The sooner WNYC stops supporting wuss indie and wuss music in general, the better the world will be!

From the Twatter:

WNYC

No crying over here!

If people want to protest/mourn/recognize the eroding arts and culture scene in New York City, maybe we should all discuss real estate developers and politicians, you know the assholes who run New York City who have turned it into a playground for Wall Street yupsters and tech dirtbags.

And don’t forget to cut a slice of karma for this phenomenon for Mr. Andrew Cuomo, a bottomfeeder of world class levels.

Jay Z fits right in with the classic music business scumbags!

From the Daily Beast here:

TMZ reports that Prince’s record label NPG Records has filed suit against Jay Z’s Roc Nation for allegedly “overstepping an agreement Prince signed with them before his death.” Prince’s label claims the late artist had struck a deal for Jay Z and Roc Nation’s service Tidal to stream Prince’s last album he released before his death, Hit N Run: Phase One, but then Tidal began streaming most of Prince’s catalog sans authorization. It’s now reportedly suing Roc Nation for copyright infringement as well as attempting to block the steaming of Prince’s music—save that one album.

That’s wrong to do Prince like that.

 

10/21/16: Carey Ott, Daniel Caesar, Creative Control, CRX

@@@ Cary Ott: Nocona (Self-released, 2016).  Regular readers know that I regularly dole out tongue lashings to Wilco — it’s just so slack I want to lay down and die.  I mention this as I listen to this independent alt-country/alt-rock tune Nocona and thinking that this is what Wilco is aiming for before the slack inevitably leaks in.  Let’s see if other tunes have the same interesting mash of faded rock and indie sweetness.   Standard rock band instrumentation, above average arrangements, and a good balance of energy.  I’m quite sure Mr. Ott will not dislodge Wilco from their low energy throne, but it’s good to know there are better options for their listeners.

@@@ Daniel Caesar: Get This (Daniel Casear, 2016).  A mix of old school and newer r&b souls in this single off Apple hot tracks.  Classic yet understated guitar work and some very nice falsetto singing over a stripped down drum machine beat.  Everything I need is between your thighs, every time I look into your eyes.  That lyric cuts through and hits.  This young guy is from Toronto so let’s see if we can replace Drake as Toronto’s icon.  I done with the Drake, Imma jealous of his huge pool in L.A.  This is an excellent mainstream track, it actually is hot.

@@@ Creative Adult: Fear of Life (Run for Cover, 2016).  Buzzy guitar ’80s rock I got to via the loud section on the weekly CFUV weekly email.  This first tune is 8 minutes and I’m 3 minutes in and it’s a solid B.  They’re working themselves into a quasi rock ecstasy but Imma peep more and pass along my findings.  The singer is a bit of an art school drama queen, which is great for him but I’m feeling this is a rock record for mopey folks with fussy hairstyles and unfulfilling jobs — don’t rock me too hard, my hair!!!

@@@ CRX: Broken Bones (Sony, 2016)  Some major label shopping mall rock/funk single off the Apple music hot tracks section.  Falsetto white boy on the mic, some crunchy guitar work, and what I interpret as a sexy/mopey tempo.  They crushed the fuck out of the drums for artistic effect so they’re splashy and distorted, but overall the song is just a little catchy fart.

YTD recordings listened to: 834
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 466
Not good music: 313

Buys: 15
Honorable Mentions: 13

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Brent Cobb, Xylouris White, Vadou Game, Michael Wollny/Vincent Peirani

Yet another reason why streaming services suck b*lls!

From Bloomberg here:

Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with the strategy. Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won’t be able to get their tracks on featured playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people, who declined to be identified discussing the steps. Those artists have also found their songs buried in the search rankings of Spotify, the world’s largest music-streaming service, the people said.

 

8/15/16: Justin Moore, Atmosphere, Bon Iver, Michael Kiwanuka

@@@ Justin Moore: Kinda Don’t Care (Big Machine, 2016).  A new country shiny biscuit off the Apple Music new music section.  This is on the big Machine imprint which is home to Tizzie Stick/Taylor Swift.  This first tune is upbeat rebel rock ‘n roll about robbing trains.  Oy!  Oh shit, this second tune Put Me in a Box is a power ballad drowning in cheese sauce.  Big guitar washes, cliche lyrics, handclaps and even a synth figure.  The guitar solo is tremendous, somebody hit me with an Oxycontin to chill me out as I’m shitting my pants with excitement.

@@@ Atmosphere: Fishing Blues (Rhymesayers, 2016).  Some retro hip hop off the Apple Music new music section.  I like the beat and the background vocal that drives the arrangement.  I’m Duck Ducking this outfit as I think they sound like white people and although I realize we live in a post-racial society I’d like to confirm this.  This second tune Ringo goes a little in the frat boy direction which is fine but it’s not really my taste.  And it’s white boys.  If you like Beck’s hip hop style this is a variant on that.

@@@ Bon Iver: 10deathbreast ( , 2016)  Indie folk darling Bon Iver is back and he’s gone electro on this single I got to via Apple Music Best of the week.  Yikers!  I don’t know what to make of this slightly aggro Radiohead beat and the autotuned loverboy vocals.  I think Mr. Iver is looking to chart a new direction.  Be prepared if you’ve been a hardcore Bon Iver fan.

@@@ Michael Kiwanuka: Black Man in White World (RCA, 2016).  A mainstream hip hop single off the The Get Down soundtrack.  I haven’t seen the series but I’ve read it’s kinda a throwback tv show so the music appears to echo and affirm that.  The beat is kinda weak and old school, I hate strings in hip hop songs but the MC is all right though his lyrics seem to be aimed at all the white people watching the show.  #ironic

YTD recordings listened to: 650
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 361
Not good music: 237

Honorable Mentions: 12
Buys: 11

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Changui Majadero, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante, Keefe Jackson