Music for 10/18/21!!! Adele, Kelsey Lu

@@@ Adele: Easy On Me (Sony, 2021) Adele is back, who gives a shit! I mean Adele can sing like a motherfucker but by the time the major label cheese has been ladled on there it’s not the most meaningful shit I’ve heard. When she gets to the chorus you get the electric bass to go with the meaningful piano. Of course she’s gonna have to unleash the vocals because that’s what’s she’s known for and I guess I’m just over these dramatic pop divas. My opinion is there’s just a wee bit too much Adele on offer here and the tune would be more interesting if there was more instrumentation and less of her vocals. This is quite a beautiful slab of boring.

@@@ Kelsey Lu: Morning Dew (Hydroharmonia, 2021) This track I got to via a Crack Magazine 10 mixes you gotta hear list email typa thingy. Actually I could not find the track namechecked on Crack Magazine and found this track both on the GooglePimp and on Apple Music. Opens with an acoustic guitar and what sounds like a bassoon. I’m not 100% on the bassoon statement but then you get vocals so it’s three components. The singing is breathy, not crazy breathy, but intimately presented which drives the track. I think she’s a cello player and in the chorus you get a descending, plucked cello melody. Another guess here but it sounds like they plugged in the bassoon and hit it with some fx actions so it’s kinda swirling and puffing behind the vocals that dominate. Overall, I woulda turned down the vocals and brought up the instruments a bit but this is strictly for folks with jobs that pay.

Music for 1/28/21!!! Mr. Whirly Thursday!

@@@ Beverly Copeland: River Dreams (PIAS, 2020) I have not a ton of readers but last week a steady reader of this blog asked what I thought of these two records. Thusly, today’s listening episode is entitled Mr. Whirly Thursday as Mr. Whirly is this young gent’s screen name. I saw this record namechecked at the end of the year as the music reviewing machine made its usual half assed attempt to digest the music of the year so thusly I am grateful to check this out. This is slotted as New Age music which is not a big category for me but it opens up slightly funky to go with those big vibes, especially when she hits the mic. Oy what a voice! I listened to the second record first and that young lady has more than a bit of aggro to her whole thing while Ms. Copeland is going in another direction entirely. I like the beat, the hammered marimba type instrument and of course, her voice on this first track. I’ve often been accused of being dead inside as this appeal to tender emotions and the New Age aesthetic tends to make me feel very hostile. This isn’t really my cup of tea but I see why folks would dig it and I love her voice, it’s great. I thank Mr. Whirly for his recommendations and if there are other readers out there who would like to suggest music for review I’m super into that. Rock on Mr. Whirly.

@@@ Billy Nomates: Billy Nomates (Invada UK, 2020) As with other cultural areas folks in the UK aren’t as hung up on genre and lifestyle slots as us dumbasses here in America. This comes out as a Breeders rock driven bass track, a semi-raw talking singer, and some ’80s drum machine sounds. An interesting combination of sonic choices and I like this singer which is rare as I don’t usually like the singer. I dig the second tune much more and I woulda put that tune first as the energy is cracking and she really catches a vibe on the vocals. The third tune continues the shit talking, the acidic lyrics and I think she switched over to a human drummer that’s really driving the bus. I give Mr. Whirly props on this recommendation as I’m not a big rock guy but this is really good shit. She reminds me a bit of Sleaford Mods and that middle finger flow they rock.

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Music for 4/14/20!!! The Strokes, Sunwatchers, Pokey LaFarge, NIGHTWISH

@@@ NIGHTWISH: Music (Nuclear Blast, 2020) Hard rock off this week’s All Music notable releae email.  This is a 7 minute track so it’s gonna unfold slowly, it starts out dark ethno (vaguely world) before it gets into an Middle Eastern melody and a lot of drumming.  Very dramatical and theatrical and I’m dreading a bit when the power chords come in.  I thought it would be nigh impossible to combine New Age sounds with hard rock sounds but they’ve done it for sure.  Wow, it gets weirder with a trilly female singer, this is just an odd biscuit.  A bit operatic, a bit New Age, a bit world, a bit weird.  This is some Disney shit but Disney after a hit of acid.  At 4:50 it goes full cheese bomb, fragments of cheese flying everywhere!  Have you ever seen a dog that’s so ugly that it’s kind of cute?  This tune is like that.  I can’t believe a human mind put this together and thought they this is happening, I don’t know what they were thinking.  Check it out just to witness the madness.  Maybe they have fans that tune in just for what they’re shovelling.

@@@ Pokey LaFarge: End of My Rope (New West Records, 2020)  A retro county rock track with classic country elements.  Straighter than an arrow beat, a fat swelly organ, and LaFarge’s voice fits perfectly within the country tradition.  Nice clean arrangements and very high band energy with modern but not cartoonish lyrics.

@@@ Sunwatchers: Brown Ice (Drones Against Drones, 2020) Slotted as avant garde jazz on Apple Music to my ears it sounds more like party jazz rock.  It’s got a rolling beat, some rocking guitars and a circular sax figure to start out this almost 6 minute track.  I like the combination of sounds but I feel a bit caught in a Groundhog Day circular thing as I wish it would break out of its established groove and then return.  It does a bit and I appreciate the guitar shred solo.  Lots of energy.  It explodes itself in the final minute and wow I dig that but could have used that 3 minutes ago.

@@@ The Strokes: The Adults are Talking (Columbia, 2020)  Ah, the Strokes!  When folks talk about white privilege do they mean the Strokes?  #joke.  This track is the first single and it’s less spiky and more slicked back than version 1.0 Strokes.  I dig it after shitting on their white privilege, who’s a white supremacist now.  It’s quiet in the verse so I’m guessing it’s gonna explode in the chorus.  It changes to a chord higher and boy it sounds like these guys decided they wanted to sound like Vampire Weekend and come with the sophisto mainstream high IQ indie flavored business.  Not the Weeknd btw.  The singer goes falsetto amidst a driving guitar part in the right can and an arpeggiated guitar figure in the left can and it is a crescendo with 90 seconds to go.  I dig this, it might have thought about being a bit shorter but that’s just me.

YTD recordings listened to: 274
Good music, not list worthy: 147
Not good music: 121

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge,

Music for 2/20/20!!! His Name is Alive, The Telescope, Pulse Emitter, Amor Muere

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His Name is Alive: Guitar Echo (Disciples, 2020)  We’re listening in the apple Music experimental section.  This first tune is not very experimental — if you take U2’s guitar player the Edge and put him in a room with a little oxy and tell Bono to go grab a beer and a ton of Facebook stock it would sound like this.  Pleasantly delayed solo guitar noodling.

The Telescopes: The Speaking Stones (Cold Spring, 2020) A step in the right direction for my ears.  Dark and aggro out of the box.  A low voice intoning spoken words among the reversed loops and ominous drone.  I like that South Asian-esque drone going on.  Is it gonna be 4 minutes of this because it sounds like an intro to a tune and not a full tune??  Waiting, waiting.  I’m not gonna lie, I coulda used more action here.  Not a ton but some.

Pulse Emitter: Cloud Refuge (Hause Mountain, 2020) What you might expect from a tune called Cloud Refuge.  Lots of airy synth patches and aggressive panning to simulate clouds and rain and cloud related stuff.  About 2 minutes in on a 7 minute track it sounds like somebody slotted in a step sequencer to get some rhythm going, oh that’s out and we’re back to the swirl of clouds.  To my ears we’re right at the edge of the precipe about ready to fall into the New Age Cheese Precipice but not quite.  I like my ambient music darker than this, but if you’re looking for something quietly hopeful and rainforest-y….

Amor Muere: Can we Provoke Reciprocal Reaction (Umor Rex, 2020)  This tune has the most interesting opening section.  There’s an ambient, oscillating tone in the back of the mix and a plucked string/percussion thing in the front.  Okay, voices now and my general impression is that of a dark Kate Bush type song.  Some pretty vocals but a bit more disturbing and swirling underneath that.  This tune has the most interesting arrangement of what I heard today and a spirit of freshness to it.  The interplay between the stringed instrument, the electronic haze and the vocals is interesting.

YTD recordings listened to: 122
Good music, not list worthy: 72
Not good music: 50

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera

Music for 7/24/19!!! Lisel, Guitar Wolf, Necking

@@@ Lisel: Ciphers (Luminelle, 2019)  I got to this pre release single from an indie hipster twat on the Twatter.  She is a classical singer and a producer as well so I’m guessing it’s gonna wash out as a New Age-y kinda thing.  And right on time!  Big soaring female vocals, a bit of a pipe organ typa patch and a simple drum beat that sounds like a piston engine with a reverse sound popped in there for hipness.  It’s well executed as an arrangement but the multi-layered thing does make me yearn for a new pair of underwear and a gin and tonic.  It’s quite upper crusty in its assumptions.  Upper as in angel choir.  This is good music to walk through a European painting gallery.

@@@ Guitar Wolf: Love & Jett (Third Man, 2019)  I got to this release via the charts at Vancouver’s CFUV.  I haven’t peeped any Third Man business for a while so it’s good to see what rock star Jack has been up to.  Crushed up (compression wise) garage punk.  The singer has a whole barely distinguishable thing going on which is fine.  The guitars are distorted both in the recording and compressed so much they hurt my ears a bit.  Thus far I’m not getting a shot of excitement from the songs themselves though the energy of the mix and the music is quite high.  The second track, Sex Jaguar, comes out with the same thrash punk drumming and full on band sound.  I appreciate the aggressiveness of the music but the singer sounds more than a bit like the village idiot.  I’m not a huge Ramones fan but I would take that over this.

@@@ Necking – Cut Your Teeth (Mint) Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  It’s #1 in the loud section and it doesn’t look like a metal video so I’m guessing we’re in punkland.  Oh my Nirvana feels right out of the gate.  A sort of grinding punk riff, some bouncy bass actions.  It’s a female singer and she’s on about a dishonorable gent in her bedroom and she does an above average Sleater Kinney impersonation without the full molten female meltdown that is Sleater Kinney.  You got a big mouth, you know that?  It is rocking while being very accessible at the same time, you can never underestimate the impact of uptempo energy.  A bunch of the Breeders, some Sleater Kinney, it’s like that.  I can see a lot people digging this formula.  I could use just a scooch more original sound to it myself as such close copies don’t work for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 375
Good music, not list worthy: 224
Not good music: 130

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

5/7/16: Jean-Michel Blais, Skepta

@@@ Jean-Michel Blais: II (Arts & Crafts, 2016).  I’m pretty sure Arts & Crafts is an indie label, but this may be a slightly diffent record as it opens up solo piano with the track Hasseblad 4 and is labelled as an improvisation.  It’s not jazz to my ears, and as the second track kicks in I’m thinking this is a solo piano record that’s a bit classical and a bit New Age.  The focus of the playing thus far is prettiness, and as I tell regular readers pretty is pretty easy, it’s getting a combination of beauty and pain/hardness/life, that’s not easy.  Myself, I would rather listen to some 20th century solo piano works — maybe Scriabin.  I’m not a super classical guy but I’ve heard some.

@@@ Skepta: Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know, 2016).  English hip hop off the Apple Music front page.  This first tune is better than most of the British hip hop I’ve heard — not soft with a fat bass and beats in between clubs and hip hop.  Mr. Skepta’s work on the microphone is solid though I find the British accent a little jarring.  Outside of the drums/bass I don’t love the synth arrangements.  Solid B.

YTD recordings listened to: 410
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 231
Not good music: 152

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 8

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins

Active Music Listening Tuesday October 21, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 834
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 515
Not good music: 261

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 14

Possibles:  Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee,  The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, Shakey Graves, Jungle Fire

@@@ yMusic: Bladed Stance (Not sure, 2014).  A wafer thin, fragile piece of electronica complete with seagull call synths, flutes, and string flourishes (not swells, mind you).  Imagine if you will, you are prancing through the woods, your feet tickled and stimulated by the moss beneath your feet and the morning dew upon said moss at sunrise and maybe even you’re wearing a Robin Hood outfit.  Yes, it’s like that.  And then you get reduced to a bloody pulp by a drone missile.  No, no, that was extra and a bit out of place.  I got to this via a music publicist email.

@@@ Trans Upper Egypt: CCTT (Monofonus Press, 2014).  Oh my, this is some super spaced out psych.  The singer sounds a bit like Iggy Pop on valium.  The bass line is pretty sweet, the drums are hippie sprayed and the star hee, and there’s all manner of guitar and organ swirls.  Dudes, the universe, I get it, the universe…..from a music publicist email.

@@@ OK Go: Hungry Ghosts (BMG, 2014).  Off last week’s All Music weekly email.  Big indie pop rock with medium heavy electronic elements in the production.  One foot in the suburban shopping mall and a toe in the hipster indie electronic neighborhood.  I like some of the production and some of the hooks and I dig the singer’s voice, but it’s just too buttery soft for me to enjoy.  The third tune, Another Set of Issues, is the best of what I heard.  It’s clipped below.

@@@ Nico & Vinz: Black Star Elephant (Warner Bros, 2014).  Off last week’s All Music weekly email.  Opens up with an African acapella singing intro which segues into a new school r&b tune with a nice guitar figure.  The singer sounds an awful lot like Sting.  I’m hearing some oohs and ahs tucked into the back of the mix which could be an omen that the record will descend into a sad pit of sonic cheese.  Oh yeah, my fear is founded.  The third tune is pretty full on ballad — if you dig the smell of bleu cheese you should get on it.

@@@ The Suits: Stars (Frenchkiss, 2014).  Some mainstream pop rock with synth bass, handclaps and…a more mournful voice than expected.  If the lead singer of the Strokes was sad and the rest of them had wicked wedgies it would sound like this.  This is your standard music publicist fare to be sure.

https://soundcloud.com/frenchkiss_records/star

Active Music Listening Wednesday August 6, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 602
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 374
Not good music: 182

Honorable Mentions: 4
Buys: 9

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee,  The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Melingo, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Third Coast Kings, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Open Mike Eagle

@@@ Empyrium: The Turn of the Tides (Prophecy Productions, 2014).  I got to this record from my heavy metal weekly email, but we’re opening up tinkly piano and synth New Age.  Oh my, we’ve gone full unicorn on this tune.  I’m getting a longing to visit Middle Earth and smoke shire weed with the hobbits.  Oh my, it’s hard to convey the attempted epic-ness aspired to on this record.  Big reverb on the drums, a somber voice, and the piano, the solemn unicorn riding piano.   And the synthesizers, and the zither?  Maybe a zither or a harp and the church organ — oh this is totally not what I’m into but I appreciate these guys getting their freak on.  I’m glad I waited on this second track as we are treated to a multi-layered guitar shred — a slow circular melody with the same operatic singer and a sudden, unexpected appearance from an orc sounding/caveman voice.  Please do yourself a favor and check this bad boy out.  And if you start rock the whole thing, it’s totally worth it.

@@@ Laurence English: Wilderness of Mirrors (Not sure, 2014).  I saw this record described as gorgeous on last week’s Aquarius Records email and found this clip on Youtube.  Not much else on the Beats, the Soundcloud, etc.  This track is some pretty high end ambient music deftly put together.  There’s a pulsating cloudy sound that provides some rhythm, there’s a more than a couple of longass metallic tones that fill in the background, and some slashing sounds and trinkles.

@@@ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye (Reprise, 2014)  I know Petty made some anti-organized religion comments to draw attention to his latest effort, which is weird but how things work in our dysfunctional society.  I can see how folks would not attach themselves to this Tom Petty, it’s not his typical gauzy stoner American roots pop.  It’s more like a 1960’s garage-y affair and it’s not as shiny and happy as what mainstream bubblehead Americans demand.   I don’t love this record, but it’s better than I thought it would be and he gets respect for pushing himself.

@@@ Misha Tsiganov: The Artistry of the Standard (Cris Cross Jazz, 2014).  Some straight jazz off the London Jazz blog.  Some crisp rhythmic work from this piano, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums quartet.  These guys are precise and there’s plenty of room for solos.  Myself, I like more wildness to my jazz, but that’s just me.

@@@ Due Diligence: Copy Cat (Black Bell, 2014). Music publicist email!  A slacker indie Joe Walsh type tune.   After a quiet verse, the tune explodes into a Pixies type power chord chorus — then back to the verse.  Super simple, single note bass fatness, Violent Femmes stripped down drums and while I dig the singers ragged delivery the outro coulda been 30 seconds shorter and I would’ve been more interested.

Active Music Listening Wednesday May 22, 2013

YTD recordings listened to: 392
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 249
Not good music: 114
Honorable Mentions: 10
Buys: 12

Possibles: Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Skyzoo,  Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bob Gluck Trio, Ether Net, Oddisee, Holly Williams, Dave Arner Trio, Graveola, Cyanide Pills, Trap Them, Orchestra Super Mazembe, Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood, Inzinzac

@@@ Thirty Seconds to Mars: Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (Virgin, 2013)  Opens up with birth and some breathy, male orgasm singing.  Strike one, I hate that shit!  Big, big production — almost soundtrack-y in its bigness.  I expect to see some big, steroided out superhero dude shot up and shit stumbling towards a hot girl and picking her up and saving her.  Second tune Conquistador, rips a Wolfmother guitar riff — strike two!  No stealing.  I’ve not heard so many whoa ho backup vocals since I crashed a Bon Jovi barbecue.  Strike three!  This record stinks.

@@@ Anciients: Heart of Oak (Season of Mist, 2013).  Off the CFUV weekly email.  I need me a little heavy music to cleanse the pallette after that regrettable Thirty Seconds to Mars.  This record opens up more proggy than metal, but I anticipate (and hope) that skulls will get crushed.  And there she blows, right on time.  Some classic riffage that segues into the double kick drum head smash.  I love it, horns up in the air you shittaz!  I love saying that with my kids but this isn’t really Satanic music — it’s heavy, quasi-operatic metal.  Check it out.  The second tune, Overthrone, gets to the mash down purdy quick.  Not my favorite style of metal, but the guitarist and drummer really push this along well.

@@@ Impetigo: Horror of the Zombies (Friendly Fire, 2013).  Let’s keep on the metal tip with this record from the Omega weekly email.  This is your thrash/throat whoop metal.  Interspersed with vocal snippets from serial murderers and generally anti-social bastards this is not the kind of record you throw on around Christmas.  Part horror movie, part post hardcore freakshow.  It appears from the Youtube clip that this might be a re-issue from about 5 years ago but it is as fresh and Satanic as the sweat coming off Dick Cheney’s ill brow.

@@@ Andrey Kiritchenko: Misterrious (Spekk, 2008) This ambient recording was recommended to me by the MOG referral machine.  The first tune, Let Oneself In, is a blend of nature sounds, slow piano single key playing, single line acoustic guitar and bells.  A tad New Age-y.  The second tune builds on the formula of the first with the addition of a bass (electric I believe) and some drums.  It’s all right, a little too light for my taste.  This clip below is not from the record, but from around the same time.

Active Music Listening Wednesday March 20, 2013

YTD recordings listened to: 231
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 150
Not good music: 64
Buys: 9

Possibles: Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Skyzoo,  Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bob Gluck Trio, Ether Net, Oddisee, Holly Williams, Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph, Hollis Brown.

@@@ Jamaican Queens: Wormfood (Jamaican Queens, 2013).  Another All Music weekly email release.  A strum-dee-dum indie dream pop electronica hybrid.  At least in the first tune, Water, which is attached below.  I they came up with a pretty sophisticated vocal melody arrangement, but it’s got a pretty high weenie factor.  I dig the singer, his talent and energy, he’s got a certain Elton John drama to him that I enjoy, but the arrangements don’t work for me.

@@@ Cloud Cult: Love (Rebel Group, 2013).  An Allmusic weekly email record.  Opens up with an intimate arpeggio acoustic guitar and a high range male indie voice.  Not falsetto.  Piano and a long violin tone further push this into a New Age indie space.  The second tune, It’s Your Decision, is more rockin’ but still plenty touchy feely.  I have significant aesthetic issues with both indie rock and New Age music so this hybrid is a bit of a non-starter for me.