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

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Music for 10/9/17!!! Marilyn Manson, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gill Landry, Metro Boomin’

@@@ Marilyn Manson: Heaven Upside Down (Concord, 2017)  Fantastic, there’s nothing America needs more than a new Marilyn Manson album!  Manson reminds me of bag of chips that you buy in the supermarket — it’s huge bag but it’s half air with some greasy shit at the bottom.  Or think of it this way — he’s a snake oil salesman pretending to be Satan.  On this first tune he borrows from the Nine Inch Nails playbook with some tense aggro for his posturing and sonic horseshit.  The second tune is glammy straight arena rock that you might find in a new country tune.  I desperately urge the youth of America to seek out something else besides the Manson clownshow.  If you want the rough shit for real there’s plenty of heavy metal out there.  If you want mainstream rock just listen to that and fuck this asshole in mascara.

@@@ The Black Dahlia Murder: Nightbringers (Metal Blade, 2017)  I got to this record this week’s All Music notable release email.   This is in the classic metal/thrash neighborhood with a pumped up drummer.  Wow, they’re all mad pumped up.  These guys are not the roughest gents on the block but they put Marilyn Manson’s pony ass on a  piece of toast and have him as a shitty snack.  Regular readers know that I’m not a huge fan of the classic metal but these guys bring it hard and they’re quite committed to what they’re doing.

@@@  Gill Landry: Love Rides a Dark Horse (ATO, 2017)  An Americana record from this week’s All Music notable release email and from a member of Old Crow Medicine Show.  The instrumentation on this first track is fiddle, acoustic guitar, piano, shaker and and bass.  It’s more old school than alt.  The vibe on this first track, Denver Girls is more faded and melancholy than partyistic.  Landry’s voice is very low register so that plays a role in creating that impression.  The second tune features some lovely sparse electric guitar playing to go with some slide guitar in the back and the strummed acoustic.   This is on the downer trip, which is fine, I like downer music.  If you dig the classic miserable old school country where it’s all heartbreak and isolation Landry will hook you up!

@@@ Metro Boomin: Blue Pill ( , 2017) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It may turn into a dance floor banger but is a laid-back skitter with some all right rhymin’ and some less than all right Auto tuned vocals.  Oh there are two autotuned vocals here.  Outside of the vocals, the bass, and the beat there is a little keyboard floating through but it’s mostly a stoned out track by a couple of gents who sound like they’re stoned and free styling on the microphone.  Skip the blue bill yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 648
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 348
Not good music: 274

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 10/6/17!!! Hans Ludemann, Pink, 5j

@@@ Hans Ludemann and Trio Ivoire: Desert Rooms (Intuition, 2017)  I got to this straight jazz record from a twat on the Twatter.  This is the second piano trio record I’ve heard in the last week or so.  I think the straight jazz piano record is the king of straight jazz in terms of seriousness and purpose.  This one is spiced with an African instrumentalist to go with the piano and the drummer.  Right now he’s taking a marimba type solo.  There are a ton of wooden percussion marimba type instruments coming out of Africa so I can be forgiven for not knowing the name.  God bless, this African dude is really changing the record for me.  The piano player is pretty straight and the drummer I haven’t noticed much.

@@@ Pink: Whatever You Want (RCA, 2017)  I checked out Pink’s other pre-release single What About Us and that was a massive cheese bomb and this one picks up right where that left of.  I like Pink’s voice, it’s very strong and she works it hard but the lyrics — I don’t know when mainstream pop lyrics were a dime store New Age support group.  I guess a bunch of these mainstream stars are more lifestyle brands than musicians.  Pink is the sympathetic, no bullshit feelings guru and I actually find her more tolerable than Beyonce.  It’s an electro pop arrangement with Pink doing her combination of bolstering and lamenting on the singer side of the equation.

@@@ 5j: barrow (5j barrow, 2017) I got to this indie folk EP via a music publicist email.  This record is being touted as old school Greenwich Village folk and while that’s not necessarily my favorite sub genre I dig this first tune.  I can imagine the young hipsters feeling this — the singer is polished, he’s no nasal Dylan sandpaper voice.  The arrangement is stripped down with bass, acoustic guitar and voice, but it’s the singer that’s really the star here.  This first tune (clipped below) Seagreen Dress does indeed explode with a drummer coming on and a female singer and a lot more energy.  And back to the mellowness.  Let’s peep more.  I somehow skipped ahead because I’m more than a bit out of my mind but I’ve checked three tunes and I dig the opener the best (clipped below).  As the NPR Tiny Desk brand displays there is more than a bit of NPR up in this folk record.

YTD recordings listened to: 648
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 348
Not good music: 274

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 10/5/17!!! Sabrina Claudio, Ascending Dawn, Iglooghost

@@@ Sabrina Claudio: Belong To You (featuring 6Lack) (SC Entertainment, 2017)  Super booty knocking r&b.  I don’t think 6Lack is on the single but he’s on the remix so that explains my peep.  Wow, he’s singing on this track and I dig his voice, it changes the track from straight lush to a blend of lush and something else.  #eloquent.  He de-cheeses the track and gives more dimension to it.  There’s plenty of lush reverb for everybody to have a slice and the instrumental side of the arrangement is dominated by long keyboards and string patches.  Solid for a mainstream track and I continue to dig 6Lack.

@@@ Ascending Dawn: Cannonball (Ascending Dawn, 2017)  I got me a publicist’s email about this band and it’s what I call a mainstream metal track.  It’s got some roughness to it, but it has a lot of arena rock and even pop elements to it.  Big guitar riffs for you to bounce around on and arena rock drumming with a soaring female singer.  Plenty of background vocals as well.  It’s got a tad of Foo in it, more than a schmear of Linkin Park and it has Heart vibes due to the singer.  Not really my cup of tea.

@@@ Iglooghost: New Wax Bloom (Brainfeeder, 2017)  An experimental electronic record last week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens up sort of Japanese royal court mashed with Alvin the Chipmunk and some New Age-y synth sounds.  That’s quite a mash.  The second tune brings in a jazz-ish horn line and some manic beats so this bad boy is gonna jump around more than a tad.  It’s an interesting blend of different sonic emotions — some childish, cartoon sounds, some club action, a tad of hip hop, some abstract electronic and pubes of whatever Mr. Iglooghost throws in.  Notable more for the production and the execution than the musical impact, imho.

YTD recordings listened to: 645
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 346
Not good music: 273

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 9/27/17!!! Miley Cyrus, Light, Kevin Gates, David Crosby

@@@ Miley Cyrus: Week without You (RCA, 2017)  The rehabilitation of mainstream Nice Cyrus continues with this third pre-release single.  Oh no more pasties, bending over, dancing little people and stripper poles for Cyrus as she reaches back to the late ’50s/early ’60s for some vintage girl soul (including outfit — see below!)  Lyrics that can be played at family dinner.  It’s more than a bit like an Elvis track.  Let’s all move to Cali, put on the radio and kick back to the vintage pre rock ‘n roll stylings of shapeshifter Cyrus (who needs to make some payments on her Lamborghini).  Oh I kid, I kid.  It’s not a high bar to beat but she sings better than Taylor Swift.

@@@ Kevin Gates: By Any Means 2 (Bread Winner’s Association, 2017) A hip hop record occupying primo front page real estate on Apple Music’s front page.  This first tune is super Dirty South with some eerie vocal delays, super deep trunk bass, and some cough syrup skitter beats.  After a little intro it goes full gangsta with the gunplay and the dealing of the drugs and the fight to survive.  Whoever did the bass on this track deserves a medal for funk.  It’s just nasty and blobby and extremely satisfying.  Gates’ rhyming style is middle of the road — he’s not super quick but he’s crisp and rhythmic.  He also takes some turns at singing but it’s not extensive.  Where a lot of hip hop records are a loop and a little arrangement and then some blunted dude rhymin’ and rhymin’ these tracks are more fully fleshed out and focused so big points for that.

@@@ Lights: Skin & Earth (Warner, 2017)  Blurbed on the All Music notable release email as ‘a sweepingly romantic, post-apocalyptic, comic book concept album rife with sophisticated pop hooks.’  Oy, that’s a mouthful!!  I predict super slick production and a medium sized tidal wave of cheese.   Oh she’s got the finger snaps working in the verse of this opening track and then there’s a cheesy multi-tracked vocal explosion in the chorus.  She can sing, I’ll give her that but the pimped out production detracts from her performance.  On this third tune she’s doing that breathy near-orgasm shit that drives me insane.  If you need to go rub one out in the bathroom, fine go do it, this is America, but I don’t need to hear you get really close to your peak and sing at the same time.  She’s got a gentle dancehall sway to this tune Until the Light.  Some folks spent a lot of time on this record but it comes up more than a bit short on soul.

@@@ David Crosby: Curved Air (BMG Rights, 2017)  A pre-release single off the Apple Music hot tracks.  You gotta give Crosby credit for not making a CSN single as here he takes Joni Mitchell’s jazz fusion period and takes it for himself.  It’s most notable in the rhythm section where the bass player is very active and the drummer is also not straight hippie rocking it.  He also has a keyboard player and a flutist to round out the ensemble as previously described.  Crosby’s singing is straightforward and it’s not featured with a lot of vocal harmonies as it has been heard for decades.  I did not follow the lyrics closely but it appears they are serious and contemplative.  There ya go!

YTD recordings listened to: 628
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 336
Not good music: 266

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 9/23/17!!! Billie Eilish, Why Don’t We

@@@ Billie Eilish: ocean eyes (Interscope, 2017)  A single off a ‘teen sensation bedroom production’ off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Think of this track as ’70s soft rock over a thick, modern bass.  There is a truckload of vocals on this track, it’s a curtain of female longing.  You make me wanna cry when you give me those ocean eyes.  It’s a decent hook but she wears out.  If you take the vocals out it’s a pretty thin mint.

@@@ Why Don’t We: Invitation (Signature Entertainment, 2017)  A pre-release from a white boy teen group off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I love the boy bands, they inevitably swirl down the toilet in a torrent of drugs, homosexuality, and puberty.  I want to go out of my way to say that I have nothing against homosexuals.  It’s a little surprising that one of the vocal hooks is about picking her up at 8pm cuz they don’t look old enough to drive!  Maybe Momz will drive and he’ll be in the back singing to her.  Check out the hairdo on heartthrob Lower Right.  That’s some dope curly bird’s nest action.  The tune is pretty standard white boy funk — Justin Timberlake-y in spots.  I think the dude in the middle is the homosexual — we’ll see in about 10 years!  I kid, I kid, Heartthrob Upper Left is the Gay One.

YTD recordings listened to: 616
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 331
Not good music: 262

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 9/21/17!!! 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