Music for 8/11/17!!! Whitney K., Whitehorse, Pink, The National

@@@ Whitney K: When the Party’s Over (Egg Paper Factory, 2017)  Some super laid-back roots music off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Imma thinking there was some purple drank up in that studio or the coffee was running low.  This first tune has multiple guitars, a pulsing bass, and no beats.  The singer has made his appearance and he’s mad slack.  The first two tunes I dig the electric guitar playing but when the acoustic dirge starts up on the third track Imma movin’ on.  Oh that was just the intro as the full band comes in and they get a little Crazy Horse-y on this jam.  I like it all right.

@@@ White Horse: Panther in the Dollhouse (Six Shooter, 2017)  Super smooth electro-rock off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  A male and female singer going together, a rock guitarist, super smooth background vocals and arena rock drums.  The second tune gets a bit funkier with a nice, sparse baseline but then it explodes into a big mainstream rock chorus.  It’s Radiohead without the angst and the slick production doesn’t super work for me.

@@@ Pink: What About Us? (RCA, 2017)  I have fondness for Pink but I’m not sure this tune is going to work for me.  Cheesy ass lyrics and epic reverb patches that explode into a four on the floor EDM What About Us vocal hook?    What about us?  What about all the plans that ended in disaster?  What about love?  What about trust?  I’m guessing this is about somebody who leaves their family.  I checked around the web and this is referred to as an empowering tune so it functions at many levels.  Not for me but others I guess.

@@@ The National: Carin at the Liquor Store (4AD, 2017)  I think I dislike The National almost as much as Wilco.  This pre-release single is a Nick Cave wannabe but with less misery and more epic-ness.  My main problem is that of faux sophistication as these guys sound as if they feel themselves to be exquisitely unique artistes but I hear a pretty standard arena indie band that is too predictable to be focused on not much except moving units.  Now streaming units not actual plastic/metal discs.

YTD recordings listened to: 521
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 282
Not good music: 217

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

Music for 8/15/17!!! Jackie Venson, Queens of the Stone Age, White Poppy, Limp Wrist

@@@ Jackie Venson: Flying (Self-released, 2017) I got to this single by a female Austin musician via a music publicist.  It’s an interesting mash of blues rock and New Age lyrics/melody.  It’s more updated hippie lyrics about being conscious rather than straight New Age business but the more important question is whether she’s going to take a shred on the guitar.  She takes a short one but I wish she had aired it out more but that’s just me.  Interesting mash.

@@@ Queens of the Stone Age: The Evil Has Landed (Matador, 2017)  A riff rock pre-release off an upcoming full length banger.  I haven’t felt anything by this outfit for a bit but this has some nice pop.  It’s a fairly lengthy circular riff but there’s a pretty nice but brief shred about a third of the way through this hefty 6 minute single.  I don’t hear the phrase ‘the evil has landed’ so that’s a bit odd as in this age of Trumpy the title appeared possibly political.  I don’t think it’s unfair or bitchy to think they might have made this shorter or split it into 2 to 3 songs.

@@@ White Poppy: The Pink Haze of Love (Self-released, 2017)  A dreamy indie record that is #1 at high quality Vancouver radio station CFUV.  Layered vocals, arpeggiated clean electric guitar sounds sort of a vaginal Beach Boys.  Faded and bittersweet.  I’m on the fourth tune and boy are they sticking with the formula.  No drums, a lot of guitar tracks, a lot of vocal tracks and no drummer.  Dream all day except if you’re driving.

@@@ Limp Wrist: Limp Wrist (La Vida Es Un Mas Discos, 2016)  I’m going to have to Google these guys but Imma guessing this is some queer punk.  It don’t take a super high IQ with song titles like Fake Fags and a band called Limp Wrist.  Whew I got that right, I’m not too bright but that wasn’t too challenging.  These are buzzy nuggets of old school hardcore with super high energy, a ton of power chords and some relentless mic screaming.  It looks like this is a re-issue of a 2008 EP — no difference to me just trying get the facts out there as we don’t need more fake news.  I think they have a new record so if you’re feeling the urge get on with it.  Excellent energy and they really bring the hardcore.  Also off the CFUV weekly playlist email.

YTD recordings listened to: 529
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 286
Not good music: 220

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

Music for 8/10/17!!! Warm Digits, Caroline Says, Naomi Punk

@@@ Warm Digits: Wireless World (Memphis Industries, 2017)  Some pumpin’ ’80s synth rock with dashes of New Age.  Oh they are cranking the tempo and it’s getting more like an austere krautrock with some edge to it.  There’s a big prog rock synth solo on this first track so this has a lot of influences to it.  Oy, they’re into a nerdy funk vibe on this second track, its a poo poo platter of sub genres yo.  I’ve sample about half this record and it is a mix of nerd music, funky white boy business, and upbeat New Age threads.  Unique for sure.

@@@  Caroline Says: 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong (New West, 2017)  This and the record above from this week’s All Music notable release email.  The first tune opens up intimately with some arpeggiated guitar and melancholic close mic singing.  The second tune gets into some ’80s rock — oh that guitar sound, I hate that guitar sound and that smooth vocal thing.  Ah well.  They’re back to the mopey, faded Beach Boys indie thing on the third tune so it looks set to bounce around between these two sonic formulas.

@@@ Naomi Punk: Yellow (Captured Tracks, 2017)  74 minutes of indie also off the All Music weekly.  The first tune is an ambient looped thing but I don’t know if that’s to whet your palette or that’s how it’s gonna go.  The guitars and drums have showed up by the third tune but ambient elements remained and it’s sort of a meandering and messy cloud of sound they have going on (which is fine).  These are millennial hipsters getting their freak on.  It’s a kind of punk for sure.  It’s not super aggressive or guitar driven but the attitude is there.

YTD recordings listened to: 517
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 279
Not good music: 216

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

Music for 8/8/17!!! Brett Eldredge, Briana Marela, Dead Cross, Jack Johnson

@@@ Brett Eldredge: Brett Eldredge (Atlantic, 2017)  I love contemporary country, it makes me shit my pants!  This record is on the front of the Apple music home page and at the top of last week’s All Music notable release email.  This first tune is upbeat, no opioid addicts allowed!  Handclaps, an echoed guitar figure and a friendly voice.  Such a friendly voice, like Donald Trump slipping into your bed at midnight with a giant orange erection and a verbal tic.  Let me love you Donald whispers, I’m so lonely my mail-order wife just left me!  The second tune gets more mainstream with a Bon Jovi bass line and a quasi- classic FM rock beat.  Oh Jesus, I love it!  One more tune, the third one, with synths and he’s never seen  your kind of pretty.  This is not cliche, this is familiar and friendly and epic and more than a bit cheesy.

@@@ Briana Marela: Call It Love (Jagjaguwar, 2017)  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Female angels people, draped in reverb and sitting atop cloudy synth patches!  No dirty underwear (or opioid addicts) in this clean and lovely world.  It’s morphed from the intro to a New Age sorta rock.  Let’s peep a bit more but I’m not long for this record I fear.  Remember, I want to like it, I really do.  This second tune is a jacket sewn from the same cloth — hyper twee with a standard drum beat.  It does bust out into a crazy and interesting EDM sorta stomp but this isn’t really aimed at me as I’m dead inside.

@@@ Dead Cross: Dead Cross (Ipecac, 2017)  Some hardcore punk to clear my mind after that last record which kinda fucked me up.  They whip up a pretty good shitstorm in this first tune and the singer is kinda glammy or heavy metal for hardcore.  Just my opinion.  I see from gathering a video from the GooglePimp that these guys are a sort of supergroup and the singer is from, well I don’t know these bands and they don’t specify the player’s positions.  It’s like Megadeth humped a punk band, let’s put it that way.  It’s not a formula I love but check it for yourself.

@@@ Jack Johnson: Sunsets for Somebody Else (Jack Johnson, 2017)  A pre-release single from Gen X’s Jimmy Buffett.  Super slack and unthreatening and sending out all manner of airy vibes.  I like his vocal delivery and the guitar playing is pretty if not standard but the lyrics, eh not my cup of tea.  And I remain consistently against the woo hoo background vocals from anybody.

YTD recordings listened to: 510
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 278
Not good music: 210

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

Music for 7/22/17!!! Japanese Breakfast, Howling

@@@  Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds from another Planet (Dead Oceans, 2017)  Off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  ’80s influenced synth rock with a dreamy female singer.  It gets guitar noisy in a breakdown section and then goes back to its arpeggiated guitar sound.  They’re back with the shiny guitar and the reverbed out vocals in the second tune and while I understand this is a trendy, comeback hip indie sound I can’t abide by it.  I find it more than a bit self-indulgent and kinda boring.

@@@ Integrity: Howling for the Darkness Shall Consume (Relapse, 2017)  Epic metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Oh, they’re switching up gears and into a sweet tasty thrash — I love that suffocating snare sound and the grinding guitars.  I’m feeling this second tune Fallen to Destroy.  These guys play with a lot of energy and sort of slip in and out of sections with dexterity — thrashing into slick rocking sections into classic metal melodies.  I usually decry classic metal records as cheesy and somewhat ridiculous but the way these guys do it is really happenin’.  Imma swing back on this record when I have more time but if you’re into metal these guys have it going on.

YTD recordings listened to: 477
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 260
Not good music: 195

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 7/13/17!!! Human Potential, Lucky Boys Confusion, Between the Rain, Lola Marsh

@@@ Human Potential: Guilder (What Delicate Recordings, 2017)  A preview experimental electronic single that I got to from a music publicist email.  It begins well with a sparse bell sounding wave.   To my ears it probably began life as a guitar sound.  It is a circular repeating sound that he gradually adds to with different frequencies and tones.  The sound grows slowly in length and in volume and I really like it.  I would go bananas if I could hear the sound of two dogs fornicating on top of this sound.  Oh, c’mon, it’s jut a joke.  I don’t know if the rest of the album will be great, but check this out it’s a fat track.

@@@ Lucky Boys Confusion: Stormchasers (Townstyle, 2017)  Earnest American rock with small punk rock flavorings that I got to via the Indiepulse music blog.  Soul Asylum, a schmear of the Replacements, and dozens of other rock bands.  It’s a lot of guitar power chords and the singer has that tired, slack vibe to both his lyrics and his tone.  I dig the contrast between the urgent tempos and the tired singer.

@@@ Between the Rain: Mudroom (Self-released, 2016)  I got to this hard rock single from a music publicist email and I’m peeping it as two of the 3 members are African American and I dig it when the brothers and sisters get to rocking.  This is in the tradition of Jane’s Addiction and Torche, but it’s got some wrinkles both in the guitar playing and the drumming.  I’m peeping another single called Wartorn Statues and it’s more of a slow burner but I dig this rhythm section and I hope they do well.  The drummer is pretty interesting for this genre for sure.

@@@ Lola Marsh: Remember Roses (Anova Music, 2017)  This is seasonal indie — hey can I trademark that term the way Jay Z and Beyonce trademarked their babies’ names.  Seasonal indie is bittersweet but not full sad with a fair share of pleasing, poppy sounds swirled up in the bittersweet.  Here we have a female singer rocking both a dreamy and cute vibe with a perky band behind her.  Let’s peep more.  The production is manicured like a porn stars va-jay-jay and it’s competent playing but to my ears it’s a corporate indie rock nugget.  I’m sure Pitchfork is spilling jism over this — it’s dramatical and epic and sale-able.  Sale-able, people, that’s where it’s at.

YTD recordings listened to: 450
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 248
Not good music: 182

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, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda

Music for 7/10/17!!! Anna of the North, Wyldest, The Anatomy of Frank, Peakes, R.L. Boyce

A couple of weeks ago I did a bunch of indie listening at Line of Best Fit’s tracks of the week and the Internet pretty much broke.  People went fucking nuts so it’s back again.

@@@ Anna of the North: Someone (Honeymoon/+1 Records, 2017)  A synth pop song fronted by a dreamy young female.  Those of you who love ABBA should be sporting major erections/moist panties.  Big pillow-y synths, angel choir background vocals — she’s only human, she needs someone to save her.  Gated snare sound, this is the total Reagan/Thatcher throwback.  She’s really wearing that vocal hook out.  I’m not a buyer of this but that’s just me.  More mopey than ABBA but still, major wood.

@@@ Wyldest: Hitchhiker (Hand in Hive, 2017)  Lucky us, more synth pop!  And another female singer.  Synth bass and what is going on with these massive angel choir background vocals??  If this is a trend it’s not going to be good for my mental health.  This tune has some really tasty drum machine hand claps so that’s something to look forward to.  This is a very similar formula to the first tune and that’s a bummer.  Let’s keep moving!

@@@ The Anatomy of Frank: Holy Mountain (Polar Islands, 2017)  Super intimate acoustic guitar and singing.  The intimate and soft feelings are everywhere here, watch your step you might crush one!  If Simon and Garfunkel had a gay love baby with gentleman junkie James Taylor it would sound a lot like this.  And that would be one fine looking gay love baby.  Towards the end the tune opens up a bit with some orchestral pieces but it doesn’t go over the top and I give Frank (and his anatomy!) credit for that.  Watch the feelings, they’re everywhere and delicate like salamanders.

@@@ Peakes: Saint (Peakes, 2017)  A balanced blend of synth and guitar on this just under mid tempo contemplative mope nugget.  They do have a nice ambient sound to the arrangement here.  The lyrics are somewhat dour –  what’s done is done appears a lot and that’s pretty much what America has been telling the country of Iraq and the Middle East for over a decade now.  Hey sorry about the invasion thing, what’s done is done!  But I digress.  How can I be a saint with the choices I’ve made?  That’s the lyrical essence of the tune.  The guitarist is the star here and the singer needs a Red Bull!  Onward.

@@@ R.L. Boyce: R.L.’s Boogie (Waxahatchie, 2017)  I’m more than a bit shocked to hear this old school electric blues track on an indie tracks of the week.  Who let Rosa Parks on the front of the bus??!!  Congrats to you Mr. Boyce and I dig your funky swinging guitar and the drummer is killin’ it!!!   It’s a rambler and it doesn’t have much of a lyrical point but it does swing like a motherfucker and I’m feeling this drummer.  You indie kids listen to how the old school brothers rock it as you could learn a thing or two.

YTD recordings listened to: 438
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 242
Not good music: 176

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, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda