Music for 1/31/19!!! Top Notch, Ninth Wave, Billie Ellish

@@@ Billie Eilish: bury a friend (Interscope, 2019)  Another pre-release tune from this record which may not ever be released.  It’s gonna be all released pre released!  This is a minimalist funk tune with dark themes.  Bury the hatchet, bury a friend.  But it’s all funky and accessible.  It has a manicured and minimalist arrangement.  I didn’t know the Billie Eilish story until now — she’s an 18 year old actress that’s getting a huge push, at least on the Apple Music.  I’ve listening to a couple of other pre-release tracks as I cruise around the interwebz and the interesting part of the record lies in the sounds.  Very slick and dynamic within the tunes.  However I find the lyrics to be less than convincing.  I think it’s supposed to be a serious record but the cutting edge sounds detract from the darkness of the record which is supposed to be about a nightmare or a dream or both.  To my ear, it’s pretty standard corporate music business.  Hinting at something dark without being able to render it honestly.

@@@ Top Notch: Ghetto Life (N/A, 2019)  A solo record from a Brooklyn hip hop collective.  I got to it via a promo email.   The sounds are retro ’90s NYC hip hop a la Busta Rhymes and the main sonic theme is the Jamaican dancehall rhymes over hip hop arrangements. There are also prominent Wu Tang clan elements here with some tracks featuring multiple MCs.

@@@ Ninth Wave: Half Pure (Distiller, 2019)  I got to this Scottish band’s track via a music publicist email.   It’s a dramatical, post-goth ditty rooted in ’80s synth rock a la the Cure.  Male singer singing ‘you’re only half pure, cuz the pain and the glamour that you were bred for’ is a pretty clever line but they wear it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 63
Good music, not list worthy: 35
Not good music: 25

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, Converge, 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

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Music for 1/23/19!!! Logic, Tyga

@@@ Logic: Keanu Reeves (Def Jam, 2019)  #2 on the Apple Music hot tracks.  I don’t get the Logic hype.  It’s a huge boast track, but who decided Keanu Reeves is #1?  Compared to a newer sounding trap track this sounds kinda retro which is fine but these boast raps can be tiring and this one especially so.  The Keanu thing is baffling.

@@@ Tyga: Floss in the Bank (EMPIRE, 2019)  Also on the Apple Music hot tracks section which has turned into a shiny ass toilet of materialism and shallow crap.  Flossin’ is to show off for all ya know (I had to look it up as well).  It’s got an annoying background vocal sung section used as a center of the track.  It softens the track but I think it’s a pretty boy, rich dude kinda boast thing.  It’s exactly the kind of repetitive mindlessness that will give you a high end headache.

YTD recordings listened to: 49
Good music, not list worthy: 28
Not good music: 20

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, Converge, 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

Music for 1/16/19!!! Wlmrt, Only a Visitor, Future

@@@ Wlmrt: Lube 2 (Plesence, 2019)  Some loud ass music off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  They are out in Vancouver.  That’s in Canada.  5 tracks, 11 minutes of guitar squall, some weird synth (something is in that nest of distortion!), classic hardcore drumming and distressed female on the microphone.  I’m almost sure they have some sort of keyboard player which is quite surprising for a hardcore band.  The second tune is more rough indie, oops I spoke too soon as they popped a nut and went right into a hardcore section.  God bless their pointed little heads.

@@@ Only a Visitor: Technicolor Education (Self-released, 2018)  Art pop also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  This is the opposite of the cheap beer punk we just snacked on.  This is classically influenced and highbrow art indie.  Oy, not really my thing but this first tune does feature some intricate vocal arrangements.  This is more artsy than Death Cab for Cutie.  The vibe changes, at least instrumentally as there is a sloppier rock thing going on underneath the female vocal harmonizing.  I appreciate the contrast.  I can’t really get with this, but if you like the super clean and aspirational and antiseptic indie than this will work for you!  Also a tad proggy.

@@@ Future: Jumpin on a Jet (Epic/Sony, 2019)  We switch the moods again with some mainstream trap.  I still don’t get the genius of Future, I dig J.I.D. and DRAM but Future not as much.  You can rattle some windows with this bass for sure.  I’m not listening too much to him do his thing as I find the Autotune effect on his voice pretty annoying.  Fat bass, standard beats, annoying rhymes, that’s the view from here.

YTD recordings listened to: 33
Good music, not list worthy: 22
Not good music: 10

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, Converge, 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

Music for 1/4/19!!! Colin Self, Leikeli 47

@@@ Colin Self: Siblings (RVG Intl, 2018)  #33 on the NPR best of 2018 list.  It’s some electronic music and this first tune brings in some church singing which gives it both a religious and a heavy metal flow.  After it’s finished with its church business it gets into some pretty hot chopped glitch business.  The second tune is more of a standard rock tune which I’m not super interested in but it retains the extensive vocal arrangements.  I thought the electronic elements would be the string that binds the record together but it’s the vocal stylings.  So there’s some electronic, some rock, and I think this third tune is gonna be a power ballad kinda thing but the vocals don’t super work for me.  This third tune is a drag for me.

@@@ Leikeli 47: Acrylic (RCA/Sony, 2018)   #29 on the NPR best of 2018 list.  It’s a black female hip hop record that opens up with a skit.  I guess the Acrylic in the title refers to a nail salon as a metaphor.  The vibe is what I would describe as a playful trap music.  The MC is quick and humorous and the sounds are up to date.  This third tune is happening and the best of what I’ve heard.  It’s a party record from what I’ve heard to this point — boasts, put downs, let’s get out on the dance floor and dance.

YTD recordings listened to: 8
Good music, not list worthy: 5
Not good music: 0

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, 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, 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, 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

Music for 1/1/19!!! Nipsey Hussle, Terri

@@@ Nipsey Hussle: Perfect Timing (Atlantic, 2018).  So it’s 2019 and the stock market is down but we still at it with Nipsey Hussle and his crew which numbers in the millions.  Nipsey is up on a ghetto self empowerment tip over a large funk rock beat.  Nipsey has jailed but he’s out now and he dropped a mixtape and he was on his way.  There’s some nice bass playing (synth or actual instrument) and a medium effective trippy synth hook.  It’s an uncommon blend of sounds and I have no view positive or negative on the lyrics.  The tune ends with the two words — victory lap!  There’s no greater motivator than the stickin’ it those who’ve kept you down.

@@@ Terri: Shuu (Star Boy Entertainment, 2018).  The #2 track in the African music section at the Apple Music.  Terri takes the hip hop paradigm and funk-a-fies it with some thicker rhythms and African elements including simple and repetitive guitar lines.  His rapping/singing is on fleek but I have no idea what Shuu means.  It could be a pastry, it could a thing you put on your foot, it could be something you smoke or it could be another word for pussy.  It’s New Year’s day you got time and shit to finger it.

YTD recordings listened to: 2
Good music, not recommended: 2
Not good music: 0

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, 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, 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, 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

Music for 12/31/18!!! Travis Scott, Mitski

@@@ Travis Scott: SICKO MODE (Epic, 2018)  I guess we gotta send out 2018 with Drake showing up like an unwanted erection.  This tune is getting a lot of love and I get the variety of sounds and parts but it’s the bounce and not the lyrics (or Drake) that got this track 151 million streams on the GooglePimp.  It’s a little heavy on the pitch shifted sci-fi vocals and too heavy on the Drake who I can hope will take 2019 off.  I’m not holding my breath on that.

@@@ Mitski: Nobody (Dead Oceans, 2018).  I checked this record out when it first came out and was pretty shocked to see it land on almost everybody’s year end list.  When she gets to the chorus I’m thinking this is some pretty light piano pop rock.  Handclaps, funk guitar riff and just what the fuck why the love?  Let me be clear, it’s not garbage but it’s like a pork rind — light, crunchy and not really good for you.  I’ve never had but I don’t see how they taste good either.  This one gets a big questions mark, c’mon America!

YTD recordings listened to: 701
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 380
Not good music: 270

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

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, 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, 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

Music for 12/30/18!!! Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Post Malone

@@@ Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper: Shallow (Interscope, 2018). There’s an easy joke here but I’ve avoided checking out this tune.  This is dumb ballad cheese with too much reverb on both of their voices.  I guess this is where Lady Gaga’s train was bound the whole time — up on the big screen and slinging arena rock cheese.  It has 171 million views on the GooglePimp which begs the question: don’t folks have something better to do with their time than listen to this.  I have to go brush my teeth as I have the taste of vomit in my mouth.

@@@ Post Malone: Wow (Republic/UMG, 2018).  Impressively groomed sounds on this Christmas hip hop single.  It doesn’t have much Santa in the tune unless he’s ho ho hoe-ing it up at the strip club but the video seems to trigger that holiday sploosh.  I can’t say the lyrics have any conciousness or any sort of legs that would bring back listeners after more than two weeks but the bass and beats and the simple hook, damn wow.

YTD recordings listened to: 699
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 378
Not good music: 270

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

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, 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, 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