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 6/15/17!!! Alestorm, Afterlife Revival, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Big Boi

@@@ Alestorm: No Grave but the Sea (Napalm, 2017)  I shit you not but I believe these guys are pioneers in the pirate metal sub-genre.  This is a kind of awesomeness that is complex as they get props for getting out there into some weird state of mind but there’s mad cheese sauce to be found here.  I’m only going to listen to one song as it so perfectly captures what I imagine pirate metal to be that it can only go down from here.  As another fine purveyor of cheese MC Hammer said: ‘You can’t fuck with this.’

@@@ Chad Lefkowitz: Onward (Self-released, 2017)  A jazz record that I got to via a twat on the Twatter from blog Bird is the Worm.  I might have to be a bit more selective in peeping Bird is the Worm recommendations as this is the kind of straight jazz that doesn’t usually work for me.  I like the drummer and his energy level but the production sound and the playing makes me crave a flavored coffee and the New York Times sunday magazine.  Oh, he’s covering Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely and making me want to hear the Stevie Wonder version.  Oy.

@@@ Afterlife Revival: Rich in Love (Self-released, 2017)  An alt country single that I got to from a rather cloying publicist email.  I won’t hold the band responsible for their publicist’s over the top language but you have to peep her description: they ‘fuse Beatle-esque psych country with an Americana lilt, evoking Dylan and The Band.’  I object to the  word fuse and the lilt.  There is a little Beatles in here but not much and they do have The Band’s sound with a singer that sounds more than a bit like Dylan.  I like the arrangement and the playing but I find the lyrics a bit trite.

@@@ Big Boi: In the South (Epic, 2017)  Big Boi’s new single fuses ol’ school chill pimp funk with Dirty South beats.  It’s a low mid tempo pace with some drawling, oh the rhymes become more energetic about halfway through when Big Boi hits the mic.  I think as he has two guest MCs and I can’t place him.  I like the George Clinton influences here and I dig the guitar player and the bass player but they wear the hook out a bit.

YTD recordings listened to: 367
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 208
Not good music: 143

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 6/13/17!!! Peeling, Unleash the Archers, The Velveteins, Chief Keef

@@@ Peeling: 7 Years of Blood EP (Buzz Records, 2017) A pretty noisy guitar indie recording off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Singer mixed down in volume and single coil telecaster guitar sounds mixed high.  Think Television with a half a Percocet pill and a pretty stomping rock drummer.  They should have put the third tune in the lead off position as it’s pretty rockin’ and if the singer had less reverb on his/her voice I’d probably be more into this.

@@@ Unleash the Archers: Apex (Napalm Records, 2017)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  It’s opening up synth-y and now we’re into a fast, double kick classic metal jam.  This singer is full on operatic with a soaring range.  This isn’t really my favorite sub genre of metal but they’re doing it all right.  The arrangements are complex and the production is immaculate.   When the singer goes high in the third tune, I don’t know what you’re supposed to do but it’s epic.

@@@ The Velveteins: Slow Wave (Fierce Panda, 2017)  Some indie folk also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Ah, that might just be the opening taster course as they get into some bouncy and energetic indie rock.  I like the arrangement on this second tune (clipped below).  They’re back into the strum dee dum on this third tune so this may be the course of the record, a combination of indie folk and indie rock sounds.

@@@ Chief Keef: Thot Breaker (RBC, 2017)  Switching gears let’s check out somewhat famous Chicago gangster Chief Keef.  This first tune is surprisingly tender and the second tune is a bit of a dance floor banger.  I had to do some Duck Duck Going to ascertain if I had it right that Chief Keef as a gangster dude as these tunes have some skittery beats but the general tone is not super rough.  This third tune is a pro weed anthem and it’s clipped below.  I tend not to love the synth only arrangements but this is all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 359
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 204
Not good music: 140

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

Music for 6/12/17!!! Afoul D’afours, El Dusty, Bang Data

@@@ Afous D’afous: Tarhanine Tegla (Sahel Sounds, 2016)  This is my third listen of the day but I’m popping it up the top as I dig it most of what I heard.  It’s a mash of dirty single line West African guitar playing and this is quite a shred.  It’s interesting to hear a fairly strong Bollywood flavor to the vocals so it doesn’t come across as strictly a West African jam.  Let me GooglePimp this outfit and see where they are from.  I don’t want to be peddling fake news!  Okay, Algeria so I got that right.  The B side is more electronic with a sinuous synth melody replacing the rock guitar shred.  It’s more of an uplifter than a rocker.

@@@ El Dusty: Kanto Negro (Aftercluv, 2017)  A world music single I got to via this week’s WRIR weekly playlist email.  It’s a blend of EDM, Latin bass, party music and some hip hop.  I like the accordion playing which really Mexican-izes the funky proceedings.  I guess it’s the frat boy beats that make me like it less but a few cheap beers and it will slide right through the pie holes.  It’s compressed as hell which tends to lower my enjoyment.

@@@ Bang Data: Galactica (Futuro Sonico, 2017)  Another single, but a rock tune this time.  Two singers working in Spanish and they somewhat dominate the tune.  Not in a bad way.  There’s some B-52s style rockabilly guitar slipped into the back of the track and if you don’t like the vocals you won’t like the tune.  It’s a bit of a world prog tune.  In my quest for a link to peep this track I see these guys are straight out of the Bay area which would go a long way in explaining the mash of sounds on this tune.

You can stream it over here, but I’m not sure for how long.

YTD recordings listened to: 355
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 202
Not good music: 138

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

Music for 6/11/17!!! AJR, SZA

@@@ AJR: The Click (BMG, 2017)  Apple Music’s favorite new artist.  Oh wow, if you took cheesiest cheese of all, which would unto itself be a debate unto itself, and shoved it up the back orifice of the EDM genre it would sound like this.  The most unapologetically simple minded pop shit you will run across in a long time.  Big frat boy beats, some classical string flourishes, stupid lyrics, I mean if it wasn’t so toxic it would be hilarious.  This music would work great at Guantanamo Bay or in the hottest ring of Hell.  I don’t know how the producer and the engineers managed to do it but they really did shine a bucket of diarrhea.  I’m violently opposed to this music.

@@@ SZA: Ctrl (Top Dawg/RCA, 2017)  Is this RZA’s daughter?  She’s in the new artist section of Apple Music and this first tune is a blend of confessional indie songwriter and r&b sounds.  It’s a pretty fresh formula and let’s peep more.  Ms. SZA has a very sweet voice and quite the potty mouth.  I don’t judge but she’s foul.  I think I prefer the tunes that have guitar to the ones that are more hip hop based as they sound more unique.

YTD recordings listened to: 352
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 200
Not good music: 137

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

Music for 6/4/17!!! Kacy Hill, The OBGMS

@@@ Kacy Hill: Like a Woman (UMG, 2017) Apple Music’s favorite new artist.  The tune opens up with piano chords, a synth bass, and Hill’s slightly thin but sultry voice.  I really like the bass part but unfortunately the lyrics and Hill’s voice are not convincing to my ears.  I don’t like the finger snaps (in almost all musical situations) and the song never really erupts into anything, she just keeps asking what makes you make me feel like a woman?  She rides that hook into the ground.

@@@ The OBGMs: Torpedo (Black Box, 2017) A punk single I got to via a publicist email.  Even punks have publicists yo!!!  It’s not poppy per se and there is an interesting hook in the verse, but the guitars are toned down a bit and this lines up more with the Strokes more than the Bad Brains.  I like the outro and they have good energy.  This is post 9/11 America so you can’t make too much of a mess, it’s not allowed.

YTD recordings listened to: 338
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 193
Not good music: 130

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