Music for 2/26/20!!! The Weeknd, Ozzy Osbourne, Yella Beezy, Pearl Jam

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@@@ Thee Weeknd: After Hours (Republic/UMG, 2020) Wow, the #1 track in the Apple Music hot tracks section clocks in just over 6 minutes.  Fans of the Weeknd are gonna shit themselves but those of us awaiting our turn to recognize his genius are gonna think, yikes that’s a lotta Weeknd.  This one is looking to be an epic loverboy, falsetto monster shot laced with sadness and regret.  Very nice bass sounds, the beat comes in around 2 minutes and it’s all right without blowing my socks off.  This is a heartbreak booty shaker.  He’s a bit of a sad sack but they want you out on the dancefloor!!  I give a lot of respect to the sounds here and he sings all right but I don’t think most folks need 6 minutes of this.  I almost made it to the end but I don’t feel great about that.

@@@ Ozzy Osbourne: It’s a Raid  (Sony, 2020) The question presented by Ozzy Osbourne’s new single is ‘have we reached peak Post Malone?’  I might have reached Peak Malone about a year ago but hey that’s just me.  It opens up with some fresher sounds than what you would expect from the lead singer in Black Sabbath.  Drums high in the mix and I dig that, a few pop flourishes in the background vocals.  Post_Peak Malone does all right but his presence on the mic is lower than Ozzy (though this is a huge stack of Ozzy Osbourne vocal tracks).  It’s a bit of slop shop lyrically, I have no clues what’s going on but it’s about kicking it and rebelling and being frustrated that much is clear.  Unless I’m mistaken, Post Malone walked past this track he didn’t really do that much.

@@@ Yella Beezy: Keep it In the Streets (Hitco, 2020) A Hendrix like guitar figure, some classic 808 beats, a sung vocal hook are the main components out of the gate here.  I don’t know if Mr. Beezy is doing the singing on the hook but it’s definitely hip hop with sprinkles and extra goodies.  #interesting.  A lot of energy comes out of these rhymes and it’s about the streets but it’s so quick you gotta pay attention and the guitar hook gives it a decidedly non gangsta flow.  The elements by themselves are not the most interesting but their combination is creative and I give respect to that.  A little dancehall flavored rhyming, an old school black power hippie riff, and some beats.

@@@ Pearl Jam: Superblood Wolfmoon (Epic, 2020) I actively enjoy disliking Pearl Jam and I have for a long time.  They’re trying to step out on their new record with some fresh energy and some different feels but it’s still Eddie Vedder, whose self-righteous tone lies like a moist blanket on the Jam of Pearl.  On this track they use a classic guitar power stroke, a straight beat and they rely on Mr. Vedder and a background vocal arrangement to keep the track fresht.  Big arena guitar shred solo, it’s all right.  It sounds like they want to kick out the jams, ya know just leave it all out on the floor as they say.  It doesn’t move the needle for me, but maybe for folks out there?

YTD recordings listened to: 136
Good music, not list worthy: 80
Not good music: 56

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera

 

Music for 2/24/20!!! King Krule, Jan St. Wenner, Cerrone

@@@ King Krule: Man Alive! (True Panther, 2020)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  A bit lo fi, a little psych and trippy, a little bit of ’80s synth rock, as well as a little bit of classic indie.  He’s a talented arranger, I like the way the sounds of the first track are put together.  The second tune is more downer-y with a bit of dark dub and a little aggro, alienation.  I like this third tune, didn’t like the second one, and liked the first one so I’m giving this a mixed bag rating.  He’s definitely not following somebody else’s roadmap and I respect that.

@@@ Jan St. Werner: Molocular Meditation (Editions Mego, 2020) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  4 tracks, 40 minutes with a 20 minute opener.  I will just be taking small bites.  This first piece starts as spoken word but slightly off kilter and dystopian spoken word with some dark, minimal sound garnish.  I was going to say that the tune builds slowly as I click through the 20 minutes but I just happened onto a solo voice with no accompaniment followed by a sheet of static.  The second tune opens up with drum and bass sorta thing but some of the beats consist of static.  The general vibe here is a disembodied voice with noisy, aggro sound accompaniment and I believe it’s a commentary on these fabulous times we live in.  He’s a bit weird and a little angry, maybe he’s hangry.

 @@@ Cerrone: DNA (Because Music, 2020)  Our last listen of the day starting out with an epic bass and a plinky arpeggiated synth up top.  I expect a cheesy dancefloor beat but we’ll see.  Let’s check out a bit more but I don’t think I will be here for long.  The combination of the arena rock production and the Cheez Whiz electronica is a bit much for me.  Personally I don’t know who would dig this kind of music but it takes all kinds to fill the world so I won’t presume anything.  If you have any respect for my taste I would steer clear of this, it could lower your IQ.

YTD recordings listened to: 128
Good music, not list worthy: 76
Not good music: 52

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera

 

Music for 2/17/20!!! Billie Ellish, Future, Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Justin Beebs

Check out these hot tracks for February 17, 2020, President’s Day.  We have a giant insane orangutan in the White House, not a President.

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Billie Ellish: No Time to Die.  My view, overrated, not nearly as flavorful as presented, frankly a piece of odd young meat for older dudes to salivate over.  And she plays into it for sure.  This is her Bond theme.  Wow, it’s a snoozer, a bit of an oxy Bond theme.  It’s only in the last 45 seconds does any sort of Bond drama come in.  Wow, a full diaper load, a genuine stinker.  Also too much reverb all over the place — it sounds mad washed out.

Future: Life is Good.  I haven’t heard the Future number that made me go, Oh yeah Future has it going on.  Standard trap beat but it sounds like he needs a seat halfway through the track — he sounds tired.  Halfway through the tune does a 180 and firms up and he doesn’t sound all tired.  Fat, distorto bass and tough and tight mic rhythms.  There’s more than one MC and I can’t believe it but Drake kills it on this guest appearance.  I don’t know what’s up with the first half of the track, it sucks comparatively.

Boogie wit da Hoodie: Numbers — I like Mr. Boogie, he’s got flavor, this track is no exception.  It opens with a howling animal noises and strummed acoustic guitar.  It’s a blend of high energy rhyming and slacker sounds.  Skittery beats.  Topic wise, I have no clues what this is about but I think it’s about making money.  Future is more expansive in this area with the Lamborghinis and the drugs and $100k rings for his ladies.

Justin Biebers: Forever What’s the verdict on the Beebs’ new mustache?  I think it makes him look like an old school porn star.  This is a pop track with a hip hop undercarriage — some skitter, an occasional flatulent bass blast and then Beebs comes in doing his super smooth schtick.  I think I might be ready for Bieber to retire.  He’s got two guests on this track one of which is Post Malone who’s a bit of a Mad Max, post apocalyptic pop star with those face tats.  I’m agnostic on the face tats, but they are striking.  I do like the synth marimba that propels the track.  Maybe the young ladies appreciate this track more than I do.  I find it cliche and a bit tired except for the marimba thingy.

YTD recordings listened to: 118
Good music, not list worthy: 69
Not good music: 46

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera

 

 

 

 

Music for 2/11/20!!! Best Coast, Jeremiah Jae, Black Milk, Elton John

@@@ Best Coast:  Always Tomorrow (Concord, 2019) I got to this via the New York Times which has some of the worst music writing in the country, if not the world.  Trashily pimped by moneyed music publicists.  I was expecting some self-indulgent woe is me white people’s music but it’s early to mid ’80s rock that actually rocks.   This first tune is a ramped up tune similar to something you’d hear from the Go Gos.  The second tune gets marked down for biting Joan Jett’s ‘I love Rock ‘n Roll’ so hard right out of the gate.  Ooh, I liked the first track but this second one stinks.  I’ll check the last pre-release tune from a record out Feb 21.  Oh no, a cheesy ballad, yikers!  I liked the first track then two duds after that.

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@@@ Jeremiah Jae: Complicate Your Life with Violence (Mello, 2019)  Off an All Music notable release email from last fall.  I like this hip hop label Mello a whole bunch as they release very interesting stuff.  It’s funky with old school soul and swing sounds.  Thus far I’m feeling the fourth tune, Dead Battery, the best of what I’ve heard to this point.  There is so much dialog from films (I assume) that this record turns into a sort of hip hop radio play.  It’s a very creative idea and the more I listen the more I like it so I’ll swing back on this record when I have more time.

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@@@ Black Milk: DiVE (Mass Appeal, 2019) More hip hop from an All Music notable release email last fall when this record was released.  Mr. Milk is smooth but not soft sporting a very tight snare sound and smooth background oohs and ahs.   The second tune Black NAS keeps the same formula at a higher tempo and some different sounds.  I like this approach — it’s super tight in focus both lyrically and arrangement wise.  I hope the producer for this record got paid as this is outstanding work.

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@@@ Elton John: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Virgin EMI, 2019)  A redo or a remix of an old school Elton John track from last years biopic.  It explodes with energy and it evokes classic party Motown tracks pretty well.  I got to this track via big mouth music biz honcho Bob Lefsetz.  It’s got big energy and a huge hook but I’m not sure why I would choose this over classic Motown tracks.  I’m not a fan of Elton John but this is all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 106
Good music, not list worthy: 63
Not good music: 43

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae

Music for 2/3/20!!!! Squarepusher, Squirrel Flower, Tay Tay, Beebs

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Polished drum/drill and bass with a sprinkling of New Age melodic cheese.  I got to this record via All Music’s notable release email.  I wasn’t expecting this combination of sounds and am finding it disorienting and not very pleasant for me personally.  Lots of video game synth patches and intricate quasi romantic melodies.  It’s like Mickey Mouse went drum and bass.  Oy, I assume there’s an audience for this but it’s not me.

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Alternative music off this week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens with a strumming acoustic guitar and a waif-y female voice.  It’s indie epicness and while it’s not my cup of tea I’m finding it well done.  It opens out into a full band thing and the loose feel is appreciated over here.  She puts some classic rock feels up into the proceedings as well.  I think the music gets a bit overwrought when it goes full band and her voice works better for me when it’s stripped down but they are doing a rock thing pretty well.

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#1 and #2 on today’s Apple Music hot tracks section — God what a country we live in!  My perception of Tay Tay’s recent work is that she’s more than a bit adrift and out of a conservative urge a thirst for relevance and loot brings her back to her roots.  Pop cheese with a patina of meaning.  She’s got a somewhat hip beat to the track and lyrically she’s working some uprising of young folks to fix the world.  Not to be attack-y and shit it’s pretty close to laughable that Taylor (daughter of a high net worth Merrill broker) would position herself as an outsider/leader of anything.  I hear this as flattery of her fans with very little (if any artistic worth).

On the second track we have Beebs, recently accused of emotional abuse by his ex Selena Gomez.  The music here is a thicker, more syrupy and way darker than Swift’s flourescent pop.  He’s working his fucked in the head whiteboy loverboy schtick but it’s dialled down here and I do like the sounds.  I think it’s possible to conclude just from Bieber’s facial expressions in his music that he’s pretty much a damaged piece of trash (I believe he’s pretty much admitted in different phrasing) but the sounds do pull this tune out of the toilet.

YTD recordings listened to: 89
Good music, not list worthy: 50
Not good music: 39

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge

 

Music for 1/21/20!! sir Was, The Babe Rainbow, Skooly

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I have a list of All Music notable release emails in my crowded ass email box and these two listens come from an email last fall.  It’s slotted, as you can see as alternative r&b, but to my ears it’s a bit indie with a lot of mainstream FM music and some r&b.  All depends on your definition of r&b.  It’s softer than a lot of old school r&b and it’s got a soft rock sensibility to it.  I like some of the sounds and I’m liking it less as I peep snippets of each song.  His voice is very earnest which I enjoy.

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The first tune here is not neo pyschedelia, it’s a jazzy rock thing with a shuffle beat and some just a tad bluesy guitar playing.  The second tune brings on a drum machine playing a purposely bitty cheesy beat, some flute, some mellow singing and the same sorta hippie/indie guitar playing.  Not rock, not harsh, it’s a love fest.  Myself I see neo-psych as a somewhat brutal subgenre with purposely teeth grinding sounds to drive you insane.  I continue to maintain that this mislabelling by the labels and music press confuses listeners and does not reflect well on the folks who run this shitpile.  If you can’t even correctly label your shit what does that say about your credibility?  This is soft rock and if you’re playing it you should be proud of it.  It’s not my thing but I think a lot of people with jobs who drink wine might feel this somewhat.  Own it, bitches.

@@@ Skooly: How I Feel (remix)  (Atlantic, 2020) Off the Apple Music front page.  It’s a blend of hip hop and loverboy r&b.  A little guitar vamp, some trappish beats, some autotuned sung vocals and some rhymes.  It’s a crowded mix and it feels like it’s designed to move fannies out on the dancefloor but in a higher end style.  Lots of talk about pill popping and getting high.  It’s a bit of a trip to hear these lyrics with the friendly sounds, but hey it’s America, you never know what might break out.  This is all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 55
Good music, not list worthy: 32
Not good music: 21

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao