Music for 5/11/17!!! Cende, The Whistles and the Bells, Little Cub

@@@ Cende: Don’t Want To (Double Whammy, 2017) A little Elvis Costello, a little bit of Squeeze and a pubic hair of The Strokes.  Hi energy rock that back in the day would have been FM classic radio between the big stoner tunes.  It’s 1:36 so it goes in commando style and gets out right away.  Kudos for that.  Got to this via a music publicist email.  Probably cost them at least $3k for that exposure.

@@@ The Whistles and the Bells: Modern Plagues (New West, 2017) This record is slotted as an indie folk on last week’s All Music notable release email but it’s the kind of milquetoast indie that I have problems with.  I’m sure these are all fantastic people but the singer is mad annoying to me.  Kinda cute and smarmy.  I would not go so far as to say that he needs a slap but maybe a good rough cuff.  Now this second tune is less indie and more roots oriented but it’s still the same singer.

@@@ Little Cub: Still Life (Domino, 2017)  Indie electronic off this week’s All Music.  Very smooth Roxy Music opening tune — plinky guitars, laid-back beats and a suave singer.  It’s interesting to see how synth rock has morphed into indie electronic because to me this isn’t really electronic music, but it’s rock music songs with a lot of electronic sounds and vibes.  I think these guys are Brits and this is the kind of music Prince Harry listens to — it’s got dignity and not much muscle.  I don’t know much about Prince Harry’s personal life story so don’t take that comment too seriously.

YTD recordings listened to: 289
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 171
Not good music: 111

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 4/26/17!!! Matthew Logan Vazquez, Mr. Mitch

@@@ Matthew Logan Vazquez: Does What He Wants (Dine Alone, 2017)  I’ve heard Vasquez’s music before and almost put it on a year end list.  This one opens up straight blues rock and I don’t like it much.  The second tune is less rocking and more indie — I like it more but the third tune is back to the big rock.  He has a good voice and the sounds are all right but it seems like a record designed to produce loot as it goes out of its way to be familiar.

@@@ Mr. Mitch: Devout (Planet Mu, 2017)  This electronic musician out of London is being marketed as somewhere between grime and ambient.  This first tune is a slow love song with lush synths and a delayed vocal line.  In the second song, he breaks out the ping pong delay and gets to rhyming.  The beats are not typical American hip hop and the piece has a sort of sci fi feel to it.  Mr. Mitch appears to want to have delicate sounds on top of beats so when he drops the energy of the beats it feels ambient and when he goes into a grime hip hop thing it’s a half rugged video game thing.  Not really for me but check for yourself.

@@@ Mike Dillon: Life is Not a Football (Royal Potato, 2017)  Some experimental rock off this week’s All Music notable release email.  This first tune opens up somewhat Captain Beefheart-y with a mid tempo weird groove and lower energy vocals.  The second tune Man C**t gets more fractured with some wild slashing vocal blasts, tom tom drumming and some squirgles.  Yes, squirgles.  I’m on the third tune, I like the marimba/vibes but I for those who want to roll this way I would head out to Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica or some vintage Zappa.

YTD recordings listened to: 250
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 148
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 4/2/17!!! Kodak Black, Body Count

@@@ Kodak Black: Painting Pictures (Atlantic, 2017)  Big label hip hop off the Apple Music new music section.  Mr. Black sounds more than a bit like Q-Tip and the first tune is a slightly above downtempo track about his time in prison and other problems he’s had.  I want to check this second track cuz I would like something mo brisk and funkier.  Nope, more cough syrup tempo but the bass is quite ridiculous and a lot of the sounds are kind of ballad-y.  The fourth tune is the most uptempo with some really nice backwards guitar and some skittery beats.  I’m attaching the tenth tune, Tunnel Vision, because it has 93 million views on the GooglePimp.  He’s got this rough/sweet combo to his sound that I bet helped him garner that many views.

@@@ Body Count: Bloodlust (Century Family, 2017)  I saw that Ice T has released another record with his old Body Count moniker.  It’s not hip hop it’s metal with rhymes over the top.  I like Ice T, he’s not up his own ass.  This first tune Civil War is about our fucked up American politics with big power chord guitar action, Rage Against the Machine funky drumming.  The second tune The Ski Mask Way is uptempo and mixes in mainstream hard rock with his Rage formula.  I’d put 50 bucks that Ice T is not robbing folks with a ski mask on these days but it’s a solid tune.  Ice T is super raw in this second tune, you gotta give him respect for his lyrical rawness — he’s on the other side of his Law and Order character on this record.

YTD recordings listened to: 216
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 115
Not good music: 81

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, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab

Music for 2/20/17!!! Ibibio Sound Machine, Hunck, D.O.C.

@@@ Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai (Merge, 2017)  This world music outfit has two tunes up on the Apple Music and this record is reviewed this week by WRIR in Virginia.  This first tune more than subtly bites Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop til you Get Enough’.  As WRIR says in the review these guys are trying to leave the world music ghetto and they’ve filed a lot of edges down here to get to mainstream listeners.  The energy is very high and the female singer is quite active on the mic.  I dig the rhythm section on this tune as well.  I guess I’m not feeling the synth hooks here, they’re not awful but they change the complexion and aspirations for the record.

@@@ Hunck: Little Women (Not sure, 2017)  I’ve been getting mad publicist emails about this band Hunck so I will give a peep and maybe a Trumpian pee.  Dance rock beats, medium strong ’80s rock vibes, and an aspiring porn star singer.  I’m feeling the drummer as he’s pulling off the sleazy vibes, but the guitar player, eh not so much.  Pretty standard stuff for the earholes.

@@@ D.O.C.: Parched Dredge EP (Iron Lung, 2017)  Some rough, sped up metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Hardcore singer with a little caveman grunting, herky jerky sizzly guitars — quite an impressive wall of them actually.  And the drummer, somebody get the drummer a beverage he’s drumming his nuts off.  Thrashing about like a fish on the bottom of a boat.  The bass player lays down a bed of sweet stanky bass.  These are all 30 second to 1 minute blasts of hate, really quite well done.

YTD recordings listened to: 119
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 64
Not good music: 39

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, Acid Arab, 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

Music for 2/2/17!!! Major Lazer, Kreator, Emptyset

@@@ Major Lazer: Run Up (featuring Nikki Minaj) (Mad Decent, 2017)  I think it’s cool to see dancehall Caribbean rhythms hit the mainstream but the Justin Bieber loverboy butter merchant on the mic is not great.  The sounds are hot but the vocals, outside of Minaj, are pretty weak.  I think the male singer may be this guest dude PARTYNEXTDOOR which is a fairly HORRIBLE name for a vocalist.  She most definitely raises the temperature on the track but she makes the WETPAPERTOWELNEXTDOOR sound SOGGY.  Great sounds, pick your singers better.

@@@ Kreator: Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast, 2017)  Some heavy metal off last week’s All Music notable release email.  It’s a full on Hollywood soundtrack intro before it launches into a classic metal smashup with a great drum sound.  These guys sound like a super hopped up version of the Scorpions from back in the day.  The band is medium rough but they sure have a love affair with arena rock sounds.  This third tune, Satan is Real, could be a Metallica tune with a light sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

@@@ Emptyset: Borders (Thrill Jockey, 2017)  Some experimental electronic also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens with a throbbing bass sound and a parallel rattle and some buzz sauce.  It’s looped and it’s a nice mash of sounds with some chopping and rhythmic elements coming in.  The second tune, clipped below, brings a higher tempo with some bounce but still plenty of rattle and buzz.  I like the opener more but as it unfolds it gets more chopped and sliced which is stylish.  This is an interesting combination of accessible rhythms and medium unpleasant sounds.  These pieces don’t sound fully baked to my ear but I don’t mean that in a bitchy way, I could just use a little more.

YTD recordings listened to: 76
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 46
Not good music: 23

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof

4/13/16: Book of Sand, Cursus Impasse, Volbeat, Hatebreed

@@@ Book of Sand: Occult Anarchist Propaganda (Self-released?, 2016).  Today is tax day so I think this is a fine day to do an all metal review list.  I work as hard as I can to avoid paying taxes so my money won’t go to kill Palestinians and other brown people in the Middle East.  I started with two releases below off the Apple Music metal section, but I thought I would head over here to Invisible Oranges for some less mainstream stuff.  Boy have I been rewarded with this record, it’s a tasty ball of metal, thrash, and noise.  Usually heavy metal records sound very suffocating (by design) but the drums here sound pleasantly ambient, like they’re in a room.  The vocals are quite anguished, the guitar sounds are a blend of noisy washes and threedled, agitated shredding, and I’m a big fan of the drumming.  With a song title like The White Man’s Burden, how can you go wrong?  Pleasantly agitated is how I would describe this music.

@@@ Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows (Self-released?, 2016).  An even more ramped up metal band profiled on Invisible Oranges.  Man, these two bands make the two metal bands off Apple Music look like pretty boys.  These guys sound like a pack of hyenas gorging on bunnies.  Thrash drumming, buzzy guitar but not your typical macho stomp, and a caveman singer.  They are discussed on Invisible Oranges as a death metal band, but they most definitely have a different vibe to their music.  Kinda wild and circus-y.

@@@ Volbeat: The Devil’s Bleeding Crown (Universal, 2016)  A piquant blend of swagger rock with a tad of grunge and mainstream arena heavy music.  Big shiny production, mid tempo drumming, and a singer that must be rocking lederhosen.  Big guitar solo, big big big.  It’s a surprisingly poppy arrangement for a tune called ‘The Devil’s Bleeding Crown.’  Imma gonna have to stick with the Apple Metal list as this hasn’t gotten me my quotient for the day.  I’m clipping the lyric video down below but please remember these guys are from Denmark, I think, so English is their second language.

@@@ Hatebreed: A.D. (Nuclear Blast, 2016).  Oh my, enter the pissed and the thrashy.  Nothing like a band hopped up on Red Bull and meth.  Definite threads going back deep to the hardcore shout-a-longs as well as tasty thrash metal drumming and a singer that is tres pissed.  Halfway through the tune morphs from thrash to a mid tempo boot stomper.  The lyrics are about America and what a piece of shit it is — I’m hearing phrases like ‘corrupt system of belief’ and what not.

YTD recordings listened to: 342
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 194
Not good music: 127

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar

 

1/1/16: Tribulation, LCD Soundsystem, Fetty Wap

@@@ Tribulation: Children of the Night (Century, 2015) On the best metal records of 2015 list on Apple Music.  It opens up mad Transylvanian.  Church organ, slow string swells, and then your big riffage.  Happy New Year and horns up you Satanic bastards!  The singer has that cranky caveman flow, but the band is pretty mainstream.  Shiny metal, let’s check out another track.  The second tune is pretty Foo-ish with a big riff slathered on a rockin’ power chord progression.  Imma gonna listen to one more track, but this doesn’t smell like my favorite metal record of 2015.  Check out Fuck the Facts’ Desire Will Rot, this is a tad cheesy for my taste.

@@@  LCD Soundsystem: Christmas Will Break Your Heart (LCD Soundsystem, 2015).  Mr. Soundsystem bit the sound of John Lennon’s first solo record, simply called Plastic Ono Band.  I recommend all you kiddies run out and stream that record pronto.  Send Yoko a few fractions of a penny, I’m sure she’s short.  This song, I would rather not discuss much.  I wish Mr. Soundsystem had kept this song in his par-rumpa-bum bum.  It builds to a gooey climax, and oy!  I skipped the last 49 seconds where he loses it for the holidays.

@@@ Fetty Wap: Merry Xmas (300 Productions, 2015).  If you’re gonna peep indie white boy horrible holidays song you gotta peep hip hop Christmas tunes.  Thus far Fetty’s winning, he’s got a little dancehall thing going over some skittering beats.  Fetty balls on Christmas, smoking weed by the fireplace and rolling out to Tiffany’s.  Careful Fetty, Tiffany’s has been busted for racial profiling.

YTD recordings listened to: 3
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 2
Not good music: 1

Honorable Mentions: 0
Buys: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa,  Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Noisem, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves