Music for 1/21/19!!! Mdou Moctar, Ariana Grande, Freddy Poundz

@@@ MDOU MOCTAR: Kamane Tarhanin (Sahel Sounds, 2019) Also off the WRIR playlist email. A pre-release single aimed at all the Tinariwen fans out there. Group vocals/chants, buzzed out West African guitars and blend of rock and African drumming. I can sup on the circular guitar riffs all day, it’s good stuff as these guys and gals play their asses off. About 45 seconds from the end somebody steps on the distortion pedal and they boost the tempo bigly. Tinariwen is powered by hand drumming so the kit drummer here does change the vibe of the proceedings but the shredding is of the same quality and maybe even a bit more rocking.

@@@ Ariana Grande: 7 rings (UMG, 2019) We must be approaching Peak Grande, no pun intended! It’s a thug trap takeoff on the old track ‘Favorite Things’ with the offensive, pro-loot shop therapy lyrics — I want it, I get it. I want it, I get it, well good for you even if it’s ironic and it happens in the wake of heartbreak. At this point Ariana Grande can have whatever sounds she digs — ya know, she wants it, she gets it. It’s a creative move to take a classic melody and pimp it out but it’s pretty regressive to have lyrics praising materialism and celebrity and fame in this way. There’s barely any room between these lyrics and Trump’s gaudy orange haired crassness. I’m sure her PR team would vehemently disagree but it’s true.

@@@ FREDDY POUNDZ: Samba [Single] (Majorbill Entertainment, 2019) A great stage name for bout a fat dude and/or a porn star so efficient naming right there. I think Mr. Poundz is going for the dancefloor bootycall on this track and they do build quite a massive groove that evokes hip hop and world music rhythms at the same time. I’m going to see where Mr. Poundz hails from. Lagos, Nigeria, will wonders never cease! I did a quick search and it looks like Brazilian samba has jumped the ocean and landed in Nigeria. I have no idea how widespread it is but the drum machine programming is excellent and Mr. Poundz is low and lusty on the microphone. I can’t tell how X rated it is cuz he sports a think accent.

YTD recordings listened to: 44
Good music, not list worthy: 26
Not good music: 17

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

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Music for 1/15/19!!! HAMA, BASSEKOU KOUYATE, Gessafelstein and the Weeknd

@@@ HAMA: Houmeissa (Sahel Sounds, 2019) This is a record due out in a few days and there’s only one track up on the Apple Music.  A lot of West African music focuses on the guitar but this is all about the keyboards.  It is like a black African YES tune with a drum machine and it’s pretty jarring.  A tad proggy, a little funky and no vocals thus far.  I can’t say I love the track but it’s a fresh combination of sounds and ideas for sure.  This could work in Williamsburg or in college music programs.

@@@ BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA: Deli (Out Here, 2018) I have dug previous Bassekou Kouyate releases as he just shreds his electric ngoni ba.  This is another pre-release track ahead of a full length release at the end of this month.  After a back and forth string intro they get into a full, rhythmic stew with gorgeous female singers over the top.  It’s not a hot shred, it’s a loping medium tempo beauteous thing.  Kouyate takes a clean and deft solo a little before 3 minutes but otherwise sit back and behold the groove.

@@@  Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd: Lost in the Fire (Columbia, 2019)  #1 in the Apple Music hot tracks.  It’s a combo platter quiet storm/booty call track.  I haven’t heard the track with the Weeknd that has made think he’s as genius and this doesn’t change my mind.  We lost a lot of things in the fire, that’s the vocal hook.  I think it’s a metaphorical fire of love and not a building on fire.  The sounds are electronic, the kids love those these days, and it’s basically a horny Lionel Richie tune both sonically and lyrically.  He wants to do her slow with the lights on.  Behave.

