Music for 9/12/19!!! Bug Martin, Ciel

@@@ Bug Martin: Dharma Blues (Pyrrhic Victory, 2019)  I got to this via a music publicist email.  I”m listening to this first review after starting below.  My Apple Music or something associated with it is still quite fucked and I can’t hear the first two songs.  I’m starting with Diamond in the Coal and it’s a lonesome country track with some electric guitar splashes in the rear.  Martin himself has a pretty classic country voice and this tune has similarities to old school Rolling Stones country rock blues except there’s nothing more than a tambourine here.  The fourth tune dispenses with the electric guitar chord washes and goes for a more old school vibe.  I like Martin’s voice, a bit nasal but nowhere near Dylan levels of craziness.  The fifth tune, Jim Rodgers’ Blues (my third tune due to the fuckedness of the interwebz) is a stunner to my ears.  He adds some falsetto and the blend of sadness and beauty is super enjoyable.  Imma stop here cuz he went out on a high note.

@@@ Ciel: Why Me? (Ghostly Intl, 2019)  I got to this edm record via a shout on the Twatter.  My Apple Music shit is all fucked up so I can’t listen to the first track of this 34 minute EP and the release above where I would usually start.  The second tune Go Fish is a playful dancefloor banger with some high bell, some robot blip action, some vibe like sounds and a whipping staticky thing.  As I said it’s not dark and it funks along in a non techno manner.  Let’s peep more as I like this but I don’t need to hear the whole sandwich.  This third tune, called Hipwrecked, gets back into more familiar techno with a vaariation on the classic kick hat business.  After a brief warmup it gets into pretty hard hitting techno funk.  Hence the title Hipwrecked, you’ll dance your ass off.  If you’re up for some techno with some mustard on it this will work for you.  Brisk beats, stripped arrangements, driving sections, it’s happening.

YTD recordings listened to: 469
Good music, not list worthy: 286
Not good music: 156

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin

 

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Music for 9/5/19!!! Ezra Furman, Toko Telo, Kadr Laviansky

@@@ Ezra Furman: Twelve Nudes (Bella Union, 2019)  I’ve heard Furman’s music before (I think) but he/she (he/she won’t clarify just sayin’) was mentioned in the Line of Best Fit weekly email with a new release so there ya go and I will hit it with another listen.  In the first tune I remember why I returned to Furman’s music.  He’s not wishy washy.  You can like or not like what he does but you have to appreciate his big energy, he airs his shit out and doesn’t play it safe.  He sings his ass off here and I appreciate that.  Ragged, falsetto, angry, rock star and sometimes not and whichever way he wants to roll.  Musically I appreciate some fairly hard rocking as it’s not in vogue and he rocks in a somewhat different manner.  A bit classic rock, some punk, and even some Devo like action (in the 4th tune Rated R Crusaders).

@@@ Toko Telo: Diavola (Daniel Sprant SPRL, 2018)  I saw this supergroup from Mali mentioned in a gig announcement email in upstate New York.  I love African music, it’s the shit.  This first tune is a percussionist, an acoustic guitar player, and an electric guitar with a female singer.  The blend of acoustic and electric playing and the circular style makes for an intoxicating effect.  Dizzying if you try to listen closely.  If these were white dudes this would be prog but this is African people and the emphasis is secondarily on virtuousity.  I tend to gravitate to the hard rocking African music but the interplay between the two guitars here is hype.  If you’re down for straight up beautiful melodic playing and aren’t craving a drumkit hop all over this.

@@@ Kader Livansky: Your Need (2MR, 2019)  I saw this Russian underground electronic artist profiled in an Australian music mag.  It’s a bit of a tripped out vibe to the cover and the video below but we check all flavors on this here blog.  It’s a tripped out disco dance thing on this first tune with a repetitive vocal loop and some big ass cheesy synth patches arpeggiating.  The drums are more retro while I’m used to hearing hip hop drum machines which try to funk you right into the ground.  Livansky gets into some weird electronic music here — equal parts groovy and trippy and an unusual audio trippiness.  I wouldn’t call these lo fi sounds but they’re not typical dancefloor bangin’.  I can see folks splitting both ways on this, I think it’s fresh while others might find it too weird.

YTD recordings listened to: 457
Good music, not list worthy: 279
Not good music: 153

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah

 

Music for 7/26/19!!! Indian Summer, The Oh Sees, Them Coulee Boys

@@@ Indian Summer: Woolworm (Numero Group, 2019) This is a 7 minute single I got to via a msuic publicist.  It opens with an old black female singer and they layer some clean indie style guitar beside her before she’s faded out and the band comes in.  There’s a nerdy dude barely audible in the mix speaking poetry, before they hit the ol’ distortion pedals and they get to rockin’!  Either I can’t appreciate the minimalist nature of this or there’s too little here to grasp onto.  Or I’m not in the mood to try to finger what the gent is saying.  I made it 5 minutes.

@@@ The Oh Sees: Smote Reverser (Castle Face, 2019)  A friend and regular reader of this here blog asked me what I thought of this record so I said I would peep it not for him but for me and for everyone out there.  The first tune comes out with a heavy tom rumble and some barely creepy/intimate vocals before they launch into a big fat rocking section.  These guys have the sound of a veteran band, they’re playing is tighter than a welldigger’s ass.  I like this first song as it rocks well, has shades of Radiohead and is not without its charms.  The second tune (clipped below) swirls in more epic classic rock including wee little pubes of Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult.  Complete with an organ solo, Deep Purple dudes!  I find this one a bit not to my taste.  I’m agnostic on the worth of classic rock at this point and that’s pretty central to listening to this record as it’s very influenced by mid-70s classic rock.  Gotta give these guys props for playing at this level and going full rock star.

@@@ Them Coulee Boys: Midnight Manifestos (Lohi, 2019)  I got to this pre-release track via a music publicist email.  I’m forced to watch this video, no I’m not as the record is up on Apple Music with the pre-release tracks.  I spelled the band name wrong, idiot!  It’s a poppy alt-country rock kinda thing with a driving bass line, a basket of sweeter guitar sounds (including mandolin).  It’s a solidly pleasant  summer track but I thought there were too many vocal tracks and I coulda used some sort of break/outro change if they’re gonna stick with the classic 4 minute track.  Nice sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 381
Good music, not list worthy: 226
Not good music: 133

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL

Music for 6/17/19!!! Paul Bley, Drake, Yeasayer

Welcome back for another week in listening at Deep in the Music, a blog name inspired by old ass ’70s porn movies!

@@@ Paul Bley: When Will the Blues (ECM, 2019) A piano trio record off this week’s All Music notable release email. I’m finding this first tune better than what I expected — I know that sounds dicky but some straight jazz is just so….straight. I mean I heard this before so much straight. Piano, bass, drums with Gary Peacock on bass — I think he has skills. Secondly, the record doesn’t have a classic ECM New Age production sound. Just so cathedral reverbed and finely shoned. The second tune, Flame, is a ballad and I won’t bust out the boo/hiss machine cuz I’m nodding off. I guess the first tune is first up for a reason as it’s the freshest of the four tracks I peeped.

@@@ Drake: Omerta (Cash Money, 2019) Holy Shit, Drake has shit another one out for the masses! I’m no white ass hip hop expert but it sounds to my cracka ass ears that he’s going old school roughneck on this track. And when Drake does that I think it’s mad funny. Not scary like Biggie. I find the lyrics more interesting than Drake’s usual boasty thing, but he should stop making rough tracks, I can’t stop lauging! I really could give a flying fuck how rich you are Drake, you still soft ass Drake bitch. The arrangement is solid with a spinny harp kinda thing and the beat’s all right but Drake ain’t nothin’ more than a horny teddy bear.

@@@ Yeasayer: Erotic Reruns (Yeasayer, 2019) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. It’s both poppy and funky with the funky component less than the poppy part. The singer is doing a white boy falsetto. The second tune goes full ginger ale soda with an all over panning synth string sound. A lot of energy I give them that. Now let me be honest, this ain’t no Funkadelic full funk explosion. This is a popped out shadow of that which is fine cuz a lot of white folks can’t take the full black funk explosion. It’s like spicy food, you gotta start slow. In my opinion if you’re into this I would send you over to a couple of Prince’s early pre-1999 poppier records. They have similarities to this formula, or the other way round depending which way you gaze pon it, but fuck that’s Prince and he just airs his freak flag bigly. I miss Prince, this is a starter funk record, peep it and move to the real business.

YTD recordings listened to: 302
Good music, not list worthy: 179
Not good music: 105

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief

Music for 5/9/19!!! Paul Doffing, Dury Dava, Satan’s Satyrs

@@@ Paul Doffing: Easy as You Come (N/A, 2019) Hey, hey, it’s Thursday and we kick it off with an acoustic guitar driven folk rock/FM rock track I got to via a music publicist.  Mr. Doffing has a pleasant voice with a bit of gravel to it and at about 1 minute a medium driving drum beat comes in.  The drum/no drums sections dictate the structure of the tune.  Just prior to the outro there’s a little guitar solo section and a female background singer comes in again on the fadeout.  I don’t have anything against the song or the playing within it.  It’s a ditty with a nautical theme, how ’bout dat?  I neither love it nor hate it.

@@@ Durt Dava: Satana (Psilos, 2019)  I got to this track via an email from the label located in Greece.  With a singer working the otherworldly and anguished vocal range of Thom Yorke the band is indebted to Radiohead and their eclectic rock sound.  It has a pleasant space rock feel to it without going to far into the jam band neighborhood.  I much prefer the space rock to the jam band.  It is an almost 9 minute monster shot so it is going to shift from one space to another and it does just after the 3 minute mark.  I might not hang for the full ride but it has a lot of energy and it’s an interesting blend of sounds.  Some dance like drum beats and tom tom drumming unfolding in an ongoing swirl of guitar sounds.

@@@ Satan’s Satyrs: Succubus (Relapse, 2018)  A stoner-Satanic metal throwdown I got to via an All Music notable release email from 2018.  The drummer is killing it, he must have shot a can of Red Bull into his eyeball as he is almost literally playing his nuts off.  That’s right his nuts might fall off and he will then be without huevos.  His drumming is garnished with what I believe is dual guitar rifffage salad galore in the greatest and stoniest of 1970’s traditions.  The singer is not an afterthought but he’s fighting to hold his own against the blizzard of guitars and drums.  It’s not really Satanic it’s Sabbath-y rock with even a bluesy twist on another one of the tracks.

YTD recordings listened to: 242
Good music, not list worthy: 143
Not good music: 85

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams

Music for 5/2/19!!! She Rides Tigers, Schoolboy Q, Sun O)))

@@@ She Rides Tigers: Scars (N/A, 2019)  I got to this power trio track from a midwest music publicist. The first track, Scars of Allegory, opens up sounding like a blend of ’90s power punk pop and ’00s emo.  It’s got plenty of distorted guitars for you earholes but the singer works against the notion of a power trio as he’s a sensitive cat.  The second tune, Perfect Crime, does get into deeper riffage territory with the guitar and bass playing in unison at points and guitar washes at other points.  Very nice vocal melody in this track, catchy and different.  They went for the full arena guitar solo shred and it works all right.  Get yer glow sticks out, kiddies.  It’s certainly a well trodden neighborhood of rock but they do an above average job of breathing some life and energy into riff rock. 

@@@ Schoolboy Q: Crash (Interscope, 2019)  Off today’s Apple Music hot tracks section.  A non trap single from the L.A. rapper.  A fair amount of sung vocals, I really like the beat and Mr. Q’s flow on the microphone.  There is a trippy string sample and what sounds like a fat dude digesting after a huge nasty meal.  The tune has more structure to it than a typical hip hop jam and comes off as undercover pop.  Professional, it’s professional.  Some hip hop is just a dude going nuts over a beat, which is cool, but this has been thought out more.

@@@ Sun O))): Life Metal (Southern Lord, 2019)  Some weird ass metal off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m a fan of the Southern Lord label and this record consists of four long ass sludge bombs with the shortest track coming in at 11+ minutes.  This is bound to be a long, distorted vibe, glacial shall we say?  Between Sleipnir’s Breaths, that’s the title of this first track.  Sleipnir was an 8 legged horse ridden by Odin.  Right around the 4:30 mark an almost prayerful female singer gets on the mic riding a mellow boat on the ocean of guitar murk and distortion.  The contrast is quite jarring.  I have not mentioned the third component of the tune which are long ringing stabs of a high up on the frets guitar waili

YTD recordings listened to: 226
Good music, not list worthy: 135
Not good music: 82

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail

Music for 4/26/19!!! Ezra Collective, pronoun

@@@ Ezra Collective: You can’t steal my joy (Enter the Jungle, 2019) Both of today’s listens come from this week’s Line of Best fit promo email. I guess if you can’t sell jazz you can record some soul music with a little jazz vibe to it and rebrand that as jazz. This could be a Maxwell track from way back in the day. You can’t fault the band, they’re just trying to get by but this is only a notch or two above a jam band. There’s not much sophistication to be had here — you would get more adventurous listening from a golden age Lee Perry dub record. Just as I typed that the drummer went into a steady dancehall beat. So check it out if you’re up for some pretty much non-jazz jazz. If you would like some jazz but not any skronk go check out some old school Duke Ellington.

@@@ pronoun: i’ll show you stronger (rhyme and reason, 2019) There are three pre release tracks up on the Apple music from this upcoming retro female rock record. A little bit of the Cranberries, some Natalie Merchant, and a lot of feelings. There’s nothing wrong with feelings. This first tune, you didn’t even make the bed, would go great in a lipstick lesbian coffee shop. Upbeat pretty femme power. In the second pre rlease tune they go in the wrong direction and employ an ’80s dance drum beat and some chorused/gated sounds. Not really my cup of tea or lipstick lesbian coffee.

YTD recordings listened to: 213
Good music, not list worthy: 129
Not good music: 74

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail