Music for 6/11/19!!! Lust for Youth, Plaid, Pelican

@@@ Lust For Youth: Lust For Youth (Sacred Bones, 2019)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  All Music has this slotted as post punk revival and Apple Music has it as Indie pop and Apple Music has it right.  Unfortunately.  Deeply rooted in ’80s synth rock  it does have guitars (some) and drums (electronic but maybe not on all the tracks) and an ’80s type of singer.  Oh boy, not really my cup of synths.  Don’t like the sounds and not my type of singer.  Probably fantastic people but I’m not up for this.

@@@ Plaid: Polymer (Warp, 2019)  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The first tune, Meds Fade, contains a straight drum machine beat and a lot of chopped and glitched side business.  Some aaaahhhh vocals, it’s a bit of an odd duck overall.  A little dancefloor banger, a little abstract, and even a little bit rock ‘n roll.  Kids today.  The second tune, Los, gets into the video game pong synths but then puts a slightly off kilter groove under that and it’s off to the arcade!  The weird ass arcade where the pizza eats the Italian guy chasing it.  It’s pleasantly losing its structure and becoming more chaotic.  Maybe not losing its structure but sounding more crowded and chaotic.  I like the ripping drum sample on the third tune, Maru, best of what I heard.

@@@ Pelican: Night Time Stories (Southern Lord, 2019) Doom metal off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The record opens up with a pretty acoustic guitar and a distorted bass and no drums.  Ah, there’s the crush right there but it’s a very polite crush — I want a hammerlock!  I’ve been clear that I don’t like prog swirled up in my heavy metal.  The second tune Midnight and Mescaline comes out rocking, more hard rock than the suffocating heavy metal we all know and love.  I’ve checked these guys before and I have re-concluded that they are a heavy band for people who don’t like heavy metal.

YTD recordings listened to: 294
Good music, not list worthy: 174
Not good music: 103

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News

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Music for 6/10/19!!! Chris Brown, French Vanilla, Santana

@@@ Chris Brown (featuring Drake): No Guidance (RCA, 2019)  #1 up on the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s shocking to see Drake with the time to drop some of his custom rhymes after all his time courtside at the Raptors’ games and his post game Twatter trolling like he’s a coach or a player or some such shit.  This is a hardcore love song and Chris Brown brings the vocal energy at a level three Drakes couldn’t scrape together.  The arrangement is a swirl of synths — swirling and percolating, not without melody but slow and those sounds darken the track.  Which seems appropriate for a known abuser of women.

@@@ French Vanilla: How Am I Not Myself (Danger Collective, 2019) Ska infused dance punk I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email.  I like the female singer here and she and the band bring a Devo flavored spiky weirdness to their tunes.  Big energy, occasional dance beats and a horn section these guys have an interesting party going on.

@@@ Santana: Africa Speaks (Concord, 2019)  Old school hippie guitar hero Santana has a new record out that I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email.  After a spoken word opening about Africa being the cradle of civilization Santana’s huge guitar tone and shredding begins.  I like it, it’s a bit like a children’s book, but I like Santana though subtlety is not his strength.  Lots percussion (good), lots of Carlos shredding (good) and lots of vocals (not as good).  High energy classic rock/world music.

YTD recordings listened to: 291
Good music, not list worthy: 172
Not good music: 102

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News

Music for 6/5/19!!! Anemone, Dilly Dally, Scott Helman

@@@ Anemone: She’s the One (N/A, 2019)  I saw on the Twatter that this tune had been nominated for a SOCAN songwriting prize.  It’s a mash of ’80s dreamy synth pop and Beach Boys type rock weirdness but with updated sounds.  It’s got a pretty straight white boy/white girl rock dance beat, rock bass, some jangly guitars and classic reverbed female vocals.  Tempo is a tad above medium and it peaks with some hand percussion to go with the poo poo platter of indie sounds.  Indie is a tough sell for me, I dig it all right, but check it for yourself.  The percussion is my favorite part of the song.

@@@ Dilly Dally: Bad Biology (N/A, 2019)  Not off the Twatter but off the same SOCAN songwriting nomination list.  The tune is an extreme version of quietude in the verse and then a Smashing Pumpkin type crush in the chorus.  The lyrics are gender related — bad being a boy, blah blah blah, bad being a girl…yadda yadda yadda.  The most notable component of the tune is the contrast of the sections and I dig how they stretched it as far as they could.  There’s not a lot of rocking with some of the youngsters today so it’s refreshing to hear a smackdown.  The female vocalist goes half orc in the second chorus to get pretty dark for indie business these days.

@@@ Scott Helman: Hang Ups (Scott Helman, 2019)  More mainstream with a pop guitar nugget here off that SOCAN songwriting nominations.  The lyrical hook revolves around his own personal hang ups and asking his gal/whoever to not hang up on him.  You can hear the Justin Bieber production influences going on here bigly.   A little funk, a wee pubic hair of rock, a lot of pop vocal actions and smooth porn star pelvis production shine.  The mix is pretty thick with percussion overlays, lots of vocal tracks and a generally soda pop vibe.  It’s a wee bit pop childish for my taste but whatevs.  To conclude, I don’t really know what the SOCAN songwriting awards are, I think it has to do with Canada but I don’t really know or care.

YTD recordings listened to: 282
Good music, not list worthy: 167
Not good music: 97

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News

Music for 6/3/19!!! Miley Cyrus, Perry Farrell, Joel Ross

@@@ Miley Cyrus: SHE IS COMING (RCA, 2019)  Oh the irony of redneck dancefloor banger Miley Cyrus wearing a Never Mind the Bollocks t-shirt.  I would call this is a slutty empowerment/boasting anthem.  I’m not a big fan of Cyrus as she’s such a chameleon that she ends being nothing at all.  This week a hippie, this week a techno kid, this week a feminist, this week a drugged out club goer.  Her momma always told her she’d make it and she put her back to it and made it.  Oy.  Sounds are pretty standard with an average vocal performance.  I get there are a couple of themes to this track but it’s just a couple of notches above complete word salad.

@@@ Perry Farrell: Machine Girl (BMG, 2019)  A pre-release single off an upcoming record that I got to via a music publicist.  Updated big rock sound with a sly funky synth hook.  I like the drummer, find the arrangement a bit messy and overall not a tune making a strong impression.

@@@ Joel Ross: Revelation (Blue Note, 2019)  A straight jazz vibes recording that I got to via a cultural email — either line of best fit or flavorpill.  I like the solo that opens the record up.  At about 1:45 the rest of the band comes in — piano, bass and drums to go with the vibes.  Oooh, when the soprano sax comes in with the lead melody I’m not into it.  It’s hard to have the vibes be cheesy but the soprano sax?  It doesn’t take much!  Very lush production and I like the way the vibes and the piano player sound together.  The tunes are all right, nothing too energetic nor striking.  Could use a little fire to go with those pretty ass vibes.

YTD recordings listened to: 277
Good music, not list worthy: 163
Not good music: 96

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News

Music for 5/24/19!! Young Thug, Ed Sheeran

@@@ Young Thug: The London (300 Entertainment, 2019)  The contest for song of the summer is on as it’s Memorial Day weekend!  This track is the first one listed in the Apple Music hot tracks section and it’s a club pussy anthem.  Multiple MCs/vocalists, trap beats, fat bass — you know the basics.   Solid funky energy, the vocal parts stand out the most but the sounds/arrangement don’t really raise the heat of the track much/enough.

@@@ Ed Sheeran: Cross Me (Warner/UMG, 2019)  Ed Sheeran is pulling a Taylor Swift and evolving from a trubadour to a whiteboy dancefloor banger.  Some cheesy ass 1980’s sounds and a coupla of rappers, I find it to be an unconvincing blend of sounds.  I think the problem is the beats, they just weak, Lionel Richie weak so when the MCs come with rhymes it all sounds shopping mall.  This is strictly for suburb teenage boys and girls and it will be interesting if Sheeran’s fans will go along for the ride.  I’m guessing some will but as I said I don’t buy the formula.

YTD recordings listened to: 265
Good music, not list worthy: 154
Not good music: 94

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv

Music for 5/9/19!!! Paul Doffing, Dury Dava, Satan’s Satyrs

@@@ Paul Doffing: Easy as You Come (N/A, 2019) Hey, hey, it’s Thursday and we kick it off with an acoustic guitar driven folk rock/FM rock track I got to via a music publicist.  Mr. Doffing has a pleasant voice with a bit of gravel to it and at about 1 minute a medium driving drum beat comes in.  The drum/no drums sections dictate the structure of the tune.  Just prior to the outro there’s a little guitar solo section and a female background singer comes in again on the fadeout.  I don’t have anything against the song or the playing within it.  It’s a ditty with a nautical theme, how ’bout dat?  I neither love it nor hate it.

@@@ Durt Dava: Satana (Psilos, 2019)  I got to this track via an email from the label located in Greece.  With a singer working the otherworldly and anguished vocal range of Thom Yorke the band is indebted to Radiohead and their eclectic rock sound.  It has a pleasant space rock feel to it without going to far into the jam band neighborhood.  I much prefer the space rock to the jam band.  It is an almost 9 minute monster shot so it is going to shift from one space to another and it does just after the 3 minute mark.  I might not hang for the full ride but it has a lot of energy and it’s an interesting blend of sounds.  Some dance like drum beats and tom tom drumming unfolding in an ongoing swirl of guitar sounds.

@@@ Satan’s Satyrs: Succubus (Relapse, 2018)  A stoner-Satanic metal throwdown I got to via an All Music notable release email from 2018.  The drummer is killing it, he must have shot a can of Red Bull into his eyeball as he is almost literally playing his nuts off.  That’s right his nuts might fall off and he will then be without huevos.  His drumming is garnished with what I believe is dual guitar rifffage salad galore in the greatest and stoniest of 1970’s traditions.  The singer is not an afterthought but he’s fighting to hold his own against the blizzard of guitars and drums.  It’s not really Satanic it’s Sabbath-y rock with even a bluesy twist on another one of the tracks.

YTD recordings listened to: 242
Good music, not list worthy: 143
Not good music: 85

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams