Music for 12/4/17!!! Dadabots, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce, Xenoula

@@@ Dadabots: Coditany of Timeness (N/A, 2017)  The great thing about computer generated albums….well the first is that record labels won’t have to pay royalties as the machine is a slave.  But for revieweres, computer generated music can be shit upon without hurting any feelings.  It’s just algorithm based sound!  This first tune opens up stormy and a tad boring before the computer gets into a fat thrash.  I don’t know if the record has a robot producer but they could use a little high end in here.  I’m sure they will get the computer to introduce creativity and change into the music but this is not a xerox copy but not very compelling music.  But because humans hate humans and the humans in charge of music hate paying humans who make humans get ready for a tidal wave of computer generated oatmeal-music!!!  Hmmm, the future is bright and tasty and really repetitive.

@@@ Ed Sheeran and Beyonce: Perfect Duet (Asylum, 2017)  A remix of dreams.  The tattoed hedgehog of gooey ballads and the queen troll of veganism combine for something that is difficult to imagine.  Somebody get me a tissue and let me listen to the Bey on the mic.  She’s got the choir behind her, I need some new underwear!!!  This is bigger than Ebony and Ivory with MJ and Paul McCartney.  Oh Ed, you sexy rodent bitch, this is just too many feelings of love.  We’re in the ooh and ahh section, they’re dancing in the dark, it’s mad romantic.  Trump can’t make America great again, but Eddie boy and Beyonce can!  OMG, OMG, OMG the best cheese of this holiday season.  Smooth and intimate, I just want to dance in the dark with this wedge of cheese between my arms.  Kill me now so I can go to heaven!

@@@ Xenoula: Xenoula (Domino, 2017)  Some indie electronic off this week’s All Music notable release email.  You will pardon me if this review is a bit garbled as I’m still pretty broken up over this Ed Sheeran/Beyonce love-gasm.  This is a mash of club music sounds (this first tune is beat-less) and synth rock with a few pubes of indie in the vibes area.  The second tune brings the beats and it evokes ’80s synth rock but weirder.  I appreciate the weirdness of Domino’s records while not having many stick with me.  I’m on the third tune and this is pretty much undercover electro pop — sweet and cute with a lot of electro sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 773
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 415
Not good music: 321

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

 

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Music for 11/28/17!!! John Maus, Maximum Mad, Proto Idiot

@@@ John Maus: Screen Memories (Ribbon Memories, 2017)  To me it is a contradiction but this is upbeat krautrock synth rock.  The sounds are kraut-y, a bit industrial with sawtooth synth basses but it’s all served up with a cherry on top.  There is a B horror movie lower register singing doing an accent-less Dracula thing.  It’s all right, I never got synth rock myself, have at if you do.

@@@ Maximum Mad – Dear Enemy (Good to Die, 2017)  Some good old fashioned ass kicking metal/hardcore splatter for your dissatisfied earholes.  This is no epic, classically influenced business, this is set ’em up and grind ’em down with a hardcore singer and drums that are pleasantly perched betwixt metal and punk.  They also have a few stray Pearl Jam sorta pubes going tucked under the pillow.  I prefer the dirty business to the grunge business but it’s mostly in the guitar riffs and my what a pleasantly farty bass in the third tune Active Aggressive.  Peep for yoself.

@@@ Proto Idiot: Leisure Opportunity (Slovenly, 2017)  Classic self-effacing old school Brit punk off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Do you remember when people weren’t so far up their own asses?  I do!  These guys do too.  It’s 15 songs in 32 minutes so that’s commando style for sure.  Let’s peep a few more nuggets and head out of town.  I’m stupid, you’re stupid let’s do it!  That sounds about right to me.  Big sing a long vocal hooks, the classic simple punk rock playing.  Come and get it you mohawk wearing retards.

YTD recordings listened to: 764
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 409
Not good music: 318

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/27/17!!! James Arthur, Neck of the Woods, Blank Range

@@@  James Arthur: Naked (Sony Germany, 2017)  Having half of you is not enough, he’s standing naked!  He’s not really saying why he’s naked — he’s got relationship problems in this electro pop tune.  He’s giving all he can for chrissakes!  It’s building like a stock market rally though his voice is kinda doughy.  I see from his Apple Music discography that he’s a tattooed bitch so that’s the marketing sell.  He’s a rough boy going pop loverboy.  I can’t really figure out how he’s going to give her everything when he’s standing there naked.  Maybe he has the world stuffed up his ass.  It’s possible, he’s keestering the world.  A lyric video, Christmas is early bitches!

@@@ Neck of the Woods: The Passenger (Self-released, 2017) Some hard rock/heavy music off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Oh my the singer is pissed — his vocal cords turning to fiberglass threads with a rough but not crazy metal band behind him.  I feel bad the singer is so out of sorts — it’s the holidays and the stock market is at record highs!  I prefer my metal much messier and crushed but check this out for yourself.

@@@ Blank Range: Marooned with the Treasure (Sturdy Girls, 2017)  Classic roots rock off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Shades of the Band, Blues Traveller with a twangy singer, a lot of guitars and a little hippie looseness to get you over the hump.  You also get some old school organ to go with the duel guitar attack. I’m not particularly in the mood for this but it’s all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 761
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 407
Not good music: 317

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/23/17!!! Wand, Quicksand, Faith Hill/Tim McGraw

@@@ Wand: Plum (Drag City, 2017)  Some indie rock off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist record.  Many Thanksgiving references in these reviews both to humor and annoy.  After a gastrointestinal feedbacky opening it goes into a piano driven midtempo adult alternative rocker.  Let me check the bio, Imma guessing these Wand folks are British.  Nope they’re from L.A. but Imma guessing they own mad brit rock records.  Let’s peep more.  They get the guitars out on this third track Bee Karma, and it’s riffy still with strong Blur/Radiohead vibes.  The singer especially, he’s especially fish and chippy.  They go full on space rock on the fourth tune Charles De Gaulle.  The playing is pretty tight and fresh, the singer is not to my taste but that’s just my personal preference.

@@@ Quicksand: Interiors (Epitaph, 2017)  The first record for these gents in 22 years.  It’s a piquant blend of riff and noise with touches of hardcore and an emo urgency.  The band turns on the contrast between the singer and the churning band underneath.  The drums are very high in the mix which is a plus for my ears.  I’m really falling down on the Thanksgiving related jokes but I’m sure I can annoy if I try.  I have to try harder and then it comes naturally.  The production here is very polished but not epic with tasty bass, guitar and drum sounds.  These guys are pretty serious about their rock so there’s little to jest about unfortunately.  Check it out if you’re up for some heady post-hardcore groomed guitar rock.

@@@ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: The Rest of our Life (Sony, 2017)  Oh my, let’s switch gears to some super earnest new country music.  Fuck, this is cheesy, dramatic-ness that must be checked out.  The lyrics especially, but the piano is epic and lends a certain pungent odor to the song..  I can’t take much more of this that’s how painful and awesome this is.  If you’ve had a massive Thanksgiving you might want to lay off this high calorie sugary treat as it will make your teeth hurt.  We’ll be young when we’re old!  Fucking awesome.  Let’s check another track, I rocked no turkey today.  The second tune is a rocker and Imma guessing there’s gonna be a pickup truck or a faded blue jeans reference in the first thirty seconds.  I almost made it, he picked her up in a beat up Cutlass in the first line.  She let down her blue bandana and let her blond hair down — that’s a clothes reference — I’m almost good here.  This third tune, The Bed We Made, could be mad hot due to the title of course.  It’s PG rated but it is as I suspected.  Their clothes are trailed down the hall to the bedroom and the sheets are tangled and there’s candlewax on the dresser, and probably a ball gag and a gimp suit for late night freakshows.  The great thing about new country for me as well as new country folks is how predictable the tunes are.  You can see ’em coming from 10 miles away — like an Oklahoma tornado, you dig?

YTD recordings listened to: 756
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 403
Not good music: 315

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/15/17!!! Pink Siifu, Walk the Moon, RVIVR

@@@ Pink Siifu: Bills (Twothousandnine, 2017)  I saw this hip hop outfit shouted out on the Twatter and I scooped this b-side from a split single from the Apple Music.  It’s a pretty stripped down and funky arrangement with trippy synth layers and a fat bass pulse.  The MC is pleasantly nasal on the mic and he works the microphone in a subtle stop and start manner.

@@@ Walk the Moon: What if Nothing (RCA, 2017)  Some major label rock that occupies one of the prestigious banner positions up on the Apple Music.  Money changed hands.  I’m thinking as the intro to the first tune unfolds that this is gonna explode into a shopping mall rock cheese bomb.  No, they go for a white funk rock thing.   The lyrical component of this tune is blue eyed loverboy and the rhythmic undercarriage is a mash of prog and electro and arena rock.  Weird yo, points for an interesting blend.  The second tune stinks so I clicked through and we’re getting into Bon Jovi whoo hoos in this third tune.  The first tune was by far the most interesting track I’ve peeped.  It is coagulating into cheese as I click on the tracks.  Get some bred out for the third tune (clipped below).

@@@ RVIVR: The Tide/Shaggy (Dead Broke Rekerds, 2017)  Something about the moist weather in the Northwest makes for fertile ground for pop punk.  I saw on the CFUV weekly email that the music director had seen these guys live so that triggered a peep.  Crunchy guitars, caffeinated drumming and big ass chant a long vocal hooks.  Big pop punk energy if you’re in the mood.  Myself I dig it but I would rather toilet tweet.  The second tune on the 7″ (yes, fucking 7″!) features some guitar shred, a female singer.  Earnest kids, earnest white kids.

YTD recordings listened to: 738
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 392
Not good music: 308

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/15/17!!! Pink Siifu, Walk the Moon, RVIVR

@@@ Pink Siifu: Bills (Twothousandnine, 2017)  I saw this hip hop outfit shouted out on the Twatter and I scooped this b-side from a split single from the Apple Music.  It’s a pretty stripped down and funky arrangement with trippy synth layers and a fat bass pulse.  The MC is pleasantly nasal on the mic and he works the microphone in a subtle stop and start manner.

@@@ Walk the Moon: What if Nothing (RCA, 2017)  Some major label rock that occupies one of the prestigious banner positions up on the Apple Music.  Money changed hands.  I’m thinking as the intro to the first tune unfolds that this is gonna explode into a shopping mall rock cheese bomb.  No, they go for a white funk rock thing.   The lyrical component of this tune is blue eyed loverboy and the rhythmic undercarriage is a mash of prog and electro and arena rock.  Weird yo, points for an interesting blend.  The second tune stinks so I clicked through and we’re getting into Bon Jovi whoo hoos in this third tune.  The first tune was by far the most interesting track I’ve peeped.  It is coagulating into cheese as I click on the tracks.  Get some bred out for the third tune (clipped below).

@@@ RVIVR: The Tide/Shaggy (Dead Broke Rekerds, 2017)  Something about the moist weather in the Northwest makes for fertile ground for pop punk.  I saw on the CFUV weekly email that the music director had seen these guys live so that triggered a peep.  Crunchy guitars, caffeinated drumming and big ass chant a long vocal hooks.  Big pop punk energy if you’re in the mood.  Myself I dig it but I would rather toilet tweet.  The second tune on the 7″ (yes, fucking 7″!) features some guitar shred, a female singer.  Earnest kids, earnest white kids.

YTD recordings listened to: 738
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 392
Not good music: 308

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding

Music for 11/9/17!!! Jess Abran/Steven Voyce, Boubacare Traore, The Thick Uns’, Thunderpussy

@@@ Jess Abran & Steven Voyce: Sour Cherry (N/A, 2017)  A super lush stripped down tune that is part r&b as well as retro-grunge melodies.  The female singer has her drama on but she’s counterbalanced by the the guitarist who also participates on the microphone duties.  Tasteful arrangement with guitar, simple drums and the breathy singer.

@@@ Boubacare Traore: Dounia Tabulo (Lusafrica, 2017)  Some West African blues music from a 75 year old musician.  I got to this record via the WRIR weekly review email.  Instrumentation on this first track is two guitars, harmonica, fiddle, and Traore’s world weary voice.  It’s very close to being old school American acoustic country blues and I’m aware that it came from Africa to the U.S.  There are three pre-release tunes (including one remix) up on the Apple Music and this first tune, Dis Lui Que je l’aime comme mon pays, has a good shuffle going on.  There is some tasty, ear catching cello shredding on the second tune but the star here is Traore’s voice.  He’s got mad soul.  I’ll swing back and listen to more of this record when it comes out.

@@@ The Thick Uns’: Deadly Bargain (Self-released, 2017) Super slack lo-fi take on late ’70s power rock.  A little bit of Captain Beefheart sprinkled over these proceedings as well.  It’s a solo bedroom production so it gives the rocking a different feel.  I got to this music from the musician himself who followed this here blog and then sent me a note afterwards.  A fair number of musicians follow this blog in hopes of snagging a review but they don’t send the note afterwards.  For fans of weird rock.

@@@ Thunderpussy: Speed Queen (UMG, 2017)  We’ll finish up with an arena/corporate rock single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s a pretty standard fat rock riff but I dig the way the female singer (who I assume to be Ms. Thunderpussy) comes in with some kitty claws and a short delay on her vocals.   It’s pretty standard double entendre about keeping her engine clean.  It’s an all right track but if you’re gonna bite the Led Zeppelin in this manner you should put a little freak in your guitar playing.  It’s not that the guitarist needs a Red Bull, he’s amped up but he needs some doobie up in his funk.  Solid B yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 726
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 389
Not good music: 304

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore