Music for 9/14/18!!! Twenty One Pilots, Automatisme, Signal

@@@ Twenty One Pilots: My Blood (Fueled By Ramen, 2018)  I got to this track via music biz blogger/big mouth Bob Lefsetz, who has pretty awful taste in music.  But he has juice, so there ya go!  This is a pre-release single that starts out a little rock and a tad electro but I anticipate a cheesy chorus explosion that streaks across the sky.  I’m a bit shocked as there has not been a cheese-gasm yet.  It certainly does not aspire to be Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower but I like the bass sound and the falsetto singing is interesting.  The lyrics revolve around a relationship and fighting together and staying together.  The tambourine and the handclaps and the synths not as cool.  It peters out and meanders a bit at the end but overall not as bad as expected.

@@@ Automatisme: Transit (Constellation, 2018)  Off this week’s CFUV playlist email and it looks like it’s gonna be an electronic ambient affair.  I’m good for that.  This first tune opens up cloudy and then moves into some fairly deep mechanical stutter and glitch.  Deep as in a lot, not as in meaningful.  Thus far no beats and an alternating cloudy/glitchy movement.  The second tune goes deeper with some panned bells, more glitch and an OCD knocking sound that conversates with some oscillating church organ type synth patches.  I like this, it’s thick and engaging.  Let’s hope they can keep the focus on the next track.  Track 3 was solid but not super up my alley but Track 4, confusingly named Bureau 3 is hot.  I’m going to have to swing back on this record and check it out as it’s looking like it’s half loaded with over the top full on ambient action.

@@@ Signal: Signal (Ramp Local, 2018)  I got to this noisy ass punk record via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  It’s not standard caffeinated three chord singalong business, it has a darker more aggro feel to it.  There are punky fresh bits of kibble with the last song clocking in at 2:56.  It’s a helluva staticky guitar mess with an agitated woman working the microphone with fairly and purposely inane lyrics.  The drummer and the bass player do simple but interesting things.  I like this and if you’re feeling like you would like a quick blast of angry female business, they’re here for you.

YTD recordings listened to: 529
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 278
Not good music: 219

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode, Automatisme

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Music for 9/10/18!!! Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Lil Pump, Silk City/dua lipa, David Guetta

@@@ Paul McCartney: I Don’t Know (Capitol, 2018)  I won’t be checking out the whole new record by Paul McCartney.  I’ve never been a super fan, I’ve barely been a fan.  Maybe post-weed McCartney is less schmaltzy and slack than weed McCartney.   This is a mid tempo ballad with a nice arrangement, though it has a bit of Hey Jude in it.  When I hear Hey Jude I feel very violent.   The tune revolves lyrically around the vocal hook ‘what am i doing wrong, i don’t know.’  It’s a big of a head bender with downer lyrics layered on top of a pretty poppy musical arrangement.  It’s all right, it’s Paul McCartney you either love him or you’re uncouth.

@@@ Kanye West & Lil Pump: I Love it ( , 2018)  How can I not peep a track by two of my least favorite people in hip hop.  He pops out the first line, ‘you’re such a ho, i love it.’  I’m into Kanye’s sounds but Lil Pump is a flaming fucking douchebag.  I get the shock value of the vocal hook.  Kanye hits the mic and he gets into some pretty anti-social (and some may say anti-woman) rhymes revolving around what he likes in a woman and what he will buy her in terms of cosmetic surgery and material luxuries.  The sounds are okay, nothing too hooky or out there and it feels like a throwaway track.  Wow, 40 million hits on the Googletube for this biscuit, yikes!!!

@@@ Silk City, Dua Lipa: Electricity (Let Dreams Out, 2018)  Looks like we’re gonna hang out in the Apple Music hot tracks area where I comment on mainstream music and the various interesting ideas I hear in there.  This is a feel good dance floor banger that takes a techno beat, throws the piano chord progression over that and then throws the love sauce on top of that.  It’s pretty classic.  Let me care for you, I will give you electricity.  Hand claps, promises, great feelings.  Personally I think this sort of giant disco biscuit would explode much more if someone like Mary J. Beige was singing the fuck out of the vocals.  The dude is all right but he doesn’t lift the track to that higher place.

@@@ David Guetta & CeCe Rogers: Freedom (N/A, 2018) More dance floor business, but more stripped down house and less anthemic.  Now I’m not a total idiot cuz Guetta goes with the female vocalist and the tune works better imho.  It appears to be an ode to house music as the lyrics directly talk about how awesome house music is and  its connection to freedom.  There are a couple of times where the tune builds from just spoken word, builds to a crescendo and then busts out in a groove.  I like that.

