Music for 1/26/18!!! Pale Waves, Petra Glynt, Fucking Fall Out Boy!

@@@ Pale Waves: My Obsession (Dirty Hit, 2018). Off a Line of Best Fit promo email.  Undeniably fun from what I hear.  If 1980’s synth pop rock is undeniably fun well this is mad undeniably fun.  Doubly undeniably fun.  The female singer sounds a lot like Dolores Riordan from the Cranberries.  I wasn’t a fan but I didn’t wish her death.  She’s also got a pube of Madonna going on.  Not an actual pube, though I wouldn’t want to shame Madonna’s pubes. They’re probably pretty high end.  She’s never going to stop loving you!  Believe it (or not).  I have to keep typing or I might nod off — this is some extremely familiar business.  I made it 2:17, that’s pretty good.  It’s not horribly performed it’s just super cliche and sleepytime tea as far as I’m concerned.

@@@ Petra Glynt: This Trip (Vibe Over Method, 2018)  I had to take a day off as I had shit to do in the real world so I can’t remember where this track came from.  As in how I got to it. It’s femme semi- (or quarterly) funky electronic influenced music with a dash of aggro/industrial.  I have no problem with pissed off women but you gotta hit me with some genuine bad feeling or I’m not buying it.  Some PJ Harvey shit, naimsayin’?  This is part of the way there and kind of ends up as sour milk pop rock.  The video spins around a whole bunch so if you have vertigo forego that shit and coincidentally I made it right around 2:15 so maybe that’s the number for the day.

@@@ Fall Out Boy: Mania (Island, 2018)  Let me just say Imma fucking huge Fall Out Boy fan (not).  They’re awesome (not), they just fuck shit up (not), and most of all they’re not just in it for the money (not).  So let’s peep.  Here we go with the intro, I’m so nervous cuz Fall Out Boy is the real deal.  They move me and my bowels.  The singer is most definitely not a douche.  Only Fall Out Boy would bite Drake and go for a white boy slinky watered down dancehall thing.  Fucking unbelievable as far as I’m concerned.  I’m so inspired by this music and its originality and I don’t think they’re biting it at all.  I wish the tune would never end, that’s how good it is.  Do yourself a favor and get on this bitch because it’s atomic in energy and authenticity.  The way he gasps when he sings, it just works for me bigly.  I can imagine Trump doing a 2 step to this number.  And then Trump sidles over to the bed where he then shits on a prostitute!  Bigly, what an image.  This must be awesome as 13 million people have checked it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 50
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 28
Not good music: 21

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, 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, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo

 

 

 

 

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Music for 2/16/18!!! David Byrne, Courtney Marie Andrews, 6lack, Frank Ocean

@@@  David Byrne: This is That (Todomundo/Nonesuch, 2018)  A pre-release single from the former singer of the Talking Heads.  How did I get here?  This is not my beautiful house!  Is this a beautiful tune? This is not standard David Byrne world music inflected NPR thought rock.  He’s got sounds going here from Oneontrix Point Never and they’re pretty nice.  Certainly darker than usual Byrne fair.  It’s an all right tune that I dig less when the piano comes in.  Everybody is up on the meaningful piano chords these days — it’s a signifier to be denounced.  There is the problem of Byrne’s lyrics which are prismatic and you can take them as high end word salad or very meaningful.  I lean more towards the word salad side of things.  If you want to hear more of Oneontrix’s music feel free to check out his work in the movie Good Time, which is a pretty rough watch (lots of violence and squalid human behavior) but his music is perfect for that flick and the flick is balls out.

@@@ Courtney Marie Andrews: Kindness of Strangers (Fat Possum Records, 2018)  If Tom Petty and Bob Dylan had a love baby and formed a band and that band was fronted by Emmylou Harris it would sound a whole lot like this.  I got this tune via the Twatter and it’s better than the usual crumbs left on Twatter.  I like her voice and her performance a whole bunch and I could use some more distinctive playing behind her as it would help her to carry the load.  The arrangement is pretty much FM mid ’70s classic rock with some organ.  The lyrics are also a tad trite.

@@@ 6lack: Cutting Ties (Interscope, 2017)  I was and am pretty into 6lack’s debut record.  The combination of murky arrangements and his slightly nasal vocals works for me.  I caught this single on Apple Music and on this single he maintains his sound but really does a whole lot more singing in this track.  Almost loverboy but just a slightly baked loverboy.  I’m feeling like this is a track for the ladies and he does a really good job with the vocals.

@@@ Frank Ocean: Moon River (Blonded, 2018) Frank Ocean has some of the most devoted fans going.  This tune is over a million views on the GooglePimp in over a day.  Though I don’t see Ocean as a genius he is a plastic figure that moves and evolves in his sounds at an accelerated pace.  He does mopey shit, that’s his specialty but this cover track definitely brings in the black church sound and it’s interesting to see a younger musician pull that string.  Multi-tracked, quasi-spiritual vocal harmonies over very sparse electric guitar and small bass presence.  It’s an interesting choice to throw the Frank Ocean sauce on, I imagine most kids have not heard or give a flying fuck about this old tune.  He throws a little electronic garnish at the end and he successfully makes the tune his own.

YTD recordings listened to: 90
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 50
Not good music: 37

Best: 1
Honorable Mentions: 1

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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, 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, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One

Music for 2/15/18!!! Barrie, Nilifer Yanya, Becky and the Birds, Chemtrails

@@@ Barrie: Canyons (Winspear, 2018) Off tracks of the week at Line of Best Fit. A slow lush tune with a dreamy female voice that breaks into ’80s synth rock with a big bass sound underneath. It’s a well executed version of a well known formula and kinda snoozy. Not much more to say to this actually.

@@@ Nilufer Yanya: Thanks for Nothing (ATO, 2018) A major label single also off this week’s tracks of the week at Line of Best fit. As the toy drum machine tinkles beneath the guitar vamp and the emotive female singer this sounds to my ear like an adult alternative/indie mash. The beats drop in the chorus and the live drums come in and we’re heading for rock tune? Nope, back to the drum machine. I don’t like this singer — she’s probably an awesome person but she has an undercover yodel to her voice that annoys me. I do like the segue from the drum machine to the live drums in the verse/chorus but that’s about it for me.

@@@ Becky and the Birds: Holding On (Self-released, 2018) I like the opening to this track — it’s kinda amoeba like and trippy before the singer (Becky, I assume) comes in. It breaks out into big, shall we say epic chorus with a pitch shifted voice, a wide beat with some layers, and a main voice that says she’s holding on. You hold on maam! I like the verse much more than the chorus but I give respect for the adventurous sounds.

@@@ Chemtrails: A Killer or a Punchline (PNKSLM, 2018) Last tune of the day off the Line of Best Fit. It opens with a fast arpeggiated synth and then goes into a mainstream FM classic rock guitar groove. Oy. The vocals come in and it’s a nerd rock show — one young gent and a female friend singing quirky lyrics over the power chord progression and the synth in the back. Not my thing but check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 86
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 47
Not good music: 36

Best: 1
Honorable Mentions: 1

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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, 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, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One

Music for 2/13/18!!! Guy One, Calvin Harris, Tiavara

@@@ Guy One: #1 (Philophon, 2018) I got to this record via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  It’s out on an African label out of Berlin and the musician is from the Ghana/Benin area.  After a more traditional acoustic number it gets into some high energy full ensemble funk in the second tune Bengere Tomme.  It’s got a pretty manic guitar part that drives this tune hard with some electronic garnish.  Thus far I hear strands of Afrobeat but there is plenty of other weirdness for listeners to groove on.  That might be a kora and not a guitar, by the way.  I really like what I hear thus far, most notably the arrangements of the tunes — funky and unexpected.  The singing is very good but it’s the sounds that set it apart.  I will be swinging back on this record when I have the time but it sounds like it will end up on my year end list.

@@@ Calvin Harris: Nuh Ready Nuh Ready (Sony, 2018)  Calvin Harris continues his appropriation of black music forms with a dancehall influenced banger and an island accented toaster/singer.  Talk about a motherfucker that puts his finger in the air and then bites it hard.  Super hard.  Super slick production but underneath it has a wooden fakeness that belies Calvin’s copycat soul.  Looking at Drake and Bieber and how they’ve gone to the bank Mr. Harris has moved from his funk thieving to Caribbean heisting. #CorporateTurdery.

@@@ Tiavara: When Silence Reigns (KC/RC, 2018)  I got to this Russian metal band single from a publicist email.  The singer does his thing in English and he sounds a bit like a college professor — somber and dramatical to be sure.  It’s a dual guitar classic metal shredshow with a hard rock drum sound.  It’s not really my thing as far as metal goes but listen for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 78
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 43
Not good music: 32

Best: 1
Honorable Mentions: 1

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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, 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, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One

Music for 1/26/18!!! Pale Waves, Petra Glynt, Fucking Fall Out Boy!

@@@ Pale Waves: My Obsession (Dirty Hit, 2018). Off a Line of Best Fit promo email. Undeniably fun from what I hear. If 1980’s synth pop rock is undeniably fun well this is mad undeniably fun. Doubly undeniably fun. The female singer sounds a lot like Dolores Riordan from the Cranberries. I wasn’t a fan but I didn’t wish her death. She’s also got a pube of Madonna going on. Not an actual pube, though I wouldn’t want to shame Madonna’s pubes. They’re probably pretty high end. She’s never going to stop loving you! Believe it (or not). I have to keep typing or I might nod off — this is some extremely familiar business. I made it 2:17, that’s pretty good. It’s not horribly performed it’s just super cliche and sleepytime tea as far as I’m concerned.

@@@ Petra Glynt: This Trip (Vibe Over Method, 2018) I had to take a day off as I had shit to do in the real world so I can’t remember where this track came from. As in how I got to it. It’s femme semi- (or quarterly) funky electronic influenced music with a dash of aggro/industrial. I have no problem with pissed off women but you gotta hit me with some genuine bad feeling or I’m not buying it. Some PJ Harvey shit, naimsayin’? This is part of the way there and kind of ends up as sour milk pop rock. The video spins around a whole bunch so if you have vertigo forego that shit and coincidentally I made it right around 2:15 so maybe that’s the number for the day.

@@@ Fall Out Boy: Mania (Island, 2018) Let me just say Imma fucking huge Fall Out Boy fan (not). They’re awesome (not), they just fuck shit up (not), and most of all they’re not just in it for the money (not). So let’s peep. Here we go with the intro, I’m so nervous cuz Fall Out Boy is the real deal. They move me and my bowels. The singer is most definitely not a douche. Only Fall Out Boy would bite Drake and go for a white boy slinky watered down dancehall thing. Fucking unbelievable as far as I’m concerned. I’m so inspired by this music and its originality and I don’t think they’re biting it at all. I wish the tune would never end, that’s how good it is. Do yourself a favor and get on this bitch because it’s atomic in energy and authenticity. The way he gasps when he sings, it just works for me bigly. I can imagine Trump doing a 2 step to this number. And then Trump sidles over to the bed where he then shits on a prostitute! Bigly, what an image. This must be awesome as 13 million people have checked it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 50
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 28
Not good music: 21

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, 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, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo

 

Music for 1/23/18!!! Jaws of Love, Noah Haidu, Xylouris White

@@@ Jaws of Love: Wild Honey Pie Buzz Session (K-Rizzla, 2018)  Fragile and heartfelt indie I got to via the Twatter.  Prefer the Twatter to the Facebook, hate the Fucking Zuckiebook.  Piano + earnest piano = so many feelings.  This is in the tradition of the Hornsby fella, the Ben Folds fella, and worst of all the Coldplay fella.  That dude needs a spiritual slap (like Ed Sheehan) — Coldplay dude to make sure I’m clear.  It’s just too precious for me, I will skip to the second tune and if it’s just dude and his piano I’m gonna be out like bell bottom jeans.  Oh, it’s not looking good, more feelings and let me propose the idea that it’s maybe too many feelings.  I’m sorry he’s so melancholy but I would prefer to have him lick his wounds in private.  The production is good, the sounds are nice, he’s got a really nice voice, but I’m just not into the tunes.

@@@ Noah Haidu: Slipstream (N/A, 2018) I saw this jazz record on the Twatter and y’all know how much I love the Twatter and everything it stands for.  It is described as adventurous and fresh and swinging and on this first tune I hear the second two adjectives.  It is very clean straight jazz production with a medium large ensemble — piano, trumpet and sax, bass and drums.  The sounds are great if not a tad sanitized and the energy is high.  I could use more adventure myself.

@@@ Xylouris White: Mother (Bella Union, 2018). Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I’ve had this artist on best of year lists so that pretty much guarantees a listen for a couple/few records.  I like Mr. White because he’s got some freak going on, he’s got energy and his shit is a bit messy.  I hate these bands where their shit is swirled up like a beautiful ice cream cone.  I think the desire for mess has receded since 9/11 which was a big ol’ mess.  More ghetto theories on the house.  We get an extended instrumental intro that sounds like it’s about to gel into something.  I guess not.  Ah, here we go with some Captain Beefheart manic freak rocking on this second tune, Only Love.  He sings in Greek and I know he’s Greek from when I peeped his music before.  Is it racist to say that I want a baklava right now?  I don’t think so but I don’t want to be like President Ill-Bitch with his racist shit.  Ooh, I’m feeling this ambient third tune, Motorcycle Kondilies.  It’s got a drum beat in the back, some melodic half strumming and White sliding around some less than common scale.  It’s spacious and weird and I’m in no position right now to get a baklava.  God dammit.  Check Xylouris out, he’s got his own thing going for sure — it’s not a super hipster thing and it’s cool.

YTD recordings listened to: 47
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 26
Not good music: 20

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, 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, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo

Music for 1/11/18!!! Criolo, The Spy from Cairo, Borns

@@@ Criolo: Espiral de Illusao (Oloko Records, 2017)  Some firm and laidback Brazilian samba that I got to via the WRIR weekly charts email.  This first tune is mad sweet, layered with stringed instruments and hand drums/percussion.  The singer fits the music really well — mellow but not slack as the rhythms here are complex and satisfying.  The first three tunes are all well balanced instrumentally with really clear and unpretentious production.  Points also for the undercover nylon string guitar shredding that’s tucked into these tunes.  Imma swing back on this record so check it out.

@@@ The Spy from Cairo: Nothing New Under the Sun (Wonderwheel Recordings, 2017)  A Mddle Eastern electronic record I got to via a December 2017 WRIR playlist email.  When I was looking on the GooglePimpTube I saw this record described as oud funk and that’s accurate — it takes traditional instruments at the melodic positions and puts them on top of an electronic drum and bass.  The tune clipped below (the second on the record) is a good example but with dub production added to it.  There are a couple of dubs on the record and the reggae roots vibes are sprinkled throughout.  I like it all right, it’s pretty straight ahead.

@@@ Borns: God Save Our Young Blood (Interscope, 2017)  Some mainstream pop off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The verse is all right but the chorus is a bag of ass — just a bunch of pulsating synths and some quick tempo hi hats.  This dude, Borns, sports a slack loverboy pose and I almost forget to mention that one of my least favorite recording artists, the mighty swollen lipped Lana Del Ray is on this single.  This is about as close to word salad as you can get and still have a song (or at least an acceptable version of a song).  I get the hook and what it means but that’s about it.  Listen to the verse if you like but turn it off before he shows his ass in the chorus.

YTD recordings listened to: 29
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 14
Not good music: 14

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, 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, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle