Music for 7/16/19!!! Roisin Murphy, Lil Nas X, (Sandy) Alex G

@@@ Roisin Murphy: Incapable (Loaded/BMG, 2019)  I have not heard of this dancefloor diva til I peeped the Guardian’s songs of summer article that came yesterday.  This is some classic retro disco biscuitry with low key vocals — she’s not a 5 octave Mariah Carey kinda gal.  I don’t mind her vocal style but it would be more compelling if the sounds were less canned and fresher.  I’ve heard this track many many times and you have too without realizing it.  8:26 of white wedding dancing?  Perhaps.  Some people just want to get out their and wiggle their ass and there’s no shame in that but….c’mon there’s enough vanilla ice cream out there to fill many stadiums, naimsayin’?

@@@ Lil Nas X: Old Town Road (Sony, 2018) I’ve read tons about this song and Lil Nas X but I haven’t peeped it til now as I’m looking at the Guardian’s songs of the summer.  It’s a mildly country tune over a fat jeep bass and a trap beat.  It’s an unusual pairing sonically but it’s pretty simple like a popsicle and it comes and goes without making much more than noticing he black country drawled over some hip hop beats.  I don’t understand what all the fuss is about.  This smells a bit one hit wonder-y.

@@@ (Sandy) Alex G: Gretel (Domino, 2019)  A pre-release offkilter entry into the Guardian’s songs of the summer.  It gets into an indie groove with some Tim Hecker screaming types of drones in the back.  In come the shoegaze-y vocals and it’s the musical equivalent of an almost broke carnival.  At around 90 seconds the tune morphs into a strummed acoustic sing-a-long type of thing with what sound like calliope pipes.  Also gets garnished with shaker and mandolin it is both bright and dark at the same time.  Me personally I’m not feeling this as a summer track but that’s just me and it seems more like a music publicist’s successful crashing of a summer song list.

YTD recordings listened to: 355
Good music, not list worthy: 210
Not good music: 123

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks

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Music for 7/5/19!!! Trash Kit, Dumb, Venom Prison

@@@ Trash Kit: Horizon (Upset the Rhythm, 2019)  Some Brit indie business off a promo email from Line of Best Fit.  Retro ’90s guitar indie weirdness with what sounds like a synth horn, but might be a poorly recorded real horn.  Peppy, upbeat energy featuring active drumming that is higher quality than most indie bands.  The second tune, Dislocate, has a loping indie world music (specifically African) laidback guitar feel to it.  I like it more than the opener.  I think this record has some interesting ideas but I keep fast forwarding to the next track which is always not a great sign.

@@@ Dumb – Club Nites (Mint)  More indie rock, this time more muscular than the freak slant above.  The dude singer is energetic and off on a spoken word rant about something inconsequential.  I like the band they sound excited while rocking a pretty standard formula.  I’m on the fourth tune of this record and I dig this record.  The combination of a quasi ranting singer and a red bulled up band results in a quasi old school Minutemen kinda feel without the politics and with a distortion pedal.  If you’re an indie hipster peep this, it’s pretty happening.

@@@ Venom Prison – Samsara (Prosthetic)  Some metal off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Oh my, after a doomy intro these guys kick it off with all over you metal shitshow.  Lots of everything — threedling guitars, big power chords, jump cuts, and a singer that is pissed off but doesn’t sound like a fantasy goblin all the time.  With song titles like Uterine Industrialization you know what you’re in for on this record — a healthy blast of anti-social.  If you’re up for a post July 4th mosh these guys are there for the hookup.  They do a really god job of blending classic metal, thrash, doom and rolling it up into their own thing.

YTD recordings listened to: 336
Good music, not list worthy: 201
Not good music: 116

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten

Music for 6/6/19!!! Quinn Christopherson, Bodywash, Suge

@@@ Quinn Christopherson: Raedeen (Self-released, 2019)  A single I got to after a music publicist email about a NPR tiny desk concert.  The arrangement is pretty stripped down and the star here is Christopherson’s odd voice and his oddly detailed lyrics that unfold during this down on his luck/drug addiction song.  Raedeen was his gal and the drugs blew their life apart and he’s bummed about it.  Twangy guitar that sits between a rockabilly and a jangly indie tune.  I like the contrast of the straight arrangement and his spill-y vocal style.  I usually recoil at the sound of the tambourine in a tune but I like it here.  Some nice twisting delayed echoes ring out tastefully in the course of the tune.  Overall well done for an indie track — some solid, non detached emotion and well arranged.