YTD recordings listened to: 30
Good music, not list worthy: 21
Not good music: 8

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 1/9/19!!! Christine and the Queens, Brandi Carlyle

@@@ Christine and the Queens: Chris (Because Music, 2018). This record has been all over the best of 2018 lists. The record is funkier than a typical Madonna record, she sings a bit better than record and it has a dash of Prince in it. The production is outstanding — clean and balanced with sounds rooted in the ’80s. The Madonna flavors are even more apparent in the second tune, Girlfriend. I am agnostic on the singer — she’s solid but there hasn’t been a moment where I thought: wow she is tearing this tune to pieces. She’s no black diva, Whitney Houston, She’s raining men lady and she has a pretty limited range. She’s average to above average but it’s the identity politics in the lyrics that are most likely blowing this record up in every gay/lesbian bar in the world. Not that it’s not for the straights, it’s just primarily for the LGBT crowd.

@@@ Brandi Carlisle: By the Way I Forgive You (Warner, 2018). A country singer/songwriter record also off the NPR list (like the Christine and the Queens record above.) I’m not sure if I’ve heard her before but she sounds remarkably like Emmylou Harris with a similar record sound. The second tune, The Joke, is a piano ballad and I’m finding maybe there’s a bit too much reverb on the singer’s voice. I like the opener more and it’s a tad arena rock-y for my taste. The third tune is more uptempo and a rocking style so it’s gonna be a full spectrum country record which is fine. The third tune also explodes into an Irish bar sing-a-long shout-a-long which you would find on a Chumbawumba record so that pretty much punches my ticket out of town. I don’t hate it, it’s just not for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 17
Good music, not list worthy: 15
Not good music: 2

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 12/30/18!!! Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Post Malone

@@@ Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper: Shallow (Interscope, 2018). There’s an easy joke here but I’ve avoided checking out this tune.  This is dumb ballad cheese with too much reverb on both of their voices.  I guess this is where Lady Gaga’s train was bound the whole time — up on the big screen and slinging arena rock cheese.  It has 171 million views on the GooglePimp which begs the question: don’t folks have something better to do with their time than listen to this.  I have to go brush my teeth as I have the taste of vomit in my mouth.

@@@ Post Malone: Wow (Republic/UMG, 2018).  Impressively groomed sounds on this Christmas hip hop single.  It doesn’t have much Santa in the tune unless he’s ho ho hoe-ing it up at the strip club but the video seems to trigger that holiday sploosh.  I can’t say the lyrics have any conciousness or any sort of legs that would bring back listeners after more than two weeks but the bass and beats and the simple hook, damn wow.

YTD recordings listened to: 699
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 378
Not good music: 270

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

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, 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, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 12/17/18!!! Idles, The 1975

@@@ Idles: Joy as an act of resistance (Partisan, 2018) #6 on the Guardian’s best of 2018 list.  I don’t know what I expected but this is a rock/Brit rock/punk type of mash.  I do like the jagged ridiculousness of the second tune ‘Never Trust a Man with a Perm’.  The singer is full of accent and pugnacity.  I guess being American stuck with this ass nugget Trump and seeing the word ‘resistance’ I was expecting something political.  This is mostly a bar fight punk blaster which I’m into.  I’m surprised it made it to the top ten at the Guardian for sure.

@@@ The 1975: Love It If We Made It (Polydor/Interscope, 2018) I got to this tune via an awful ass year end list.  I think I’ve heard these guys before and wondered what the fuss is about.  The production is flawless, a fly on this car is not to be tolerated.  I’m not sure what you call this music.  It sounds like a band, but it’s not rock and it’s sure as fuck cheesy.  The sound of it is awful to my ears, it’s pure shopping mall arena business.  The chorus is particularly notable for the mess of it.  It’s got a synth bass, a guitar plink, some synth splashes, big vocal splanks, a guitar wail, and some drum fills.  Talk about a buffet!!!  Yet I hate it.

YTD recordings listened to: 692
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 374
Not good music: 267

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

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, 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, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 11/26/18!!! System, Spontaneous Overthrow, Dispatch, Bille Ellish

@@@ System: Plus (Moor Music, 2018) We open up today’s listening session with an ambient electronic record.  Not roots dub but lots of big sounds wrapped around some simple keyboard playing.  I like the span of it, it’s huge like Melania Trump’s empty cooch.  How could she let the foul cretin inside her body?  Yikers!  You get a little glitch, a little static noise, a little ambient action tastefully ladled out.  These shits are taking their time so this is some post-turkey listening action, don’t get all up in these if you’re looking to bang out a job for work or if you’re a night time long haul trucker.  It’s not a crowded sonic field, it’s sounds like you’re sitting at the 50 yard line of a football field watching the sounds in the end zone.  Okay that’s enough Thanksgiving flavored metaphors with a little Melania cooch thrown in for holiday spice.  Yup, that’s right I did it.

@@@ Spontaneous Overthrow: All About Money (Numero Obscuro, 2018) This record looks to be some spaced out r&b/soul — not slicked out, computer neo-soul but somebody that owns a space organ and loves to put a lot of reverb on their tracks.  It’s got a quaint funkiness to it but the extensive use of reverb drains the music of its energy a bit.   A lot of these tunes push 6 minutes so they have a jammy feel to them.

@@@ Dispatch: Local 13 (Bomber Records, 2018)  I got to this Sublime reggae/rock record via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  The second tune busts out the banjos so this could be a sprawling, bit of all over the place kinda thing.  You don’t often get the reggae and banjo explosion in the space of two tunes.  The singer is super friendly and a tad frat boy sounding.  The third tune gets into an acoustic guitar ballad so my suspicions are confirmed.  Not really for me, but it may appeal others out there.  As always check for yourself.

@@@ Billie Ellish: come out and play (Interscope, 2018)  The #1 fully pimped track on Apple Music.  It opens up small and intimate with breathy vocals, acoustic guitar, a little simple hand drumming and an organ swell tucked back in there.  At about 2 minutes you get some large electronic garnish with a string section and it looks like this might explode as a cheesy song comet crossing the sky.  C’mon do it, hit us with the cheese!  Alas it was a fake buildup as it died back down to the opening vibe.  Well, they get points for not turning it into a summer blockbuster by showing some restraint.  Otherwise it’s an undercover Disney self-empowerment kinda track.

YTD recordings listened to: 653
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 354
Not good music: 257

Best: 11
Honorable Mentions: 8

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, 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, 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, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Gouge Away, Barro, Daniel Khan, Vaudou Game, Tallawit Timbouctou

Music for 11/16/18!!! The Writhing Squares, Les Gruff and the Billy Goat, Sydney Wright

@@@ The Writhing Squares: A Whole New Jupiter (N/A, 2018) I got to this jazz/psych almost 20+ blast via an email from a musician who is playing a show with them.  The bandcamp description explains that it is constructed from bass, sax, and drum machines and other bits and bobs.  It slips between normal genre descriptions as it’s a wee bit fusion-y, a little jazzy, a little psych, and a little electro.  It also a bit of a jam band feel as it meanders (in a good way) through its 20 minute orbit.  I really dig the bass sound, I like the sax playing without loving it.  It connects back to ’70s prog/jazz jams.  I like the set of sounds but I could use a bit more action.

@@@ Les Gruff and the Billy Goat: Evil Dancers (N/A, 2018). I got to this alt country business via a music publicist email.  It’s a down out and drunken regret tune with a slightly atypically pretty sounding male singer.  He’s got no gruffness and he’s not overtly manly which I find refreshing.  The band is solid with a mournful fiddle line, some twangy tremolo guitar and more than a bit of rock in the drummer.  He goes from sadness to bitterness as the tune moves through its paces.  I like the sounds and all the components but I think it’s a bit long for my taste.  The fiddle and piano solos are my favorite elements.

@@@  Sydney Wright: Wait for the Wave (N/A, 2018) I got to this music by a recording engineer in Austin, TX from a music publicist email.  It still confounds me how music publicists operate out in the open yet their influence remains unacknowledged and undenounced.  At the very least bloggers and music writers should acknowledge their machinations.  This is a ballad with piano and torchy vocals.  There are some nice sonic goodies tucked in here — a nice swirling guitar figure foremost in my ear.  It’s a bit dramatical but that could be because I’m dead inside.  Lyrically it employs a metaphor of waiting for a wave to crash over her.  There ya go, not much to say to that.  It’s an undercover pop tune with a brief giant, arena rock climax at the end.  Have at it if it sounds good to you.

YTD recordings listened to: 644
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 350
Not good music: 254

Best: 11
Honorable Mentions: 8

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, 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, 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, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Gouge Away, Barro