Music for 6/24/17!!! China Gate, Sammy Brue, Fallout Boy

@@@ China Gate: Good Grief EP (Pizza Tape, 2017)  A super poppy indie rock EP that I got to via a music publicist email.  There are many bands these guys sound like but I can’t pull anything off my hard drive at this point.  It’s mad poppy, like the Friends theme poppy.  Ah, the second tune (which will probably be my last listen) is triggering some Cure feelings.  I know you’re all cringing and saying hey the Cure were a bunch of mopes but they were poppy mopes and these guys have dispensed with the mope and gone straight to the big punch bowl of awesome feelings, shoved their faces in there and blew bubbles.

@@@ Sammy Brue: I’m Nice (New West, 2017)  A nerdy female alt-country record I got to via last week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m calling her nerdy by virtue of the glasses she’s wearing on the cover of the record.  I like her voice on the opener here, it’s pleasantly odd.  It’s not her voice as much as her phrasing.  Oh boy, I think this might be a gent with long hair, well it really doesn’t matter does it?  Male female, nobody’s hung up on that ’round here!  The second tune is a super old school r&b tearjerker, I like Sammy whether the junk is external or a clam!  I had to DuckDuckGo HIS bio and find that he’s a 15 year old male.  Many 15 year old young men have a certain feminine flow.  I realize I’m not talking about the music but the music is all right — he’s jumping around a bit in terms of the arrangements but I do dig his voice.

@@@ Fallout Boy: Young and Menace (UMG, 2017) I fucking love Fallout Boy — the most earnest and heartfelt rock band ever.  When this tune kicks in full on, it’s a 50 car wreck shit biscuit.  I would liken it to Red Bull infused spray cheese.  It’s just energy and sound signifying nothing more than the desire to momentarily distract the monkeys and pull them away from their screens for a moment and then drop them back into their lives of Red Bull and cheese.  I urge folks not to listen to this tune, it’s straight awful and only useful at Guantanamo Bay.

YTD recordings listened to: 396
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 221
Not good music: 156

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/23/17!!! Bedouine, Vince Staples, Superfruit, Municipal Waste

@@@ Bedouine: Bedouine (Spacebomb, 2017) An intimate folk music record I got to via a twat on the Twatter.  Smooth and silky as a Red Bull smoothie!  Compared to Joni Mitchell in the twat it doesn’t have her quirk, but it’s a sound that draws folks in who are looking for a warm pool of water to wash their feelings.  The second tune shifts over to a ’70s soft rock flow and if you’re into the singer’s voice you’re going to have a great time listening to this.  I’m on the third tune and my feeling is that the record is beautifully put together, she has a very appealing voice, the playing is good but not great and the lyrics don’t really stand out.

@@@ Vince Staples: Big Fish ( , 2017)  A hip hop single off the Apple Music A-list.  This is a club dance floor banger about late night balling and acquiring material possessions and engaging in occasional gun play.  It’s got a lot of Casio keyboard sounds, a fat but not ultrafat bass sound but I think my greatest objection is the handclap sample, it just cheese-a-fies the proceedings.  I’ll take Lil’ Yachty’s space flow and DRAM’s humor over this style.

@@@ Superfruit: Bad 4 Us (RCA, 2017)  A single off an upcoming full length.  It’s a white person’s dance floor banger with a straight beat some janky guitar wang and a lot of fluffy synths to go with the abundant vocal arrangements.  This is a music publicist’s wet dream — friendly cheerful lyrics, poppy as fuck and a huge GooglePimp presence

@@@ Municipal Waste: Slime and Punishment (Nuclear Blast, 2017)  Classic speed metal off the Apple music heavy metal front page.  They play fast, they rocked a great pun on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.  A piquant blend of hardcore, thrash, classic metal and Dostoevsky lyrics!  No, no joking.  It’s 28 minutes of bouncing around pissed at society.

YTD recordings listened to: 393
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 220
Not good music: 154

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/22/17!!! Queens of the Stone Age, TOPS, Garden City Disco

@@@ TOPS: Sugar at the Gate (Arbutus, 2017)  Indie pop that TOPS the charts at CFUv out in Vancouver.  It opens up cute and somewhat sultry with a female singer and a melancholic/romantic cloud in the air.  Imagine it’s a sunny day with them big ass fluffy clouds in the sky and you’re running naked through a beautiful field and you’re smeared with honey and all these beautiful butterflies are getting stuck to you more and more until there are so many they just flap their wings all together and you’re flying!!  It’s like that.  Sweeter than pie!

@@@ Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used to Do (Matador, 2017)  A pre-release classic rock banger off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Somebody has been listening and somewhat biting old ZZ Top records.  Guitar sounds are this outfit’s specialty but I find the tracks in the verse to be quite buzzy and without impact.  I’m a little surprised at that.  The singer is in full rock star mode and he does all right with it.

@@@ Garden City Disco: Garden City Disco EP (Self-released, 2017)  This record (that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email) should be called Garden City Techno because it comes out of the gate classic boom-titch/unt-sss.  Then comes you arpeggiated synths and a mellow marimba and your kickin’ out the techno jams classic style!  The second tune is much more flavorful with some serious drum machine tom action and a spoken word thing about ballin’ at the club.  The third tune is back to the classics, wave your Molly up in the air people!

YTD recordings listened to: 389
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 218
Not good music: 153

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/21/17!!! Brownout, Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, Evacuate the Earth, Lorde

@@@ Brownout: Over the Covers EP (Fat Beats, 2017)  A mash of funk and classic rock that I got to via a music publicist email.  Full horn section, percussion, lotsa singers, two guitars, it’s a crowded stage.  I like this first tune though I could use some more slop.  I think the weak point here is the drummer, he’s all right but he could use some dookie stick to take this large ensemble to the next level.  Horn section outta sight, the singer meh.

@@@ Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures: Dream Garden (Meta Records, 2016)  I saw this jazz musician name checked on this week’s London Jazz blog and thought I would check him out.  The first tune from this largeish ensemble is warmly percolating improv — drummer and percussionist, at least two horns, bass.  I’m not a huge fan of this guitar tone but let’s peep more.  The second tune is more loosely structured and I prefer it to the opener, though it was just a teaser and the third tune opens up into an even more expansive spot.  I like this flute playing.

@@@ Evacuate the Earth: Evacuate the Earth (N/A, 2017)  An old school inspired freak show type of record that I got to via a music publicist in the Chicago area.  I like the strangeness of this opener but I hope they bring some heat to the proceedings.  They’re getting there with the manic drumming and rapidly spinning horns.  It’s kind of like klezmer on crack with a proggy synth player.  This second tune is an off kilter spy movie/stripper themed tune.  The klezmer vibe creeps back in on the third tune and it’s a welcome addition the post-apocalyptic flow.  Myself I dig this record but I think they should go further and get raucous sooner in their tracks.  Check it out, this is what I thought John Zorn was supposed to sound like.

@@@ Lorde: Green Light (Universal Music, 2017)  Everybody is popping wood over this record so let’s peep the opener and we might eat this record in pieces.  Oh yeah, I’ve heard this track as a pre-release, fuck it stinks like shit.  There are some nice moments in the track but it’s overproduced and when she gets to the chorus I want to hurl a dirty diaper at her and her retinue.  And I don’t want to get into any sort of mouth shaming but in the course of this short post I’ve encountered four or five images of her and there’s something weird about her mouth.  Maybe she was attacked by a swarm of botox flies, she needs some mouth therapy.  I only mention this because all these pop stars have teams of handlers that do the marketing and the photos and it’s surprising nobody thought anybody would mention her mouth looking weird.  Anyway it’s been way more fun to talk smack about her lips than to listen to this track.  I know it has 74 million views but that don’t make it good!!!

YTD recordings listened to: 386
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 216
Not good music: 152

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/19/17!!! Professor Wouassa, Fleet Foxes, GospelbeacH, Calvin Harris

@@@ Professor Wouassa: Grow Yes Yes! (Chiz Records, 2015)  I got to this Afrobeat record via the WRIR music review email.  Regular readers know that I have problems with Afrobeat, namely it’s decidely macho posturing and vibe.  This horn section is full of jazz players so the vibe is more subtle and the singer is very quiet in front of this large ensemble.  I guess the male singer on the opener was a guest and it’s been mostly the ladies holding down the vocal responsibilities.  If you’re looking for more chilled out Afrobeat check this record out, it’s a pro outfit.

@@@ Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up (Nonesuch, 2017)  Some meaningful white boy indie music off this week’s All Music notable release email.  After an ambient opening they get into a fairly rambunctious hippie sing a long kinda thing.  They cold filter a Simon and Garfunkel intimate folk thing through a cold water brew indie rock coffee maker.  There’s a lot of reverb to be had here, I could use a bit less myself, but this is clearly supposed to be quietly uplifting music by virtue of it’s beauty.  It doesn’t rock, it’s not supposed to, it holds you in its arms and gives you a designer hipster pacifier.

@@@ GospelbeacH: Another Summer of Love (Alive NaturalSounds, 2017)  I think of Alive NaturalSounds as a home for unwashed, trailer park white people but this is smoother and more classic rock than usual.  Super sweet vocals here going for a faded California sound which I’m hearing a lot lately.  Check out the cover below which is decidely faded so I’m not bloveating here.  I like this all right but it’s pretty straight — for those hardcore music listeners out there I would go for some classic Big Star and the various pills they were taking at that point.  They operate in this neighborhood but the music has more impact.  At least on me.

@@@ Calvin Harris: Feels (Sony, 2017)  I peep Calvin Harris’ music because he bites everything that came before him so hard.  Here we have a late disco track but a shiny, modern nugget lacking in soul.  Woke Katy Perry is up on this track and maybe Calvin and other guests ate at her buffet!  Oh I would watch a video of that.  In the middle of the track it breaks down for a rhyming break but the problem here is the lyrics — there’s a lot of them but the hook ‘Don’t be afraid to catch feels’.  Oh Calvin, that’s it?  I got feels, Mr. Harris and some of them are bad feels.

YTD recordings listened to: 379
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 213
Not good music: 149

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Drone, 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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom

Music for 6/14/17!!! Ruby Force, Gloom, Couleur Dessin, DJ Khaled

@@@ Ruby Force: Cowboy ( N/A, 2017)  Named a new artist to watch by Rolling Stone Country this is a single off an upcoming full length.  It’s a hayseed cool breeze of a love song.  Some chill honky tonk piano, strummed acoustic guitar and sweet vocal stylings.  At around two minutes the tune gets more energetic and from the snippets of the video that I peeped this it’s a hipster cowboy flirt-fest.  Pretty standard stuff.

@@@ Gloom: Solaris (eOne, 2017)  I’m expecting some gloom metal from a band called gloom.  I know that’s the kind of insight my regular readers expect from my daily missives but this first tune is not very gloomy it’s a mid tempo monster with some very fine distorted guitar sounds, boot stomping drumming with occasional thrashy outburst and a singer that is generally losing his shit.  Not a little bit of shit getting lost here, he’s really letting all his bad feelings out.  And good for him!  I really like this first tune, let’s peep more.  The second tune is even less gloomy I’m really being proven wrong on this gloomy prediction.  These guys are pleasantly math-y as their tunes twerk from one idea to another without being unfocused.  They also incorporate more than a bit of post-rock mainstream rocking without busting out the cheese.  Jesus, this singer is ridiculous!

@@@ Couleur Dessin: Couleur Dessin (Fixture, 2017)  Labelled as pop on the Apple Music it opens up sort Breeders without the guitars.  Kinda playful.  Now it’s moved into an XTC art school kind of thing.  Interesting for sure and not your standard indie — thank God for that.  I’m on the third tune and it’s really not a rock record.  It’s got some interesting sounds and the singer is adept and strange which I like.  Lilting and weird.

@@@ DJ Khaled: To the Max (feat. Drake) Motherfuckers know how much I love Drake so if there’s a guest spot (and it’s a rarity for him to pop up somewhere with a guest noodle) I have to get on it and peep.  DJ Khaled is a bombastic fellow but when Drake shuts his pie hole he brings some bass for real.  Otherwise the arrangement is more of a club banger with some skitter and some ambientized (that’s right I made that shit up) than a hip hop thing.  The track is at its best when Drake is not on the mic

YTD recordings listened to: 363
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 206
Not good music: 141

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom

Music for 6/5/17!!! Ariane Grande, Flogging Molly

@@@ Ariane Grande: One Last Time (UMG, 2017)  I respect Ariane Grande’s commitment to her fans, but music is music and I give no breaks for kind deeds so let’s peep this tropical pop banger she has unfurled in the wake of the Manchester bombing.  Oh boy, color me confused as this tune seems to have nothing lyrically in common with the Manchester bombing.  It’s a love song, and it’s not very tropical (if at all).  Now you say why should have anything to do with the bombing but look below at the graphics on this video from the GooglePimp.  This tune does not show nearly the heart she showed the folks there.  It’s plastic in the way that corporate pop can be and Imma guessing this is a throwaway track from her last record that she (and her marketing) have decided to put out there and associate with this horrible bombing.  #cynical.  Solid C-.

@@@ Flogging Molly: Life is Good (Vanguard, 2017)  I’m a little surprised to this long running Irish punk outfit on Vanguard but this first tune seems to be a traditional acoustic version of what they’ve done with electric guitars for a long time.  Ah, there’s ya Irish pogo punk in the second tune.  The production here is very polished, the playing very energetic.  I dig the singer, these guys are all right.  They got a party vibe going on in the third track and a nostalgic ballad (I suspect) on this fourth tune.

YTD recordings listened to: 340
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 194
Not good music: 131

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb