Music for 9/9/21!!! Meatbodies, Iron Maiden

@@@ Meatbodies: Reach for the Sunn (In the Red, 2021) Oh boy, I haven’t heard fuzzy ass guitars like this for more than a bit. Fillin’ up that stereo field with static and noise they open this track which opens the record. Then some kinda uber white boy soft rock voices in there. Around 1:30 the drums come in with a melody and while I like the stabbing melody the drum part is low in the mix and a tad boring. Sorry drummer dude. The second tune evokes some ’70s era British rock, maybe late Beatles and a bit of the ol’ Led Blimpin’, but overall I think they should sharpen up their chops before running up that steep hill.

@@@ Iron Maiden: Senjutsu (Sanctuary, 2021) A classic metal banger, 8 minutes of classic metal to be exact and the singer, oy the singer! Epicness, soaring moments accompanied by the guitar player and it’s just hot metal spray cheese. I’m about 2 minutes in and I think I’ll be lucky to make it to 4 minutes. It’s not that I hate it, it’s just not for me, it’s not the kind of metal I enjoy. I like the drumming, the guitar is solid, I guess they helped pioneer this super shreddy style, I’m no expert on metal history. The chorus is just so extra, the echo of the guitar and the singer, oy! I made it three minutes and 45 seconds, that’s pretty good.

Music for 1/13/20!!! Woodhawk, ZONAL, The Cavemen, Wolfbrigade, Red Death, Warsenal, Flatbed

Today we’re listening off this week’s CFUV playlist email in the loud section — punk, noise, heavy metal.

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Stoner metal out of Canada.  Retro, riffy with a classic 1970’s type singer.  Big Arena Rock energy if you’re in for it.

Out on Relapse with Moor Mother on an electronic record.  Bold!  I think the first tune is a bit sleepy but the second one brings a beat and more rhythmic spoken word work from Moor Mother.  System Error, track 3, brings the full energy and I dig it.  Check that out!

Classic revved up punk-a-billy.  I liked the first tune, Snakeskin, the best of what I heard.

Punky metal out of Sweden on Southern Lord, one of my favorite labels.  A slightly polished update Motorhead kind of thing.

Metal out of Washington DC.  Muscular classic business, shreddy with a punk style singer.  Track 3, Sword without a Sheath, is the best of what I heard.

Classic metal/thrash out of Montreal.  Track 3 Lords of Rifftown, say no more.

Noisy hard rock.

YTD recordings listened to: 38
Good music, not list worthy: 23
Not good music: 17

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

 

9/8/16: Memphis May Fire, SVVAMP, Obituary

@@@ Memphis May Fire: Carry (Fire, 2016).  A pre-release single from a late October full length banger that I got to via the Apple Music metal page.  A variety of vocal styles over mainstream hard rock/heavy metal production.  Some sung sections, some post-hardcore throat shredder, etc.  Very reminiscent of At The Drive In but less wild.  I like the guitar player the most.

@@@ SVVAMP: SVVAMP (Riding Easy, 2016).  Old school fuzzy hippie bues out of Sweden.  Wow those Swedes get into some weird corners — they’re pop obsessives, they shit out the black metal bands and here we have a hippie export.  They’re biting the late Hendrix post Electric Ladyland black power Band of Gypsy blues but they don’t have the muscle or the burn that that band brought.  For comparison I’m streaming Machine Gun from that record and if you dig the heavy rock blues you can’t fuck with this Hendrix record.  No offense to SVVAMP, just get back in the lab yo.

@@@ Obituary: Loathe (Relapse, 2016).  Another single off a late October full length that I got to via the Apple Music metal page.  Big stony buzz up in here and there he is, enter the Neanderthal!  Beating his oversized square forehead against a soda machine.  These guys have records going all the way back to 1990 so they have the skills to put together a tad less than midtempo monster walk together.  It is a glorious celebration of guitar distortion.

YTD recordings listened to: 715
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 403
Not good music: 262

Honorable Mentions: 12
Buys: 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, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Changui Majadero, Joe Sticky, Keefe Jackson, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes

2/5/16: Wet, Ty Segall, Tedeschi Trucks Band, We Hunt Buffalo

@@@ Wet: Don’t You (Sony/Capitol, 2016).  Also off last week’s All Music notable release email.  Opens up fluffy with a macaroni and cheese synth and a lone female voice.  Then it opens up to more voices, some chill and skittery drum machine action and more synths.  More synths, hmmmmm.   Ponging and cotton candy synth blankets.  This is slotted as indie electronic but this is mainstream teen pop.  Don’t call me a genre bitch.  This has shopping mall rat written all over it.  Woof.  And as I leave this record you folks who make and market this shit should call it what it is and be proud of it.  You’re halfway calling it a dirty diaper full of shit by slipping it in to some other genre.  If you love cheesy pop shit be a man/woman and wave the flag.

@@@ Ty Segall: Ty Rex (Goner, 2015).  Off this week’s CFUV playlist email and me thinks the Ty Rex is supposed to be some sort of homage to T Rex.  Dirtier but catchier and mostly rock interested in this first song.  A tad of modern day glam in the vocal melodies as well.  The second tune continues the riffage filtered through a dirty psych lens.  On the GoogleTube (ah the clip below) says something about reissue.  I know Segall is an indie darling and he’s a busy indie darling as well but I don’t really have the desire to look up to see if this is a reissue of an earlier recording.  Pretty tasty guitar work here as I type and it gets more and more retro as it unfolds.

@@@ Tedeschi Trucks Band: Let Me Get By (Concord, 2016).  Some mainstream blues inflected rock off last week’s All Music notable releases of the week email.  This first tune could come right off a ’90s Bonnie Raitt record.  Smooth production, nice playing, and a lack of grit.  The second tune Laugh About It has the same vibe but is more interesting with a shuffling dream beat and a short but memorable bass line.  This record is aimed right at the heart of aging baby boomers who want to rock.  It’s solid musicianship but it’s so polished smooth that I’m nodding off.

@@@ We Hunt Buffalo: Living Ghosts (New Damage, 2016).  Some heavy music off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  Opens up epic and more than a bit stony in this first tune with a small repeating guitar figure doing its thing underneath a slow big shred.  Oh there’s your head crush right there.  More hard rock than metal.  I’m thinking the singer is gonna be the big rock leather pants wearing kinda fella but he’s stiff offstage in this first tune which has switched over to some power chord action and big drum toms.  There he is and as predicted.  Oh, he’s losing his shit somewhat in the third tune and I likes it more.  Still mostly an stoner, arena rock sort of affair but at least they got some tempo going here.

YTD recordings listened to: 121
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 65
Not good music: 49

Honorable Mentions: 3
Buys: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa,  Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Reverend Peyton, Living Hell, Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta

1/14/16: Chron Goblin, Willie Thrasher, DJDS, Beat Market,

@@@ Chron Goblin: Backwater (Ripple, 2015).  Some heavy stoner rock off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Guitar riffs that reflect a caffeinated stoner, not just a stoned stoner.  Oddly, the singer doesn’t sound baked, he’s kinda uplifting compared to your usual blunted frontman.  They kick it up a notch on the second tune, Seattle, ironically the capital of slacker grunge.  This tune is more unique than the opener.  These guys don’t seem to be hemmed in by the stoner rock sub genre — they boogie a little, they flirt with classic old school Sabbath Metal, and even mainstream hard rock.

@@@ Willie Thrasher: Spirit Child (Light in the Attic, 1981/2015).  A re-issue of an folk-rock record done by an Innuit musician with heavy Innuit influences.  Acoustic guitar, oh here’s some electric bass now, organs, and a male singer.  This isn’t my cup of tea sonically, but I’m into how the musician here is taking a white man’s style of music and making it his own and about his people.

@@@ DJDS: I Don’t Love You (Loma Vista, 2016).  A gospel-tinged club banger off the Apple Music front page.  It’s building and it’s more of a New Age biscuit than a four on the floor booty shaker.  I could use a change from this vocal hook, they’re wearing it out.  This never really baked into a song, it’s more of a chant with an organ vamp at the end.  Strange.

@@@ Beat Market: Sun Machine (Lisbon Lux, 2015) An EDM poppy fluff nugget off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Just pop your Xanax and kick back and enjoy the marshmallow sweetness  of the cornucopia of synth  for your snacking please.  Vocals are chopped and robotic.  Finger snaps and hand claps!  And tambourines!

YTD recordings listened to: 47
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 29
Not good music: 17

Honorable Mentions: 2
Buys: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa,  Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Reverend Peyton, James McMurtry

9/24/15: The Avener, Guerrilla Toss, Markis Precise, Pentagram

@@@  The Avener: The Wanderings of the Avener (Casanova/Republic, 2015).  I would call this first tune spaghetti western club music.  Tremolo guitars, trumpet flourishes over big bass and a not fully baked un/tss club beat.  It’s a cool sonic formula but it’s not really going anywhere so if you’re not baked/stoned it might be a tad boring.  The second tune Fade Out Lines adds a husky female voice to the previous formula.  A little ’70s commercial rock/a shot of club funk.  I got to this record via the Beats highlights page.  Oh my 18 million hits on the GooglePimp, wasted on a lounge biscuit.

@@@ Guerilla Toss: Smack the Brick (NNA Tapes, 2015).  More dance music genre mash.  Big snapping straight beat with a yipping female voice and off kilter synth sounds.  Also popping funk bass, some disturbed scratch guitar to go with your synth oddities.  I would call this a sort of synth punk — she’s barking a bit like Yoko Ono and there’s a grating discord to the proceedings.  The second tune Be the Breeder raises the tempo to produce a freshly blend feel — like Devo on many lines of speed.  The third tune keeps the manic feel and fractured funk rock flow they established in the first two tunes.  It’s interesting, I don’t love it but it’s interesting.

@@@ Markis Precise: The Feeling of Flying (Ineffable Records, 2015).  #1 hip hop record this week on CFUV’s weekly playlist email.  After an intro piece, the second tune Frequency gets into chill funk vibe.  The rhymes are concious and it’s embedded in thick but not jeep bass, smooth-ish beats and a lot of laid-back organ sounds.  The third tune is more old school with upfront scratching and more urgent rhymes about a new MC reigning over hip hop.

@@@ Pentagram: Curious Volume (Peaceville, 2015).  Some hard stoner psych rock off the CFUV weekly email.  Big fuzzy wah guitars, a hard rock drum sound, a singer that sounds a bunch like Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees fame.  Now with a band name like Pentagram I was thinking we’d be getting a healthy dose of goat horns, 666, and the Great Horned One, but alas it’s not so.  More angry flower than meth-y double kick sonic assault.  Oh the riffs are big and buzzy here so if that’s how you roll…

YTD recordings listened to: 764
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 440
Not good music: 262

Honorable Mentions: 20
Buys: 12

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Ruby Amanfu, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Qwanqwa

8/15/15: Novella, Freedom Hawk

@@@ Novella: Land (Sinderlyn, 2015).  This week’s Aquarius Records Record of the Week.  This first tune sounds a bit like a trippy R.E.M. song — shiny arpeggiated guitars and a straight rock rhythm section.  The tune unfolds gradually, centered around the guitars, with a noisy half-shred tossed on to arpeggiated guitars right before the dreamy female singer starts doing her thing.  The guitar sounds are great, although the phaser sound gets a bit less effective the longer it goes on.  I like what I’ve heard — I’m not jumping up and down but I like it.

@@@ Freedom Hawk: Into Your Mind (Small Stone, 2015).  Aquarius Records describes these guys as Southern rock and I hear a bit of that, but I hear more of a riffy stoner rock outfit in this first tune.  I mean the vocalist sounds like he could have sprung from Ozzie Osbourne’s loins so the stoner metal label is not a reach.  Oh, this second tune gets more into a southern boogie rock kind of vibe, but not full on.  The third tune gets into a more spacious ambient guitar jam so they’re mashing up a bunch of heavy music genres to get to where they’re at.

YTD recordings listened to: 642
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 376
Not good music: 219
Honorable Mentions: 16
Buys: 10

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas

8/14/15: Grace Potter, Rayland Baxter, GHXST, Bullet for My Valentine

@@@ Grace Potter: Midnight (Hollywood, 2015).  Marketed and pictured on All Music as a waif from Vermont, but this first tune Hot To the Touch is a mainstream rock banger full of orgasm-y gasps White Girl Hottie Vibes.  She evokes Robert Palmer in the second tune, Alive Tonight.  This is pretty vapid cliche mainstream rock but if you’re looking for a suitcase of Ronald Reagan flavored ’80s rock biscuits, have at it.  Woof.

@@@ Rayland Baxter: Imaginary Man (Omnivore, 2015).  Also off this week’s All Music weekly email.  This first tune reminds me of Jakob Dylan – a little roots rock, a little mainstream rock.  If you don’t connect with the lyrics, you’re gonna be pretty bored because the arrangements are purposefully minimalist to frame the singer.  It’s a tad snoozy pants for me, but if you like the meaningful, mainstream slacker rock have at it.

@@@ GHXST: Nowhere (Club, 2015).  A nugget of sludgy, Black Sabbath-y stoner rock with female vocals with delay on them to further trip out the affair.  Sounds a bunch like Wolfmother with a big, cough syrup inspired guitar solo.  Heads out with bashing drums and a repeating riff.  I got to this via a music publicist email.

@@@ Bullet for My Valentine: Venom (RCA, 2015)  Some major label metalcore I got to from the Beats Highlights page.  The production is impeccable, but the lyrics are whussed out — how can I escape myself?  I don’t want to feel this way, I can’t tell what’s real anymore.  Gimme a break.  The drummer and the guitar player are catching my ear but they are obscured by the waves of vocal cheese.

YTD recordings listened to: 640
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 374
Not good music: 219
Honorable Mentions: 16
Buys: 10

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas

Active Music Listening Thursday May 7, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 351
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 207
Not good music: 113

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 8

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohammed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Torche, Leo Welch, Astral Swans, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Waters, Chui Wan

@@@ Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea: Pretty Girls (RCA, 2015).  Akin to how many Polish dudes does it take to screw in a lightbulb, if you take two low IQ achievers and make a track with them is the track smarter than a track by one low IQ achiever or is twice the stupid?  It’s a hard question to answer.  There’s nothing more satisfying on a glorious spring day than listening to two young ladies talk about how hot they are.  Have at it!!

@@@ Sleep: Sleep’s Holy Mountain (Earache Ltd, 2015).  A friend of mine at our food coop recommended these guys so I thought I would give them a peep.  I would put this in the stoner-boogie metal subgenre.  Sabbath-y buzz to the guitars and the minimalist vocals.  The second tune, the Druid, sports an extended jam with some very very tasty fuzzy bass playing/guitar dueling.  Oh man, I hope folks check these dudes out, this is some righteous shit.

@@@ Nao: February 15 (Little Tokyo, 2015).  Off the Beats ‘Highlights’ page.  Retro beats, thick booty bass and a distinct 1980s Prince vibe.  Female singer and keyboard heavy arrangements.  It’s pretty funky, but I would just head on over to Prince’s 1999 and get the real thing.

@@@ Nurse with Wound: Diploid (Jnana, 2015).  Some music off my heavy metal weekly newsletter, although it doesn’t appear like it’s going to be a heavy metal record.  I’m thinking more of ambient/avant sound design kind of thing.  Yes, that’s what it is, complete with dissonant string manipulation, some piano pushing through and some abstract female vocals.  A schmattering of a lot of sounds put together in an orchestral manner.

Active Music Listening Tuesday January 20, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 51
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 32
Not good music: 15

Honorable Mentions: 6
Buys: 3

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, The Coral, Coffinworm, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Sons of Huns, Fofoulah

@@@ Shooting Guns: Wolfcop OST (Ridingeasy Records, 2014).  Some motorcycle boogie music clocking in at #2 on this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  Comes with bonus electronic music elements — squirbs and clouds in the back with the big power guitars up front.  Big arena rock drums and production sound — yet to be determined if a vocalist will make his/her appearance.  I’m guessing there’s no singer and the synth action fills the vocalist role and makes it suitable soundtrack music.  Who’s that band that sang Radar Love?  It sounds like that with no singer.

@@@  Napalmpom: The Unconditional Love of Napalmpom (Teenage Rampage, 2014).  Another band off the CFUV weekly email.  The first tune, Guided by Volume, does some serious flirting with AC/DC with a singer that sounds more like Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes.  Oh, now they’re out of the AC/DC into a sort of Thin Lizzy thing.  More melodic than AC/DC Thin Lizzy cuz it’s got a little prog/playing thing going.  Back to Black or Highway to Hell?  That’s a tough one.  Regular readers know I like the down and dirty shit so while I dig the arrangements and the playing it’s not super my cup of tea, this is more pretty boy cock rock.  I guess I find it more dealable to see the 70’s get exhumed rather than the ’80s.

@@@ Sleater-Kinney: Surface Envy (Sub Pop, 2015).  I’m hopeful this is gonna blow because these ladies used to be able to bring the hot mess something fierce and it would be a shame if it went all soft and shitty.  They’re being mad cheap and only coughing up this one tune, but it’s their music.  It sounds more melodic than some of the older stuff that I ruined my hearing on, but it’s got plenty of muscle.  The guitar is pretty frantic and the drummer stuck in a scratched record/metal thrash bash.  I can’t get all thumbs up or thumbs down on one tune but I would definitely listen to more after hearing this.

@@@ Billy Boy Arnold: The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Plain, 2014).  Some modern electric blues off the CFUV weekly email.  It’s a full band with a horn section and harmonica and the first tune is pretty reminiscent of the Blues Brothers.  I like Arnold’s voice and I dig the energy of the band but I could use some more grit in the recording.  I like my blues dirty dirty dirty.