Music for 8/8/17!!! Brett Eldredge, Briana Marela, Dead Cross, Jack Johnson

@@@ Brett Eldredge: Brett Eldredge (Atlantic, 2017)  I love contemporary country, it makes me shit my pants!  This record is on the front of the Apple music home page and at the top of last week’s All Music notable release email.  This first tune is upbeat, no opioid addicts allowed!  Handclaps, an echoed guitar figure and a friendly voice.  Such a friendly voice, like Donald Trump slipping into your bed at midnight with a giant orange erection and a verbal tic.  Let me love you Donald whispers, I’m so lonely my mail-order wife just left me!  The second tune gets more mainstream with a Bon Jovi bass line and a quasi- classic FM rock beat.  Oh Jesus, I love it!  One more tune, the third one, with synths and he’s never seen  your kind of pretty.  This is not cliche, this is familiar and friendly and epic and more than a bit cheesy.

@@@ Briana Marela: Call It Love (Jagjaguwar, 2017)  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Female angels people, draped in reverb and sitting atop cloudy synth patches!  No dirty underwear (or opioid addicts) in this clean and lovely world.  It’s morphed from the intro to a New Age sorta rock.  Let’s peep a bit more but I’m not long for this record I fear.  Remember, I want to like it, I really do.  This second tune is a jacket sewn from the same cloth — hyper twee with a standard drum beat.  It does bust out into a crazy and interesting EDM sorta stomp but this isn’t really aimed at me as I’m dead inside.

@@@ Dead Cross: Dead Cross (Ipecac, 2017)  Some hardcore punk to clear my mind after that last record which kinda fucked me up.  They whip up a pretty good shitstorm in this first tune and the singer is kinda glammy or heavy metal for hardcore.  Just my opinion.  I see from gathering a video from the GooglePimp that these guys are a sort of supergroup and the singer is from, well I don’t know these bands and they don’t specify the player’s positions.  It’s like Megadeth humped a punk band, let’s put it that way.  It’s not a formula I love but check it for yourself.

@@@ Jack Johnson: Sunsets for Somebody Else (Jack Johnson, 2017)  A pre-release single from Gen X’s Jimmy Buffett.  Super slack and unthreatening and sending out all manner of airy vibes.  I like his vocal delivery and the guitar playing is pretty if not standard but the lyrics, eh not my cup of tea.  And I remain consistently against the woo hoo background vocals from anybody.

YTD recordings listened to: 510
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 278
Not good music: 210

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity

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Music for 6/14/17!!! Ruby Force, Gloom, Couleur Dessin, DJ Khaled

@@@ Ruby Force: Cowboy ( N/A, 2017)  Named a new artist to watch by Rolling Stone Country this is a single off an upcoming full length.  It’s a hayseed cool breeze of a love song.  Some chill honky tonk piano, strummed acoustic guitar and sweet vocal stylings.  At around two minutes the tune gets more energetic and from the snippets of the video that I peeped this it’s a hipster cowboy flirt-fest.  Pretty standard stuff.

@@@ Gloom: Solaris (eOne, 2017)  I’m expecting some gloom metal from a band called gloom.  I know that’s the kind of insight my regular readers expect from my daily missives but this first tune is not very gloomy it’s a mid tempo monster with some very fine distorted guitar sounds, boot stomping drumming with occasional thrashy outburst and a singer that is generally losing his shit.  Not a little bit of shit getting lost here, he’s really letting all his bad feelings out.  And good for him!  I really like this first tune, let’s peep more.  The second tune is even less gloomy I’m really being proven wrong on this gloomy prediction.  These guys are pleasantly math-y as their tunes twerk from one idea to another without being unfocused.  They also incorporate more than a bit of post-rock mainstream rocking without busting out the cheese.  Jesus, this singer is ridiculous!

@@@ Couleur Dessin: Couleur Dessin (Fixture, 2017)  Labelled as pop on the Apple Music it opens up sort Breeders without the guitars.  Kinda playful.  Now it’s moved into an XTC art school kind of thing.  Interesting for sure and not your standard indie — thank God for that.  I’m on the third tune and it’s really not a rock record.  It’s got some interesting sounds and the singer is adept and strange which I like.  Lilting and weird.

@@@ DJ Khaled: To the Max (feat. Drake) Motherfuckers know how much I love Drake so if there’s a guest spot (and it’s a rarity for him to pop up somewhere with a guest noodle) I have to get on it and peep.  DJ Khaled is a bombastic fellow but when Drake shuts his pie hole he brings some bass for real.  Otherwise the arrangement is more of a club banger with some skitter and some ambientized (that’s right I made that shit up) than a hip hop thing.  The track is at its best when Drake is not on the mic

YTD recordings listened to: 363
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 206
Not good music: 141

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, Gloom

Music for 3/29/17!!! Enragement, Joe Marson, Tim McGraw/Faith Hill

@@@ Enragement: Blood for the Sun God (Enragement, 2017) An epic metal single I got to from the indie music blog Indiepulse.  A monster walking tempo with a punishing drummer and massive guitar bludgeoning and shredding sauce.  The singer is rough but not totally incomprehensible.  There are a few operatic flourishes, a little prog, and a little Lord of the Rings evil chanting action so it’s a blend of a lot of sounds.

@@@ Joe Marson: Explore/Explode (Per Diem, 2017)  Slotted as an alt-soul artist on an Indiepulse blog post, it’s a bit of white boy falsetto, a little John Mayer soft rock, and a little electro in the production.  It’s got a tinge of melancholy and a little arena rock in there as well.  I like some of the sounds, especially the guitar but the beats are not quite up my alley.

@@@ Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: Speak to a Girl (sony, 2016)  A new country cheese ballad  off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It has a lot of advice on how to speak to a girl but then there are some lines about being nice to your mama which is a little Freudian. I would say that this tune is metaphorically a smooth cream cheese — big reverb, heartfelt lyrics and a straight Kentucky Fried Disney soundtrack production sound.  Somebody should send this tune to ol’ President Grab-A-Pussy, that’s about all it’s good for.

YTD recordings listened to: 206
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 109
Not good music: 78

Buys: 1
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, Divanhana, 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, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee

Music for 12/14/16!!! Sam Hunt, Demdike Stare, Ian William Craig, Steve Thompson and Louis Tomlinson

@@@ Sam Hunt: Montevallo (MCA Nashville, 2016).  This record is up on the Apple Music best albums of 2016 which is (in my humble opinion) mostly a wasteland of bloated corporate music carcasses.   This record takes an unusual approach for a new country record — Montevallo eschews the Bon Jovi arena rock vocal hooks in favor of a hip hop loverboy ‘flowing on the mic’ approach.  It’s odd.  Oh wait, there’s a giant fluffy whoa ho right there, that’s what I came for (not).  Let’s peep one more this is wild business.  He’s hitting the mic in a similar manner in the second tune, Leave the Night On.  I really don’t know what to say you gotta peep this whiteboy in his Converse Chucks.

@@@ Demdike Stare: Wonderland (Modern Love, 2016).  I had to move on from that Apple Music best of 2016 list.  I was scarred by Mr. Hunt and I had perused so many of those records already there wasn’t much hope for a gent such as me.  This record is off this week’s All Music notable release email and it’s an experimental techno thang.  This first tune opens up with semi-dark industrial grinding, some old school beats and then some krautrock skittering drum machine.  It’s all right, let’s peep more.  Think of that first tune as Nine Inch Nails lite and a the second tune is opening up more hip hop-pish.  Pish I say.  And then chopped and not glitched but layered over twice so it becomes a sort of herky jerky rhythm sandwich.  It’s good but is there more sauce for this patty?  There’s a little melodic garnish but nothing to get you too whooped up.  Let’s peep on.  This third tune, Hard Noise, is opening up combo platter deep space static/early video game.  Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope!

@@@ Ian William Craig: Meaning Turns to Whispers (Aguirre, 2016).  #8 on the Quietus records of the year and shit.  We’re still in computer music nerd land but this is opening up dream like with a little bit of static and some whoosh.  I love a good whoosh.  I also love a good sploosh (Archer reference!).  Oh, piano.  I don’t usually like piano in my ambient music it comports a sort of highbrow-ness.  I expect a beautiful woman wearing loose Hobbit-y flowing robes to float down from above my head and tell me how special I am.  Believe me, I’m not special.  Let’s peep.  I skipped the second tune as it’s an compositional extension of the first piece.  So this third ambient banger opens up a tad darker not as dark as Donald Trump’s asscrack but shady.  More piano, it’s not the record it’s me!

@@@ Steve Thompson & Louis Tomlinson (Ultra LLC, 2016).  Super sophisticated sounds paired with horribly cliche lyrics and cheesy ass background vocals in this single from the Apple Music hot tracks.  What would an electro single sound like with great lyrics?  Can somebody out there point to somebody working in this sonic space an trying to not shoot a cheese-gasm across the sky?  Oh I see from the GoogleTube that these guys were finalists on the Vox UK — that explains a lot.  Let the stupid rain down.

YTD recordings listened to: 976
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 545
Not good music: 371

Buys: 19
Honorable Mentions: 21

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, Divanhana, Moken, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest

Music for 11/29/16!!! Sarah Jarosz, Mo Pitney, Andres Landero, Emilio Rojas

@@@ Sarah Jarosz: Undercurrents (Sugar Hill/Concord, 2016).  New folk that I got to via Ted Gioia’s Honorable mention 2016 list.  This first tune is intimate singing with simple arpeggiated guitar.  #highproduction  The second tune is more of a band — two guitars, an upright bass and a pair of singers.  Oh, that’s the third tune, my player skipped ahead.  This second tune is a double tracked uber pretty vibe.  I don’t like the production of this record — too much reverb on the vocals, too pretty, too NPR.  I don’t hate this, but I don’t love it with these sounds.  Live this may work killer.

@@@  Mo Pitney: Behind this Guitar (Curb, 2016).  Also off Mr. Gioia’s honorable mention list.  A piquant blend of old and new school vibes.  Pitney has a classic country voice with a low rumble but smooth.   Let’s peep more.  The second tune, Cleanup on aisle Five, is shaping up to be a tearjerker.  He sees an old flame in aisle 4 of Famiy Dollar and they do it right there in the dog food section.  And neither one of them has dogs.  No, that’s just some foul commentary.  He sees her and realizes how he’s not over her.  Hold on I gotta get a tissue.  One more tune Mr. Pitney.  He’s back to country rocking on this third tune where he has a good relationship going and they’re going out to get a big bucket of fried chicken.  Not really, but prolly some popcorn and going to the movies in the middle of the day.  It’s all right, it’s for the higher end Trumpkins.  #whitepeople

@@@ ANDRES LANDERO | El Clarin de Montana (Producciones Demar, 2016)  I saw this artist listed on this week’s WRIR playlist email but this is the record that is up on the interwebz.  Old school cumbia music with soulful accordion playing and a weathered voice.  He’s joined by a hand drummer, a shaker, and some backup singers.  Man, you gotta dig the old school cumbia music.  Let’s peep more.  The second tune is a bit more of an updated sound with a regal feel.  It’s a bit confusing but this record is a split between Landero who rocks an old school vibe and another cumbia player Roy Rodriguez.  Good stuff and I prefer Landero by a Latin American mile.

@@@ Emilio Rojas: Fuck with the People who Fuck with You (Same Plate, 2016)  A full gangsta anthem for the Trump era and all his Trump-a-lumpas!  The verse is standard but the chorus explodes into a chorus of ‘Fuck People, Fuck You’, you have to peep it.  The verses are pretty standard, but the chorus is delicious, you can’t beat that with a stick.

YTD recordings listened to: 943
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 525
Not good music: 357

Buys: 16
Honorable Mentions: 16

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, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Xylouris White, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest, 6Lack

11/25/16!!! Garth Brooks, Tonbruket, The Suffers

@@@ Garth Brooks: Gunslinger (Pearl, 2016).  I wanted to check out this new record by Garth Brooks after reading a long article about how he fought with his label when he originally wanted to a country opera about masturbation called Pudwhacker.  Apparently he backed off that title and went with Gunslinger but it’s not on Apple Music and that gives me the sads big time.  Here’s the new single off this greatest hits collection off the GoogleTube.  Sounds like Garth wants to be the Jimmy Buffett of country, this is mad upbeat.  Some may say too upbeat and that would be me.

@@@ Tonbruket: Forevergreens (ACT, 2016)  Ted Gioia is the only music critic I know of that listens to more music than me but he doesn’t listen to all the nasty business that I love — the metal and the hard hip hop.  This is on his honorable mention list for 2016 which I just peeped.  It’s 100 records of honorable mention and on the downside he’s got Beyonce’s Lemonade and Sting’s new biscuit on there.  This record is described as jazz/prog/ambient folk.  I was interested in how that ambient folk might manifest itself but I don’t hear it in this first tune.  Let’s peep more.  This third tune, Sinkadus, does bring some folk guitar and folk vibes and it’s a very sweet and minimalist tune.  The fourth tune, Tarantella opens up with an epic quasi-metal guitar blaster so this record looks set to jump around.  I find some of it interesting but I wouldn’t put it on my year end list.

@@@ The Suffers:  The Suffers (The Suffers Music, 2016).  Some Gulf Coast soul also of Gioia’s honorable mention.  Super sweet female singer and a firm and upscale beat in this first tune, Make Some Room. I’m on the the fourth tune and though I like the big ensemble sound and I dig the drummer I would enjoy this record more if it had a bit more muscle.  I like some grit in my soul music yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 932
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 519
Not good music: 352

Buys: 15
Honorable Mentions: 15

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, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Xylouris White, Vadou Game, Michael Wollny/Vincent Peirani, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest, 6Lack

10/20/16: G.H., Asphyx, Black Marble, Kenny Chesney

@@@ G.H.: Housebound Demigod (Modern Love, 2016).  I’m not sure what this record is going to be but I got to it from being on the Stranded Records mailing list because I used to subscribe to the Aquarius Records mailing list.  Oy, a mouthful.  Thus far, this first track is sort of belching, farting whale noise — low frequencies, somewhat rhythmic and I’m waiting for something else.  Now we’re getting a moaning singer and a drum machine kick and I’m kinda bored.  Let’s peep more.  This second tune opens up with more energy, still abstract and dark but I don’t know why they put the boring biscuit up front.  That initial burst of energy is diffusing away and it’s back to low frequency drones with some occasional crackle and an industrial drum machine kick.  Not for me.  In my humble opinion these tunes should be shorter and edited to be tighter and more focused.

@@@ Asphyx: Incoming Death (Century Media, 2016).  Some old school thrash metal — think Motorhead after pounding a small pyramid of Red Bull.  Classic thrash drumming and power chords, power chords, power chords.  I’ve turned this record up twice in the first two songs.  The singer is half caveman/half hardcore punk and though these guys aren’t blazing any trails they have a solid, no bullshit pissed energy.  Excellent guitar sounds and a thick drummer.  Check ’em out if you’re pissed, it’s okay if you’re angry, fuck society.  Society is a complete load of shit.

@@@ Black Marble: It’s Immaterial (Ghostly Int’l, 2016)  Also off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  I check out some of Ghostly’s releases as I’ve found some stuff to groove on as well as some electro biscuitry.  This first tune is opening with a circuit bent, glitched feel — like the robot that washes your floor has gone full kernel panic and is smearing the dog shit all over the living room instead of cleaning it up.  Ah well, the second tune moves into more predictable ’80s rock land.  Somebody cut a Cure fart up in here.  Dig the Cure if you want, I’m no fascist, but it’s not my twirl.  One more tune.  This third one is more ’80s sounds — if it sounded like the Minutemen I would be psyched but it’s not.

@@@ Kenny Chesney: Cosmic Hallelujah (Sony Music, 2016)  You greasy motherfuckers know how much I love new country music.  It’s the same thrill you get when you slow down to peep a car accident.  It’s just awful but you can’t pull you ears from checking out more.  I especially love the money shot buildup from the verse to the chorus.  It’s an exploding pig in a blanket screaming across the sky.  In this tune Chesney is setting the world on fire with Pink   I like Pink and I have no clue why she chose to associate herself with this slice of Pizza Hut.  Maybe she’s got bills. Let’s peep more.  This song is called Noise and if only it was a satisfying hunk of noise to contemplate.  Oh yeah I’ve heard this piece of shit before, it’s awful.  He’s wondering where all this Noise is coming from — I would suggest Mr. Cheesy, I mean Chesney, peep the mirror.  To me, this is awful noise — the most cliche bullshit I’ve heard in a bit.  This Bon Jovi in a cowboy hat yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 830
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 464
Not good music: 311

Buys: 15
Honorable Mentions: 12

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, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Gorguts, Solange, Acid Arab, Brent Cobb, Xylouris White, Vadou Game, Michael Wollny/Vincent Peirani