Music for 10/11/18!!! Tierra Whack, Tess Roby, Proc Fiskal

@@@ Tierra Whack: Whack World (Interscope, 2018) 15 1-minute hip hop songs that I got to from a best 25 records from the last 3 months at factmag.  I’m on the third minute and I like the brevity of the tunes and the tidbits have more of a melancholy flavor than a party vibe.  I don’t think the brevity and the melancholy are connected.  The jumps from one bit to the next are pleasantly jarring.  The sounds are very new, no retro hip hop happening here.  It’s like somebody hitting the fast forward every 1 minute.  I really like the tune 4 Wings.  I found it and shit!  Enjoy.

@@@ Tess Roby: Beacon (Italians Do It Better, 2018)  We switch gear from youthful African American female gloom hop to white people electronica.  It’s opening up with a sinuous guitar line and a Rush beat, not great as far as I’m concerned.  Then a singer — where is she from?  Montreal!  I love Montreal.  I think this is poor record sequence/placement on my part as the jump from those hip hop kibble and bits to this is not great.  This is low energy, not as funky, and just a wee bit……white.  And I say that as a human that used to be a white person.  I thought this was going to be an electronic record but it’s an indie rock record with an electronic U-haul attached to the back.

@@@ Proc Fiskal: Insula (Hyperdub, 2018).  This is an abstract electronic record I got to via the same best 25 records of the last three months.  It is most definitely chopped pretty roughly with plenty of processed vocal samples and bass ‘n drum type beats.  It is trying to be both funky and trippy and thus far I don’t think it’s hit either goal.  I want to like it as it aims for a place I enjoy listening to but it sounds a bit sterile and technical for my taste.  The arrangements are more than competent but it’s a nerd record.  Homie needs some doobie in his funk, imho.

YTD recordings listened to: 574
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 306
Not good music: 233

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

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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 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 6/18/18!!! Beyonce and Jay Z, Grouper, Nervosa

@@@ Beyonce and Jay Z: Summer (Sony, 2018)  Beyonce and Jay Z are two of my least favorite musicians ever.  I love Solange but these two, blech.  However, they are a huge deal and I like to keep my finger on the corpse of the mainstream music business.  I’m sure the sounds here are going to be high end.  I’m a little surprised at the Caribbean influences with the soul arrangement on this first tune.  Beyonce is the main attraction of this first tune but the lyrics are pretty standard if not cliche.  Now Jay Z is on the mic and this is adult mature, post gangsta Jay Z.  It’s a well focused track but I don’t see it to be the work of our finest American superstars.  There are better soul tunes for sure, there are better lyrics, there are better vocal performances and rhymes.  I guess when you Beyonce a solid B is considered an A.

@@@ Grouper: Grid of Points (Krankey, 2018)  Some alternative off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  It opens female acapella but this first tune appears to be an intro flavor pack and the second tune is the proper first tune.  It is piano and wispy, angelic female singing, sparse arrangements and super ethereal.  I don’t want to type too loudly while I listen that is how fragile we’re talking here.  This is music for sad female teenagers but personally I don’t think it’s good for this demographic.  That’s just my opinion but it is its own little world, easily squashed is what it sounds like to me.

@@@ Nervosa – Downfall Of Mankind (Napalm)  Some all female metal off this week’s CFUV weely email.  We’re more concerned with the quality of music than the gender of the creators of it and these ladies bring a solid, muscular style to this record.  The singer is quite pleasing with a sandy, cattish growl to her voice and she is back by some thrash drumming and a wall of buzzy as a million bees guitars.  I like this record with the singer leading the way.

YTD recordings listened to: 336
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 177
Not good music: 151

Best: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, Dona Onete, 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

Best of 2018 Pick 6!

Los Texmaniacs: Cruzando Borders (Smithsonian Folkways, 2018)

What a timely recommendation as Trump and his ill bitch pieces of shit like Jeff Sessions continue to separate immigrant families from their children.  However, let us not let those ignorant heathens ruin what is an awesome record.

This is a beautiful and super musical record regardless of the politics involved here.  I’m particularly impressed with the accordion player but I’m super into accordion but everybody in this band plays and sings at a super high level.

There are songs about being deported and about not being recognized as a human but that’s for folks to check out.

On this blog we love Pusha T and we roll with awesome groups like Los Texmaniacs.  So if you’re not a racist punkass feel free to check out some awesome American music.

Music for 5/28/18!!! Drake, Dave Matthews Band, Juice WRLD

@@@ Drake: I’m Upset (Cash Money, 2018)  Uh oh, Drake’s upset!  I thought this was going to be a diss track about this ongoing crazy ass Yeezy bullshit but it appears to be a generic money anthem.  He can’t go 50/50 with no ho, you hear?  He’s also upset that there is 500,000 on his head.  For real, somebody has a bounty out on Drake’s head?  That would be like killing Mickey Mouse.  Am I the only one who thinks Drake doesn’t sound that scary when he’s upset?  I mean if you compare this with Pusha T business he comes out soft.  I like the sonics of the track, minimalist and tightly focused.  Some day I will enjoy a Drake track I guess but not this one.

@@@ Dave Matthews Band: That Girl is You (N/A, 2018) He’s back, the king of slack frat boy rock.  I always thought Matthews had a pretty heavy band but his strumming and prognosticating on the microphone I have usually found tiresome.   I like this tune,  he’s got a different vibe on it — less upbeat and fratty, just a bit more weirder than usual for  him.  It’s a minimalist arrangement that builds to a climax then comes back down quietly.  He’s not nearly as upset as Drake, man Drake seems super upset.  He might even smash his tea cup and forego his afternoon biscuits.

@@@ Juice WRLD: Goodbye and Good Riddance (Interscope, 2018)  It doesn’t seem to be a summer party record, but maybe the rest of the record differs from the intro where a woman denounces her man calling him a go nowhere loser.  The second tune is mostly hip hop sounds but Mr. WRLD is an alienated loverboy singer having a hard time with the ladies.  This is a teen hip hop romance break up record with some young people drug use going on.  Not really my cup of tea, maybe yours, check for yourself.  I will be leaving Juice WRLD now.

YTD recordings listened to: 294
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 154
Not good music: 132

Best: 5
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, Dona Onete, 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, Los Texmaniacs