@@@ Bodywash: Reverie (Luminelle, 2019) Some retro indie business I got to via one of the folks distributing it twatting it up on the Twatter.  Super floating cloud synths, reverbed vocals.  I guess everybody got their Cure records out recently because I hear strains of the Great Black Eyelinered One up heah in the indie tracks lately.  A little bit of the Feelies as well as many female indie women.  It’s more dreamy than sweet though there’s some sugar in there.  Not really my cup of indie but I’m just one dirty ape on the interwebz.  Pillows, it reminds me of pillows.

@@@ Da Baby: Suge (Interscope, 2019)  Occupying prime real estate on the Apple Music home page.  If you’re up for some standard trap business to kick off your summer, the Mr. Da or Mr. Baby is there for you.  Plenty of lyrics about how much money he’s making, a few lines about guns necessary to protect himself and plenty of bitches up in his grill.  It’s not often you hear ‘bitch’ as a background vocal but it’s here!  He’s a young CEO as he will remind you repeatedly over the course of the tune.  I like the beat, the keyboard/bass part is simple and some folks might say it lacks style and I would be one of those people.  He’s really good on the mic with standard lyrical themes that I’m somewhat not into.  I will continue to maintains that there is not a lot of sunlight between hip hop boasting about money, drugs, and women, and Trump’s behavior.  Which is ironical, right?  If it’s ill when the pumpkinheaded bitch hits it like that, isn’t it ill when it’s a young brother in the hood?  Naimsayin’?

YTD recordings listened to: 285
Good music, not list worthy: 168
Not good music: 99

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News

Music for 6/5/19!!! Anemone, Dilly Dally, Scott Helman

@@@ Anemone: She’s the One (N/A, 2019)  I saw on the Twatter that this tune had been nominated for a SOCAN songwriting prize.  It’s a mash of ’80s dreamy synth pop and Beach Boys type rock weirdness but with updated sounds.  It’s got a pretty straight white boy/white girl rock dance beat, rock bass, some jangly guitars and classic reverbed female vocals.  Tempo is a tad above medium and it peaks with some hand percussion to go with the poo poo platter of indie sounds.  Indie is a tough sell for me, I dig it all right, but check it for yourself.  The percussion is my favorite part of the song.

@@@ Dilly Dally: Bad Biology (N/A, 2019)  Not off the Twatter but off the same SOCAN songwriting nomination list.  The tune is an extreme version of quietude in the verse and then a Smashing Pumpkin type crush in the chorus.  The lyrics are gender related — bad being a boy, blah blah blah, bad being a girl…yadda yadda yadda.  The most notable component of the tune is the contrast of the sections and I dig how they stretched it as far as they could.  There’s not a lot of rocking with some of the youngsters today so it’s refreshing to hear a smackdown.  The female vocalist goes half orc in the second chorus to get pretty dark for indie business these days.

@@@ Scott Helman: Hang Ups (Scott Helman, 2019)  More mainstream with a pop guitar nugget here off that SOCAN songwriting nominations.  The lyrical hook revolves around his own personal hang ups and asking his gal/whoever to not hang up on him.  You can hear the Justin Bieber production influences going on here bigly.   A little funk, a wee pubic hair of rock, a lot of pop vocal actions and smooth porn star pelvis production shine.  The mix is pretty thick with percussion overlays, lots of vocal tracks and a generally soda pop vibe.  It’s a wee bit pop childish for my taste but whatevs.  To conclude, I don’t really know what the SOCAN songwriting awards are, I think it has to do with Canada but I don’t really know or care.

YTD recordings listened to: 282
Good music, not list worthy: 167
Not good music: 97

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News

Music of the 5/15/19!!! Divorcer, Protruders, PUP

@@@ Divorcer: Debt Jubilee (No Sun, 2019)  Off kilter old school guitar indie with a female singer that I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  It’s a Minutemen/Breeders love baby thing.  I like the band but I could use some more energy from the singer.  Jumpy song sections and a general lack of respect for the way things are done.  Which I like.  The synths come on for the third tune (clipped below) and I liked this best of what I heard.

@@@ Protruders: Poison Future (Feel It, 2019)  It’s gonna be angular white people indie rock day.  This time the the female singer is replaced with a dude with some distortion on his voice.  He does raise the energy of the Velvet Underground on Red Bull vibe of the band.  A similar decision to break down the songs into shards which is fine though this second track, Tax 101, is pretty straight ahead rock.  Generally more energetic and more rocking than the grrl band and I’m just describing not judging.  Whichever way you go, I could give a shit.

@@@ PUP: Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper, 2019) And we end today’s listening with some major label pop punk guitar business out of the Canada.  A hooky opening track (clipped below) with AC/DC and Green Day pubes.  I read a blurb about this record and it’s about depression which is a serious thing.  The never ending debate is whether addressing these serious things in a pop music context is good or does it dilute the seriousness by presenting ideas in a spoon fed manner.  I’m telling you kids, I think this is a case of personal preference.  I like this band and some of the songs work for me and other ones don’t work for me so be a thinking adult and decide for yourself.  I found the opener less effective than the other tracks.  Often the label will put the hookiest shit up front to snag people with short attention spans.   That might be you!

YTD recordings listened to: 253
Good music, not list worthy: 148
Not good music: 91

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams

Music for 5/9/19!!! Paul Doffing, Dury Dava, Satan’s Satyrs

@@@ Paul Doffing: Easy as You Come (N/A, 2019) Hey, hey, it’s Thursday and we kick it off with an acoustic guitar driven folk rock/FM rock track I got to via a music publicist.  Mr. Doffing has a pleasant voice with a bit of gravel to it and at about 1 minute a medium driving drum beat comes in.  The drum/no drums sections dictate the structure of the tune.  Just prior to the outro there’s a little guitar solo section and a female background singer comes in again on the fadeout.  I don’t have anything against the song or the playing within it.  It’s a ditty with a nautical theme, how ’bout dat?  I neither love it nor hate it.

@@@ Durt Dava: Satana (Psilos, 2019)  I got to this track via an email from the label located in Greece.  With a singer working the otherworldly and anguished vocal range of Thom Yorke the band is indebted to Radiohead and their eclectic rock sound.  It has a pleasant space rock feel to it without going to far into the jam band neighborhood.  I much prefer the space rock to the jam band.  It is an almost 9 minute monster shot so it is going to shift from one space to another and it does just after the 3 minute mark.  I might not hang for the full ride but it has a lot of energy and it’s an interesting blend of sounds.  Some dance like drum beats and tom tom drumming unfolding in an ongoing swirl of guitar sounds.

@@@ Satan’s Satyrs: Succubus (Relapse, 2018)  A stoner-Satanic metal throwdown I got to via an All Music notable release email from 2018.  The drummer is killing it, he must have shot a can of Red Bull into his eyeball as he is almost literally playing his nuts off.  That’s right his nuts might fall off and he will then be without huevos.  His drumming is garnished with what I believe is dual guitar rifffage salad galore in the greatest and stoniest of 1970’s traditions.  The singer is not an afterthought but he’s fighting to hold his own against the blizzard of guitars and drums.  It’s not really Satanic it’s Sabbath-y rock with even a bluesy twist on another one of the tracks.

YTD recordings listened to: 242
Good music, not list worthy: 143
Not good music: 85

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams

Music for 5/8/19!!! Tigrin Hamasyan, Shannon and the Clams

@@@ Tigrin Hamasyan: For Gyumri (Nonesuch, 2018)  Both of today’s listens come from an old ass All Music notable release email from last year.  A solo piano record with some vocalizing, oh boy there it is (the vocalizing) and I don’t like the way they put it in the mix.  Too New Age-y.  For the most part I do like Hamasyan’s piano playing.  Aarrgh, more and more voices, it’s turning into a Bobby McFerrin record in front of my very eyes!  That’s not what I’m looking for.  Let me check another tune.  I like the piano playing on the second track (clipped below) and I’m agnostic on the brief electronic music flourishes.  Certainly more engaging than Brad Mehldau who I find to be a cup of warm milk before you die, it’s still a bit snoozy for my taste.

@@@ Shannon and the Clams: Onion (Easy Eye/Nonesuch, 2018) I have enjoyed the quirky energy of the Shannon and the Clams on previous recordings.  They do a really good update on the classic doo wop rock thing.  They are tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time and they infuse mad energy into their stuff.  The second tune, It’s Gonna Go Away, is a very good example as they drop the tempo but the playing remains crisp and tight.  It’s a bit shocking that this record is out on the Nonesuch imprint as they are the kings of slack flavored coffee indie — a band that gets up on it and kicks out the jam with gusto is not what I associate with Nonesuch.  I’m going to circle back on this when I have more time to eat the whole sandwich but don’t sleep on this.

YTD recordings listened to: 239
Good music, not list worthy: 141
Not good music: 84

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams