Music for 4/27/17!!! D.R.A.M., Exit Order, Lindi Ortega

@@@ D.R.A.M.: Gilligan (Atlantic, 2017)  A single from DRAM and it’s not as light as the tracks from his last record.  The hook is ‘Gone off the shit again, lost on an island like Gilligan’.  That’s paraphrasing and it appears he gets so high that he feels lost like Gilligan.  I like the beats and the bass and he’s got some good guest MCs talking some medium level gangster business.  Strippers, weed, etc.

@@@ Exit Order: Seed of Hysteria (Side Two Records, 2017)  I thought this was going to be a classic metal record but when the female singer came in it went tasty punk thrash.  Think the Sex Pistols but the band is better and it’s more revved up.  The guitar sounds a little weird and kinda AM radio sizzle but the drums and bass sound really good and I dig the singer.  It’s 10 songs in 19 minutes so it flies like a taco bowl through Trump’s intestines.  Yikes!

@@@ Lindi Ortega – Til The Gon’ Gets Gone (Shadowbox, 2017)  I’ve peeped Ms. Ortega’s alt-country so I thought I would check out this four song EP.  This first tune is just arpeggiated guitar and Ms. Ortega and her voice is more than strong and soulful enough to pull it off.  There’s a lonesome guitar solo in the second half of the song and the second song really showcases Ortega’s voice.  This is a hella beautiful bummer of an EP so get the wine and the handkerchiefs out as this is no cheerleading session. I like the third tune Waiting Around to Die the best of what I heard.

YTD recordings listened to: 253
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 151
Not good music: 99

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 1

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., Fofoulah, 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 4/21/17!!! Black Bear, Imelda May, Charly Puppy

@@@ Black Bear: digital drug lord (Bertram, 2017)  R&B/soul off the Apple Music new music section.  This first tune has provocative lyrics and solo piano accompaniment.  The second song brings some beats and low end and I like it more.  It’s not peeling my face off but it’s good.  His strength is the rawness of the lyrics.  I’m not sure if Black Bear is a white boy, but he kinda sounds it.  He’s doing a pale Drake thing mixing singing and hip hop, it’s all right.

@@@ Imelda May: Live Life Flesh Blood (Decca/Universal, 2017)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email and I’m peeping it because it’s produced by T Bone Burnett and he’s got skills.  The first tune is mad mellow, lonesome and comforting at the same time.  The second tune brings a mellow drumbeat but the focus remains on the guitar playing and the singing.  I like it but I think I might prefer Emmylou Harris’ records done in the same vein.  This is just a tad too polished and sleepy time tea to make it to my stereo.

@@@ Charly Bliss: Guppy (Barsuk, 2017)  Some power pop/punk in the Superdrag vein.    My main beef with most indie guitar rock is how fucking butter soft most of it is.  I don’t need to be bludgeoned like a metal record but I need a little muscle.  So these guys rock a bit and they have a strange female voice out front and it makes for an interesting contrast. I don’t like this second tune as much as the opener.  I’m liking this record less as it plays more but I really like the first tune.  It’s clipped below, that’s how much I care.  I give I give I give and all you guys do is take.

YTD recordings listened to: 259
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 142
Not good music: 95

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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

Music for 4/16/17!!! Coincidence Bizarre, Royal Blood

@@@ Coincidence Bizarre: Invisible Man I’m not sure of the bio of this hip hop outfit as the blurb on their Soundcloud page is obtuse.  Think a more chocolate version of Beck’s mellow hip hop.  I don’t think this a live outfit but there is instrumental (and instruments) on this track.  The beats are solid but not from a specific time or place and the MC is lower register and medium energy.

@@@ Lights Out: Royal Blood (Warner UK, 2017)  A corporate rock single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The drums sounds great, the guitars sound more than a tad buzzy and the singer is a star for sure.  At least trying to be a star.  The chorus explodes into a big riff and a vocal crescendo.  Great sounds, well executed performance, not much soul connection.

YTD recordings listened to: 245
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 133
Not good music: 91

Buys: 3
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab

Music for 3/23/17!!! Spoon, smno, Fit for an Autopsy

@@@ Spoon: Hot Thoughts (Matador, 2017) I’ve always thought Spoon overrated but I check every record as these guys are critical darlings. To me these guys are a funk band trapped in a white boy indie band’s body. They’re TRANS, so to speak.  They bit a Led Zeppelin drum intro on the second tune and immediately go angular.  I don’t think I like the singer — if he had David Bowie vibes I might appreciate it more.   Oops that was the third tune, interwebz situation.  I’m on the fourth tune and I’m sure the singer is the most awesome guy ever but I don’t like his microphone work.

@@@ Smino: blkswn (Zero Fatigue/Downtown, 2017)  Hip hop off the Apple Music new music section.  Same with the Spoon record.  This first tune is syrupy with a blunted feel.  I like the arrangement on this first tune, minimal, slinky and funky.   The sounds here far surpass the tunes.  There are a few guest vocalists so you might find a vocalist you dig.  Or you could just listen for the sounds, plenty of folks do that.  The MCs aren’t awful they don’t elevate the tunes for me.

@@@ Fit for an Autopsy: The Great Collapse (Entertainment One, 2017)  Some of the metal on the Apple Music new music section is mainstream leaning, but this is not one of those choices.  Ah wait, they’re doing that common Linkin Park move where it’s rough and heavy in the verse and it soars in the chorus.   They either have two singers or a shapeshifting one — it lurches from caveman growling to quasi-operatic art school singer in the chorus.  The band can be quite rough — not crazy molten, methed out metal but some more than solid work through herk-a-jerk moves.  It’s all right, solid B- but check for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 194
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 106
Not good music: 72

Buys: 1
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, 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, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee

Music for 3/16/17!!! Ho9909, J.I.D., Tenelle

@@@ Ho9909: United States of Horror (Deathkult, 2017)  An aggro industrial grade hip hop single off an upcoming full length that comes out in May.  I just had to peep something called the United States of Horror.  I’m down with the sentiments at the end of the tune but the sounds are pretty grating.  He’s got his distorted vocals crunched up pretty good and it kinda hurts.  It reminds me of a slowed down rap metal tune but check it for yourself.

@@@ J.I.D.: The Never Story (Interscope, 2017)  I’m not sure how this hip hop record off the Apple New Music section is going to go but I like the first tune.  No beats but some lush vocal harmonies.  Then it goes into the second tune which is gangsta but funky and not rough in the arrangements.  The MC has a high, slightly nasal tinge so he’s not super menacing sounding.  I’m super feeling this third tune Never.  He’s got a super quick and satisfying flow.  I like the sounds but Mr. J.I.D. is the star here and you gotta peep the song clipped below if you’re a hip hop fan.  Outstanding funk factor on these tracks.

@@@ Tenelle: For the Lovers (Island Empire, 2017)  Slotted as a reggae record in the Apple new music section this is a mash of slick r&b and reggae like beats.  This first tune has more in common with a Prince tune than a Bob Marley song.  The second tune is stickier but we’re not breaking any records, it’s a crossover style with plenty of pop.  If you don’t like the super sweetness of these tunes you’re not going to like the record.  It’s cotton candy to my ears but check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 177
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 95
Not good music: 66

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, 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, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Fruko Y Sos Tesos, Reverend Payton, J.I.D.

Music for 3/15/17!!! MOD SUN, Reverend Payton, Yonder Mountain String Band

@@@ MOD SUN: Movie (Rostrum, 2017) Some white boy hip hop off the Apple Music new music section.  I don’t want to get all racial and shit but he don’t sound too vanilla — I guess he’s been apprenticing in the hood with a brother maybe?  It’s a pretty low IQ party track with trite philosophical lyrics.  Let’s check more.  This third tune She Just Wanna Dance is a low IQ banger that’s most of the way to Stupid Town.  Myself I would stick with 6Lack, he’s got superior sounds and flow.

@@@ The Reverend Payton’s Damned Big Band: Front Porch Sessions (Family Owned Records, 2017)  I was super into the Reverend’s last record So Delicious.  It made my year end list and I’m a finicky motherfucker.  I like the sounds on this first tune but it’s a tad slow out of the gate.  I’m on the third tune and this is not a party record, it’s a collection of slow blues songs.  The guitar sounds are excellent, Reverend Payton has an unorthodox and cool voice and he’s got soul.  This is one of those records that can really grow on you over time.

@@@ Yonder Mountain String Band: Black Sheep (Frog Pad Records, 2015).  It’s gonna be a roots music Wednesday after I got a music publicist email about a live album these guys are putting out.  I chose to listen to this 2015 effort instead.  This first tune Insult and an Elbow opens up briskly with a vicious fiddle solo and heartfelt playing.  The second tune (clipped below) sounds more like a rock song played by a string band than a traditional string tune (which is fine).  I like the playing more than the tunes but if you want energetic string band music check these guys out.

YTD recordings listened to: 174
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 94
Not good music: 65

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, 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, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Fruko Y Sos Tesos, Reverend Payton

Music for 3/10/17!!! Five Alarm Funk, Murs, Damaged Bug

@@@ Five Alarm Funk: Sweat (Self-released, 2017)  A self-released funk record I got to via this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  A little Afrobeat swagger and a little Red Hot Chili Peppers in this first tune.  Yowsa, a giant horn explosion in the middle of this first track.  This second tune has more of a spy movie theme and I dig it less though the energy is relentless.  I’m on the fourth tune and these guys are a large ensemble party band — rock like funk guitar, lots of horns, energetic drumming and whole group chants.

@@@ Murs: Captain California (Strange Music, 2017)  I like this first tune with some laid back funk.  The arrangements have more than a dollop of George Clinton funk and the rhyming revolves around girls, but more on the boasting tip than the pornographic neighborhood.  The third tune GBKW (God Bless Kanye West) is anthemic but I’m not sure it’s about Kanye West.  They get more into tha life themes on this fourth tune Colossus.  I dig the sounds here.

@@@ Damaged Bug: Bunker Funk (Castle Face, 2017)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  This first tune is sort of a punky funk thing with crushed drum beats and off kilter vocal stylings.  The bass players is the star of these first two songs.  These guys have an energetic slightly psych indie with bits of white boy funk thing going on and it’s pretty good.  Check it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 163
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 89
Not good music: 60

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, 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, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Fruko Y Sos Tesos