Music for 2/19/20!! Haftor Medboe, Telemark, Suicide Silence, Kverlertak

@@@ Pete Furnace & Haftor Medboe: Bitter Together (Self-released, 2015)  I saw this musician mentioned on the Twatter and this duo record is up on the Apple Music.  Electronic music it is.  The first track, Happiness Cascade, is abstract and drone-y or at least it starts out that way.  I think this is an electronic/jazz collaboration as an acoustic instrument comes with a slow melody providing a pleasant contrast to the electronic churning.  Oh no,  I think it’s two jazz dudes and one of them is rocking an electric bass and the electronics or they’re helming them together.  Unfortunately, the contrast recedes and the second piece (I believe) is electric guitar and horn.  I like the music, it’s slow and contemplative.

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Ihsahn: Telemark EP (UMG, 2020)  Some black metal with prog feels.  Interesting guitar work, a shredded voicebox singer, and even a hornline in this first tune.  Yikers.  All the metal sounds are here but the vibe of the record is not as boot stomping and tight as usual metal records.  Unusual touches here and there and not a blast of unrelenting hatred and noise.  This is interesting.  I think the inclusion of a horn section is funny.

Suicide Silence: Become the Hunter (Nuclear Blast, 2020)  More traditional battering metal from the new release metal section on Apple Music.  Plenty of guitar ka-chunking and double kick drum thwacking.  The second tune, Two Steps, brings a full on tempo with wailing guitars, Red Bull vocals, etc.  A fully realized explosion.  I think most notable is the singers vocal stylings, followed by interesting guitar playing.  I’m really feeling the demented and herk a jerk nature of the fifth tune, The Hiding.  Check it out.

Kvelertak: Splid (Rise, 2020) Our last listen of the day.  Another interesting mash of sounds and styles — plenty of post hardcore also with some uplifting musical elements (background vocals as well as certain chord progressions) in the first and second songs.   There’s more than a bit of Queens of the Stone Age as well as some Quicksand and even some Urge Overkill going on here.  Less dark, more revved up and rocking.  I don’t usually like this style but these guys do it well and in a non cheesy authentic manner.  I completely understand that one man’s authentic shit doesn’t strike another listener as authentic.

YTD recordings listened to: 118
Good music, not list worthy: 71
Not good music: 44

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

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

 

Music for 12/19/19!!! Pissgrave, Deserted

@@@ Pissgrave: Posthumous Humiliation (Profound Lore, 2019)  Wow!  This record opens up with a giant wall of ass static!  Impressive.  The playing is fierce but the mix has been contorted and squashed until it’s recognizable but painfully so.  Sorta like a deer that’s been hit by a car — it’s still a deer but it’s very fucked up.  I think there would be more impact if the music had some low end to it as it sounds like it’s being extruded by a transistor radio.  I’m enjoying the threedly guitar work on this fourth tune, Catacombs of Putrid Chambers, but the distortion and the lack of low end is a bit physically repulsive to my ears.  Which is the point I get that, the world is ugly so why not music?

@@@ Deserted: Gatekeeper (Relapse, 2019) Off Vice’s top 100 of 2019 which has the most variety of any list I’ve seen to this point.  It can have that as it’s 100 records, but still it’s not infested (Trump!) with nonsense indie rock.  This first tune comes out frog stomping and riffy with big big guitar sounds and arena rock drums.  It slowly builds to a thrashy thing and I enjoyed that transition.  I’m not a huge fan of this singing style and they definitely swirl more than a bit of rock boogie into what I’ve heard thus far.  I like it all right but I like my metal less classic and rougher and more molten.

YTD recordings listened to: 660
Good music, not list worthy: 400
Not good music: 222

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 15

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

Music for 8/2/19!!! Immortal Suffering, Logistic Slaughter, Buzzherd

@@@ Immortal Suffering: Preyed Upon (Pathologically Explicit, 2019)  All three of the recordings listened to today are from bands scheduled to perform at the NY DeathFest so if you’re in the mood to get out there and celebrate death well head on over to St. Vitus bar in Brooklyn and they will hook your morbid shit up!  I’m listening to these three records from bottom to top and I just finished the Logistic Slaughter listening sesh before hitting this one.  This record just came out and it stomps whatever has the misfortune of being in its path.  What it doesn’t have in mayhem it makes up for in skull stomping smacking down.  I beg you, reasonable listeners, to give these records a shot as it’s hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock. The second tune, Bleed ’em out, is vile thrash with a lot of energy.  Oh these guys can bring a fat metal grind/kinda groove.  Start with Logistic Slaughter and go from there.

@@@ Logistic Slaughter: Corrosive Ethics (Logistic Slaughter, 2016)  Well, a title that it quite timely in today’s political climate.  I’m not sure that’s what they intended.  The first track (clipped below) is rough mosh but right in the middle there’s a finger popping bass section and some art school prog that makes its appearance in what is the metal version of a fistfight.  The singer here is a nut and he in turn sounds like a Satanic leprechaun or a pig getting its throat slit.  It’s really quite out there and you have to give respect to that.  The second tune Cathartic Killing is madness and slips and slides and herk a jerks all over town.  I can see how a listener might think these guys are either incompetent or brilliantly mad.  For an extreme subgenre these guys twist it even further.  They sport aspects of technical metal as well as straight dome cracking and the singer is out of his mind.  This is the best of what I heard today!

@@@ Buzzherd: Culling the Herd EP (Buzzherd, 2019) A muscular death metal with a sense of humor?  Possibly, as the first tune is called Judith Goat.  That has to be a joke, ya know Judas and the goat as a symbol of the Great Horned One, my holy father I pray to daily.  Oh shit, did I just acknowledge my own Satanic leanings??  I like these guys, the guitar player and the drummer especially.  Very driving rhythmically with occasional pig squeals out of the guitar.  It’s hard to imagine how glossy and attractive a death metal track can be, it is by definition a rough and not typically beautiful thing.

YTD recordings listened to: 396
Good music, not list worthy: 235
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, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter

Music for 2/28/19!!! Overkill, Candlemass, Whitechapel

@@@ Overkill: The Wings of War (Nuclear Blast, 2019) Classic metal with some industrial flourishes that I got to via the excellent Vancouver station CFUV.  I don’t usually go for the classic metal due to goofiness but these guys really rev it up.  The singer sounds like he could fit right in with the Scorpions and the drummer needs to cut back on the Red Bull.  I’m listening to this record on really nice headphones and my ears are just stuffed with guitars and guitar distortion.  If you’re looking for fully brewed and steeped classic metal these gents will hook you up.  Leather pants, big riffs, cucumbers stuffed down there leather pants….it’s all there and more!

@@@ Candlemass: The Door to Doom (Napalm Records, 2019)  Occupying the #1 slot on the Apple Music metal page, these guys enter all sinister and shit, the way Trump stomps into his bedroom with his ill penis and his dark rage.  After the hazy, epic intro it gets into a hard rock thing a pretty boy sounding singer and some pretty mannered metal.  The second tune, Under the Ocean, opens up with some Bon Jovi/Soundgarden guitar noodling and it’s pretty goofy to my ears.  A wee bit of metallic cheese, oh there they’ve ripped of the laderhosen and it’s a 3/4 mashup!!!

@@@Whitechapel: When a Demon Defiles a Witch (Metal Blade, 2019)  I’m checking out this tune as I’ve always wondered what happens when a demon defiles a witch.  Apparently it’s a pretty gruesome affair as these guys get down and smash up the place with a lot of guitar power chord action and a devolved singer.  They get a good stomp going with the added double kick thwacking.  They do that thing where they have the lead guy grunting in the front and actual singing/harmonizing behind him.  It doesn’t get into the specifics of what happens when a Demon Defiles a Witch, though they kinda jump the shark in the second half of the song with some introspective slow down before going out kachunky and back!  Flopping around like a fish at the bottom of a boat.

YTD recordings listened to: 115
Good music, not list worthy: 66
Not good music: 44

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, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan

Music for 12/12/18!!! Mammoth Grinder, Primal Rite, Sumac

@@@ Mammoth Grinder: Cosmic Crypt (Relapse, 2018)  I haven’t heard a ton of metal this year that made me jump up and down but I snagged a few choices off a year end list at the AV club and this one led by the drummer for Power Trip looks engaging.  It’s got a nice friendly mosh flavor to it.  Just your meat and potatoes smackdown.  It doesn’t have the same energy as Power Trip’s 2017 release which I really liked but it’s solid.  It’s got a couple of the dudes from Iron Reagan whose name I like but about whom I know little.

 

@@@ Primal Rite: Dirge of Escapism (Revelation, 2018)  This recording has a bit of a different feel to it than the Mammoth Grinder one above.  That band name is very accurately chosen and this first tune is a bit math-y with a nice muscular stomp and some punk flavorings.  The singer’s voice is fucked with and he sounds like he’s inside a big concrete tube and barely understandable.  By the third tune Antivenom the water is at a full boil and the thrashing and grinding about is quite intense.  I’m not feeling like this is best of 2018 for my list but it’s got a lot going for it.

 

@@@ Sumac: Love in Shadow (Thrill Jockey, 2018) Marketed as a largely improvised metal record there are four long ass pieces three of which clock in at over 15 minutes.  I’m listening to the second tune right now and it is a noisy and energetic guitar record without being a full metal meltdown kinda record.  The focus here is on playing as one would expect with 15 minute pieces.  I like how it’s not a sloppy record by any means but it’s looser than most metal records.  It is a big metal jam record.  I like the sound of it and I will circle back on it when I have closer to 1 hour and 6 minutes.

YTD recordings listened to: 684
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 371
Not good music: 265

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

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

Music for 8/20/18!!! The Freaky Baby Daddies, Howling Star, Black Arkade

@@@ The Freaky Baby Daddies: Feed Your Ego (N/A, 2018)  I saw on the Line of Best Fit there is another black punk festival besides Afropunk.  It’s called, simply enough, Black Punk, and these guys are the first band listed.  There is most definitely some rocking going on here but I’m not sure how punky fresh it is.  There’s a lot of melody, and higher end production, and guitar shredding but I will not be a genre bitch.  This is more like Living Colour than Bad Brains.  Very high energy power trio playing even comes with tambourine at the end of the tune when it blows out.

@@@ Howling Star: GIN (North Elements, 2016)  Another track from the black punk festival.  This is punkier for sure with some metal sounds thrown in.  Black female singer which I’m totally into, and a thick wall of guitars blasting away.  The tune is about gentrification and she’s giving gentrifiers what they deserve.  This outfit is from Atlanta but it could be Brooklyn of San Francisco getting the shout out.  I like the energy, the topic and the singer does really solid work here.

@@@ Red Arkade: We don’t sing too Pretty EP (N/A, 2018)  Here we go some straight up pogo punk out of Queens NY.  Singer sounds like Ice T and I’m sure Donald Trump flings his pumpkinhead hair to this kinda shit.  After he burns a cross out on the White House lawn.  The second tune is called ‘Fuck that Shit’ and I don’t think they could be more direct or straight ahead in their sentiment.  The production is not super shiny by any means but it’s not dirty crusty punk style either.  The longest tune is 2:44 so it’s get in and get out commando style anti social punk.  I dig the drummer, you get a walloping bucket of distorted guitars and plenty of sing along hooks.  If you’re looking for a blast of hostility to get your week started turn away from the Trump Toilet Tweet Tirade and get some from Queens.

YTD recordings listened to: 483
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 251
Not good music: 202

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, 700 Bliss