Music for 10/23/20!!! Fuck U Pay Us, Mirwais, The Sword, Grayson Capps

@@@ Fuck U Pay Us: Root (Self-released, 2017) Some super fired up black female rage I got to via an email from the NYC art collective Triple Canopy. Heavy on the bass and drums and light on fucked up punk guitar sounds the singer is working overtime here. I love the anger here, the singer is great, but without the guitar fury I feel underfed. I say this is a white male and I’m a piece of shit for being said white male, this is just my opinion as a music listener. A little Dead Kennedys-esque thrashing about would be more cathartic. The way I hear this it’s a bit more towards the spoken word side of town than the straight up punk side of the fence. You don’t blast everybody with tons of guitar noise so folks can hear the words.

@@@ Mirwais, Madonna: Paradise (Productions 50/50, 2000) I saw this electro producer on the Guardian (I think) and then see this almost 20 year old track up on the ol’ Apple Music. I thought it was a new track but it’s not. Madonna does a restrained almost spoken word part on this track and though the arrangement sports some retro sounds it’s pretty hip with triphop flavors and a tasty bassline. Madonna also rocks a bit in French and that’s different but Madonna is worldwide bitch! The lyrics (that which make it through as I’m not listening closely) are pretty dramatical and are even more dramatic with the vocoder and the various processing choices applied to her voice. If the sounds weren’t well done this would be a faux poetry Madonna cheese bomb. As it is it’s half a cheese bomb.

@@@ The Sword: Daughter of Dawn (Concord, 2020) These two listens are from an All Music notable releaes email from mid June. From the title I thought this was going to be epic metal but it’s friendly classic rock with polite riffage and a back in the day approach. Oh, three beats on the cowbell before heading into a new section, it immediately moves up the charts for me, go cowbell! I’m not sure why I would listen to this if I have all the ZZ top records, which I do and I recommend a lot of them to the kids out there. The guitar playing is similar but more creative and the music goes for a more humorous flow where this is a bit on the wishy washy side. The guitar playing is solid but it’s not unfamiliar enough to keep my interest. I’m about 4 minutes in and it’s starting to get epic classic rock but again gimme some freshness and don’t wait so long to get to the crescendo.

@@@ Grayson Capps: Washboard Lisa (Royal Potato, 2005/2014) This record has a release date of 2005 on Apple Music but 2014 down at the bottom of the album page and I found this on a 2020 All Music notable release email. So my best guess for this roots/string/alt country record is reissue. This is the 9th song on the record and it highlights a friendly, slightly gruff male singer, some nice fiddle as well as some resonator guitar. The next tune is more rocking with two electric guitars, I like the previous tune more. I’m clicking around the record a bit and he’s pretty steady in a mix of slow ones and midtempo rockers and a lot of words. Literate!

YTD recordings listened to: 820
Good music, not list worthy: 448
Not good music: 347

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 2/21/18!!! Freak Heat Waves, Milk & Bone, Bashavel

@@@ Freak Heat Waves: Self-Vortex (Telephone Explosion, 2018)  A little psych, a little goth and a little indie on this single that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  The singer is lower register and mashed up with various effects over some rhythmic synth playing, standard indie guitar work and a straight rock beat.  It’s all right.  It’s the same sort of vocal schtick that the Butthole Surfers singer used to rock — grating, weird.

@@@ Milk & Bone: Deception Bay (Bonsound, 2018)  Slotted as pop on the Apple Music but sporting pretty heavy trip hop sounds the opening track is all right.  With these beats this is closer to new style r&b than pop.  The female singer goes for the lush, sensual sound but it’s not overdone and it’s presented in a minimal arrangement.  I don’t usually like this genre/style but the arrangements here are very tasteful.

@@@ Bashavel: Hoorhay (Hudobny fond, 2018)  Some straight-isa jazz I got to via this week’s London Jazz blog.  Instrumentation is violin, piano, bass and drums.  All the songs are in sport some sort of Eastern European language titles and I hear a bit of Balkan at points in the recording.  They get into some fairly different playing in the last third of this tune which I’m having a helluva time finding a tidbit for my ardent fans.  Ahem.  There is an instrument that came in during that last third of the opening track — it sounds kind of plucked and stringed but I’m not sure what it is as I can’t find shit on these musicians.  For straight jazz, which is far from my favorite bag, this is high energy with some interesting passage.  It is available on the Apple Music so probably on the other streaming ripoff stores, I mean streaming stores.  Come and get your 4/10ths of a penny!!!  And don’t bitch about it either.

YTD recordings listened to: 98
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 54
Not good music: 40

Best: 1
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, 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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One

Active Music Listening Saturday March 14, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 202
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 120
Not good music: 70

Honorable Mentions: 7
Buys: 5

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, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohammed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Torche, Leo Welch, Astral Swans, Mastery

@@@ Lourdes Rebels: Sound Safari (Aagoo, 2015).  Also off the CFUV weekly email.  Dark and slow electronica.  Actually a little bit too slow out of the gate for my taste.  I’m a New Yorker, I’m impatient.  Oy, track 2.  I’m feeling the arrangement on this second song, Apuro Liquido, generously clipped below for your earhole pleasure.  Some nice mental hospital beat repetition, and some cello solo action over that and then into the splayed guitar work.  Trippy AND purple drank influenced.  Do you folks get the purple drank reference?  These guys made a comeback after the first tune — solid, minimalist trip hop.

@@@ Anamai: Sallows (Buzz Records, 2015).  We hear a lot of goblin metal around these parts — the ill and angry part of the Lord of the Rings ecosystem.  These guys are dark and more elvish — a little dreamy and dour.  An odd thread of indie rock melody mixed in with the drones and the reversed bass.  It’s in the way the women sing here, like a quirky indie record but no guitars here.  Odd mix but pleasantly odd.

https://youtu.be/bTAywLEWHxg

@@@ Doomtree: All Hands (Doomtree, 2015).  Off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  Slick West Coast beats with mostly synth based arrangements and a solid urgent MC.  I hear multiple MCs.  Lyrics are sharp and tough.  Lots of energy, synth only hip hop doesn’t usually work for me.