Music for 8/22/22!!! The Chats, Young Nudy

@@@ The Chats: Get Fucked (Bargain Bin, 2022) I got to this classic, nihilistic punk record via PItchfork’s 10 most reviewed albums of the week. They do for sure deliver the punk energy but they have guitar solos and have some musical talent whereas outfits like the Sex Pistols really kinda blew as musicians. Upon googling these young gents I see they hail from Australia where folks still believe in rock. Unlike here in America where rock is an afterthought. It’s a very established formula with not a lot of room for innovation so it’s a question of energy and these guys bring it and I like the formula.

@@@ Young Nudy: Lunch Meat (N/A, 2022) Another one off the 10 most reviewed albums of the week from the Pitchfork. This is some non glitzy trap flavored hip hop. I don’t feel the lyrics but I do like the trippy sonics on display here. I’m switched over to what I think is the main single, Fresh as Fuck. I like rhyming more here and I find it entertaining that this track has heavy Halloween spooky feels. There’s not a lot to say here as it’s a simple formula — I dig how Mr. Nudy doesn’t come across as a some sort of emerging rock star in hip hop but I would appreciate some more interesting sounds.

Music for 3/23/22!!! J. Robbins, H.C. McEntire

@@@ J. Robbins: Un-becoming (Dischord, 2021) I got to bot of these listens from Bob Mould’s PR person’s blast mail saying who is opening on his summer tour. Former lead singer of DC band Jawbox this is the fifth track on the record and it opens with an ambient piano part before it segues into the rocking body of the track. Lots of slashing Clash type guitars to go with the classic distorted guitar arpeggios. It’s a very wordy track, literate and about something, our country I think. Or our bodies. I’m on the next track and I’m getting the distinct feeling that Mr. Robbins does not want to repeat his earlier work of which I’m a fan. It may be a bit to art school for me, but I like that he’s not repeating himself.

@@@ H.C. McEntire: River’s Jaw (Merge, 2021) Female driven country dirge type business. I’m not the biggest Merge Records fan as I think they doth issue forth a lot of blue eyed dance garbage, but this is not that and I dig that. It’s also not a string band type of situation, there’s a lot of electric guitar happening here. It’s got a bit of spaghetti western twang to it. I like it without loving it, let me check another track before I wrap up for the day. I’m checking out the third track High Rise and it’s got a lovely slide guitar and a more developed vocal melody. I just emailed my wife telling her she might like this record as she digs this formula — a little rock, some country, a woman on the microphone. If that works for you check it out. Also very nice guitar tones here.

Music for 11/1/21!!! Hans Condor, Frank Turner

@@@ Hans Condor: Pent Up Aggression (Dial Back Sound, 2021) A little bit from the heavy punk side of the tracks, and both tracks today come from music publicists. It’s got a bit of hillbilly rock but the biggest influence here is early Clash business. Big shoutalong vocal hook, lots of power chords, ramped up garage punk/early punk energy. This is a very familiar formula and they bring a lot of caffeine and other stimulants to it. I could use any sort of new twist on it, but that is not to be.

@@@ Frank Turner: Non Serviam (Polydor/UMG, 2021) A major label sorta post punk punky sound. I know post punk punk sounds oddly up its own ass but it doesn’t sport the classic simplicity of the first wave of punk and hardcore. There’s more of an updated sound with some metall-ish grinding at certain points and some section changes that have references outside of punk. He just went into a bridge that was mainstream but not mainstream before he went back into the grind. The punk energy is there, the major label production sound is there for sure and that’s pretty much where it’s at. The player clicked through and the next pre release track has plenty of thinly disguised Thin Lizzy and mainstream vocal hook action. No shame in it, just don’t broadcast punk when it’s only half the game being played here.

Music for 10/21/21!!! Unscored, Los Bitchos

@@@ Unscored: Static (Self released, 2021) I got to this via Happy Magazine out of Australia. This slotted as punk and I love me some punk rawk! My first impression is that this is closer to Deep Purple than the Sex Pistols. After an intial blast of power chords it really quiets down into a normal song in the verse. The guitars return for the chorus and I like that. I’m not sure you can call a track with so many layered vocals a punk rock track as it violates basic definitions as far as I’m concerned. I listened bottom to top and preferred the bottom track.

@@@ Los Bitchos: Las Panteras (City Slang, 2021) Off this week’s WRIR music playlist email. This is a pre release track coming out next year and it opens up very danceable with chorused guitar and a tambourine. Even a little disco rocket ship action, you can’t fuck with that. 90 seconds in and we’ve not heard a singer so this looks set to be a slightly surfy dancefloor rock banger. What functions as a chorus in this track pops out with a very video game synth before that drops away into a distortion driven rock outro. I like it all right.

Music for 8/1/19!!! The Party on High Street, The Shiverettes, Lil Tjay

@@@ The Party On High Street – Electric Spinach (Self-Released, 2019)  I got to this record and the one below via the weekly playlist email at CFUV in Vancouver.   These guys are, apparently, a Canadian party band.  They are a party band but I would put their musical IQ at a higher number than an American counterpart.  Some of these band members have studied jazz, that’s what it sounds like it to me.  I find the fiddle player especially tasty.  I like the arrangements but the singer less so.  The second tune is about getting hammered and I think the world doesn’t need more songs about getting hammered.  They do a pretty high end job of channeling the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the third tune, Roll On.  I like it all right, check it for yourself.

@@@ The Shiverettes – Real Shrill Bitches (Self-Released, 2019)  Aggro female punk rock a la the Dead Kennedys.  Unfortunately, the singer takes the energy down a bit instead of that manic Jello Biafra injection.  Oh, there she goes losing her nut a bit, good for you!  The second track, Very Cool Dude, continues the overcaffeinated retro punk formula.  Of the four tunes I checked out I enjoyed them all in places though I’m not as interested in the songs as I am the sound of the band and I want to like both.

@@@ Lil Tjay: LANESWITCH (Columbia/Sony, 2019) We continue our listening for summer jam of the season.  Right now we got Nikki Minaj’s Megatron and Chance the Rapper’s Get a Bag as our two top contenders to this point.  I haven’t heard Lil Tjay before and he’s got a compelling mix of sounds going here.  He’s pretty brisk on the microphone and he’s got a blunted out, kaleidoscopic swirling thing behind his rhymes which in this case are medium trap.  He’s talking about two different things here: staying focused on his music and being strong and dangerous at the same time.  I can’t catch everything but the general gist is that he’s not looking for trouble but if trouble comes, naimsayin’?  Not making the cut for jam of the summer except maybe for the macho crowd.

YTD recordings listened to: 393
Good music, not list worthy: 234
Not good music: 137

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 5/20/19!!! Injury Reserve, Amyl and the Sniffers

@@@ Injury Reserve: Injury Reserve (Seneca Village, 2019) Left field hip hop off this week’s Line of Best fit.  Left field hip hop can be a big bucket to throw records into so more description is necessary to make a solid judgment.  The arrangement in this first tune, Korune and Lime, consists largely of one note samples and a lot of human voices pitched and otherwise processed. I like the sounds  On the second tune, a marimba opens and drives the track.  In addition to a large swath of unusual sounds, there is a plethora of MCs on the record which keeps the record revolving and fresh.  I really like the sounds here and I was super into the first two tracks but that feeling went down a bit as I listened more.  The energy is solid and I can picture some folks really getting into it.

@@@ Amyl and the Sniffers: Monsoon (ATO, 2019) Also off the Line of Best Fit’s weekly email. The melodic riff is almost completely ripped from a tune — c’mon hard drive, please make the connection here for my listening peeps!  An aggro female is on the microphone not full on losing it but she’s agitated for sure.  The band is pumping pretty good.  I think I got it, part of that riff is off the Minutemen’s Three Way Tie for Last.  It’s the tune the Red and the Black which is a cover of a Blue Oyster Cult tune which I’ve clipped below.  They changed the melody a tad but they bit it pretty good from where I’m sitting.  However the most important point here is that my mind is still functioning.  Barely.  The tune is solid punk rock, I think if she whipped a complete shitty I would have liked the track more.  If you’re gonna whip a shitty you gotta whip a big one, no half stepping just lose your shit.

YTD recordings listened to: 258
Good music, not list worthy: 150
Not good music: 91

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

 

 

Music for 1/28/19 Gong Gong III, Julia Kent, Florence and the Machine

@@@ Gong Gong III: Siren (N/A, 2018) Some punk blues (and bass) with a Chinese language singer that sounds all right.  I got to this 2 song EP via a gig email from Flavorpill.  It’s not full on filthy ass white trash business but it does get rougher around the 3 minute mark of the first tune.  The second tune is similar but brisker in tempo.  I really like the vocals in Chinese but I think they could use a syringe of Red Bull in the eye.  Who doesn’t need one of those?

@@@ Julia Kent: Temporal (The Leaf Label, 2019)  I got to this neo classical recording via this week’s All Music notable release email.  The first tune is very reminiscent of a lot of electronic music coming out.  Sparse, some echoes and acoustic instruments with an emphasis on space.  The second tune could be out of any number of documentaries again with sparseness and drones and a mellow pulse.  I like this music but it doesn’t really stand out against a lot of what’s out there.  It’s positive to see folks on both sides of the equation mixing classical sounds and electronic sounds as it’s a sensible aesthetic idea.

@@@ Florence and the Machine: Moderation (EMI, 2019)  I haven’t quite gotten the gist of Florence and the Machine.  I guess it’s a major label recycled blues rock kinda thing.  Florence can sing but the production is unnecessarily clean for a rock track.  IMHO.  I’m not a huge Adele fan but she sings poor Florence into the crapper.

YTD recordings listened to: 58
Good music, not list worthy: 34
Not good music: 23

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, Converge, 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

Music for 1/16/19!!! Wlmrt, Only a Visitor, Future

@@@ Wlmrt: Lube 2 (Plesence, 2019)  Some loud ass music off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  They are out in Vancouver.  That’s in Canada.  5 tracks, 11 minutes of guitar squall, some weird synth (something is in that nest of distortion!), classic hardcore drumming and distressed female on the microphone.  I’m almost sure they have some sort of keyboard player which is quite surprising for a hardcore band.  The second tune is more rough indie, oops I spoke too soon as they popped a nut and went right into a hardcore section.  God bless their pointed little heads.

@@@ Only a Visitor: Technicolor Education (Self-released, 2018)  Art pop also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  This is the opposite of the cheap beer punk we just snacked on.  This is classically influenced and highbrow art indie.  Oy, not really my thing but this first tune does feature some intricate vocal arrangements.  This is more artsy than Death Cab for Cutie.  The vibe changes, at least instrumentally as there is a sloppier rock thing going on underneath the female vocal harmonizing.  I appreciate the contrast.  I can’t really get with this, but if you like the super clean and aspirational and antiseptic indie than this will work for you!  Also a tad proggy.

@@@ Future: Jumpin on a Jet (Epic/Sony, 2019)  We switch the moods again with some mainstream trap.  I still don’t get the genius of Future, I dig J.I.D. and DRAM but Future not as much.  You can rattle some windows with this bass for sure.  I’m not listening too much to him do his thing as I find the Autotune effect on his voice pretty annoying.  Fat bass, standard beats, annoying rhymes, that’s the view from here.

YTD recordings listened to: 33
Good music, not list worthy: 22
Not good music: 10

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, Converge, 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

Music for 1/3/19!!! Alice Bag, Ammar 808

@@@ Alice Bag: Blueprint (Don Giovanni, 2018)  #44 on the NPR best of 2018.  I believe these are Latinx punk rockers doing some old school guitar bashing and with piles of vocal hooks up on there.  At least this first track.  The second track takes more a mainstream rock approach which is fine but I’m always up for some female anger punk.  This is more for the NPR folks.  I would recommend Gouge Away’s new record over this as well as some old X records if you really crave this style.  I like the identity politics of this and I’m up for non white female punk rock for sure but the record doesn’t grab me the way I want it to, but that’s just me.

@@@  Ammar 808: Maghreb United (Glitterbeat, 2018)  This is #39 on NPR’s best of 2018 and I was going to spew some more anti-NPR business but this record is on Glitterbeat and Glitterbeat is a worthwhile imprint so let’s check this bad boy out.  It’s North African business and I’m a huge fan of North African, African, and Middle Eastern music.  This first tune brings the four on the floor funk with some some additional hand drumming and some group singing.  We’re just gonna sample some of these dishes as I have a feeling this album is gonna work for me though this second tune doesn’t have the drive of the first and I like the freight train pushing.  They’re back with the hard hitting on the third track and I’m going to circle back on this record when I have the chance.

YTD recordings listened to: 6
Good music, not list worthy: 5
Not good music: 0

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Converge, 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