Good Enough for Nothing
Three Lovers were Losers Today
Lifetime to regret
You can”t win with these motherfuckers.
Damned if you kiss their ass, damned if you don’t.
What has really failed are the collective policies of our ruling class — excessive warmongering, a hollowing out of our industrial base by outsourcing, favoring speculation over labor, and my favorite, the frickin’ bailout.
That’s a failure and those were all decisions by those in charge, the ol’ 1% percent.
They would much rather have the black dude hold the bag.
Los Hacheros: Pilon (Chulo, 2012)
I really like the sound and the energy of this salsa recording. It has the ambient room sound of some of the lonesome Cuban records in my collection. I also dig the instrumentation — the violin adds a really elegant touch, especially when paired with the flute playing. There’s an amplified stringed instrument — I don’t think it’s an electric guitar, it sounds like an amplified Cuban son, but I could be completely wrong on that one. I am wrong, it’s the tres. In addition, there’s the upright bass, percussion, hand drums.
Lastly, I really like the singer’s style. He has a lot of fliar and a classic sounding salsa voice and he’s working the songs hard. Not oversinging nor showing off but working the melodies. Whenever the singer sounds like he’s really into it really draws the listener into a record.
I’m listening to this record on my iPhone as I finish this write up and these guys really have it going on. Rhythmically strong, great melodic players who get to take long interesting solos, and a great singer.
A great record to take you out of summer. Check it out.
Whew, that’s a helluva sentence.
YTD recordings listened to: 677
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 419
Not good music: 206
Honorable Mentions: 8
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Third Coast Kings, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Lenguas Largas, Los Hacheros, Ruthie Foster
@@@ Bonfire Beaches: Spit U Out (Cleopatra Records, 2014). A lot of innuendo in this buzzy femme No Wave punk and plenty of ass wiggling and bare leg in the video as one would expect from a tune called Spit U Out. I do not engage in slut shaming, I say slut it up ladies!!! I just wish the tune had more pizzazz to it like Prince’s Lady Cab Driver. Sincerely, Marcia, I want to fuck the taste out of your mouth. Oy, that’s gettin’ right to the heart of the matter.
@@@ Taylor Swift: Shake it Off (The Man Records, 2014). Oh no, Taylor Swift has a fragrance, that’s the ad before the video. I want to walk down Fifth Avenue wearing a boatload of Taylor — I wonder if the NYPD can get arrest you for wearing way too much of a young woman’s perfume.
It’s a good beat to the tune. Ms. Swift is gonna shake off my review so I won’t hold back from saying that her Andre 3000 imitation is eh. She’s too self-referential, she writes too many songs about what other people think of her, it’s weird. She says she’s not gonna get dragged down in the public discourse about her and her life, but here she is writing a track about it and making loot off the topic.
This is one of my big bitches about today’s mega-stars, they can’t sing or rap about anything besides themselves. It’s so fucking boring, self-centered, and creepy. Beyonce, King Corporate Dildo Jay-Z, Eminem, all of ‘em.
Now, if she wrote a tune about two dogs fucking in a parking lot then I would know she was over the whole discussion
@@@ Negator: Gates to the Pantheon (Prosthetic, 2013) Off a Labor Day sale at Omega Order email. This sounds like this is gonna be a bruising and stony ride — machine gun drummer, double kick drum battering and now we’ve segued right into the extreme thrash section in the opener, Epiclesis. I’ve never said this before regarding a heavy metal record, but I’m gonna have to look that word up. Ancient Greek for ‘calling down from on high’. Wow, fancypants intellectual metal band. Man, these guys are tight — tighter than a welldigger’s ass in the middle of winter.
These caveman singers don’t usually work for me, but this guy is understandable and makes a demonic howl to be sure, but it’s not the same timber as the usual caveman. Man, the drummer in this band is a tank — beautifully brutal, you can set your watch by this guy.
@@@ Max Jury: Black Metal (Marathon, 2014). My first impression of this adult alternative track I got to via a music publicist is Jakob Dylan’s lonesomeness and the Band. Jury has a really engaging voice but it seems a bit wasted on this lifestyle track as he’s singing about a girl he knows who listens to black metal all day long. I can’t share this track with my adoring readers so Max is headed down to the bottom of this post. Oops, I found a link.