TD recordings listened to: 516
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 270
Not good music: 217

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode

Music for 8/28/16!!! Interpol, Nothing, Tunng

@@@ Interpol: Marauder (Matador, 2018). Angular rock from standbys Interpol off this week’s All Music notable release email.  A little bit of Devo, a little bit of U2 with a lot of energy and high end sounds.  The singer is nasal, the songs don’t make a huge impression on me, and it’s pretty standard corporate rock for this decade.

@@@ Nothing: Dance on the Blacktop (Relapse, 2018).  Not the usual fare from Relapse but not super unrelated.  More on the shoe gaze, hard rocking dreamy tip.  It’s like the Smashing Pumpkins without that annoying bald fuck/self proclaimed genius Corgan.  It’s a wall of finely manicured guitars with epic sounds and arena rock drumming.  Custom aimed at the sensitive and lonely suburbanites.  Stay off the opioids kiddies!  I wish I could say things are gonna get better.

@@@ Tunng: Songs You Make at Night (Songs You Make at Night, 2018) All Music has this slotted as indie electronic while the Apple Music has it as folk so we will see who wins this genre battle.  It opens up all mellow and dreamy and then the electronics and the samples kick in and it’s still mellow and dreamy.  I think Apple Music must be smoking crack as this is indie electronic for sure.  The singer has a British accent and he sounds a whole bunch like Peter Gabriel with a literate, New Age-y upliftingness.  The title is correct — these are comforting, intimate songs made at night for headphone people.

YTD recordings listened to: 495
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 260
Not good music: 206

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter

Music for 8/17/18!!! Janet Jackson, 6Lack, Calvin Harris/Sam Smith

@@@ Janet Jackson & Daddy Yankee: Made for Now (Rhythm Nation, 2018)  The #1 track in the hot tracks section at the Apple Music.  It’s got a breezy Caribbean beat, what could be a Haitian of African guitar line, a little Spanish background vocal action and she sounds eerily like her brother Michael’s falsetto.  Swearsies realsies.  It’s a multilayered groove for sure but the vocal hook ‘not tomorrow, made for now does wear a tad.  I’m glad she is still making music.

@@@ 6Lack: Nonchalant (LVRN/Interscope, 2018)  6Lack has turned into a confessional mope in the a series of singles after his first full length.  This track is less about his female relationship/s but his work and his approach to it and his stress in following up a huge first record.  This track I like more than most of the other singles and his sonics are really trippy and high end.  He does a good job building these dark hazy productions that form the backdrop for his rhymes.  It’s cool that he’s a unique artist thematically and really puts out introspective sentiments you don’t hear often in mainstream r&b.

@@@ Calvin Harris and Sam Smith: Promises (Sony Music, 2018)  Two of my least favorite mainstream ‘artists’ team up for a biscuit!  Let’s go on this.  It’s a combination of Smith’s overwrought sentiments and Harris’ simulated funk done at a midtempo pace and focused on love and promises.  Harris is a straight up disco/funk/electro copy machine — his first child should be named Xerox!  He made no promises, he can’t do no golden rings, but he’s gonna give you everything.  I don’t buy it cuz I would like to hear some soulful and original music and I’m not getting that.

YTD recordings listened to: 480
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 248
Not good music: 202

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, 700 Bliss

Music for 8/15/18!!! Blac Rabbit, Adeline, BLXPLTN, Royal Sun

@@@ Blac Rabbit: EP (How Far Music, 2017) Today’s listening comes from the bottom of the Afropunk 2018 festival act list.  Afropunk has exploded and there are now nationally known acts appearing there but we are going to peep some of the lesser known acts.  This tune is a space rock/slightly psychedelic tune with classic rock guitars and a little bit more funk in the drums than what you would usually get.  I like the band playing but the lyrics are a bit standard for my taste.  It’s a sound that probably works bangin’ live.

@@@ Adeline: Swirl (Self-released, 2018). This is a r&b/soul track with heavy electronic sounds.  I like the arrangement and she floats over it with a lush melody and tone.  This is a well focused and put together somewhat downtempo track with plenty of garnishing sounds without going over the top.  It pretty successfully aspires to the title of the track with a swirling set of sounds and vocal melodies.

@@@ BLXPLTN: Education Destruction (Wolfshield, 2018)  I immediately thought of the British punk hop duo Sleaford Mods (who I love) but when it comes time for the mosh these guys throw it down noisy.  It’s a pretty simple set of sounds but put together effectively with your classic tension in the verse/exploding chorus formula that has worked a million times before.  Solidly aggressive.

@@@ Royal Sun: Fight (Self-released, 2018) Okay, the last of our four tracks from the Afropunk festival happening in Brooklyn in about 10 days.  It opens up soulfully with doo woppy background vocals.  It then widens out into a full groove with a drummer.  It ends up with a blend of rock sounds and soul singing.  The vocal hook is her promise to fight for you which is a fairly common lyrical subject in mainstream music.  It ends with an arena rock flourish so it moves across a few neighborhoods before landing the spaceship.  She’s gonna fight for you, remember that.

YTD recordings listened to: 474
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 245
Not good music: 199

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, 700 Bliss

Music for 8/10/18!!! RGG Trio, DeVotchka, Quavo, Brown Paper Bag

@@@ RGG Trio: City of Gardens (N/A, 2018)  How many Polish guys does it take to make a jazz record?  This is a trio record so three!  C’mon I wouldn’t insult Polish people in my music reviews.  I would discuss Miley Cyrus’ pubic hair and different varieties of cheese but I’m not racist and shit.  This looks to be piano, trumpet and drums and this first tune opens slowly with some rolling drums.  It’s not my favorite flavor of improv but I’m going to check out a bit more of the record.  It’s pretty spacious music and long 10+ minute pieces.  Myself I would rather check out Bill Dixon and some of his ’60 work but this has a pleasant earnestness to it.

@@@ DeVotchka: Angels (Concord, 2018)  If you, gasp, took U2 and made a baby with Coldplay it would sound like this pre-release single.  It’s dramatical, it’s epic, it’s an arena rock cheesebomb dropped from far up in the sky.  Everybody walks away greasy and dirty.  Big rock drums, plenty of different guitar sounds and lyrics — such as ‘tonight you will sleep the sleep of angels’.  Uh, don’t know really.  I got to this corporate cheese sandwich via a music publicist email.  I didn’t make it through the full four minutes and I can tell you with certainty that was a very long 3 minutes.

@@@ Quavo: Workinme (Capitol, 2018)  The #1 hot track in the Apple Music hot track section.  It’s midtempo trap and apparently his girl is working him too hard.  Fat, trunk shaking bass, a dude backing up Mr. Quavo’s lyrics, and a couple trippy samples floating in the background of the mix.  It’s not much of a tune, he’s just on about percoset and his bank account over a B+ beat.  Nothing to make it deserve #1 slot on the hot tracks.

@@@ Brown Paper Bag: Yoshi (Interscope, 2018)  A genre smashing single in the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s part hip hop with a huge rock guitar riff, a distorted bass but the problem here is the singer.  He’s got not authority to his voice so all the nice and hip sounds are wuss-a-fied by his microphone work.  Plus the lyrics are pretty much word salad — there’s a lot about being alienated in school, about some sort of daily meditation and sumthin about hold my smokes and my money.  It’s best not to try to make sense of it, it’s a salad.

YTD recordings listened to: 467
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 239
Not good music: 196

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter

Music for 8/3/18!!! Years and Years, Sasha Sloane, Jetta

@@@ Years & Years: Palo Santo (Polydor, 2018) I got to this mainstream pop effort via the Line of Best Fit and its weekly email.  I don’t anticipate liking this release but the sounds in this first tune, Sanctify, are pretty nice.  I anticipate the chorus is going to explode into a cheeseball shooting across the heavens and I stand ready to shit on it.  The singer is all right, the lyrics are a bit dramatical.  Thus far it hasn’t completely collapsed into a cheesy soufle.  The second tune is an electro disco thing and while this is not going to end up on my best of year list it does well musically compared to other records trying to do the same thing.  It’s less overwrought and cartoonish and the singer does a good job working the songs.

@@@ Sasha Sloane: Normal (Stripped) (RCA, 2018) Also mainstream music off the Line of Best fit.  It is both mopey and a dance track.  She just wants to feel normal for just one night.  I think they wear the vocal hook out, the guitar is interesting how it works with the subtle dance rhythms in the chorus and she doesn’t blow the mic out and sings tastefully.

@@@ Jetta: Losing Control (Self-released, 2018).  More electro pop from the Line of Best Fit.  There’s so much of this it almost makes you miss rock music.  Almost.  There is a diva-ish singer that gets to pushing folks out on the dance floor after a downer opening verse.  I think there’s too much reverb on her voice but I appreciate that she goes big in the chorus.  This is the electro version of Kurt Cobain’s move where the energy and tension builds in the verse and then there’s an explosion in the chorus.  When the arpeggiated synth and the drums hit in the chorus everybody is set to get down with the unt-sss.  Solid B.

YTD recordings listened to: 455
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 233
Not good music: 190

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter