Music for 4/19/17!!! The Maine, Chris Shiflett

@@@ The Maine: Lovely Little Lonely (8123, 2017)  Some mainstream half rocking, half bittersweet faux thoughtful white boy rock.  Not as gloomy as the Goo Goo Dolls, but a tad soft at its emotional core.  Call me crazy but I find this music scary.  These are finely manicured false emotions designed to bolster people who are already sporting a somewhat tenuous connection to reality, many of them very young and just starting out in life.  Records like this perpetuate the idea that art may be completely cliche and recycled and somehow passionate and emotional at the same time.  And as the music soaks in through an already troubled society people hear this music and think fake emotions are not only normal but acceptable and encouraged.  Fake emotions are so much more toxic than fake news, this is a dangerous donut people and it’s best to stay away and head for something with some splank to it.

@@@ Chris Shiflett: West Coast Town (Side One Dummy, 2017)  I’m consistently amazed at how flexible the new country music has become.  This first tune is minority country and mostly a Cracker tune with a funky white boy beat.  It’s really quite something and it does fall in the same category as going into a bagel store and getting a donut.  The second tune has more twang for sure, but I think he’s been listening to mad Cracker tracks.  I own more than a few Cracker records and frankly his lyrics are better.

YTD recordings listened to: 253
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 138
Not good music: 94

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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

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Active Music Listening Thursday September 13, 2012

YTD recordings listened to: 606
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 357
Not good music: 214
Buys: 19 (not all 2012 releases)
Possibles: Left Lane Cruiser/James Leg, Dennis Bovell, Seluah, Donnie and Joe Emerson,  Zani Diabate, Isaiah Toothtaker (2011), Ondatropica, Lianne Le Havas, Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, The Ones to Blame, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, The Semi-Colons, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Thollem McDonas

@@@ Mala: Cuba Electronic (Brownswood, 2012)  Some dubstep off the AMG weekly.  I’m checking out the 2 track single on MOG.  I’m about a minute and it’s getting pretty rhythmically thick — the sort of metallic animal grunt that slashes through all the rhythm somewhat randomly is weird, but weird is good.  Great work on the rhythms, but I could have used a bit more.  The second tune of the 2-track single Calle works in more melody, I dig this tune more.

@@@  Little Big Town: Tornado (Capitol Nashville, 2012)  Very clean and corporate country/rock hybrid.  Great sounds, pretty shallow overall pretty much a barbecue record.  Check out BR5-49’s debut from 1996 and you can thank me later.

@@@ The Helio Sequence: Negotiations (Sub Pop, 2012) MOG front page.  Good drum sound and a good drummer and your reverbed out male singer with some layered U2’s edge guitar stylings (but not as epic).  Solid but not remarkable, definitely would enhance a coffee shop or a book store retail experience.

@@@ The Presets: Pacifica (Modular, 2012).  Another MOG front page.  Take your classic electronica boom-titch beat, dial in an assortment of funky synth, blurp-y synth, and a touch of chainsaw synth with a sort of quasi-menacing Teutonic/Pink Floyd dictator singer and you have these guys.  Things have gone epic synth rock on the second song ‘Ghosts’.  I would hazard to guess this recording swam over from Europe.  Not awful, not electric, solid B-.

@@@ Tessa Souter: Beyond the Blue (Motema, 2012).  I found this jazz vocalist via an All About Jazz weekly email.  Definitely working the straight jazz side of the street, but she has a bit of a quirky voice and I dig the vibes solo that comes in after the first verse.  This is music for people who have serious jobs.  Take your tie off, long day in the cubicle, a nice big glass of wine, kick your shoes off and feel sophisto.

@@@ Thavius Beck: The Most Beautiful Ugly (Plug Research, 2012).  Caught this on the All Music weekly email.  They have it as left field hip hop and MOG has it as electronica.  I didn’t like the synth strings/West Coast beat in the first tune, but I dig the fat bounce of the second tune more.  There are sample voices repeated every once in a bit, but it does not sport an MC.  I like it all right.