Music for 6/11/22!!! aldn, Carrie Underwood

@@@ aldn: denial (Geffen, 2022) I got to this young producer via the Line of Best Fit and as somebody who is one of the top listeners in the country there is a concerted effort to bring back some form of updated rock. Duder here brings some grunge with some different framing including distorted vocals and crushed drums. Now I now that crushed drums and blasted vocals are not a new thing, the definitions change and this is trying to be both similar to and different from Foo Fighters for example. I like the additional crunch here but it’s gonna take more than that for me to get into some rock. Oh arpeggiated synth solo then back into the guitar crunch that’s also an update.

@@@ Carrie Underwood: Ghost Story (Capitol Nashville, 2022) I got to this mainstream country pop via the front page of Apple Music. This is music that the label has spent a lot of money polishing and producing and Underwood is presented here in an epic manner with huge reverb and a super pimped microphone. Is it a satisfying song? Not for me, it’s quite without soul and it does make you wonder if folks are more comfortable putting out music that’s technically perfectly executed and very little emotion is passed on. It’s a cowgirl cheese bomb. She’s gonna be your ghost story — I’ll be haunting you, you’ll be wanting me, I kinda get that but meh. Gawd, mainstream music can be quite sterile and boring and the trend is not going in the right direction.

Music for 5/4/22!!! Wais P, Joshua Headley

@@@ Wais P: Coup D’etat (Every Hood, 2022) Independent hip hop from an indie publicist email. I thought this was some NYC style hip hop and this was confirmed by Mr. P’s bio who hails from Crown Heights in Brooklyn. It’s a narco anthem, praising the cooking and distribution of cocaine, meh. I like the small melodic sample that drives the vocals a tad harder. It’s a coup d’etat in terms of moving into another drug dealer’s territory and slingin’. The beat is solid if unremarkable, I like that sample, the rhyming is tough, the lyrics maybe metaphorical maybe real like Pusha T.

@@@ Joshua Hedley: Neon Blue (New West, 2022) Super clean new country music, title track and number 7 on the record. She turned his heart ‘neon blue’, so no blue jeans references but plenty of heartache and drinkin’ on a barstool. I like Hedley’s vocals, I like the energy of the band, I don’t like the production as it sounds like lab grown meat which lends a very sterile flavor to the proceedings. LIke the guitar player and the violin player. Overall well delivered but I’m always looking for a little twist to give it a kick. A sonic jalapeno pepper per chance? The next track Bury Me with My Boots On is again well played but very typical.

Music for 7/31/21!!! Dan and Shay, Logic

@@@ Dan & Shay: Lying (Warner Music, 2021) This some new country shit (which I love for its cliches and predictability) but the hair on the dude on the right when you see the album picture on Apple Music, that’s probably gonna be the best part of this track. It’s bodacious. The track opens up with a piano part that bites another track I can’t remember — you know that one with the line ‘we all need somebody to lean on.’ This track has way more pop music, then black music, then a few pubic hairs of country music. A little electric guitar slipped in the back of the mix, barely there. Key here are the vocal harmonies which are quite stacked and quite white, and I say that as a white dude. I do wonder if this works in pickup truck America or if this isn’t macho enough. I find mainstream culture so weird sometimes, way weirder than freak music out there.

@@@ Logic: Theme for the People (Def Jam, 2021) I love Logic’s space age exploration of funk and black musics. Not really, but ‘merka has no love for the honest folks out there. This one has an MC and he’s actually breaking a sweat over a pretty chill funk track. The bassline is the most notable aspect of this track, the other being how sharp the mix is, those hi hats are so splashed out I had to turn the track down. Bassline Grade A, MC solid B mostly for energy, and C- minus on the beats – dang hats.

Music for 7/16/21!!! Aaron Lewis, Sam Fender, John Mayer

@@@ Aaron Lewis: Am I the Only One (N/A, 2021) It’s only fitting that a dude who fronted a band called Staind wrote a track bemoaning Confederate statue removal. It’s a country ditty with dual acoustic guitars and soaring vocal lines defending what is commonly known as the ‘white’ way of life, fighting fighting fighting was this prick at the Capitol riot. I would be more sympathetic if he didn’t repeatedly shout out Confederate monuments being removed. Ah, there’s a sad fiddle tucked in at the end. Look man, the fuckers commemorated in those statues fought to own humans, so just fuck off. You are one of the only ones so go be sad with your friends.

@@@ Sam Fender: Seventeen Going Under (Polydor, 2021) Another track from music biz honcho Bob Lefsetz who has shockingly bad taste but somehow I keep listening to the tracks he suggests. This is a retro rock banger out of the UK area with a beat straight as an arrow, some big major label whoa hos and a Springsteen-esque saxophone tucked in the back. The beat morphs into a rolling march beat on the snare which I like but this really is a trip back in the time machine to resurrect the spirit of big big rawk. I was never a fan but if you are here’s a shiny nugget of big big rawk for ya earholes.

@@@ John Mayer: Shot in the Dark (Columbia, 2021) Oy, I think we should pass the hat to collect a little bread in an effort to get John Mayer to retire. Regular readers know how I struggle with the comfort music, the music that almost wipes your ass for you, the macaroni and cheese that will rot your mind. This is an album devoted to sounds from the 1980s and this track is a loverboy thing with long Covid energy. Sleepy, slow with an occasioanl electric guitar melody. God I gotta get out of here. Oy, I recommend folks steer clear, this is a dangerous corporate biscuit.

Music for 6/5/21!!! Anz, Breland

@@@ Anz: Morphing Into Brighter (OTMI, 2021) I got to this artist via Crack Magazine and the tremendous transmission of low end/low frequency material in this track is impressive. Shades of old school drum ‘n bass business but also hip hop pitch shifted voices it’s a celebration of percussion and energy. As well as some thinly disguised Prince style funk. It takes about 90 seconds but it surely does morph into a long melody supported by another stew of thick rhythms. I also checked out the first track of the single Unravel in the Designated Zone and it’s different but stronger with that long melody that gets punched up underneath. Tight tight snare sound and bass that just pushes your ass around.

@@@ Breland: Throw it Back (Atlantic, 2021) In the wake of NAS black cowboy smash hit which I didn’t feel at all, a black dude brings the drum machine and the rhyming and swirls it in with the country redneck business. I’m all for mixing shit up, but why these two things are getting smashed is a bit beyond me, it seems extra. I got to this via music honcho Bob Lefsetz who claims this should be a hit. Breland (the MC) can indeed put a lot of energy into the microphone so I give respect to that but the rest….meh. Especially the banjo solo, oy.

Music for 10/29/20!!! Djuena Tikuna, Katu, Luke Combs, Ariana Grande

@@@ Djuena Tikuna: Nos Somos A Floresta (N/A, 2020) Today we have a couple more listens from the indigenous Brazilian musical resistance to Amazonian deforestation article in the Guardian and then a coupla mainstream cracka ass listens. And there is some GooglePimpTube action as well. I couldn’t find this on Apple Music but it’s over at Soundcloud if you want to get your peep on. It opens with some wooden flute playing, then some shaker type percussion, it’s very acoustically ambient and if one had a bit of a brain it sounds a bit like a rainforest. Ms. Tikuna hits the microphone and it’s solemn. The last third brings in a more focused ensemble feel with hand drummers and multiple flute players. It’s quite beautiful music, completely without artistic pretensions, and is almost something you might here in church.

@@@ Katu: Aguyjevete (Katu Mirim, 2020) Okay last listen off the Guardian’s article. It opens with some skittery-ish hip hop beats and a spoken word section before the classic hip hop bass comes in and a female MC hits the microphone. There’s also a background MC chanting/singing a fragment that is then looped. I just heard the Brazilian President’s name (Bolsonaro, fuck him) mentioned so this has the tone of a protest track but it’s affirmed with that fucking cock’s name being mentioned. I like the sounds and I like the rhyming, I wish I could understand the lyrics.

@@@ Luke Combs: Forever After All (River House/Sony, 2020). I was digging up this video on the GooglePimpTube and saw Combs has a track with 245 millions spins on a video 3 years ago. I guess I missed this country Beethoven, people be tunin’ in!! He builds to the chorus and then it goes full cheese bomb. They say things don’t last forever, but they haven’t seen us together. It’s a decent vocal hook, it rhymes and shit. The production here is smoother than a porn star’s cooch. This is new country balladry, a wee bit of country slide guitar and then it’s mostly Cracker Barrel action. The lyrics are VERY familiar and the chorus is pretty much unacceptable to my ears but I”m just one cracker myself. The ebb and flow to and away from the cheese centered chorus can lull you into feeling like you’re sailing on a cheesy ocean, and you are!

@@@ Ariana Grande: positions (Republic/UMG, 2020) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section. I haven’t peeped Grande in a bit and coming back I notice how not strong her voice is. Kinda thin and a tad unconvincing. I don’t know if they’re chopping the low end out of her vocals (it sounds a bit like that) or this is just the way her voice sounds. I can’t tell what this song is about lyrically without looking up the lyrics. I have looked up the lyrics and there’s a lusty aspect to the lyrics when you see them on the screen — she’s in the driver’s seat in the bedroom and she wants to meet your momma on Sunday and make a lot of love on Monday. That’s a pretty low end rhyme, no? The arrangement is tight, I appreciate that and I like the plucked violin sample loop, the beat is neither meant to nor does it stick out (unlike Ariana’s man’s boner, word). It kinda comes and goes without landing with much impact, for me at least.

YTD recordings listened to: 836
Good music, not list worthy: 456
Not good music: 355

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, 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, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi

Music for 10/13/20!!! Future Islands, Anastasia Clark, Longwave, Brothers Osborne

@@@ Future Islands: Born in a War (4AD, 2020) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. Not a huge 4AD fan but I like to know what’s floating around out there. In the music world that is, and this diseased ass world as well. I’ve heard these guys before, they make impassioned ’80s synth rock with a deep register voiced singer. This tune is anchored by white boy dance beats, a very pleasant bass tone and a gauzy array of pillowy synths patches that I don’t like. The singer is quite earnest which I sometimes struggle with. Look into a strongman’s eyes is a repeated line and that seems quite Trump related. My problem here is the energy cancelling power of the synths just sort of plump and undermine other sounds in the tune. It doesn’t have an impact on me.

@@@ Anastasia Clarke: Crushed Matrices #5 ( , 2020) I saw this NYC electronic composer featured on BK performance outlet Roulette’s concert series and found this recording on bandcamp. Oy, a mouthful and a lot of info. This is a 46 minute live trance/drone banger so I will probably peep about 10 minutes and maybe skip around the rest of the track and get a general sense of the flavorings here. Thus far we have a monotone, a sandy shuffling rhythm and a little bell action. You can’t hear this blend and not think of church. Slow church but church nonetheless. As the tune progresses we get some more insect-y or scraping sounds. I like the tempo and the amount of sounds as well as the blend. It’s a slow unfolder here but hey nobody’s got a job and plenty of time on their hands, check this live ambient out as it’s really effective at what it’s trying to do. The mood darkens in places for sure which seems appropriate as this was done in a Catholic church. Hey ho, go Catholicism!

@@@ Longwave: It’s Not Impossible (Bodan Kuma, 2020) I don’t usually rock the music publicist emails but I haven’t heard of this band and though I should check ’em out. Rando for sure, but everything about music discovery is rando. This is the last tune on the record and last songs can often often offer a fading, outro vibe which this appears to be in the process of doing. At least in the intro before they add some epic U2-ish epic drum vibes to the vortex of swirling guitars. The singer comes in and he rocks an engaging a friendly vibe. Blech:)! He’s falsetto chanting ‘It’s Not Impossible’ so we’re getting that uplifting sentiment which is too prevalent these days. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is a self-empowerment tune but elements of it are there. About a minute from the end the guitarist launches a massive cloud of delayed/reverbed guitar that I like, a simple melody and quite enveloping.

@@@ Brothers Osborne: Skeletons (Snakefarm, 2020) Off last week’s All Music notable release email. The title track of the record and this sounds like it’s gonna be new country which is my absolute favorite subgenre of country music as it brings the arena, Bon Jovi cheese and it doesn’t spare the sauce! You can raise your cholesterol on this stuff. High time to come to Jesus you got skeletons in your closet, and he’s got bones to pick with them. That’s some poetry right there. Plenty of very nice electric guitar tones here, classic rock drumming it’s all here baby just put yer bib on and dive right into this cheesy biscuit sandwich. Complete with a rock guitar solo. I do appreciate how high the drums are in the mix but the lyrics are very cliche, the singer is performing a part and the whole thing is wrapped up like a flagship sandwich from Cracker Barrel. I’ve never eaten anything at Cracker Barrel so I don’t know what they’re flagship sandwich is. Nevertheless this is cracker music for sure.

YTD recordings listened to: 788
Good music, not list worthy: 429
Not good music: 334

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, 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, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi

Music for 9/18/20!!! Gillian Mapp, Kenny Chesney, Luba Mason, Laurence Brownlee

@@@ Gillian Mapp: Orange Bitters (Lekker Collective, 2020) I’m on this label’s mailing list and I got to this r&b track from an email from them. I don’t think the folks who made this could make it any more lush and intimate if they tried. Super chill keyboard organ patch and Ms. Mapp’s framed vocals, they are going for dessert style r&b. It’s about sensations and feeling those sensations and the lyrics are about time and space, kisses on the lips, and other slideshow, stream of conciousness lyrical images. A tasteful delay on her voice and intimate reverb feels end up making a minimal set of sounds evoke a much larger feeling.

@@@ Kenny Chesney: You Don’t Get To (Warner Nashville, 2020) I saw this track shouted on Bob Lefsetz’s music industry blog+. I haven’t been keeping up with my new country listening, I love the new country tracks. This is a ballad with those ringing piano chords you find all over today’s music. #blech. The emphasis here is on the lyrics where he just straight up tells his ex what she can’t do so he can protect himself and stay unhurt by this awful person. She doesn’t get to swing by with that look in her eye, naimsayin’? He does a good job delivering the lyrics but the lyrics are a bit dramatical. Maybe if he stripped back the sounds and didn’t have a closet arena rock sound packed in here. I’m sure duder is still hurtin’ but it’s still mad shiny and poppy sounds so that’s a bit tough to reconcile those two concepts.

@@@ Luba Mason: In Walked Bud (Blue Canoe, 2020) I seen it on the Twatter, who doesn’t love the twatter. I don’t see this record up on Apple Music so we’re stuck with GooglePimpTube. Regular readers know of my conflicted relationship with straight jazz. I dig the vibes intro, and then comes the upright bass and Ms. Mason. It’s a live track which maybe gives the performance a bit more punch as there are humans there to interact with (pre covid obviously). I’m not sure what to say here I like the vibes player a lot, then the bass player. I don’t think I’m a fan of straight jazz vocalizing, it doesn’t work for me. Check out this trio track if you’re a fan of the formula.

@@@ Lawrence Brownlee: Barbieri di Saviglia (Warner, 2020) I got to this piece via the email from National Sawdust in Brooklyn. I’ve gotten a bit into classical music via my cello playing son but my most notable connection to the Barber of Seville is the Looney Tunes classic the Rabbit of Seville where Bugs Bunny prepares a salad on Elmer Fudd’s bald head. Good times! Let’s not go down the Looney Tunes rabbit hole (no pun!) To say these motherfuckers can sing is a tad simplistic. Are they more skilled than a talented MC? Well classical music is an established form and hip hop allows for more variation. This is an incredibly rich recording and a lush headphone listen and while most folks aren’t rocking this old school Italian opera style they should check it out to see how many different ways there are to victimize a microphone. Also check out the rabbit of seville. When Bugs is cranking the barber chair up into the theater higher and higher and elmer fudd has shaving foam on his head, oh that’s good times.

YTD recordings listened to: 720
Good music, not list worthy: 384
Not good music: 314

Best: 2
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Chezidek, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall

Music for 4/7/20!!! Nathan Fake, Sam Hunt, Thundercat, Purity Ring

@@@ Nathan Fake: Tbilisi (Cambria Instruments, 2020) A combination of abtract sounds and dancefloor sounds.  Not super abstract just not straight booty shaking.  Pumping frat boy beat and the melody has a resonant filter on it that weirds it out giving it a sci fi sort of flavor.  I could use more sounds or something new, the melodic top that is in this break section is not enough for me, and then we’re back into the ‘verse’.  It does change the electronic top into a more whippy video game kind of sounds at the end of the track while retaining the beat.  Some good ideas, coulda used a couple more is the view from here.

@@@ Sam Hunt: Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s (MCA Nashville, 2020). If Jimmy Buffett had a baby with Drake it would sound like this.  I saw this guy mentioned on a couple of outlets and it’s, wait I gotta get something for the tears cuz this chorus is ripping the heart out of my chest.  #heavy.  Whew between the ‘rona and this track my shit is devastated.  The schtick here is a lot of words in the verse, it’s quiet and he’s got a stream of conciousness/white rap and that’s where he airs his Drake before he goes full cheddar biscuit in the chorus.  I guess the title refers to the reality of internet break up and seeing other folks on the ‘gram and the Fuck-a-Zuck-book.  There’s a cleverness to that lyrical hook but musically it’s warmed over new country, refined corn syrup high end corn pone.  There’s a shaker in this track, do you know how annoying I find the shaker and that this shaker is even in this country track?  Tres annoying.

@@@ Thundercat: Fair Chance (Brainfeeder, 2020).  Some updated fusion-y disco funk up in heah.  A little George Clinton, a little Earth Wind and Fire, and a little doobie in yer funk.  But smoother and not as weird and mushier.  I get this combination of sounds, but it’s got a wet noodle meandering feel to it without the sheer minimalist funk of a stoned out George Clinton track.  I want to like this as I’m a huge funk fan but I’m not finding this to be a compelling listen.

@@@ Purity Ring: peacefall (4AD, 2020) The Apple Music blurb talks about dream pop melodies over trap beats.  I hear the dream pop part (and I don’t welcome it into my world) and I hear kinda weak beats that don’t have the menace, skitter or sharpness of trap.  Cuz I listen to that shit for this here blog.  So that’s marketing crap also known as fake news.  I’m not a Trump fan so just putting that out there as I do borrow the term fake news.  The female singer has more of a girlish flow than a big diva feel.  The chorus, ‘into, into the light’ combined with the soaring background vocals is a bit too New Age for my taste.  If it had the punch or thump of trap I would be more interested but they didn’t go for it, they stayed on the white people’s side of the tracks.

YTD recordings listened to: 253
Good music, not list worthy: 137
Not good music: 110

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

 

Music for 5/14/19!!! Satori, Quiet Earth, Luke Combs

@@@ Satori: Makhtub (Crosstown Records, 2017)  I got to this world/trance/New Age artist from a gig announcement from the hoity toity BK music club National Sawdust.  The opening tune (clipped below) featurs some cool chopped and glitched Middle Eastern string sounds and some less cool vocal parts.  It’s a slow jam but I have a feeling this next track is gonna be a dancefloor banger.  Noop, wrong again.  I like the third tune, Dive Into the Mystic, but if you desire a hypnotic trance-like listening experience from that part of the world I would recommend any number of Tinariwen records over this.  I like parts of this but I want it to hit harder.

@@@ Quiet Earth: Desertion/Migration (N/A, 2018)  This two song blast of distortion and punk/metal/rock energy is off an Invisible Oranges looking back at underrated music of 2018.  It’s a duo record and they kick it out for a duo but the drummer is also listed as the bass player and if he’s playing those two instruments at the same time, well then he gets a friggin’ gold star for that.  More than solid shit to harvest the crust from your eyes.  I little drano for your soul.  Sonically the sounds lean more punk than metal as it has a spill-y less manicured feel to it than most metal.

@@@ Luke Combs: Beer Never Broke My Heart (Sony, 2019)  Some new country off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The blend of power rock guitar playing and banjo always spins my head a bit til I reconcile those two sounds, but the hook is good and could probably do better as an official anthem for the Beer Brewer’s Association of America.  Combs has a suitably gruff voice and I think I would enjoy this song more if it was more straight redneck and less mainstream rock.

YTD recordings listened to: 250
Good music, not list worthy: 146
Not good music: 90

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