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

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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

Music for 5/4/19!!! A.A. Bondy, Flamingods

@@@ A.A. Bondy: Images of Love (Fat Possum, 2019) I saw this recording artist namechecked on the Twatter by an indie hipster working for the label that released the record.  Not to the most impartial source calling a record ‘record of the year’ but that’s the nature of the music biz.  There are three pre-release tunes up on the Apple Music and this is classic mope indie with an emphasis on an organ rather than a guitar.  There are slight elements of indie electronic with an occasional drum machine hand clap and a bassline that is firmly halfway between a rock tune and a funk track.  The singer works a minimalist slightly down approach.  No arena rock singer here and as the next pre-release track is called Fentanyl Freddy down might be the general direction of the whole record.

@@@ Flamingods: Levitation (Flamingods, 2019) I got to this upbeat mash of rock, pop, prog and electronic with some psych flavors via a Line of Best fit weekly email.  The second tune does incorporate some of the psych flavors it is being marketed as but it’s still mad poppy and doesn’t have really teeth grinding agitation of classic psych music.  I’m onto the third tune and it’s pretty much an updated ELO record — super uptempo electro rock.  It’s okay.  Danceable psych flavored rock is an interesting mash.

YTD recordings listened to: 231
Good music, not list worthy: 139
Not good music: 83

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

Music for 5/3/19!!! Calexico and Iron and Wine, Flamingosis, blackbear

@@@ Calexico and Iron & Wine: Midnight Sun (Sub Pop 2019) If you’re into that mellow alt country indie thing then the combination of these two artists should immediately trigger a bowel movement in your pants.  The vibe here is Simon and Garfunkel dry humping a Willie Nelson ballad.  A nice shuffle beat for the drummer, some low key slide guitar, ooh there’s a distorted guitar but mostly the vocals dominate the mood here.  It is an interesting rebirthing of old school hippie rock spirit — this could be some Crosby Stills and Nash without quite that level of harmonizing.  While I walk away with my trousers unsoiled (#sadface) I can see some beardies out there grooving on it bigly.

@@@ Flamingosis: Early Night (Cofresi, 2019) I got to this recording artist via a gig alert email from the music blog Flavorpill.  He takes a couple of snippetof a Heart track and works around the guitar figure before discarding that and working into a slow but funky dancefloor banger heavy on beats and screaming synths.  The other snippet is a vocal sample which gives the tune its title.  It is interesting to hear those throwback sounds mixed in with super modern vocal chopping and glitching.  He does aspire to a massive arena vibe same as those artists.  Strange sonic bedfellows.

@@@ Blackbear: Anonymous (Alamo/Interscope, 2019)  Pushed up on the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I guess the reference hear would be Frank Ocean but with a very different aspiration.  Where the feeling here is dark, Frank Ocean goes for that bedroom emotion feeling.  The second tune, Hate my Guts, is a bit lighter but still dark gray.  I’m gonna peep the third tune (clipped below) and then I’ll be out like bell bottom pants.  Blackbear can sing all right and he does rock an interesting combination of loverboy and downer and the production is sharp, but it’s a question if you’re interested in the tunes.  I’m moderately interested but listen for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 229
Good music, not list worthy: 137
Not good music: 83

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

Music for 4/17/19!!! John Paul White, Shovels and Rope

@@@ John Paul White: The Hurting Kind (Single Lock Records, 2019) An Americana record off last week’s All Music notable release email that traffics in adult alternative, Byrds era folk rock, and straight up classic FM.  I must say straight up that while White is quite a capable singer he is milking the emotional titty a bit hard.  So if we are to accept that this is the sonic equivalent of a manly Midwestern country steak, it sure is a steak that is slathered with more than a bit of Philly cheesesteak sauce.  And if you protest the use of the word cheese then you could substitute the word corn.  It’s all American corn.  Unfortunately.

@@@ Shovels & Rope: By Blood (Dualtone, 2019) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The first tune, I’m Comin Out, is a bombastic anthem.  Maybe they’re gay?  Not gay in a bad way, just straight up gay.  Maybe they’re emotionally gay which I’m not sure what that is.  The second tune is a sing-a-long strummer with a female singer.  It’s also super bombastic and mainstream.  So there’s that word bombastic again.  I’m going to peep one more track and while these guys aren’t milking the drama titty they sure as shit are firing the corn cannon.  I’m more than a bit peeved that these two listens work in more of a simulated emotional world rather than something that feels real and passionate to me.  I’m sure these are great people but I think I might prefer watching some house paint dry.  Remember I want to love it, I really do.

YTD recordings listened to: 200
Good music, not list worthy: 122
Not good music: 69

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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

Music for 4/14/19!!! Kevin Abstract, Tame Impala

@@@ Kevin Abstract: Arizona baby EP (RCA, 2019)  There’s been some dudes using hip hop sounds but getting into some non hip hop territory.  This tune from the Apple hot tracks section does just that getting into some indie electronic action in the arrangement (including guitars and a saxophone) while he gets a good head of steam going on the microphone over new style but not quite full trap beats.  Regular readers know I enjoy a mashed up style if it’s done well and Mr. Abstract is all right at it.  I think Abstract is indebted to Andre 3000 of Outkast — he doesn’t bite him but he is inspired by his uniqueness, no holds barred style.  This music is not a bullseye for me, but for mainstream music on the hot tracks section it’s pretty interesting.  I’m feeling this third tune Georgia the most of what I’ve heard.

@@@ Tame Impala: Borderline (Island, 2019)  Super slick indie disco off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Unfortunately, a somewhat so standard it hurts four on the floor beat could use a funk injection.  Throw some melancholic falsetto vocals about being in L.A. by yourself and you get #sadface disco biscuit.  I like the flute part, real or canned.  It’s a bit of a colander of synth spaghetti comprising the mix.  I count four or five layers of synth-y goodness.  Could use some funk and a more interesting arrangement.

YTD recordings listened to: 194
Good music, not list worthy: 120
Not good music: 67

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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