Music for 9/12/18!!! face to face, Wax Chattels, Emerson Snowe

@@@ face to face: All for Nothing (Fat Wreckords, 2018) I got to this bluegrass tune from a music publicist email. It looks like these guys have more than dabbled as punk rockers so when the tune kicks in with acoustic guitars and those big ass Orange County vocal hooks, it’s Orange Grass and not blue grass. It’s not a bad thing but just be forewarned that there’s no redneck vibes going on here. #emocoustic

@@@ Wax Chattels: In My Mouth (Captured Tracks, 2018) I got an email all the way from the Australia and these folks were in a festival that went down under. It was described as proggy and gloomy, much like Paul Krugman’s underwear drawer. I’m on the first tune and I’m waiting for them to go from the intro blinking and start the party. It’s sounds like coffee shop Primus but not as annoying as the Primus singer. I hope they, at some point, put some mustard on this wiener and that’s no sex reference. It heats up but not as hot as one would like. The second tune comes in brisk and minimal like Devo on Red Bull but again the question remains will they whip an adequate shitty. Tension-Release, Tension-Release kiddies! When they get to the release it’s very restrained and professional. They can play the shit out of their instruments but it’s too polite for me. Check ’em out if your hair is always just right. Oh shit, the female singer loses it in the third tune. Nice job, but why the wait?

@@@ Emerson Snowe: sunlight (N/A, 2018) From the same Australian online (maybe paper) mag called Happy Mag. This tune is a bit garage-y, a bit poppy, and a bit rock ‘n roll. There’s an insistent snare drum that pushes through the vast majority of the tune and the sweet bits float over that. Drums, vocals, guitars, and a tad of synth action. Not exactly my thing but the point of this blog is about my thing but also the things of others.

YTD recordings listened to: 522
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 275
Not good music: 218

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode

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Music for 9/5/18!!! Windhand, Martin Van Ruin, KEN mode

@@@ Windhand: Diablerie (Relapse, 2018) I got to this pre-release metal single via a music publicist email.  Of which there are many to be sure.  Music publicist emails that is.  This tune opens up sludgy as fuck with what sounds like a detuned guitar spilling all over with arena rock drum sounds and a singer.  Yes, a singer singing.  So this is more in the grunger/stoner rock neighborhood than the straight metal zone.  It’s a well put together set of sounds with a big guitar solo in the middle of it.  I’m not jumping up and down but if this is a blend you think you might like check it out.  I’ve had enough grunge for a lifetime.

@@@ Martin Van Ruin: On the Level (Self-released, 2018). An indie rock track I got to via a Midwestern music publicist.  The promo email mentioned something about Wilco type business but I (thankfully) don’t hear that at all.  It’s a mainstream rock sound with some ’70s sounds and some ’80s ideas.  It’s got a very straight rock drum beat, a big riff and rock bass holding it down.  I like the video, it’s funny, the footage of a young Milfier Hillary Clinton is super hot.  If I didn’t know better it looks like they’re making fun of white people, and so called hip progressive ones at that.

@@@ KEN mode: Loved (Season of Mist, 2018). I got to this noise rock record via the All Music weekly notable release email.  Notable releases chosen by All Music.  The first tune jumps out of the speaker sounding like a combination of the Jesus Lizard and a messy metal band.  I like the energy a whole bunch.  The guitars are sharp and KEN mode puts some heat and passion into his music.  He’s losing his nut on the microphone.  Great distorted bass sounds, thwacking drum sounds, and throat tearing vocals.  Swings in places, rocks in others, noisy in other nooks and crannies.  I’m going to circle back on this bitch, it’s got some heat to it.  Check it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 507
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 265
Not good music: 213

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode

Music for 8/29/18!!! Nick Jonas/Robin Schulz, Logic, Disclosure

@@@ Nick Jonas and Robin Schulz: Right Now (Island, 2018). A Drake/Bieber style panty quaker off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Breathy vocals and he needs you in his bed.  A slightly Caribbean beat, some synth melodies, hottie on the mic, boom!  That’s money yo.

@@@ Logic: The Return (Def Jam, 2018) Logic goes roughneck as he moves off the dance floor.  The beats are retro, there’s no trap grit in the house and there’s a surprisingly sweet bit of melody to go with the beat.  The MC is all right, no great shakes.  No Pusha T on the mic for sure.  I made it about 2.5 minutes which is pretty good from where I’m sitting.

@@@ Disclosure: Where Angels Fear to Tread (Island, 2018).  Let’s stay mainstream in the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Opens up lounge-y with a stacked vocal melody over a breezy unt-sss.  This is for women in big high heels and their men who are stuffed into their blazers and leisure pants.  Maybe on a boat ride with a drink with an umbrella.  Or maybe a good soundtrack to torture innocent Iraqis at Abu Ghraib.  I kid, I kid, let’s keep it light.  A few spaceship bleeps, some filtering, a string arrangement and hand claps.  Put the meat on the barbie, the handclaps are out!

YTD recordings listened to: 498
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 261
Not good music: 208

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter

 

Music for 8/20/18!!! The Freaky Baby Daddies, Howling Star, Black Arkade

@@@ The Freaky Baby Daddies: Feed Your Ego (N/A, 2018)  I saw on the Line of Best Fit there is another black punk festival besides Afropunk.  It’s called, simply enough, Black Punk, and these guys are the first band listed.  There is most definitely some rocking going on here but I’m not sure how punky fresh it is.  There’s a lot of melody, and higher end production, and guitar shredding but I will not be a genre bitch.  This is more like Living Colour than Bad Brains.  Very high energy power trio playing even comes with tambourine at the end of the tune when it blows out.

@@@ Howling Star: GIN (North Elements, 2016)  Another track from the black punk festival.  This is punkier for sure with some metal sounds thrown in.  Black female singer which I’m totally into, and a thick wall of guitars blasting away.  The tune is about gentrification and she’s giving gentrifiers what they deserve.  This outfit is from Atlanta but it could be Brooklyn of San Francisco getting the shout out.  I like the energy, the topic and the singer does really solid work here.

@@@ Red Arkade: We don’t sing too Pretty EP (N/A, 2018)  Here we go some straight up pogo punk out of Queens NY.  Singer sounds like Ice T and I’m sure Donald Trump flings his pumpkinhead hair to this kinda shit.  After he burns a cross out on the White House lawn.  The second tune is called ‘Fuck that Shit’ and I don’t think they could be more direct or straight ahead in their sentiment.  The production is not super shiny by any means but it’s not dirty crusty punk style either.  The longest tune is 2:44 so it’s get in and get out commando style anti social punk.  I dig the drummer, you get a walloping bucket of distorted guitars and plenty of sing along hooks.  If you’re looking for a blast of hostility to get your week started turn away from the Trump Toilet Tweet Tirade and get some from Queens.

YTD recordings listened to: 483
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 251
Not good music: 202

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, 700 Bliss

Music for 8/10/18!!! RGG Trio, DeVotchka, Quavo, Brown Paper Bag

@@@ RGG Trio: City of Gardens (N/A, 2018)  How many Polish guys does it take to make a jazz record?  This is a trio record so three!  C’mon I wouldn’t insult Polish people in my music reviews.  I would discuss Miley Cyrus’ pubic hair and different varieties of cheese but I’m not racist and shit.  This looks to be piano, trumpet and drums and this first tune opens slowly with some rolling drums.  It’s not my favorite flavor of improv but I’m going to check out a bit more of the record.  It’s pretty spacious music and long 10+ minute pieces.  Myself I would rather check out Bill Dixon and some of his ’60 work but this has a pleasant earnestness to it.

@@@ DeVotchka: Angels (Concord, 2018)  If you, gasp, took U2 and made a baby with Coldplay it would sound like this pre-release single.  It’s dramatical, it’s epic, it’s an arena rock cheesebomb dropped from far up in the sky.  Everybody walks away greasy and dirty.  Big rock drums, plenty of different guitar sounds and lyrics — such as ‘tonight you will sleep the sleep of angels’.  Uh, don’t know really.  I got to this corporate cheese sandwich via a music publicist email.  I didn’t make it through the full four minutes and I can tell you with certainty that was a very long 3 minutes.

@@@ Quavo: Workinme (Capitol, 2018)  The #1 hot track in the Apple Music hot track section.  It’s midtempo trap and apparently his girl is working him too hard.  Fat, trunk shaking bass, a dude backing up Mr. Quavo’s lyrics, and a couple trippy samples floating in the background of the mix.  It’s not much of a tune, he’s just on about percoset and his bank account over a B+ beat.  Nothing to make it deserve #1 slot on the hot tracks.

@@@ Brown Paper Bag: Yoshi (Interscope, 2018)  A genre smashing single in the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s part hip hop with a huge rock guitar riff, a distorted bass but the problem here is the singer.  He’s got not authority to his voice so all the nice and hip sounds are wuss-a-fied by his microphone work.  Plus the lyrics are pretty much word salad — there’s a lot about being alienated in school, about some sort of daily meditation and sumthin about hold my smokes and my money.  It’s best not to try to make sense of it, it’s a salad.

YTD recordings listened to: 467
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 239
Not good music: 196

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter

Music for 8/7/18!!! Clau Aniz, Out of Nations, Death Cab for Cutie

@@@ CLAU ANIZ: Filha de mil Mulheres (Minty Fresh, 2018) This is some Brazilian music with indie flavorings that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  There is also a Latin Jazz vibe up in here as well so it’s a somewhat wide mash of influences here.  The trumpet is holding down that mellow jazz thing while there’s delayed and slack rock guitar sound floating around.  This is a 63 minute record where the tunes average around 6 minutes so the pace is measured and mellow.  Female singer, slow tempos, plenty of hand drumming and space rock guitar — that’s the formula.  It’s a bit adult alternative to me.

@@@ OUT OF NATIONS: Quest (Riverboat, 2018) I try to check out Riverboat releases of African music as I think they’re a solid imprint.  There is only a pre-release single up on the Apple Music and it’s a mash of ‘early ‘80s disco funk and smooth jazz.  Wow, not your typical thing these days.  I’m gonna google this outfit as the cover is showing mostly white musicians and I’m thinking this is a North African/French thing.  Be right back…oh boy these folks are from all over.  NYC, Cairo, Beirut, Berlin, it’s a basket of folks.  I wish I liked smooth jazz more but I dig the hand drumming and the aspirations of this pre-release track.

@@@ Death Cab for Cutie: Autumn Love (N/A, 2018). A mainstream rock single masquerading as indie rock.  This is a version of a Yes, Hootie and the Blowfish, or even a Justin Bieber tune.  I’m now remembering why Death Cab for Cutie has been one of my least favorite indie bands.  It’s so discretely saccharine it makes your teeth hurt.  You get some peppy drumming, some oh oh oh ohs, some intricate Dirty Projectors’ guitar work but alas this is for others and not me.

YTD recordings listened to: 458
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 234
Not good music: 192

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter