Music for 10/31/17!!! Rico Nasty, Ne Obliviscaris, Maston, Courtney Pine

@@@  Rico Nasty: Sugar Trap 2 (Sugar Trap, 2017)  Do you love the trap music?  I do!  I mean the lyrics are mad stupid but it’s funky and has a good dose of cough syrup and/or weed to trip things out nicely.  How could I not listen to a record by someone named Rico Nasty?  That’s fucked up yo.  I found this record in the new release section of Apple Music.  I gotta thing for these potty mouth female rappers — I find it entertaining.  This girl is all over these other bitches and dogging them for working at 7-11.  I wouldn’t confuse this record with John Lennon’s Imagine, this is a record of folks going for the loot and fighting anybody in their way.  I’m going to exit after this third tune which I thought was going to be sweet until she stepped and said ‘this ain’t no motherfucking playground.’  Oh my, this is not for the sensitive folks out there.

@@@  Ne Obliviscaris: Urn (Season of Mist, 2017)  Some proggy heavy metal off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Notable!!  This is a record that is supposed to be a mash of various styles including jazz and prog.  Not usually my thing but I go in with an open mind.  This first tune opens up a little noodle-y before they get into the mathy bash.  This is super epic (more epic than epic) and I guess they rock a an big singer as well as an orc who has just made his appearance.  There are two almost 10 minute jams on this record and the opener is one of them.  Let’s peep more.   The second tune is a classical folk thing with violin and steel string guitar.  The third tune is an 11 minute monster shot and it’s all right.  I struggle with the super clean metal as I prefer the stuff that is a hot mess.  Super high level playing for metal nerds!!!

@@@ Maston: Tulips (Phonoscope, 2017) Some indie rock off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Notable!!  It opens chill and twee with some shiny guitar and flute (guess?)  I like it all right but it would be great if it was more than a sonic vibe.  I think this is an instrumental record — it sounds like a bunch of hipsters bought some Martin Denny or old school pre-lounge lounge music and then decided to rock a record around the concept.  The organ player has come swelling on this third tune so I think I may actually may know what I’m talking about here.  A rarity indeed.

@@@ Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep (Freestyle, 2017)  I got to this r&b record also off the All Music notable release email.  Notable!!  I’ve heard this jazz sax player’s music before but not with a singer and not with this sound/vibe in operation.  I tend to prefer the fire jazz so while I appreciate some of the sounds here, particularly the bass, the playing is just a tad slack and doobie-ish for my taste.  The tune clipped below is one that features the singer.  Pine’s tone is super warm and inviting but it’s too quiet storm for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 702
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 376
Not good music: 292

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements

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Music for 9/19/17!!! Alice Glass, Evil Invaders, Dan Walsh

@@@ Alice Glass: Alice Glass EP (Loma Vista, 2017) Female fronted space pop off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  The most notable feature of the first tune is how much the low end has been sliced out of the singer’s voice and she sounds about seven years old.  This sort of club music requires slick production — a lot of shine to go with the booty rocking bass.  The record tries to be both dance music and lyric driven songs but I don’t buy these as songs, they leave me feeling not much, if anything.

@@@ Evil Invaders: Feed Me Violence (Napalm, 2017)  Some revved up classic metal/thrash that I got to from the same CFUV playlist email.  The singer is really a singer, and the guitarist(s) provide quite a bit of rhythmic chord chunking as well as the occasional pig squeal.  There are two pre-release tunes up and this second one As Life Slowly Fades follows the same basic premise as the opener.  Fast tempo, lots of drum fills followed by thrash beats, and wicked piercing pig squeals/guitar blasts.

@@@ Dan Walsh: Verging on the Perpendicular (Roksmere Records, 2017)  Some roots/folk music off the CFUV email.  This second tune (clipped below) is banjo playing and singing.  It’s really pleasant playing and the singing is pretty with more modern lyrics.  There are two instrumentals in the three first tunes which is fine as Walsh can surely play the banjo.  For old schoolers.

YTD recordings listened to: 606
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 322
Not good music: 258

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny

Music for 9/7/17!!! U2, Mark Olsen, Medusa

@@@ U2: You’re the Best Thing About Me (Island, 2017)  I used to say Bono was a douche half the time and a great singer the other half so I put up with him.  Now I fear that he’s crossed over into total douchedom.  He just sounds like a rock ‘n roll door to door salesman.  I like the bass sound here, I’ve always dug the drummer, and I’m agnostic on the guitar playing here — Edge sure has had his moments but this may not be one of them.  Unfortunately this tune is smothered in schmaltzy Bono douche sauce.  He should do a duet with Taylor Swift — it could be called Look What Made Us Totally Unbearable!  I should trademark that the way Taylor Swift trademarked the phrase ‘this sick beat’.  The Apple Music blurb says they make it sound so easy and I’ll just leave it at that.  Boy I’m happy that’s over.

@@@ Mark Olsen: Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun (Glitterhouse records, 2017)  A roots record off the Americana section on Apple Music.  I like this first tune with a dual male/female vocal attack.  You have to be up for lyrics like ‘Where are the yellow hummingbird flowers?’  I have no fucking clue where they might be.  Full band working a couple of notches above soft rock with a couple of pubes of Byrds Cali pop orchestration.  I like the mash of influences here and I dig the vocal pairing.  Get ready to take a barefoot walk in a meadow full of flowers after you peep this.  Flower child music with strings, let’s go with that.

@@@ Medusa: Paradise Lost (Nuclear Blast, 2017)  A veteran metal outfit that I’ve never heard of delivers their 15th record.  Oy, that’s a lotta metal!!!  Horns up you shittas!!!  After a little organ intro they get into the classic doom slow stomp.  The singer sounds like a human.  He growls for sure but he says words and I’m thinking he lives in a house and not a cave.  Excellent guitar tones and they’re jammed into both of ya earholes.  I’m thinking with the reference to John Milton’s Paradise Lost this is a high minded beat down.  These guys have full control of that slow water dripping smacking of human domes and the vibe to engage you while they back a slow moving bus over your thin skulled meatbag.  The auto speller changed meatball to meatball — awesome and extremely confusing.  Who backs a bus up over meatballs?  Lastly if you like some classic metal guitar melodies over the top of your doom rock these guys will bring it on home.

YTD recordings listened to: 579
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 308
Not good music: 244

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny

Music for 7/27/17!!! The Bombay Royale, Pokey LaFarge, Mr. Eazi

@@@  The Bombay Royale: Run Kitty Run (Hopestreet, 2017)  An Australian/Indian funky large ensemble record.  There are two tracks up for pre-release on the Apple Music and this first track is funky for sure with some tongue in cheek spy movie/spaghetti western influence.  I like the blending of musical cultures and I am enjoying the singers but I’m not jumping up and down.

@@@ Pokey LaFarge: Manic Revelations (Rounder/Concord, 2017)  Some old school rocking’ r&b in the vein of James Hunter that I got to via this week’s CFUV playlist email.  It’s a larger band with a horn section and an organ player.  LaFarge has a very nice voice and this is a celebration of early ’60 r&b.  Pre black power/James Brown.  Aretha Franklin could probably beat LaFarge up and that would be entertaining.

@@@ Mr. Eazi: Life is Eazi, Vol. 1 — Akkra to Lagos (Banku Music, 2017)  A rare African music record on the front page of Apple Music.  I can see why they have him front and center as he sounds like an African Bieber except not nearly as annoying.  Smooth vocals with some nice African guitar playing and beats you would find on a lot of new American mainstream releases.  Regular readers know that I’m a huge listener of all African music but this does not have enough African music in it to super interest me.  It’s probably really interesting to a lot of American mainstream music listeners.  I’m agnostic.

YTD recordings listened to: 491
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 268
Not good music: 201

Buys: 7
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity

Music for 6/27/17!!! Melis, Vasser, Larkins, KINDER

Today we are back on this Best of Line Fit 25 hot tracks of the week.  I find the indie music to be culturally/philosophically fascinating as it is a projection of white folks’ psychology but this genre is not a place where I find a lot of good music.  I don’t wish to be a black person but I have more than my share of problems with whiteness and all the shit that goes with that.  On to the listening!

@@@ Melis: Flower (Virtuous Sound, 2017)  This indie folk tune opens up super intimate with a fragile female voice and a simple figure behind it.  It is sad and hopeful at the same time.   After about 90 seconds it opens up into a larger sound with an electronic beat, background vocals, electric organ.  I find the lyrics a tad confusing — I heard one line saying ‘everything I need from you is everything I see in you’.  Now we’re building to the full New Age catharsis.  Even though this tune is saturated with feelings there are repeated entreaties to not think about it.  What is this it I’m not supposed to think about?  Is it that the lyrics don’t make sense to me and don’t think about it???#sarcasm.  Confusion is an under discussed aspect of these large indie tunes — I just finished listening and I’m not sure at all what that was about though those were some big ass meaningful sounds.

@@@ Vasser: Little Things (Vasser, 2017)  An updated Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush world rock kinda sound.  The singer enters and he’s feeling a lot as well.  What are we to do with all these feelings?  I like the bass sound, and the beats are all right and though this isn’t my favorite sonic formula there’s some sophistication to it.  The singer, hmm, he’s not bad but he’s not my cup of tea.  I’m finishing up this tune and it’s similar to the first — a lot of focus on the sound and not much on the meaning.  Either I’m supposed to dig through the lyrics and figure it out, or I’m supposed to groove on the sounds and the tone of his voice, or it was supposed to say something and didn’t do a good job of it.  Or I’m stupid and that’s been accepted at the outset.

@@@ Larkins: Sugar Sweet (Mark Lippman, 2017)  The GoogleTubePimp calls this tune sun soaked.  And if you see the title of the tune on the video below this is an uplifter, a bra for the tits of your mind.  It’s a big rock drumbeat with some cutesy guitar playing that goes to half crunch in the chorus.  How was I to know you were in my veins?  How was I to know that we could be more than friends?  Yes, it’s veins.  So he’s celebrating having a romantic relationship with somebody who was previously just a friend.  Okay, big props because the lyrics make sense and I get it.  Whew!  Now he’s rocking a friendly big rock formula that isn’t my cup of tea but it might be yours and I’m just happy I listened to a song that made sense to me.

@@@ KINDER: Feeling Gets Too Heavy (Lapsang House, 2017)  A slow electro-banger of an upcoming yet to be released record.  From the sounds I thought this was gonna be a romantic kinda track but it’s got negative feelings in it.   Now he’s in a groove where he keeps saying ‘it’s your light that keeps me going’.    So maybe in the first half of the tune he’s got a lot of heavy feelings and then he kinda moves on to the place where he feels better about his relationship and this other person’s light is awesome and shit.  Again, a lot of feelings, I get that, and I think have some idea of what this tune might be about but I’m not going to the bank on it.  He’s got some Prince falsetto going here and some plinky chorused guitar (which I don’t love) and sonically it’s neither a rocker nor a club banger — it’s a slow quiet storm (of feelings).  Feelings, oh Lord the feelings!

YTD recordings listened to: 404
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 225
Not good music: 160

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, 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, 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, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

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