Music for 6/27/17!!! Melis, Vasser, Larkins, KINDER

Today we are back on this Best of Line Fit 25 hot tracks of the week.  I find the indie music to be culturally/philosophically fascinating as it is a projection of white folks’ psychology but this genre is not a place where I find a lot of good music.  I don’t wish to be a black person but I have more than my share of problems with whiteness and all the shit that goes with that.  On to the listening!

@@@ Melis: Flower (Virtuous Sound, 2017)  This indie folk tune opens up super intimate with a fragile female voice and a simple figure behind it.  It is sad and hopeful at the same time.   After about 90 seconds it opens up into a larger sound with an electronic beat, background vocals, electric organ.  I find the lyrics a tad confusing — I heard one line saying ‘everything I need from you is everything I see in you’.  Now we’re building to the full New Age catharsis.  Even though this tune is saturated with feelings there are repeated entreaties to not think about it.  What is this it I’m not supposed to think about?  Is it that the lyrics don’t make sense to me and don’t think about it???#sarcasm.  Confusion is an under discussed aspect of these large indie tunes — I just finished listening and I’m not sure at all what that was about though those were some big ass meaningful sounds.

@@@ Vasser: Little Things (Vasser, 2017)  An updated Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush world rock kinda sound.  The singer enters and he’s feeling a lot as well.  What are we to do with all these feelings?  I like the bass sound, and the beats are all right and though this isn’t my favorite sonic formula there’s some sophistication to it.  The singer, hmm, he’s not bad but he’s not my cup of tea.  I’m finishing up this tune and it’s similar to the first — a lot of focus on the sound and not much on the meaning.  Either I’m supposed to dig through the lyrics and figure it out, or I’m supposed to groove on the sounds and the tone of his voice, or it was supposed to say something and didn’t do a good job of it.  Or I’m stupid and that’s been accepted at the outset.

@@@ Larkins: Sugar Sweet (Mark Lippman, 2017)  The GoogleTubePimp calls this tune sun soaked.  And if you see the title of the tune on the video below this is an uplifter, a bra for the tits of your mind.  It’s a big rock drumbeat with some cutesy guitar playing that goes to half crunch in the chorus.  How was I to know you were in my veins?  How was I to know that we could be more than friends?  Yes, it’s veins.  So he’s celebrating having a romantic relationship with somebody who was previously just a friend.  Okay, big props because the lyrics make sense and I get it.  Whew!  Now he’s rocking a friendly big rock formula that isn’t my cup of tea but it might be yours and I’m just happy I listened to a song that made sense to me.

@@@ KINDER: Feeling Gets Too Heavy (Lapsang House, 2017)  A slow electro-banger of an upcoming yet to be released record.  From the sounds I thought this was gonna be a romantic kinda track but it’s got negative feelings in it.   Now he’s in a groove where he keeps saying ‘it’s your light that keeps me going’.    So maybe in the first half of the tune he’s got a lot of heavy feelings and then he kinda moves on to the place where he feels better about his relationship and this other person’s light is awesome and shit.  Again, a lot of feelings, I get that, and I think have some idea of what this tune might be about but I’m not going to the bank on it.  He’s got some Prince falsetto going here and some plinky chorused guitar (which I don’t love) and sonically it’s neither a rocker nor a club banger — it’s a slow quiet storm (of feelings).  Feelings, oh Lord the feelings!

YTD recordings listened to: 404
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 225
Not good music: 160

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 6/23/17!!! 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 6/13/17!!! 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 5/25/17!!! Hooded Fang, Do Make Say Think, Noah Cyrus

@@@ Hooded Fang: Dynasty House (Daps, 2017)  An indie rock EP I got to via this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  There is plenty of krautrock and angular Wire type guitar rock to go around here.  The singer is purposely detached and I dig the drummer who pushes the tunes along well.  The second tune, Sisters and Sons is a big fast uptempo rocker and I continue to dig the drummer and the singer not so much.  I’m getting big Devo flashbacks on this fourth tune so this is looking like a big nerd rock festival.

@@@ Do Make Say Think: Stubborn Persistent Illusions (Constellation, 2017)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Yippee, more indie rock, though this is of a different subgenre.   The record consists mostly of longer (6+ minutes) jams so it has a bit of a granular, slow unfolding feel.  Big epic guitars but not macho and there’s more than a schmattering of prog up in here.  This second tune, Horripilation, makes me feel like I’m sailing across the ocean and it’s windy but not stormy and there are a lot of stars out — it feels tense but we have food and it looks like we’re going to make it.  Metaphorical yo!  Solid B on this epic indie rock.

@@@ Noah Cyrus: I’m Stuck (Records, LLC, 2017)  Miley Cyrus’ stepsister gets into the game with an uplifting, super modern love single I got to via the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It combines down home mainstream hick rock in the verse and then it gets all EDM and shit in the verse.  Be forewarned it is a cheesy eruption in the chorus for sure.  You get some whoo hoos in the chorus as well as some nah nahs, and regular readers know how much I love a woo hoo and a nah nah.  So uplifting it will make your teeth hurt.  Plus, I don’t think this is Miley Cyrus’ sister, that was bullshit.

YTD recordings listened to: 320
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 185
Not good music: 123

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

Music for 5/20/17 !!!, Dragonforce, Grizzly Bear

@@@ !!!: Shake the Shudder (Warp, 2017)  Slotted as alternative dance I like this first tune, save the vocals.  It’s a mash of funk and disco.  There are an awful lot of Prince vibes and once again I really appreciate how Prince’s guitar playing gave his disco/funk so much more dimension.  Dang, this third tune comes out of nowhere and really gets things right for my ears.  This by far the best of what I’ve heard on this record but unfortunately I can’t find it on the GooglePimp.

@@@ Dragonforce: Reaching Into Infinity (Metal Blade, 2017)  69 minutes of epic metal.  the opening track is massive and orchestral with friggin’ yuuuuge guitar sounds and I can only imagine what the singer is gonna bring.  This is the kind of music Attorney Jeff Sessions listens to when he pees on hookers.  As far as I can tell all of Trump’s associates are ‘hooker peers.’  Oh my they’re playing fast and the singer is on stage and he’s all  right.  Not too epic, though he might just be getting warmed up.  This is not the kind of metal that I really dig but if you like the epic, shiny metal these guys are doing an energetic and heartfelt job of shooting cheesy metal across the sky.

@@@ Grizzly Bear: Mourning Sound (Grizzly Bear/RCA, 2017)  A pre-release track off Apple Music’s hot tracks section.  Very nice bass sound and not too much for me to feel after that.  So steeped in ’80s sounds it makes you wanna dig up Ronald Reagan’s corpse and dance on it.  I’m not sure if Grizzly Bear had a burlap sack of indie credibility, but the weight of that has been lifted as this is straight up mainstream synth rock.  It doesn’t stink but I don’t like it.

YTD recordings listened to: 311
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 182
Not good music: 121

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

Music for 5/18/17!!! Radiation Flowers, Girlpool, Hayride Casualties

@@@ Radiation Flowers: Radiation Flowers (Sundown Sound, 2017) Some Paint it Black era Rolling Stones style rock that I got to off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  With a  smooth female singer on the mic they also swirl a little Bangles vibe into the Proceedings.  Part jam band, part trippy sound circus let’s peep more.  I’ve checked out pieces of the first four songs and the first tune is the best and the others are more standard indie rock with other sub-genre flourishes.  A little trippy, a little fuzzy which was an e.e. cummings poem.

@@@ Girlpool: Power Plant (Anti-, 2017)  I’ve hesitated to check out this record as my inbox has been repeatedly violated by their publicist and I don’t really appreciate it.  This first tune has a California pop/indie feel to it — Byrds’ guitar sound, indie vocal stylings.  If you don’t dig the vocals this album is not going to work for you.  They’re sort of dreamy if not a tad flat and the indie rock arrangements are pretty standard.  Sections of quiet then sections of crunchy guitars (another e.e. cummings poem!)  This is retro indie trip I don’t personally need to take but if you want some it’s here for you.  I say have a red bull and gimme some energy.

@@@ Hayride Casualties: The Catskills Ain’t for Sale (Self-released, 2017)  A hippie rock protest single I got to via a music publicist email.  It’s not full hippie rock which I appreciate — it has some quirk to it.  The singer is good, the lyrics are interesting and the arrangement is much more engaging that your usual protest rock music.  I appreciate that.

http://hayridecasualties.bandcamp.com/track/the-catskills-aint-for-sale

YTD recordings listened to: 305
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 178
Not good music: 119

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