Music for 6/26/17!!! Judaskyssen, Erin Rae, The Last Dinosaur, Jerkcurb

Today we’re gonna bust out and listen to a playlist from Line of Best Fit here and I’m thinking we’re gonna be hit with a lot of detached indie goodness, some diluted funk indie electronic, and may be some ironic rocking (as in the kind where nobody sweats to much – Wilco style.  Here we go!

@@@ Judaskyssen: Vit Flagg (West Coast Recordings, 2017)  Yes, some updated ’80s synth rock with slightly aggro-kraut drums and mournful vocals over the top.  Sad and yearning over a rock beat here.  That’s where we’re at.  Now it’s not an American outfit and the singer has an accent so it’s a much classier effort.  Piano chords, a chainsaw synth patch, some echo on the vocals, this is serious business.  It’s a 7 minute tune and I made it about 2 minutes through, but you might like it.

@@@ Erin Rae: Wild Blue Wind (Refuge for Foundation for the Arts, 2017)  Alt-country folk/soft rock.  Very pretty voice, stripped down band arrangement, big vocal harmonies right across your pie hole when the chorus hits.  When those harmonies hit they throw in a sad slide guitar figure and that’s the money shot right there.  It’s a pretty standard take on Emmylou Harris/Neil Young country rock.

@@@ The Last Dinosaur: All My Faith (Naim, 2017)  Oh, here it is!  Super epic, big feelings white people folk/New Age rock.  I don’t think they mean actual religious faith but there is some choir action going on here, and it is meaningful whatever is intended here.  All the sonic signifiers are present — handclaps, organs layered in the back, huge background vocals and a whispering, super intimate singer who just wants to pick you up and hold you like a baby.  Me personally, I get really angry when I’m pandered to in this manner but that’s just me.

@@@ Jerkcurb: Somerton Beach (Jerkcurb, 2017)  I couldn’t find the tune featured on the Line of Best Fit but they have this other new track which is a mash of lounge music with some tropicalia flourishes.  The core elements are the pretty deep voiced male singer crooning his testicles off and the bright, tremolo guitar chord strums.  The percussion parts and the background vocals are kitschy and that’s the point, it’s part of the vibe.  A bit dark, a little romantic, a little weird, and slow.

YTD recordings listened to: 400
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 223
Not good music: 158

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 6/24/17!!! China Gate, Sammy Brue, Fallout Boy

@@@ China Gate: Good Grief EP (Pizza Tape, 2017)  A super poppy indie rock EP that I got to via a music publicist email.  There are many bands these guys sound like but I can’t pull anything off my hard drive at this point.  It’s mad poppy, like the Friends theme poppy.  Ah, the second tune (which will probably be my last listen) is triggering some Cure feelings.  I know you’re all cringing and saying hey the Cure were a bunch of mopes but they were poppy mopes and these guys have dispensed with the mope and gone straight to the big punch bowl of awesome feelings, shoved their faces in there and blew bubbles.

@@@ Sammy Brue: I’m Nice (New West, 2017)  A nerdy female alt-country record I got to via last week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m calling her nerdy by virtue of the glasses she’s wearing on the cover of the record.  I like her voice on the opener here, it’s pleasantly odd.  It’s not her voice as much as her phrasing.  Oh boy, I think this might be a gent with long hair, well it really doesn’t matter does it?  Male female, nobody’s hung up on that ’round here!  The second tune is a super old school r&b tearjerker, I like Sammy whether the junk is external or a clam!  I had to DuckDuckGo HIS bio and find that he’s a 15 year old male.  Many 15 year old young men have a certain feminine flow.  I realize I’m not talking about the music but the music is all right — he’s jumping around a bit in terms of the arrangements but I do dig his voice.

@@@ Fallout Boy: Young and Menace (UMG, 2017) I fucking love Fallout Boy — the most earnest and heartfelt rock band ever.  When this tune kicks in full on, it’s a 50 car wreck shit biscuit.  I would liken it to Red Bull infused spray cheese.  It’s just energy and sound signifying nothing more than the desire to momentarily distract the monkeys and pull them away from their screens for a moment and then drop them back into their lives of Red Bull and cheese.  I urge folks not to listen to this tune, it’s straight awful and only useful at Guantanamo Bay.

YTD recordings listened to: 396
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 221
Not good music: 156

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 6/17/16!!! Joe Gifted, The Drums, Com Truise

@@@ Joe Gifted: Water (Warner Bros, 2017)  Satan could be from Atlanta and he would get a record deal.  That’s how hot that city is right now for hip hop.  This is a single and Mr. Gifted has some nice skitter in the beats and mad bounce in the bass but he also sports a mainstream sound and a kinda friendly flow.  Kinda friendly as he’s definitely for young kids with that potty mouth and he aspires to a lot of stuff and a lot of women.  Beats and bass win here.

@@@ Com Truise: Iteration (Ghostly, 2017)  I follow Ghostly on the Twatter but I didn’t see this new release.  I would call this electronic arena rock as the main voices are synths but the big drums and the overall feel is one of epicness.  Let’s see what some of the other tracks hold for us.  The second tune Ephemeron is not as epic, it’s an inflated early hip hop kind of sound with a fatty fat (but not hip hop) bass and a lot of delayed synth sound ping pong-ing around.  I don’t love the beats or the synths — I guess folks is mad ’80s retro and eat this corn up big time but it’s not for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 373
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 211
Not good music: 145

Buys: 5
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, 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, 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

Music for 6/8/17!!! Arcade Fire, Pumarosa, Joseph of Mercury, The War on Drugs

@@@ Arcade Fire: Everything Now (Sony, 2017)  I’ve always felt Arcade Fire is a huge band for nerds and geeks and they’re overrated to boot.  This single is an updated Roxy music romantic, 80s soft rock sound for today’s avocado toast eating bitches.  This one comes complete with a string arrangement and a flute ditty halfway through.  It’s definitely about pretty isolation and as I haven’t lived in the suburbs for a long ass time this doesn’t apply to me.  It’s not an awful tune but I continue with my overrated view.

@@@ Pumarosa: The Witch (Universal Music, 2017)  I’m on an indie playlist on the Apple Music and the question Imma asking myself is how these indie folks got so far up their own asses.  You would think this playlist is the musical equivalent of Moses bringing down the tablets from heaven.  This one opens up with the long piano chords and a dramatical female singer and a drone.  Ah, here’s the full band with an electric guitar and an art rock mope.  I’d like some PJ Harvey freakout — at least she has the decency to get her undies in a bunch.  They’re starting to build some sonic pressure now but I fear it’s too late for me.  You can see from below that the singer is a bit of a hottie so that explains some of the appeal here.

@@@ Joseph of Mercury: Find You Inside (Hear the Art, 2017)  Continuing our indie playlist which should be called ‘When did white folks turn into such soft ass pusses?’  Mr. Joseph is a bit mopey and a bit loverboy and he’s got a medium to soft funk arrangement serving as a basket for his big juicy feelings.  I’m sure he’s an awesome person; it’s just that I want to hit him in the back of head with a shovel.  Not a killing blow mind you.  I’m opposed to this level of feelings sharing.  He’s gonna find you inside?  He’s getting a bit too syrupy for my taste as the song unwinds.  Now this is just my opinion and I’m a mentally troubled person — we all know this as soon as you click open me blog. ‘Life is like a golden curtain, you just keep me waiting’.  Something to think about that’s for sure.

@@@ The War on Drugs: Holding On (Atlantic, 2017)  Imma gonna extend my listening as this is what is called good times.  I’ve heard of the War on Drugs — not the business created by Uncle Sam but the band.  We have in front of us a nice friendly indie bouncer with a slightly ragged vocalist.  A little Dylan vibe to the singing.  The question here is whether in the time of the Trump people want a bouncer or if they want some empathetic sour shit?  Myself, the latter, I want my reality straight.  Somebody get this drummer a drum fill!  This tune reminds me of some old Tom Petty straight rock but with a little bit of synth action the kids today love so much.  I’m bothered most by the tinkly percussion which irrationally irks me.  It’s too cute.

YTD recordings listened to: 350
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 199
Not good music: 136

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, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb

Music for 6/7/17!!! Nick Hakim, Bad Breeding, Yo Gotti

@@@ Nick Hakim: Green Twins (ATO, 2017).  Some faded Beach Boys indie off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  After a mellow intro he brings in some medium funky beats with a tad of space organ and the continued sedate vocal trip.  The second tune brings in a pair of super reverbed guitars pulling some single line melodies.  Hakim is working an earnest r&b vibe.  Hakim’s strength is his arranging skills and singing but I fear he gets a bit lost in his sounds and there could be more mess and more soul.

@@@ Bad Breeding: Divide (Iron Lung, 2017)  Some sizzly and skanky hardcore whip frenzy off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  It sounds like somebody running down the street spinning diapers full of shit that sprays passers by.  Atypical guitar playing and fart ass bass sound — I really appreciate this mess, it’s not halfway.  These guys got it going on punk rawk style yo.

@@@ Yo Gotti & Mike Will I Make It: Gotti Made it (Gotti Made it, 2017)  Some gangsta flavored rap off the Apple Music hip hop.  This first tune is a boasta — he’s got a hand in a lot of shit.  It sounds like he might be in the drug dealing business and it appears he has owned firearms for a while now.  The beats and bass are wicked if you’re up for some drug dealing glamorization lyrics and some gunshot samples.  Oh, and a generous helping of anti-women sauce.  Just sayin.

YTD recordings listened to: 346
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 198
Not good music: 133

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, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb

Music for 5/18/17!!! Radiation Flowers, Girlpool, Hayride Casualties

@@@ Radiation Flowers: Radiation Flowers (Sundown Sound, 2017) Some Paint it Black era Rolling Stones style rock that I got to off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  With a  smooth female singer on the mic they also swirl a little Bangles vibe into the Proceedings.  Part jam band, part trippy sound circus let’s peep more.  I’ve checked out pieces of the first four songs and the first tune is the best and the others are more standard indie rock with other sub-genre flourishes.  A little trippy, a little fuzzy which was an e.e. cummings poem.

@@@ Girlpool: Power Plant (Anti-, 2017)  I’ve hesitated to check out this record as my inbox has been repeatedly violated by their publicist and I don’t really appreciate it.  This first tune has a California pop/indie feel to it — Byrds’ guitar sound, indie vocal stylings.  If you don’t dig the vocals this album is not going to work for you.  They’re sort of dreamy if not a tad flat and the indie rock arrangements are pretty standard.  Sections of quiet then sections of crunchy guitars (another e.e. cummings poem!)  This is retro indie trip I don’t personally need to take but if you want some it’s here for you.  I say have a red bull and gimme some energy.

@@@ Hayride Casualties: The Catskills Ain’t for Sale (Self-released, 2017)  A hippie rock protest single I got to via a music publicist email.  It’s not full hippie rock which I appreciate — it has some quirk to it.  The singer is good, the lyrics are interesting and the arrangement is much more engaging that your usual protest rock music.  I appreciate that.

http://hayridecasualties.bandcamp.com/track/the-catskills-aint-for-sale

YTD recordings listened to: 305
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 178
Not good music: 119

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, RAM

Music for 5/13/17!!! R5, The National, Bryson Tiller

@@@ R5: New Addictions EP (Hollywood, 2017)  A shiny, white trash updated disco EP out of the Apple new music section.  The music is mad bouncy and the lyrics were written by a third grader.  Jesus, I feel stupid just for clicking play.  This second tune, Red Velvet, is most likely an ode to pussy lips.  Man, when I hear shit like this I miss Prince even harder.

@@@ The National: The System Sleeps in Total Darkness (4AD, 2017)  A single off an upcoming full length that I got to via the Apple Music best of the week.  The main problem here is the singer — he’s just, how do I say, a wee bit with his head in his rump?  That’s what I’m hearing, this is no David Bowie Heroes tune.  Whenever the word God appears in a mainstream rock tune, it’s usually gonna be not fun and not very meaningful.  Not that God isn’t fun, I hear Jesus loves a good time.

@@@ Bryson Tiller: Something Tells Me (RCA, 2017)  Also a single off an upcoming full length hip hop record.  It’s a nice thick arrangement, modern with tasteful synth sounds — no cloud bullshit but nicely processed sounds and beats.  His lyrics are pretty standard and he’s got an intentionally slack sound.  He’s Drake-y for sure.  Personally I wish Drake would find another hobby besides watered down dancehall horny, lil pecker hip hop.  I mention that here because this music is so clearly in response to the Drake juggernaut.

YTD recordings listened to: 294
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 172
Not good music: 115

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