Music for 10/16/17!!! Crowd Company, Kelly Moran, King Khan

@@@ Crowd Company: Fever (N/A, 2017)  A pre-release single from a UK funk outfit that I got to via a music publicist email.  Female singer, full horn section, funky wah wah hook — the tune is rooted in ’70s funk but it has a hint of mellowness to it.  I like the vibe but the tune doesn’t leave a huge impression on me say the way the opening track to Curtis Mayfield’s first solo record does.

@@@ Kelly Moran: Bloodroot (Telegraph Harp, 2017)  I saw this pianist on a performance promo email from the adventurous music club Roulette in Brooklyn.  The first tune is a blend of piano but part of the piano has been blocked  and is buzzing and resonating strangely instead of well, sounding like a piano.  It’s a solo piece.  I like the second piece as well.  I would describe her tunes as having classical music components but also some improv and straight weirdness.  A mix of sweetness and not so sweet.   Ooh I really like the third tune, I’m going to have to swing back on this record.

@@@ King Khan: Murderburgers (Ernest Jennings, 2017)  I’ve peeped King Khan before and he’s a trip.  A blend of funk, spaghetti western, and some psych all mashed up.  These first two tunes have a distinctly retro vibe to them, the second being a cracked country flow and the first one touting more psych.  Maybe I’m getting King Khan mixed up with somebody else but I remember him being mo funky.  This is a West Coast weird rock record.  I like it all right, it has similarities to a Frank Zappa record but a bit straighter.

YTD recordings listened to: 669
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 360
Not good music: 282

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, Kelly Moran

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Music for 9/26/17!!! Benjamin Booker, Hex One, Phoebe Bridgers, The National

@@@ Benjamin Booker: Warning (ATO, 2017)  I have some All Music notable release emails from the past few months that I scour when I’m looking for new music to peep.  Booker is  being marketed as a new generation bluesman from New Orleans, mixing non-blues sounds into his blues.  I like this first tune which sports a little punk flow to it and I appreciate him not sticking with the classic blues sound palette.  I’m on the third tune and this is pretty fresh — Booker’s gravelly voice is pleasing and the non standard guitar tones serve the music well and imbue it with some new energy.  Imma swing back on this record when I can check the whole sandwich but this record could end up on my year end list.

@@@ Hex One: Peep the Steeze Ft. Skyzoo (N/A, 2017)  I got a music publicist email about this hip hop single and I’m checking it as I like Skyzoo.  Steeze is style with ease so that can help you understand the boasting on the track.  I hear this as retro NYC beats with quick and sharp rhymes passed back and forth betwixt the MCs who believe that you do not have any skills and they have many.   The arrangement is pretty sparse with some mellow keyboard slid in between the beats and the vocals.

@@@ Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger in the Alps (Dead Oceans, 2017)  The Line of Best Fit has this record as the record of the week.  Apple Music has this blurbed as confessional folk rock which isn’t something that sets my hair on fire but I’m sure I have regular readers that love some confessional folk rock so I will peep it for them.   I can confirm that this record is not as bad as the National’s new effort.  It shares certain qualities including meaningful indie style lyrics and ambient sound goodies used to fill out the tunes.  It is mo slack and if I fall asleep while reviewing this it’s not my fucking fault it’s the slack pill I’m being fed.  Let’s check a little more before my nap!  The second tune has a distorted guitar and a drum beat but there’s no rocking to be had here.  Don’t worry, your feelings won’t get hurt.  The music is okay if you can groove on its relaxed vibe but when I hear this soft, confessional vibe I wonder what the fuck happened to white people?  Cheese eating bags of overwrought feelings.  Jesus.

@@@ The National: Turtleneck (4AD, 2017)  That’s right, we’re circling back to 2017’s magnum opus by the National.  Change your undies and get ready!  This is a rocker and they seemed to be getting worked up over a turtleneck.  Could that be?  The guitar player is actually catching my ear (I say nice things when I have them to say) but I’m reminded that the drummer is a lasagna noodle and the singer, well the singer is important.  I have looked up the lyrics and while I can see that there are references to weed, and the rich and the poor, I don’t really get the part about the turtleneck.  Maybe you’re not supposed to….honestly I don’t have the time to grok it.  It’s a bit of a wanky rocker with some guitar noise and word salad.  We’ll be back tomorrow for more of the National!

YTD recordings listened to: 624
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 334
Not good music: 264

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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

Music for 9/23/17!!! Billie Eilish, Why Don’t We

@@@ Billie Eilish: ocean eyes (Interscope, 2017)  A single off a ‘teen sensation bedroom production’ off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Think of this track as ’70s soft rock over a thick, modern bass.  There is a truckload of vocals on this track, it’s a curtain of female longing.  You make me wanna cry when you give me those ocean eyes.  It’s a decent hook but she wears out.  If you take the vocals out it’s a pretty thin mint.

@@@ Why Don’t We: Invitation (Signature Entertainment, 2017)  A pre-release from a white boy teen group off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I love the boy bands, they inevitably swirl down the toilet in a torrent of drugs, homosexuality, and puberty.  I want to go out of my way to say that I have nothing against homosexuals.  It’s a little surprising that one of the vocal hooks is about picking her up at 8pm cuz they don’t look old enough to drive!  Maybe Momz will drive and he’ll be in the back singing to her.  Check out the hairdo on heartthrob Lower Right.  That’s some dope curly bird’s nest action.  The tune is pretty standard white boy funk — Justin Timberlake-y in spots.  I think the dude in the middle is the homosexual — we’ll see in about 10 years!  I kid, I kid, Heartthrob Upper Left is the Gay One.

YTD recordings listened to: 616
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 331
Not good music: 262

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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

Music for 9/22/17!!! Darius Rucker, Avey Tare, Ritual, Daphni

@@@ Darius Rucker: Don’t (Capitol Nashville, 2017)  Friggin’ Hootie is back — I know he’s huge with the new country crowd but honestly I wouldn’t wipe my ass with some of this new country music.  It’s so fucking cornball, what the fuck?  This is off an upcoming full length.  Now Hootie is different, well not really as he was in a band called Hootie and the Blowfish.  That’s tough to live with.  Is it my imagine or does Rucker look like Dave Chappelle in this video clipped below.  I would love to hear the country lyrics of a tune written by Dave Chappelle as I’m sure they would be way less ernest and more entertaining!  It’s pretty standard, I know these lyrics are standard for the genre but it’s just baby food.  I thought we were adults here.  Oh Hootie we hardly knew ye.

@@@  Avey Tare: Eucalyptus (Domino, 2017)  An experimental rock record from the Domino imprint in the UK.  This first tune is lo fi and ambient and indie all in one sandwich.  It’s not somber, it’s more trippy and inward sounding but it’s low energy.  It also has a distinctly fish and chippy/British smell to it.  Let’s peep more.  It’s a dude and his guitar with a lot of weird ass garnish on these first two tunes.  Oh there’s a single drum but not a kit.  Not judging just describing.  This third tune, Ms. Secret, is the best of what I heard.  It’s still mad trippy but with more energy and melody.

@@@ Ritual: In this Moment (Roadrunner, 2017)  Metal off this late July All Music notable release email.  It’s opening up cinematically — regular readers know I hate the intros just get on with the skull crushing already for chrissakes.  Oh, I heard this during the summer, it’s a blues/ hard rock mix.  I don’t really like this formula but I’ll give the band some precious real estate on this blog which is a huge blog so this space is mad valuable.  Ha!

@@@ Daphni: Hey Drum (Dan Snaith, 2017)  I was looking for a record by these guys but alls I got was this single.  It’s house music with some bass that barely registers on my headphones.  I like the arrangement but he’s wearing the fuck out of this ‘hey drum’ vocal sample.  Oy, over and over I feel like I’m at Guantanamo Bay.  Oh, he broke from it, great.  And we’re back after a little house keyboard break.  Oh Jesus I want to kill him or me — I can’t decide.  I made it to just shy of 4 minutes and he’s busted out into a very funky club groove.  He shoulda cut the shit on the hey drum, edit the fuck out of that and get on with the funk.  Ah well.

YTD recordings listened to: 614
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 329
Not good music: 261

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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

Music for 9/21/17!!! Sparks, Nick Jonas, Electric Wizard

@@@ Sparks: Missionary Position (N/A, 2017)  I’m not sure if I’ve peeped this band yet as publicists bombard my inbox with the same band over and over ’til I’m confused.  These guys are from the UK and they are wacky.  References might be XTC but more tongue in cheek, and maybe a little Beatles action in the vocal melodies.  I hate to use the Fab Four as a reference as it makes people shit their pants.  It’s an urgent drum beat with tambourine and piano while the guitars are there they don’t drive the tune or mark it as a rock tune.  It’s all clever lyrics regarding the title.

@@@ Nick Jonas: Find You ( , 2017)  Off the Apple Music best of the week playlist.  Regular readers know Imma huge Nick Jonas fan.  He’s mad hot and super talented, a panty quaker in the tradition of Bieber and (gasp!) Harry Styles.  Harry Styles you rule my world!  Jonas is biting Bieber’s ballad style pretty hard.  Oh my the auto speller changed ballad to balls and for a second Nick Jonas was bitting Bieber’s balls.  That’s really too much.  This is more romantic than lustful but I’m sure the video is full of Jonas hotness.  I don’t like the track much but it’s pretty restrained for major label business.

@@@ Electric Wizard: See You in Hell (UMG, 2017)  Retro hard rock a la Black Sabbath in a tune I got to via the Apple Music heavy metal playlist.  Caveman drums, but not modern metal sounding with crunchy, angry flower power style guitars.  Riffs that are old school not classic metal but the first wave back in the day.  The tune is building with more frantic drumming and wah wah guitar.  It’s a familiar formula but they do it well.  Check out War Pigs if you want the classic business.

YTD recordings listened to: 612
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 327
Not good music: 259

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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

Music for 9/19/17!!! Alice Glass, Evil Invaders, Dan Walsh

@@@ Alice Glass: Alice Glass EP (Loma Vista, 2017) Female fronted space pop off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  The most notable feature of the first tune is how much the low end has been sliced out of the singer’s voice and she sounds about seven years old.  This sort of club music requires slick production — a lot of shine to go with the booty rocking bass.  The record tries to be both dance music and lyric driven songs but I don’t buy these as songs, they leave me feeling not much, if anything.

@@@ Evil Invaders: Feed Me Violence (Napalm, 2017)  Some revved up classic metal/thrash that I got to from the same CFUV playlist email.  The singer is really a singer, and the guitarist(s) provide quite a bit of rhythmic chord chunking as well as the occasional pig squeal.  There are two pre-release tunes up and this second one As Life Slowly Fades follows the same basic premise as the opener.  Fast tempo, lots of drum fills followed by thrash beats, and wicked piercing pig squeals/guitar blasts.

@@@ Dan Walsh: Verging on the Perpendicular (Roksmere Records, 2017)  Some roots/folk music off the CFUV email.  This second tune (clipped below) is banjo playing and singing.  It’s really pleasant playing and the singing is pretty with more modern lyrics.  There are two instrumentals in the three first tunes which is fine as Walsh can surely play the banjo.  For old schoolers.

YTD recordings listened to: 606
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 322
Not good music: 258

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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

Music for 9/18/17!!! La Misa Negra, The National, Chronicle Dub Trio, Superfruit

@@@ La Misa Negra: Misa de Medianoche (NAM Entertainment, 2017)  Some Latin music to kick this week off and I got to this record via the CFUV week.  Ah, I remember this record, this is a hot one and it’s a reissue of a 2013 record that made my best of list.  These guys play a manic, partyistic horn driven blend of Colombian cumbia and anything that moves hard and keeps you on the dance floor.  The female singer is great.  Imma gonna leave it at that but I’m happy to see this record has been re-injected and am happy to give it a shout.

@@@ The National: Born to Beg (4AD, 2017)  Yes, you bastards want this track by track full orifice review to continue and I’m loving it as well.  This is a saddie so get ready — he was born to beg for you.  Puh-lease!  It’s driven by a piano part and garnished with a little electro sparkle action.  Unfortunately it doesn’t detract enough from the singer’s work which continues its dolorous, wanky vibe.  There is a subtle background vocal chorus and some guitar noodling to take you out and I can’t decide whether this is a great track to listen to before or after a lobotomy.  It’s precious and important that’s for sure.

@@@ Chronicle Dub Trio: Chapter II: Marcus Garvey (Coated in Dub, 2017)  Some dub covers of classic reggae songs that I got to via this week’s WRIR playlist email.  This first one is Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey and they raise the tempo and the guitar playing is chicken scratching his way right into my heart.  The organ player and the guitar player trade melodies in this first track with the drummer and bass player holding it down.  They are bassing up my headphones on this third tune Cuss Cuss Dub.  If you’re up for some modern updates on reggae classics with some rock flourishes on the guitar side of things check it out.

@@@ Superfruit: Future Friends (RCA, 2017)  Super sweet mainstream electro off the front page of Apple Music.  Wow, it’s like somebody taking a syringe of sugar and shooting straight into your eyeball.  It’s got a Wham-my feeling to it for sure but more intricate.  They got a faux funky flow working on this second tune — a dash of Earth Wind and Fire and Prince walked by quickly.  The production is slick, the lyrics are very low IQ, and the singing is all right.  Get your bubblegum disco on if you feel the urge!  I bet tRump gets freaky to this kinda business.

YTD recordings listened to: 603
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 320
Not good music: 257

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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