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

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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

Music for 11/9/18!!! Laura Jane Grace, Planningtorock

@@@ Laura Jane Grace: Bought to Rot (Bloodshot, 2018) Brisk punk right out of the gate from this release I got to via the All Music notable release email.  After a little quietude in the verse, they get into a brief, furious pissy punk smashup.  I hate these records with great songs cuz it gets my hopes up.  Let’s peep some more.   I’m on the third tune and I like this record but I like that first tune the most of what I heard.  It’s the first tune for a reason.  Okay, I’ve gotten all confused regarding whether the singer is male or female.  When I went to the GoogleTube I see that the singer is trans so that explains everything and lifts the confusion.

@@@ Planningtorock: Powerhouse (DFA, 2018)  This electronic record is also from this week’s All Music notable release email.  The first tune is a torchy voice and synth tune called ‘wounds’ but the second tune Transome, (clipped below) is the full computer band.  Drum machine, synth bass, melodic synth and a vocal synth-ed out voice.  The third tune, Dear Brother, is the most interesting tune of what I’ve heard.  It’s autobiographical with a playful synth figure, an interesting beat and autobiographical lyrics.  I dig it and comes off as beautiful and heartfelt.  He keeps singing ‘I wrote this song so I can forgive you.’  Working one’s shit out through art — there are much worse ways to work one’s shit out.  I like a bunch of tunes and it’s cool to hear a dancefloor type of record with singer songwriter type of lyrics.

YTD recordings listened to: 633
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 342
Not good music: 253

Best: 11
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Marianne Faithfull

Music for 8/8/18!!! Jess Sah Bi/Peter One, The Split Seconds

@@@ Jess Sah Bi & Peter One: Our Garden Needs its Flowers (N/A, 2018)  A reissue of African music from the 1980’s.  I got to this record as its Bandcamp’s Album of the day.  This first tune is notable fore its weird ass and pretty guitars that are a little African, a little trippy, and a little hippie folk.  The singing and harmonizing is very pretty and the tunes have a very laidback yet not soft feel.  I don’t think this record works great for African music lovers that enjoy the burning epic guitar blazers but I could see this record working for indie hipsters as it’s similar while being much better.

@@@ The Split Seconds: Counterfeit Reality (Altercation Records, 2018)  I got to this DC punk band record via a music publicist email.  This first tune is more Orange County is singalong punk rather than rat in a cage hardcore.  I like it all right but my first impression is that I wish it was rougher.  The drummer is doing all right, but the guitars are a bit wuss and the singer is pretty polite and literate for a punk singer.  He couldn’t match Joe Strummer for righteous indignation.  They need a couple distortion pedals and half a can of Red Bull.

YTD recordings listened to: 460
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 236
Not good music: 192

Best: 8
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, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter

Music for 6/27/18!!! Jonah Sirota, No Age, Cardi B., Meek Mill

@@@ Jonah Sirota: Strong Sad (National Sawdust, 2018)  An instrumental (meaningful and kinda New Age-y Imma guessing) from the in house label at the pretentious Brooklyn club National Sawdust.  I’m on their mailing list.  The first piece opens up with what sounds like an organ arpeggio and then a violin playing melodically over the arpeggio.  It’s very sweet, sad sweet not syrupy sweet.  The second piece is a bit more disjointed with violin, cello, and the same organ (?) drone in the background.  It gets into a more dissonant and agitated space which I’m enjoying.  So it’s not as New Age-y as I thought it would be and not as New Age-y as the first piece.  It’s solid.

 

 

 

@@@ No Age: Snares Like a Haircut (Drag City, 2018)  Also off the Guardian’s best of 2018 list.  I’m not a huge Drag City fella but I’m open minded and these guys are supposed to be punks for all punks which sounds just fantastic.  This first tune does have something for a lot of folks.  Some singalong vocal hooks, a little shoegaze sauce, some Sonic Youth fuzz.  The second tune puts a little Ramones up in the vocals so it’s got a lot of referential sounds in it.  I like it, it’s a bit poppy for my taste but it’s good.  I think it works within a limited range of messy/neat with an emphasis on a quiet neatness and structure.  Regular readers know I really enjoy it when a musician/s lose their shit in full meltdown mode so that’s not available here.

 

@@@ Cardi B.: I Like It (Atlantic, 2018)  I like Cardi B. but I thought the first single for this record was not great.  This single is much better but I think she bit it too hard sampling ‘I Like it Like That’ to open the track.  It’s really the backbone of the verse and it implants itself in your mind pronto.  The rest of the track is a good blend of hip hop and Latin music components with a MC rhyming in Spanish and Cardi B. talking about how she needs mad money.  So I see why it has 163 million hits on the GooglePimpTube but it’s more for the love of that track than Cardi B.  That’s my view.

@@@ Meek Mill: Stay Woke (Maybach/Warner, 2018)  Meek Mill is a big deal since he was freed from a bullshit prison situation.  It is surprisingly a blend of hip hop and pop sounds with a guitar part (weird) and a pretty uplifting vocal section in the chorus.  He rhymes a lot about his time in the life, and a bunch about the situation facing African Americans in this country.  I’m a huge fan of the story and glad he’s out but the song isn’t particularly engaging to me.

YTD recordings listened to: 360
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 190
Not good music: 162

Best: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton

Music for 2/28/18!!! Swoll, Ssion, Screaming Females, Bazzi

@@@ Swoll: You’ve Gone Away (Blight, 2018) I never thought ’80s sounds would return and last this long and it’s painful to hear. I think the lyrics are sad but the arrangement and the sounds are so cheerful and uplifting I’d like to hang myself. There are multiple tracks of vocals so I can’t exactly get to what he’s on about. I’m hearing Simple Minds and Tears for Fears and I can’t get with it. I get that musicians go wherever their hearts lead them but I don’t have to follow. Check it out.

@@@ Ssion: At Least the Sky is Blue (Cody Critcheloe, 2018) I got to this indie electronic pop single via a NYC event email. It’s opening slowly with a lot of ambient sounds before the singer comes in. After a bit of verse it straightens out into a straight pop song with lush vocals and a lot of other lushness going on. Mad ’80s flavors here if that’s how you roll. Oh the lushness of it is quite staggering — it’s a tune about being young and cruising around. There are a lot of micro sections in the tune which give it a lack of focus, but oy the lushness….you get the idea. Like the first tune I continue to be dumbfounded at the unjust recycling of cornball ’80s sounds.

@@@ Screaming Females: All at Once (Don Giovanni, 2018) A guitar rock record off last week’s All Music notable release email. Female singer, basher at the drumkit and more melodic breaks, at least in this first tune. The singer and her vibe is that of an exhausted middle aged person, not the punk energy of the young. The second tune pumps up the energy a bit and I like the guitar sounds here. She’s a very dramatic singer and somewhat different from what you would usually find in a band like this. No rrrrrriootttt grrrrrl so if you dig her then you’re probably going to feel this record. I’m agnostic. I appreciate the melodies she’s pumping out but I like a good rrrrrrrioooottttt grrrrrl.

@@@ Bazzi: Gone (N/A, 2018) Some mainstream pop of the Apple Music hot tracks section. Space age r&b with big ambient sounds over fat bass and skitter. The singer is all right but the tune kinda unfolded while I read my email and I don’t remember much being noteworthy about it. A lot of the mainstream pop music is about a sound or a flavor and this is no exception. Or it can be a hook that is just worn out like an old streetwalker. I like the combination myself and this is too short on hooks.

YTD recordings listened to: 112
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 60
Not good music: 51

Best: 1
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: 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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One

Music for 1/31/18!!! Mammoth Grinder, Stalker, His Electro Blue Voice

@@@ Mammoth Grinder: Cosmic Crypt (Relapse, 2018) Off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  We open up with a bit of metal ambient feedback and gothic vibes before heading into a monster truck stomp.  Then into the thrash and all the kiddies go up and down.  Full on Neanderthal on the microphone.  Not singing per se, more of a throat scraping grunt.  Has anybody else been listening to these science podcasts about the Neanderthals.  It appears homo sapiens mated with them but their DNA was stronger and there are only a few Neanderthal genes floating around in humans.  Except for President CheetoFuck, he is almost 2/3s neanderthal and the remaining 1/3 mongoloid chimp — Neanderthals were often hunted at night by the glint of their orange hair.  They were unable to flee persecution from their enemies while having that hair!  Fucking interesting no?  Anyway, these guys whip a pretty mean shitty — nice guitar stomp, dirty sewer sounding bass and an aggressive drummer.  Not much on the songwriting but big on the stomp.

@@@ Stalker: Shadow of the Sword (Napalm, 2018)  Some old school thrash metal I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  In this first tune the singer vacillates between a meaty shout and a high pitched squeal.  I really can’t say how much Red Bull the guitar player has chugged but I’m sure it is substantial and ongoing.  This is pretty hopped music and I think it goes great when Vice President Mike Pence conducts his Satanic rituals on the weekend.  Degrading his wife and peeing on his boss while these guys lose their nut in the background.

@@@ His Electro Blue Voice: Mental Hoop (Iron Lung, 2018) Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email and this one is more of an old school punk wigflip rather than the leather pants fascist stomp around.  Messy guitars, rough and spilly, with that whiny ass kind of singing and than generally bitchy feel to it.  I like it!  They have a nice focused push on this third tune, Scum Rat which could be dedicated to any number of public figures.  This all right business so if you’re up for some punk rock blasting have at it!

YTD recordings listened to: 61
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 34
Not good music: 26

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: 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, 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, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo