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 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 8/10/18!!! 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 7/19/18!!! Chastity, Lie, Split Cranium

@@@ Chastity: Death Lust (Captured Tracks, 2018)  Some grungy guitar rock I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email.  There’s been such a tidal wave of indie electronic music that I’m more than a wee bit shocked to hear guitar rock.  This is pretty smoothed out without collapsing into art school pretension.  Oy, interwebz screwup and I skipped the second tune, Choke, which is an uptempo kinda emo thing.  The sounds are high quality, the energy is high, and I don’t get a lasting impression from the lyrics.  I would put this as Stone Temple Pilots thing without the glam and a few pubes of Jane’s Addiction artfulness.

@@@ Lie: Hounds (Mint/Monofonus, 2018)  More guitar rock this time off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Huge Sonic Youth vibes on this first tune — guitar squall, manic drumming, detached female singer.  There’s no need to give these folks Red Bull, the tank is full up already.  I actually prefer this to the Sonic Youth as there’s a definite lack of pretension and NYC downtown bullshit to be had here.  Very high energy here with a full on swirl of distorted guitars which I’m feeling.

@@@ Split Cranium: I’m the Devil and I’m OK (Ipecac, 2018)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email in the loud section.  After a little fucking around intro they get right into the moshing.  Thrash drumming with punkier rather than metal guitars.  It’s really not a typical metal mash.  The singer is a caveman with punk leanings, the guitars are loud but not super distorted.  The overall feel is more hard rock/punk with metal — it’s cheap beer lose your nut punk business and that’s a good thing unless you’re a Nazi skinhead fuck and then you can go suck it.

YTD recordings listened to: 419
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 219
Not good music: 186

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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

Music for 7/16/18!!! Opium Moon, Sidi Toure, Degres

@@@ Opium Moon: Opium Moon (Be Why, 2018)  Some Middle Eastern inflected world music I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  I like this first track, Gravity = Love, with its slow gait, hand drumming and violin/vocal driven melody.  Four of the five pieces on the record are 10+ minutes long so expect slower and modest unfolding of the tunes given those lengths.  This recording sounds great and if you’re up for the sonic equivalent for watching the sun rise check this record out.  It has a slow inevitability to it that is interesting.

@@@ Sidi Toure: Toubalbero  (Thrill Jockey, 2018)  More world music from the WRIR weekly email.  I’ve heard Mr. Toure before and I like his music.  If I remember correctly it is on the more contemplative side than the full West African rock show.  Somebody got Toure a Red Bull as he comes out strong with a full kit drummer, background singers and multiple string players.  The record sounds super compressed to my ears which makes it louder and rocking but also kinda clipped and a little scratchy.  I like the second tune,
Bk, with its super solid groove and descending melody.  I like the playing here but it sounds too purposely sculpted as a rock record and that detracts from the listening experience.  My mixer channel lights are pretty much pinned at the same point, it’s just loud with no dynamics.

@@@ Delgres: Can’t Let You Go (PIAS, 2018)  I’m gonna have to hit up the Google but I’m guessing these guys are from Cajun country.  It’s a trio of mixed ethnicities and they describe their music as Caribbean blues which is pretty close to Creole/Cajun spirit.  The tune is guitar driven with some pretty mean electric guitar picking and it has primarily a blues feel but has a little extra world music sauce on it.  Uptempo, bluesy and rockin’ and I got to this track via the WRIR weekly email.  #transparency!

YTD recordings listened to: 410
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 214
Not good music: 182

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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

Music for 7/11/18!!! Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, Six Feet Under, ChanHays

@@@ Lil Pump: Drug Addicts (Warner Bros, 2018)  Lil’ Pump at the top of the hot tracks at Apple Music with a 2 minute track making the world a better place.  I hope Lil Pump was stoned when he hit the mic cuz that would explain his poor performance.  He goes down the list of all the drugs he takes on a daily basis and I could really care less.  His pills and shit probably make him constipated so maybe he could change his stage name to Lil Dump.  Low grade, pre canned hip hop shit for sure.  I came in not a Lil Pump fan and leave disliking him more.

@@@ Lil Yachty: Who Want the Smoke? (UMG, 2018)  I have fondness for Lil Yachty but he really didn’t up his lyrical game with this Apple Music hot track.  This sounds like a Halloween haunted house track with Lil Yachty playing the weird ass Frankenstein character.  Cardi B. makes an appearance, albeit not her best, she shoulda left it for the summer with biting the ol’ boogaloo track ‘I Like it Like That’.  I can see this working as a commercial for recreational weed shops running sales.  Who Want the Smoke?  Offset at least rhymes with some energy but Lil Yachty needs some coffee.

@@@ Six Feet Under: Unburied (Metal Blade, 2018)  A sizzly and full grinding metal record I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  They got a little boogie going in the second tune, Midnight in Hell, while the third tune (clipped below) is a very nice thwack to the head.  I would describe the singer as some sort of brownshirt caveman bitch, much like an ICE agent.  He’s tight and on the rhythm of the band, which you could bounce a nickel off the ass of btw, but as for what he’s saying that’s a bit of a rough go.  This is solid metal business if you can get with proto man on the mic.

@@@ ChanHays – The Creepy (Droppin’ Science)*  We switch back to the hip hop neighborhood and check out this release I saw on the hip hop adds list at CFUV.  This first tune is a retro laidback style — funky but friendly and chill.  While I expect the sound of the record to remain somewhat stable listeners get a plethora of guest MCs so the vocal stylings will be rotating.  Some of the middle tunes up the urgency with nice sounds and solid rhyming.

YTD recordings listened to: 397
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 209
Not good music: 177

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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