Music for 7/11/18!!! Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, Six Feet Under, ChanHays

@@@ Lil Pump: Drug Addicts (Warner Bros, 2018)  Lil’ Pump at the top of the hot tracks at Apple Music with a 2 minute track making the world a better place.  I hope Lil Pump was stoned when he hit the mic cuz that would explain his poor performance.  He goes down the list of all the drugs he takes on a daily basis and I could really care less.  His pills and shit probably make him constipated so maybe he could change his stage name to Lil Dump.  Low grade, pre canned hip hop shit for sure.  I came in not a Lil Pump fan and leave disliking him more.

@@@ Lil Yachty: Who Want the Smoke? (UMG, 2018)  I have fondness for Lil Yachty but he really didn’t up his lyrical game with this Apple Music hot track.  This sounds like a Halloween haunted house track with Lil Yachty playing the weird ass Frankenstein character.  Cardi B. makes an appearance, albeit not her best, she shoulda left it for the summer with biting the ol’ boogaloo track ‘I Like it Like That’.  I can see this working as a commercial for recreational weed shops running sales.  Who Want the Smoke?  Offset at least rhymes with some energy but Lil Yachty needs some coffee.

@@@ Six Feet Under: Unburied (Metal Blade, 2018)  A sizzly and full grinding metal record I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  They got a little boogie going in the second tune, Midnight in Hell, while the third tune (clipped below) is a very nice thwack to the head.  I would describe the singer as some sort of brownshirt caveman bitch, much like an ICE agent.  He’s tight and on the rhythm of the band, which you could bounce a nickel off the ass of btw, but as for what he’s saying that’s a bit of a rough go.  This is solid metal business if you can get with proto man on the mic.

@@@ ChanHays – The Creepy (Droppin’ Science)*  We switch back to the hip hop neighborhood and check out this release I saw on the hip hop adds list at CFUV.  This first tune is a retro laidback style — funky but friendly and chill.  While I expect the sound of the record to remain somewhat stable listeners get a plethora of guest MCs so the vocal stylings will be rotating.  Some of the middle tunes up the urgency with nice sounds and solid rhyming.

YTD recordings listened to: 397
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 209
Not good music: 177

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

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Music for 6/13/18!!! Hungry March Band, Neko Case, Lush, Sly and Robbie

@@@ Hungry March Band: Running Through with the Sadness (Imaginator, 2018)   A pre-release single from an old school New York city institution.  I’m sort of done with the klezmer/jazz/Balkan business but these guys are like a mariachi band that know a lot of jazz and had a syringe full of Red Bull shot into their eyeball.  My favorite music is the stuff where the musicians sound like they don’t give a shit and are playing their asses off.  This is an example of that formula in action.  I will listen to more of this when it comes out and this is a pretty hot lead single.

@@@ Neko Case: Hold-on (Anti-, 2018)  From this week’s All Music notable release email.  This first tune does live up to its lush billing while it does purposely meander through a bunch of sections.  The second tune appears to be much more of a fm adult alternative ‘rocker’.  I know that there is an extremely ardent Neko Case fan club but without ramming a stick in there I’m having trouble understanding why they’re so ardent.  She’s a good singer but I don’t hear anything super extraordinary in the lyrics, the singing or the songwriting.  The music is pretty straightforward mostly soft fm radio rock.  For example, in the fifth tune Bad Luck the vocal hook is ‘chipped my tooth on an engagement ring’ so I guess that’s the kind of quirkiness that has gotten her a lot of fans.  God bless her for having fans that support her.

@@@ Lush: Snail Mail (Matador, 2018) Some debut singer songwriter action off this week’s All Music notable release email.  This young lady just graduated from high school so it looks like she’s got plenty of time to have the music business crush her soul!  I kid, I kid (not really).  After a bit of a intro sing and strum she gets into a full band retro indie from the ’90s kinda flavor.  Ms. Lush has a very nice voice, they put too much reverb on it.  Regular readers know what I think of the vast majority of indie guitar music — this is perfectly decent music in its slackness (and whiteness might I add) but I can’t really get with the vibe.  It’s the Velvet Underground, it’s Pavement, it’s Lou Reed, it’s the Feelies, it’s in that neighborhood.

@@@ Sly & Robbie, Nils Petter Molvaer, Elvind Arset, Vladislav Delay: Nordub (Sony Germany, 2018)  I saw this genre mashing record on the London Jazz news blog weekly email.  I don’t love the synths on the first track but the second track brings some fat dub low end and some vocals.  I’m digging this track over the opener.  I’m on the fourth tune and my feeling is that it’s differently ambient than traditional dub records, the rhythm section is pretty banging, but I did not find my attention riveted to the other elements besides Sly and Robbie.  It’s a bit sleepytime tea.

YTD recordings listened to: 326
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 170
Not good music: 145

Best: 5
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, Dona Onete, 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, Los Texmaniacs, Etran De L’Air

Music for 4/26/18!!! Bruce Forman, YUZIMA, FRIGS, Visigoth

@@@ Bruce Forman: Junkyard Duo (Self-released, 2018)  I got to this mash of old time-y jazz guitar playing and drums via a music publicist in the Chicago area.  It’s not exclusively old school guitar playing as evidenced by the lyrical playing on the third tune, Objection of Infection.  The drums/percussion tracks tend to be reverbed in a larger room.  The vibe of the session is loose but far from half assed while the tunes tend to be on the shorter side of and skip around to keep the listener engaged.  I find the majority of jazz guitar players to be quite boring but these guys keep it moving.

@@@ YUZIMA: Black Supremacy (N/A, 2018)  I got to this track via the music blog Indiepulse.  I’m not sure what I expected but it’s not what you would expect from a track titled thusly.  It’s got an industrial dance feel to it with a funky feel but but the singer is also very processed and nested in buzzy as shit mix.  A little over halfway through the track switches to an undistorted mix with a simple drum beat and some acoustic guitar track.  It’s a dance track but an uncommon one.

@@@ FRIGS: Basic Behavior (Arts & Crafts, 2018) #1 out at CFUV in Vancouver.  The first tune opens up slow and heavy with a purple dranked female singer.  I expect a shitstorm of guitars presently.  I find myself listening to the guitar player a whole bunch, I appreciate his/her angular playing.  The second tune is more indie but I’m on the third track and it’s back to the slow, epic doom rock but not metal thing.  I hear pubes of FLTR, Jane’s Addiction, Stone Temple Knuckleheads, etc.  Smells like dark music for dark times to me.

@@@ Visigoth: Conquerer’s Oath (Metal Blade, 2018)  Also on the charts at CFUV.  Mount ye white stallion and head out to battle with this classic metal record!  When white men fought the heathens and the good fight, wait that’s supposedly still happening but it just looks like aimless slaughter.  The second tune, Warrior Queen, is everything you would hope it to be.  It is epic with huge vocal chorus shout outs, big guitar riffage and I would imagine some cucumbers placed strategically in the band’s leather pants before they head out onto stage for a show.  Yowsa!

YTD recordings listened to: 225
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 119
Not good music: 98

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: 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, 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, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz

Music for 4/25/18!!! The Tallest Man on Earth, Lazyeyes, Hernan Sama/Marcelo von Schultz, Slug

@@@ The Tallest Man on Earth: Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York (AWAL, 2018)  I’ve checked out Mr. Tallest Man on Earth before and I really enjoy the tone of his voice.  I’m not sure why this GooglePimpTube video is 10:24 while the tune on Apple music is just over 4:30.  It’s standard Mr. Earth with strummed acoustic guitar, a little organ and vocals.  Sometimes it’s very soothing to be presented with so little (if you like the singer’s voice).  The obvious reference here is Mr. Zimmerman but Mr. Earth’s voice is better.  It’s a melancholy love song — just trying to keep you informed.

@@@ Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz: Sonidos desde el campo para los animales y la vida salvaje (Self-released, 2018) I got to this self-released sax and drums jazz record via an email from the artists themselves.  I’m usually disappointed when listening to requests like this, but I really like the first couple of pieces here.  There is no place to hide when it’s just a duo record but both these players have personality — the sax player is not interested in technical playing but more on sonic interestingness.  I have trouble writing good jazz reviews as it’s not hard to get lost in abstraction and bullshit.  If you haven’t heard a lot of free jazz playing this is a good record to check out.  It has good energy, the playing is interesting and you can just kick back and let it wash over you.  I’m going to swing back on this record and it may end up on my end of year list.

@@@ Lazyeyes: Echoes (Egghunt, 2018) A shoegaze ’80s single I got to via a music publicist email.  What the world now needs is more ’80s influenced rock!  Not me but the world at large as there is so much of it coming out.  Half dance/half rock drumbeats, Edge style guitars and a jagged rock/pop sound.  A little Sonic Youth, a little Flock of Seagulls, a strange mash of indeed.  Not a huge fan of the youth of sonic but this is much cleaner.  There is a shoegaze singer here, a little reverbed out and almost overwhelmed by the guitar noise.

@@@ Slug: No Heavy Petting (Memphis Industries, 2018)  I saw this record on last week’s All Music notable release email.  It has a nerdy guitar rock flow in this tune clipped below, but the white boy falsetto is supposed to funk-ify the proceedings.  By the time you get to the chorus it’s pretty mathy and nerdy and funky.  I’m not a huge fan of this formula but if you are, well then here you go.

YTD recordings listened to: 221
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 118
Not good music: 96

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: 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, 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, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz

Music for 4/24/18!! Young Valley, Eleanor Friedberger, El Hijo de la Cumbia, Janelle Monae

@@@ Young Valley: Till I Cross Your Mind (N/A, 2018)  I got to this roots rock single via a music publicist at Pavement PR.  The band arrangement is pretty standard alt country guitar rock but the vocalist and the melody stand above.  The playing is tight and the tempo is up and rocking so it’s got a bunch of good elements.  If you like the roots rock, check it out as it’s more than solid.

@@@ Eleanor Friedberger: Everything (Frenchkiss, 2018) An ’80s influenced pop rock single I got to via a music publicist.  Peppy drumbeat, some basic synth chords, a little chorused guitar and lyrics that are okay but not taking me anywhere.  Supposed to be a super great artist of our time and a pop song that tackles a big idea (of wanting everything and having everything and being happy with variations on that), hmm I’m not sure I get it.

@@@ El Hijo De La Cumbia: Genero, Genero (Nacional, 2018)  Modern and updated cumbia music off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  By updated I mean it’s a pan-Latin genre mash with traditional and electronic elements.  By the time you get to the third tune, Che Revolution, it’s mostly electronic with a blend of hand percussion, accordion and drum machine rhythms.  It’s clearly a release designed to get you to dance into spring.  The fourth tune, Que Te Vaya Bien, strikes the best balance of sounds of what I heard.

@@@ Janelle Monae: I Like That (Bad Boy/WEA, 2018) Another pre-release single from Janelle Monae whose record is getting a big push out there on the interwebz.  I thought the first single, I forget which, was a Prince bite sandwich, but this appears to go a different direction.  It’s a I am who I am anthem with a natural, non biting set of sounds and a good energy.  I much prefer this to the other track I peeped, big mistake by the whoever is ordering these releases.  I guess the mainstream listeners get their heads more easily around a solid bite job.  This has lilting vibe with some rhymes and a little gospel and a little dancehall.  For a mainstream track this has some genuine elements in it.  It always pays to listen for yourself as this tune is much different than from what came before.

YTD recordings listened to: 217
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 116
Not good music: 94

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: 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, 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, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal

Music for 4/23/18!!! Rival Consoles, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Tinashe, Arianna Grande

@@@ Rival Consoles: Persona (Erased Tapes, 2018) I set up this blog post when I was travelling last week and I can’t remember where I found this record. I think it was the previous week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune has an experimental techno feel to it — four on the floor and some dubbed out chords. It’s developing at a modest pace with taste. It gets to the verge of dancefloor funkiness and pulls back, let’s peep some more and see how that goes. The second tune brings on the classic unt-sss drum machine beat but some nice dark waves that sinister out the affair. The arrangements are the standout feature of this record — the sounds are solid but not super ear catching but the pace and sectioning is very above average.

@@@ Wrekmeister Harmonies: The Alone Rush (Thrill Jockey, 2018) Some goth rock out of the folks at Thrill Jockey. It opens up with a couple of deeply reverbed guitars and a tinkly piano. Duder comes in with the deep register and low energy vocal accompanied by a tasteful string flourish. I’ve never been a huge buyer of the goth rock/doom conceit but these guys pretty the misery up a bit. With titles like Covered in Blood from Invisible Wounds it’s not going to be a shiny happy ride but that’s all right. I’m not opposed to downer music it’s just that this is not quite the downer ride I enjoy. Check it out.

@@@ Tinashe: Joyride (RCA/Sony, 2018) With the intro repeating ‘keep your eyes on the road’ and ‘prepare for joyride’ this is looking like an auto concept record. When the first tune proper kicks in it’s tom heavy with a complex vocal arrangement. I like it all right. The second tune is more hip hop influenced with a guest MC in the back and a fat fat booty bass while the third tune is a slow romance related ballad. The production is pretty slicked out with very current sounds and a variety of guest performers. I didn’t think it stood out a whole bunch from other r&b that’s out there.

@@@ Arianna Grande: No Tears Left to Cry (Republic/UMG, 2018) Arianna Grande had the misfortune of having a suicide bomber show up at her show in the UK. I think this tune is related to the worldwide headline grabbing event as she became huge by returning for a benefit concert, etc. Outside of the up energy she’s putting out it’s a pretty cliche ball of spaghetti with some oversinging sauce over the top. I believe it’s designed to be an aspirational pop dance thing and it is, but it’s laced more with cheese than with soul. I’m not 100% sure but I think she bit the vocal melody from another song. Ah well, 34 million views on the GooglePimpTube so folks have their spoons out for the sonic baby food!

YTD recordings listened to: 213
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 114
Not good music: 92

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: 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, 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, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal

Music for 4/8/18!!! Shamir, Debit

@@@ Shamir: Resolution (Father/Daughter, 2017)  Some young black male fronted indie rock that I got to via a 10 underrated records of the year by Dazed digital.  This gent has a stylish falsetto and he some epic guitar tones going on.  The vibe is rocking and melancholic at the same time.  He sounds a bunch like Prince (a little like TV on the Radio as well) and he does mix rock with dance beats.  It’s not a straight up comparison of the sounds but the formula is similar.  He does an ’80s rock thing on the fourth tune Dead Inside that I don’t like as much but I know the kids out there are just grooving on the ’80s for some unknown reason.

http://shamir.bandcamp.com/album/resolution

@@@ Debit: Animus (N/A, 2018) A blend of Latin club music and ambient music — that’s what the blurb from the Dazed digital list has.  It opens up mostly dark ambient but then other sounds start to come in.  I’m not hearing anything particularly Latin (which I was hoping for and shit) but let’s skip ahead.  It’s not particularly funk music, it’s dark with some club sounds but without the vibe.  It sounds more like a soundtrack to a Aliens franchise movie.  Lots of tension and foreboding.  The fourth tune brings some more rhythmic energy and a fat bass drop but still within the same framework.  I like it.  I don’t think I’m particularly in the mood for it right now but it’s cool.  I like ambient music where the synths and the sounds are more abstract but that’s just me.

YTD recordings listened to: 197
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 104
Not good music: 86

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: 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, 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, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal