Music for 10/8/18!!! Quin Kirchner, Longwave, serpentwithfeet

@@@ Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time (Monofonus/Astral, 2018)  A honkin’ big jazz recording (86 minutes!) that I got to via a twat from the twatter by the music blogger Bird is the Worm.  This first tune is an 11 minute banger and thus far I’m feeling some ‘mid ’70s jam/fusion-y jazz with spooky electric organ hanging out on the side of the mix and some down, long tone sax playing.  It comes out of its lengthy intro into a midtempo sax solo.  The second tune, Brainville, is in a funkier more standard place with a descending bass line and a two horn head in melody.  There are a bunch of covers up on this record and I like the drummer, Mr. Kirchner who is the bandleader.  Regular readers know I’m more of a fire jazz/abstract jazz listener but it’s an energetic set.

@@@ Longwave: Stay With Me (Bodan Karma, 2018)  I got to this indie single via a music publicist email.  Opening up the tune employs a muscular 1980’s pop rock formula — a really nice fuzzy bass, a straight beat with that awful gated snare sound, minimal synth, and a singer straight out of the Reagan era.  This dude could be in Simple Minds or to a lesser extent a U2 tribute band.  It gets a shreddy rock solo but it’s really too familiar for me to give much respect to it.

@@@ serpentwithfeet: soil (secretly canadian, 2018) I got to this indie r&b record via Flavorpill.  From the first tune it’s clear it’s gonna be a dramatic love listen.  The singer has plenty of quiver to his voice and he’s forward with the vulnerability and fragility.  I dig him thus far and the arrangement of this first tune is engaging.  I don’t usually go for records like this but I feel the singer and more importantly the focused arrangements that make the songs work.  The sounds are almost exclusively electronic and the vibe is more torchy and as previously stated the singer really sells his songs well.  It’s reminiscent of the artist formerly known as Antony and the Johnsons.

YTD recordings listened to: 568
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 302
Not good music: 230

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

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Music for 9/28/18!!! Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFUNK, James Supercave, Sarah Hahn

@@@ Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFunk: Wet Robots (ESP Disk, 2018) I saw this free jazz funk record shouted on the Twatter.  I know some of the players on this recording and when you click on the first track set aside any expectations that this might be a variant of a George Clinton/Funkadelic record.  It’s funky but not in a typically funky manner.  Victor is entertaining with quasi-mental hospital vocal style and she is accompanied by drums, guitar, and a sax player.  I’m super into Victor’s singing — she appears to be emulating any number of other instruments, most notably sax.  I do think with a band name such as SoundNoiseFUNK that a bassist would be standard issue.  I’m very much enjoying what’s here but some thump would really take it places, in my opinion.

@@@ James Supercave: Come Alone (Self-released, 2018) I got to this mainstream indie pop rock tune via a music publicist email.  The arrangement sounds pretty familiar with a few fresh bits thrown in, but the singer, what can we say about the singer?  He’s not super interesting in the verse but he does a better job with his falsetto in the chorus.  There is some nice sonic rotation through the tune where some sounds drop and others show up but it sounds like slinky ear candy and not much more than that to me.

@@@ Sarah Hahn: I Close My Eyes to See (Parma, 2018)  I’m on the mailing list of this small New Hampshire modern classical/sometimes jazz label.  They do pretty cool stuff.  The track opens with an extended flute/piano jam.  I thought there were vocals on this record, but maybe I’m on the crack again and misread as we’re almost half way through and it’s a very nice flute/piano duo piece.  It sits inside what I know to be classical music while pushing through a lot of energy and passion in places.  I like it.

YTD recordings listened to: 547
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 290
Not good music: 226

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode, Automatisme

Music for 8/22/18!!! Mitski, Odetta Hartman, Uniform

@@@ Mitski: Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans, 2018).  Indie rock off this week’s All Music notable release email which we will be rocking for this whole day’s listen.  And shit.  A Japanese-American transplant doing torch songs, at least the opener.  These are finely crafted indie tunes, not fully downer-y but than a bit of melancholy.  Mitski’s voice is great, the lyrics are better than average but well I’m not super into the indie conceit.

@@@ Odetta Hartman: Old Rockhounds Never Die (Memphis Industries, 2018). I got to this alt country/indie thing via last week’s All Music.  It sports redneck sounds as well as indie sounds and Hartman comes off as a Jack White but with a vagina.  I’m assuming she has a vagina, it’s not a primary concern of mine.  Actually it does make you wonder if  Jack White might have a tickle muff betwixt his gams.  Back to the music!  I expected more redneck as the record is out on Memphis industries but besides a stray banjo and what not it’s pretty indie.  Not particularly noisy, they’re pleasantly coffee shop.  She’s got a ‘I want to run to the edge of the earth with you’ vocal hook going on this third tune.  There’s even a drum machine on this fourth tune.

@@@ Uniform: The Long Walk (Sacred Bones, 2018).  This is in the Nine Inch Nail industrial rock tradition though I haven’t heard any synths yet.  A lot of distorted guitars and bass, a distorted voice that sounds like it’s coming up a clogged drain.  I skipped to the second song, not usually a good sign if I can’t make it through the opener.  The guitarist and the drum probably own a fair amount of heavy metal records and they straddle metal, punk, and noise and industrial music but I’m not finding it a super satisfying listen.  You, dear listener, might feel very differently so check for yourself.  There never were any synths, the vocals were Nine Inch Nail-esque, but it’s a heavy rock record, just want to clear that up.

YTD recordings listened to: 486
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 253
Not good music: 204

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, 700 Bliss

Music for 8/7/18!!! Clau Aniz, Out of Nations, Death Cab for Cutie

@@@ CLAU ANIZ: Filha de mil Mulheres (Minty Fresh, 2018) This is some Brazilian music with indie flavorings that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  There is also a Latin Jazz vibe up in here as well so it’s a somewhat wide mash of influences here.  The trumpet is holding down that mellow jazz thing while there’s delayed and slack rock guitar sound floating around.  This is a 63 minute record where the tunes average around 6 minutes so the pace is measured and mellow.  Female singer, slow tempos, plenty of hand drumming and space rock guitar — that’s the formula.  It’s a bit adult alternative to me.

@@@ OUT OF NATIONS: Quest (Riverboat, 2018) I try to check out Riverboat releases of African music as I think they’re a solid imprint.  There is only a pre-release single up on the Apple Music and it’s a mash of ‘early ‘80s disco funk and smooth jazz.  Wow, not your typical thing these days.  I’m gonna google this outfit as the cover is showing mostly white musicians and I’m thinking this is a North African/French thing.  Be right back…oh boy these folks are from all over.  NYC, Cairo, Beirut, Berlin, it’s a basket of folks.  I wish I liked smooth jazz more but I dig the hand drumming and the aspirations of this pre-release track.

@@@ Death Cab for Cutie: Autumn Love (N/A, 2018). A mainstream rock single masquerading as indie rock.  This is a version of a Yes, Hootie and the Blowfish, or even a Justin Bieber tune.  I’m now remembering why Death Cab for Cutie has been one of my least favorite indie bands.  It’s so discretely saccharine it makes your teeth hurt.  You get some peppy drumming, some oh oh oh ohs, some intricate Dirty Projectors’ guitar work but alas this is for others and not me.

YTD recordings listened to: 458
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 234
Not good music: 192

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter

Music for 7/24/18!!! Sea Moss, the Social Stomach, VoidCeremony, DRAM

@@@ Sea Moss & the Social Stomach: Ugh (Crash Symbols, 2018).  I got to this raucous yet partyistic noise based party punk via an email from KFJC out in California.  This first tune features a brisk tempo and pig squealing synths with other animal sounds but also a funky cowbell and a bouncy beat.  There is a woman wailing as in an incomprhensible fashion and lots of droney, siren-y shit.  The second tune, A Four Mile Parade takes a Left on Broadway, speeds up the tempo, keeps the wails, animal sounds, and siren sounds — it sounds as if the tune is imploding from the inside.  Let’s check out the band from the second half of this EP, the Social Stomach.  These guys are pleasantly strange as well but they sport a little prog and more rock vibes than noise.  A female singer works the microphone here but she has more of a detached Frank Zappa flow rather than the barnyard animal aspirations of the first outfit.  Spanish in the second tune which starts to heat up with some sci fi movie oscillating synth.  Both of these bands are fully formed and freaky — one with a partyistic, noisy tilt and the other a sort of art school prog with punk swirls.

@@@ VoidCeremony: Foul Origins of Humanity (Mondo Macabre, 2017)  Also off a KFJC email list of live and in studio performances.  This is three tracks of stormy, threedly epic death metal/black metal.  The singer is low in the mix and he explores various caveman concerns while a dual guitar attack gets nutty.  The second tune picks up where the grind of the first tune ended — it’s thrashy with some classic metal and they play fast.  Red Bull, meth, who knows.  It’s all about the guitars here.

@@@ DRAM: Best Hugs (Atlantic, 2018)  DRAM goes for song of the summer with an ’80s inspired synth r&b party bomb.  He gives an inspired vocal and rhyming performance but the early ’80s disco juice is not going well over here.  I feel the same way here as the Childish Gambino summer BBQ anthem — to my ears they’re trying too hard to get the title going for maximum bounce and party vibes but lacking on soul.  I can’t give song of the summer to the vocal hook ‘Your girl gives the best hugs’.  I like DRAM but really?

YTD recordings listened to: 427
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 224
Not good music: 189

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez

Music for 7/19/18!!! Chastity, Lie, Split Cranium

@@@ Chastity: Death Lust (Captured Tracks, 2018)  Some grungy guitar rock I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email.  There’s been such a tidal wave of indie electronic music that I’m more than a wee bit shocked to hear guitar rock.  This is pretty smoothed out without collapsing into art school pretension.  Oy, interwebz screwup and I skipped the second tune, Choke, which is an uptempo kinda emo thing.  The sounds are high quality, the energy is high, and I don’t get a lasting impression from the lyrics.  I would put this as Stone Temple Pilots thing without the glam and a few pubes of Jane’s Addiction artfulness.

@@@ Lie: Hounds (Mint/Monofonus, 2018)  More guitar rock this time off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Huge Sonic Youth vibes on this first tune — guitar squall, manic drumming, detached female singer.  There’s no need to give these folks Red Bull, the tank is full up already.  I actually prefer this to the Sonic Youth as there’s a definite lack of pretension and NYC downtown bullshit to be had here.  Very high energy here with a full on swirl of distorted guitars which I’m feeling.

@@@ Split Cranium: I’m the Devil and I’m OK (Ipecac, 2018)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email in the loud section.  After a little fucking around intro they get right into the moshing.  Thrash drumming with punkier rather than metal guitars.  It’s really not a typical metal mash.  The singer is a caveman with punk leanings, the guitars are loud but not super distorted.  The overall feel is more hard rock/punk with metal — it’s cheap beer lose your nut punk business and that’s a good thing unless you’re a Nazi skinhead fuck and then you can go suck it.

YTD recordings listened to: 419
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 219
Not good music: 186

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez

Music for 7/18/18!!! Orlando Caichito Lopez, Balun, Dirty Projectors

@@@ Orlando Caichito Lopez: Caichito (World Circuit, 2001/18) A reissue by premiere Cuban bassist Orlando Lopez. If you can’t enjoy this Cuban music you might be too stupid to live. This ticks a lot of boxes for great music — sophisticated rhythms, beautiful melodies, great playing etc. Instruments on this first piece include flute, trombone, strings, organ and conga in addition to the great bass player. Hipsters rejoice, you can get this on vinyl for the first time. This is a great summer record that works for both cubicle dwellers as well as devoted music listeners. The production is ambient and spacious without being muddled and the playing is great.

@@@ Balun: Anos Atros (Good Child, 2018) Sticking with the Latin musicians we move neighborhoods to a San Juan-Brooklyn outfit and this pre-release single that combines electronica, dreamy vocals and touches of Latin music. It redeems itself with high and real energy as well as scoring high on the quirk scale. The arrangement itself is quite complex with multiple rhythmic sources and a lot of different sounds. I would listen to more of this.

@@@ Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose (Domino, 2018) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. The gent leading this outfit has been exploring the notion of indie funk (black music) for a bit and this first tune is a pretty good realization with classic soul vocal delivery in places, well placed horn lines as well as indie quirk and stupidness. He also evokes some Paul Simon crossover records which I’m not sure is a great thing. It’s tricked arranging for sure but I’m not sure I love the results. It sounds like it’s trying awful hard to be upbeat and optimistic — regular readers know how much I love the mandatory music cheerleading. If you dig the upbeat indie optimism you will be rewarded by a music nerd’s arranging virtuosity.

YTD recordings listened to: 416
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 217
Not good music: 185

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez