Music for 9/19/19!!! Los Wembler’s De Iquitos, Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla, Drake

@@@ LOS WEMBLER’S DE IQUITOS: Vision Del Ayahuasca (Barbes, 2019)  A legendary cumbia band from Peru with a record out on a Brooklyn label.  The electric guitars really change the vibe here and make it both rocking and world music.    The melodies are not that far from surf music, the tone of the guitars as well.  About halfway into the first tune there is an outstanding guitar solo that sounds like a slide guitar but I’m not full on sure about that.  The second tune (clipped below) is the title track and I have to check the next track or so but this is a giant ass Latin guitar jam record.  It’s awesome as the rhythms are quite different from you usually get from the white boy guitar jam records.  If you’re looking for some rocking these guys will hook you up.

@@@ AHMEDOU AHMED LOWLA: Terrouzi  (Sahel Sounds, 2019)  More African music off the WRIR weekly playlist email.  We’ll see how the record unfolds but the first tune features a synth and a drum machine which is not common in West African music.  Lowla is from Mauritania (GooglePimp), same as Noura Mint Seymali who I super dig so it is confirmed West Africa.  I’m on the first tune proper and it is most definitely electronic music so it is not as driving and is much closer to something you might hear in the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Still present are the intricate melodies as heard in the flute patch in the tune, Kar.  I like the different sounds but overall I’m not jumping up and down over this.  Lowla is absolutely a keyboard wiz.  I like the fourth tune, Seyni, best of what I heard, the energy is higher and the keyboard playing is wicked.

@@@  Drake: Behind Barz (OVO, 2019)  Regular readers know how much I adore Drake.  So genuine and heartfelt and in it for the love.  This tune from a television show compilation soundtrack is slotted to feature gangster Drake, and he’s a rough one, wow.  Most notable is the dramatic piano part which has a short delay and reverb on it.  Beats are solid and minimal, not trap but designed to support mafioso Drake.  I guess these lyrics could easily be about a character on a show that I give not a fuck about or it could be a Drake character projection or it could be both so everybody including Drake can be living the life.  Behold tha life!

YTD recordings listened to: 481
Good music, not list worthy: 292
Not good music: 161

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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo

 

 

 

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Music for 9/6/19!!! Tool, Nef and Dirty Sanchez

@@@ Tool: Fear Innoculum (Volcano, 2019)  Tool’s return has been much celebrated on the interwebz.  Fans of adventurous rock are hoping these guys can revive it, that’s the feeling I get.  These guys are heavy but it’s more than that as they have world-ish hand percussion and other sounds in this first tune.  They are a highly polished do whatever the fuck they feel like and try to get it to work approach.  87 minutes of music that I’m not going to be able to get to so I will give impressions.  Exquisite sounds, guitar sounds, just on the verge of being too clean but there’s enough muscle remaining.  The tempo on this first tune (the title track clipped below) is slower as you would expect from a 10 minute track.  I love my heavy music delivered briskly so these long tracks lend a more exploratory and sophisticated presentation of heavy music.  I do love me my Pig Destroyer and Sepultura.  The second tune, Pneuma, is a proggy thing, chill in tempo with some bouncing delayed guitar and an arena rock drum groove.  These guys feel inspired by Yes but with more rocking.  I like it and respect the effort taken here but I’m not blown away, I want some higher tempos goddammit.  It’s an art rock heavy rock for old farts that’s what it sounds like to me.  I could use a metal beatdown interspersed in here to break the slowness.

@@@ Nef and Dirty Sanchez: Lotus (Self-released, 2019)  Independent hip hop I got to via an email from the artist of somebody doing promotion on behalf of these guys.  It’s a firm but not full on dancehall beat with a really nicely placed trumpet figure.  I believe from the lyrics that these gents are from the NYC area and they have a quick and tight flow in their rhymes.  Lyrics are uplifting without being overly preachy — basic business about staying sane in a nuts world and some reasonable lines about a government run by white vampires.  I get that.  I really dig the trumpet sample, followed by the beat, then the nylon guitar sample.

YTD recordings listened to: 459
Good music, not list worthy: 281
Not good music: 153

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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah

 

Music for 9/3/19!!! Alexander Tucker, Pusha T, Ceremony

@@@ Alexander Tucker: Guild of the Asbestos… (Thrill Jockey, 2019)  While this review is at the top of the post it is my last listen of the day so it is natural to compare it to the Ceremony record down the bottom.  Here we have more of an ambient opening tune, heavier on cloud synths and lighter on rhythms.  The growling bass sound is quite nice.  It’s got that large arena rock album vibe of a classic U2 without that blowhard Bono.  The quasi-Brith affect of the singer lends a highbrow signifier to the track.  Go Brexit!  Fucking do it, slit your own throats it’s totally punk rock.  Slight non-sequitur there.  These are all larger tunes from 5+ minutes up to 10.  The second tune unwinds more slowly as you would expect from a 9 minute monster shot so it does appear to work within popular song structures but in an engorged fashion.  I really like the bass sound, the singer not so much.  The bowed sounds of the third tune work for me, but I tipped!

@@@ Pusha T: Coming Home (featuring Lauryn Hill) (UMG, 2019)  When I saw this single listed in the Apple Music hot tracks I thought Pusha T and Lauryn Hill was an interesting combination.  And sonically she does provide contrast to Pusha T’s tough street rhymes.  I’m not sure what the tune is about but it’s more uplifting and melodic than usual Pusha T business.  Towards the end of the track the title ‘Coming Home’ appears – it’s a black rebirth anthem and it’s pretty interesting.  There’s a line about black people being past their due date, that line caught my ear.  I’m listening to the track for the second time and it’s hard to connect his rhymes to her sung lyrics.  The sounds are pretty hot and atypical for what I’ve heard from Pusha T before.

@@@ Ceremony: In the Spirit World Now (Relapse, 2019)  I find it fascinating that heavy music label Relapse has started trafficking in other genres.  My guess is they’re feeling economically pinched and looking to get any loot they can from other genres.  The first tune, Turn Away the Bad Thing, is an angular old school art school thing from the first half of the ’80s balanced pretty equally between guitars and synths.  The singing duties are mostly handled by a gent with a brusque barking manner.  That tune, clipped below, is picked as the main single for a reason as it is both melodic and muscular.  These guys do a good job of making synths sound aggressive and rocking, an above average example of synth rock so check it out if you roll in this way.

YTD recordings listened to: 451
Good music, not list worthy: 274
Not good music: 152

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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah

Music for 8/29/19!!! Saint Abdullah, Missy Elliott, Silent Vigils

@@@ Saint Abdullah: Mechanical Flirtations (True Aether, 2019) I saw a show with these guys up on the Flavorpill weekly email and saw they’re Muslim (check out that NC The Muslims, you bitches) and thought I would throw it a listen.  This is an electronic record and it’s not gonna be a dancefloor banger if the first tune is any indication.  It opens up with a dark, insistent churn and a free jazz sax not quiet wailing.  I dig it, it’s hefty.  In addition to the electronic bits and the sax there is some percussion going on which breaks the repetition of the electronic component.  It is a bold and strong opener.  Let’s see what else they have going.  The second tune opens up with what I believe to be South Asian devotional singing/chanting before the dark electronics enter again.  I’m only on the second tune but my feeling is this type of music is a no go for lots of folks but it hits hard with non verbal impact.  I haven’t loved every bit of this record but there are some really powerful spots on this 31 minute EP

@@@ Missy Elliot: Throw it Back (Atlantic, 2019)  Big fan, Missy Elliot is super funky and strange and just doing her thing.  That said this tune is not full on Missy to my ears and has a pretty standard arrangement with a trappist beat and some trunk shaking low end thumpin.  She’s got some strange funky garnish in places but it doesn’t (imho) have the other worldly funk of her Timbaland sounds.  Compare this to the classic shit of Work It where she goes off vocally and sonically.  I love Missy Elliott, I guess I was hoping for a bit more weirdness.

@@@ Silent Vigils: Lost Rites (Home Normal, 2019) I can’t remember how I got to this record.  I think it was from a best of ambient music on Bandcamp.  This first tune opens up spaciously with some slow rollers and a cloud of static comin’ on in and some sparse piano action.  Notes not runs and big ass chords.  I lasted about a bit over 5 minutes and knowing that ambient music asks you to take less and enjoy it more I could have used a bit more.  The second tune comes out ringing and with bell like hits and ringing metal you might say it has a classic Asian musical feel to it, but with drones and stretching and shit.  This is just right for me.  Harmonically ringing and manipulated guitars highlight the third track so of the three tracks I felt the second tune (the title track) the most.

YTD recordings listened to: 445
Good music, not list worthy: 270
Not good music: 149

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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah

Music for 8/26/19!!! Holly Herndon, The Endangered Species, Everyone You Know

@@@ Holly Herndon: PROTO (4AD, 2019)  I got to this electronic record via a feature in Crack magazine where the artist has a discussion with some leading thinker regarding AI and the future and other topics that signify high intelligence (ha).  I’m not usually a fan of 4AD releases as I find them to art school and not visceral enough but in this first piece I hear a pleasantly rough glitch component to the tune.  Though that may not hold as the second tune brings forth a clunky beat and a lot of synth drama.  It’s a wall of synth indie and female voices roughly chopped, that’s the formula here.  You hear her voice but to say that she’s front in center in a traditional sense of  a singer is a bit misplaced.  The third tune, Canaan (live training) is an acapella piece that I clicked past and the fourth is a lot of vocals again roughly chopped and I don’t hear as much creativity at work here as I would like.  To my ears it’s pretty mediocre beats with a lot of vocal sauce.  I get that some art school types might find this compelling but I’m not one of them.

@@@ The Endangered Species: World Gone Mad (N/A, 2019)  I got to this hard rocking tune via a music publicist email.  The lead singer is serious and the lyrics are relevant and dramatical.  Big arena drum sounds with lots of toms and plenty of guitar riffage.  I think one of the main vocal hooks is ‘I’m not the only one insane’.  Yeah, that makes sense, we got mad crazy people up in here.  Big quasi-metal guitar solo with wah wah.  Not a big fan of the singer and consequently am not listening closely to the lyrics but check it for yourself.

@@@ Everyone You Know: Look After Your Pennies (Sony, 2019)  A British hip hop EP I got to via the Line of Best Fit weekly email.  It’s a double MC outfit and the record opens up with some nice guitar playing and my favorite thing, British people rhyming.  It straightens out into a disco beat and the head dude lamenting that she don’t dance no more so he doesn’t anymore as well.  Poor bloke!  Maybe this is a r&b record and not a hip hop outing.  Let’s peep a bit more.  They do a bit of rhyming but it’s not a hip hop record, they’re doing tunes and it’s a full band.  The production is full major label and I don’t like the tunes.  On the fourth tune, Money, they do go full hip hop with a distortion plugin on the MC’s voice but I don’t really feel this.  I have seen it suggested that British people should not do hip hop and I don’t go that far but I struggle with hearing it and liking it.

YTD recordings listened to: 436
Good music, not list worthy: 263
Not good music: 148

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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe

Music for 8/23/19!!! J.T.C., SAMMUS, Taylor Swift

@@@ J.T.C.: Indigo, Flesh and Fire (Spectral/Ghostly, 2019)  I got to this dance EP via a twat on the Twatter.  It opens up briskly with drum machine hi hats slicing over that four on the floor kick drum.  It drops out for a bit then comes back ginsu knife style.  A very small piece of chopped up sample vocal sits underneath the drums.  Lots of filtering eq thickening and sharpening the groove.  I like the energy, I could use a bit more and call me a slut I don’t care.  The second tune, Varastride, mixes in a high action (and delayed) keyboard part that drives and enhances the rhythm.  This tune I feel a lot more, it’s pumpin’!  If you’re looking for some high octane, quietly trippy techno this EP will mess with your head and get yer feets movin’.

@@@ Sammus: Pieces in Space (Don Giovanni, 2016) I got to this hip hop record via a gig announcement email from an upstate NY media collective.  Put out by an independent label, I give props to them for putting out an indie hip hop label.  It’s headed by an Afro-American female MC and she’s working with somewhat retro beats and sounds.  Lyrics are concious and uplifting with moderate levels of verbal jousting.  This second tune, Comments Disabled, has some really sweet spaced out sounds to go with her rhymes about gamergate where male gamers were threatening and harassing female video game players.  It’s a cool topic for a track.  I like the sounds, the beats are okay (could be a bit funkier if you ask me and nobody is), and she’s good MC.  I would think old school hip hop fans could really groove on this.

@@@ Taylor Swift: Lover (UMG, 2019)  Oh boy, the day is upon us as Tay Tay drops another full length biscuit on the masses.  This is a pre-release single, though it’s pre release only by a few days.  It’s a lush ballad with very little, if any, original elements in the composition.  Sorry little Tay Tay lovers it’s just true.  It’s clear that Swift is much more comfortable with this cheesed out balladry than she was on her last outing which I found cringe worthy club music trying way too hard.  A sophisticated listener would have to find these lyrics somehow interesting as the music is high end cliche.  Swift’s core skill remains, in my humble opinion, her ability to remain bonded with her fans.  Her music, well that’s not nearly as sophisticated as her star-fan relationship skills.  The same could be said for Beyonce.

YTD recordings listened to: 433
Good music, not list worthy: 262
Not good music: 146

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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe

Music for 8/20/19!!! Toby Nwigwe, Kim Gordon, Pet Fangs

@@@ Toby Nwigwe: The Originals (Self-released, 2018) I found this Nigerian American hip hop record via a twat by an African musician I follow on the Twatter.  He busts out into a smooth dancehall thing in this first tune.  Nwigwe is loose and agile on the microphone, I like it.  The sounds are a bit above minimal and focused.  Tight.  His sounds get more familiar in the third tune, THE BLUES, with a trap bass and some skitter.  Those sounds sit under his butter smooth flow — he sounds look he could rhyme with one tongue behind his back.  I like this and am actually paying attention to the lyrics.  I think this record deserves more listening.  Check it if you have a phone and some access and can spare a few swipes.

@@@ Kim Gordon: Sketch Artist (Matador, 2019)  A pre release single from Gordon’s first solo record.  I’ve always been agnostic on Sonic Youth, digging Daydream Nation while not fully understanding the hype surrounding their music.  She was my favorite member of the band.  I think it’s interesting that she’s gone for a dirty electronic sound — a spiky bass sound, some glitched beats that sound like a loop and her detached, tired voice which has always been her calling card.  The tune morphs into a slow space jam with acoustic guitar and feedback.  I like the sounds here while the lyrics aren’t really having an impact with me as I don’t understand how they relate to the title.  A tune called Sketch Artist can be loose, I get that.  Overall more unexpected and interesting than what I thought would happen.

@@@ Pet Fangs: Barbarella (Pet Fangs, 2019)  I got to this punk pop track via a music publicist.  It’s rooted in the ’80s though it has a lot in common with Urge Overkill from the ’90s (though not as biting).  I dislike the snare sound, I like the energy and the singer could have used a large coffee and not a medium.  To my ears they are trying to ride the fine line between rocking out and appealing to casual listeners which is always a difficult mission.  They do all right with it.

YTD recordings listened to: 427
Good music, not list worthy: 258
Not good music: 145

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, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe