Music for 10/16/17!!! Crowd Company, Kelly Moran, King Khan

@@@ Crowd Company: Fever (N/A, 2017)  A pre-release single from a UK funk outfit that I got to via a music publicist email.  Female singer, full horn section, funky wah wah hook — the tune is rooted in ’70s funk but it has a hint of mellowness to it.  I like the vibe but the tune doesn’t leave a huge impression on me say the way the opening track to Curtis Mayfield’s first solo record does.

@@@ Kelly Moran: Bloodroot (Telegraph Harp, 2017)  I saw this pianist on a performance promo email from the adventurous music club Roulette in Brooklyn.  The first tune is a blend of piano but part of the piano has been blocked  and is buzzing and resonating strangely instead of well, sounding like a piano.  It’s a solo piece.  I like the second piece as well.  I would describe her tunes as having classical music components but also some improv and straight weirdness.  A mix of sweetness and not so sweet.   Ooh I really like the third tune, I’m going to have to swing back on this record.

@@@ King Khan: Murderburgers (Ernest Jennings, 2017)  I’ve peeped King Khan before and he’s a trip.  A blend of funk, spaghetti western, and some psych all mashed up.  These first two tunes have a distinctly retro vibe to them, the second being a cracked country flow and the first one touting more psych.  Maybe I’m getting King Khan mixed up with somebody else but I remember him being mo funky.  This is a West Coast weird rock record.  I like it all right, it has similarities to a Frank Zappa record but a bit straighter.

YTD recordings listened to: 669
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 360
Not good music: 282

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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Kelly Moran

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Music for 10/11/17!!! Peach Pyramid, Kelela, Chelsea Wolfe, New Kingston

@@@ Peach Pyramid: Repeating Myself (Oscar St, 2017) Indie rock off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Mad dreamy, super arpeggiated guitars.  I guess they’re either arpeggiated or not, there’s no super arpeggiated.  Not super, but they’re super twee.  Female singer, slack and straight than straighter rock beats.  There’s not a lot to go on about here so I don’t want to waste anybody’s time.  It’s shiny guitar indie done in the classic style.  It’s like trying to describe Domino’s pizza — the shit is mad salty and you either get with it or you don’t eat it.

@@@ Kelea: Take Me Apart (Warp, 2017)  I’ve seen posters for this record up in Brooklyn and given the state of the music industry it’s a bit shocking to see an indie label laying out for street posters.  The production here is ultra slick but more than just a repetition of retro electronic soul.  It’s being marketed as a super confessional record which I’m down with but her delivery is pretty smooth and doesn’t evoke any confessional vibe to my ears.  She rocks a pretty straightforward sultry and lush vibe.  The arrangements overshadow the vocals here by just a bit — I find my focus to be on the beats and the bass and I’m not noticing her lyrics or hearing her voice as more than a soft overlay.

@@@ Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun (Sargent House, 2017)  I was going to say more femme indie but these ladies came on dark, grungy, and unhappy.  Like Harvey Weinstein’s Ass Ball Connector!  Not to demean this fine band.  Very tasty fuzzy bass sound, wailing and dyspeptic guitar squall and arena rock drumming.  Let’s peep a bit more.  There’s more than a bit of art school to this heavy rock.  It’s slow like Jane’s Addiction but without Perry, you know Perry.  If PJ Harvey was grafted onto Jane’s Addiction’s torso without so much arena flavor.  It’s pretty good — it’s a bit restrained for my taste.  When I want a hot mess or a sonic dumpster fire I want a real fucking mess.  This is pretty manicured (like Harvey Weinstein’s Ass Ball Connector)?  #inappropes

@@@ New Kingston: A Kingston Story: Come From Far (Easy Star, 2017)  I saw a music publicist email about this up and coming reggae band.  This first tune sports both a thick bass and a shiny modern pop production.  Concious lyrics with some dub elements.  It’s a full reggae ensemble from hand percussion to background vocalists to bubbling organ.  I respect the spirit of the record but I’m not a fan of tunes like the fifth one ‘Agape’.  It’s a Hollywood/reggae vibe they’re working.  I prefer the old school sound and vibe.

YTD recordings listened to: 660
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 354
Not good music: 280

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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/10/17!!! Como Asesinar A Felipes, Sam Smith, Bottin, HoodRich Pablo Juan

@@@  Como Asesinar A Felipes: Elipse (Koolarrow, 2017)  I got to this concept record by Latin American musicians via a music publicist email.  It consists of two pieces named interior, one named medio, and three with the word exterior in the title.  It is listed as hip hop/rap in the Apple Music slotting system but the intro of the first tune features a long sax blast and some Spanish vocalizing.  When the band comes in it has a slightly rough prog vibe rather than hip hop.  I like the bass tune and the band energy.  I’m peeping the third track and I like the varied instrumentation and the instrumentation and the more exploratory rock stylings.

@@@ Sam Smith: Pray (Capitol, 2017)  Sam Smith returns with a second slice of romantic ballad cheese for the masses!  He’s got the resounding piano chords and the slightly hip skittering high hat.  He’s in a bad way visa vis love and maybe he’s gonna have to pray.  And right on time comes the church choir.  It is building in energy and its cheesy flavors become more pronounced as he becomes more passionate.  This is blue/bleu cheese!  Part of me prays for this to be over soon as it is the sort of cliche serious tune that turns my stomach more than a bit.  My prayers have come true and I survived.  Check it out, it’s awesome!  This album is not out for another month so there’s plenty of time to get some boots for the tsunami of marketing that will commence in the name of sensitive fella Sam Smith.  I pray you all survive.

@@@ Bottin: I Have What I Gave (2MR, 2017)  An indie electronic record inspired by late ’70s Italian disco/funk.  The opening of the first tune does not evoke that era but I will be patient.  I heard the funk on the second half of the first tune but the second tune goes right into it, though it adds a little krautrock vibe, accidentally or not.  The singing is indie style, no divas or funky black folks on the mic here.  No offense to the effort here but I think I prefer the old school disco that inspired this.

@@@ HoodRich Pablo Juan: Do What I Want to Do (Empire, 2017) A hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The lyrics are pretty raw towards the women folk while the arrangement sports a weird kinda good/kinda annoying guitar/harp sample.  There are multiple MCs in various states of stoned.  This may be one of the lowest, flabbiest and fartiest hip hop basses I’ve heard.  The vocals crowd the track and I’m not sure it’s great to have the vocal hook be ‘I do whatever I want do’.  I know that’s what drives Trump’s toilet tweets, but remember the children!  It’s an all right track, C+.

YTD recordings listened to: 656
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 352
Not good music: 278

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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 9/21/17!!! Sparks, Nick Jonas, Electric Wizard

@@@ Sparks: Missionary Position (N/A, 2017)  I’m not sure if I’ve peeped this band yet as publicists bombard my inbox with the same band over and over ’til I’m confused.  These guys are from the UK and they are wacky.  References might be XTC but more tongue in cheek, and maybe a little Beatles action in the vocal melodies.  I hate to use the Fab Four as a reference as it makes people shit their pants.  It’s an urgent drum beat with tambourine and piano while the guitars are there they don’t drive the tune or mark it as a rock tune.  It’s all clever lyrics regarding the title.

@@@ Nick Jonas: Find You ( , 2017)  Off the Apple Music best of the week playlist.  Regular readers know Imma huge Nick Jonas fan.  He’s mad hot and super talented, a panty quaker in the tradition of Bieber and (gasp!) Harry Styles.  Harry Styles you rule my world!  Jonas is biting Bieber’s ballad style pretty hard.  Oh my the auto speller changed ballad to balls and for a second Nick Jonas was bitting Bieber’s balls.  That’s really too much.  This is more romantic than lustful but I’m sure the video is full of Jonas hotness.  I don’t like the track much but it’s pretty restrained for major label business.

@@@ Electric Wizard: See You in Hell (UMG, 2017)  Retro hard rock a la Black Sabbath in a tune I got to via the Apple Music heavy metal playlist.  Caveman drums, but not modern metal sounding with crunchy, angry flower power style guitars.  Riffs that are old school not classic metal but the first wave back in the day.  The tune is building with more frantic drumming and wah wah guitar.  It’s a familiar formula but they do it well.  Check out War Pigs if you want the classic business.

YTD recordings listened to: 612
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 327
Not good music: 259

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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny

Music for 9/19/17!!! Alice Glass, Evil Invaders, Dan Walsh

@@@ Alice Glass: Alice Glass EP (Loma Vista, 2017) Female fronted space pop off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  The most notable feature of the first tune is how much the low end has been sliced out of the singer’s voice and she sounds about seven years old.  This sort of club music requires slick production — a lot of shine to go with the booty rocking bass.  The record tries to be both dance music and lyric driven songs but I don’t buy these as songs, they leave me feeling not much, if anything.

@@@ Evil Invaders: Feed Me Violence (Napalm, 2017)  Some revved up classic metal/thrash that I got to from the same CFUV playlist email.  The singer is really a singer, and the guitarist(s) provide quite a bit of rhythmic chord chunking as well as the occasional pig squeal.  There are two pre-release tunes up and this second one As Life Slowly Fades follows the same basic premise as the opener.  Fast tempo, lots of drum fills followed by thrash beats, and wicked piercing pig squeals/guitar blasts.

@@@ Dan Walsh: Verging on the Perpendicular (Roksmere Records, 2017)  Some roots/folk music off the CFUV email.  This second tune (clipped below) is banjo playing and singing.  It’s really pleasant playing and the singing is pretty with more modern lyrics.  There are two instrumentals in the three first tunes which is fine as Walsh can surely play the banjo.  For old schoolers.

YTD recordings listened to: 606
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 322
Not good music: 258

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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny

Music for 9/18/17!!! La Misa Negra, The National, Chronicle Dub Trio, Superfruit

@@@ La Misa Negra: Misa de Medianoche (NAM Entertainment, 2017)  Some Latin music to kick this week off and I got to this record via the CFUV week.  Ah, I remember this record, this is a hot one and it’s a reissue of a 2013 record that made my best of list.  These guys play a manic, partyistic horn driven blend of Colombian cumbia and anything that moves hard and keeps you on the dance floor.  The female singer is great.  Imma gonna leave it at that but I’m happy to see this record has been re-injected and am happy to give it a shout.

@@@ The National: Born to Beg (4AD, 2017)  Yes, you bastards want this track by track full orifice review to continue and I’m loving it as well.  This is a saddie so get ready — he was born to beg for you.  Puh-lease!  It’s driven by a piano part and garnished with a little electro sparkle action.  Unfortunately it doesn’t detract enough from the singer’s work which continues its dolorous, wanky vibe.  There is a subtle background vocal chorus and some guitar noodling to take you out and I can’t decide whether this is a great track to listen to before or after a lobotomy.  It’s precious and important that’s for sure.

@@@ Chronicle Dub Trio: Chapter II: Marcus Garvey (Coated in Dub, 2017)  Some dub covers of classic reggae songs that I got to via this week’s WRIR playlist email.  This first one is Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey and they raise the tempo and the guitar playing is chicken scratching his way right into my heart.  The organ player and the guitar player trade melodies in this first track with the drummer and bass player holding it down.  They are bassing up my headphones on this third tune Cuss Cuss Dub.  If you’re up for some modern updates on reggae classics with some rock flourishes on the guitar side of things check it out.

@@@ Superfruit: Future Friends (RCA, 2017)  Super sweet mainstream electro off the front page of Apple Music.  Wow, it’s like somebody taking a syringe of sugar and shooting straight into your eyeball.  It’s got a Wham-my feeling to it for sure but more intricate.  They got a faux funky flow working on this second tune — a dash of Earth Wind and Fire and Prince walked by quickly.  The production is slick, the lyrics are very low IQ, and the singing is all right.  Get your bubblegum disco on if you feel the urge!  I bet tRump gets freaky to this kinda business.

YTD recordings listened to: 603
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 320
Not good music: 257

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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny

Music for 9/15/17!!! Niall Horan, respectful child, A Giant Dog

@@@ Niall Horan: Too Much to Ask (Capitol, 2017) A ‘heartfelt’ piano ballad off the hot tracks section of Apple Music.  It’s sweet and soft like apple butter — think James Taylor on a piano.  I have a feeling the tune is gonna build to a big ass sonic climax — could be wrong.  As far as schmaltzy ballads go this could be schmaltzier.  If this tune was an ice cream cone it would be a plain vanilla in a wafer cone.  I just checked with my friend and a wafer cone is the one with the flat base so it will stand up on a table without assistance but it’s very sweet and not very substantial.  And it’s not artisanal vanilla ice cream, it’s that old school shit that came in in a half gallon box.

@@@ respectful child: ::Searching (Coax, 2017)  Some ambient music off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  The first tune opens up with delayed guitar — I know I’m a total music bitch but I like to keep my ambient music separate from my electric guitars.  This first tune has a lot of echoed guitar.  I’ve skipped ahead and had bites of the second and third tunes and the delayed guitar is the dominant element.  I like delayed guitar but when it’s ambient music it introduces a New Age/arena rock element to the proceedings. I avoid New Age vibes in my music the same way I avoid the plague.  I understand my readers/listeners might be dying for some echoed guitar ambient music so have at it if you roll like that.

@@@ A Giant Dog: Toy (Merge, 2017)  Blurbed as hook driven rock on the Apple Music.  An updated, slightly campy Cheap Trick type of rock.  Two singers, one male/one female singer, some medium crunchy friendly guitars and hooks with a dash of indie.  I would call this one third camp-one third classic rock-one third indie.

YTD recordings listened to: 599
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 318
Not good music: 255

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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny