeld is a bass player (I see from the GooglePimpTube) and she sings the tunes.  I like the guitar sounds but I can’t say I’m enthralled with the lyrics.   The second tune is a slow one with acoustic guitar and a subtle but more than solid bassline.  I like the sounds here more than the tunes.  I looked up the guitar player on this record and his name is Blake Mills — he sounds a bunch like Nels Cline but more rocking and he and the drummer get gold stars for their work on this record.

@@@ Cecilia Lopez: Red/Machinic (XI Records, 2019)  I’m on Roulette’s mailing list up here in the BK and this drone musician is playing there and is a resident there and has a record from the end of 2018.  I skipped the first tune and dropped into the second which is a pretty mesmerizing drone piece that does at some point get into some duck like sounds interrupting the watery and metallic sounds.  The third piece sounds like a bunch of metal birds trying to start a lawnmower.  It’s pretty fresh stuff and though I can’t hang to check out the 72 minute wrap up to the record, check out some of the in between stuff as it’s really good.

@@@ Anderson .Paak: King James (Aftermath, 2019) A retro smooth funk jam that is the lead single off .Paak’s new record.  I’ve liked some of his previous stuff but this sounds really mature to my ears — a lot of Stevie Wonder with updated bass sounds and a little bit of Lionel Richie up in there.  I like the contrast between the smoothness of the production and .Paak’s medium gruff voice.  The track is Dr. Dre produced so the beats are tight and central to the mix.  Concious lyrics and high end sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 148
Good music, not list worthy: 89
Not good music: 53

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