Music for 5/25/18!!! Prefuse 73, ACTRESS, Belly, G- Eazy

@@@ Prefuse 73: Sacrifices (Lex, 2018) Left field hip hop off this week’s All Music notable release email. Definitely left field sonically and well done on this second tune, late to the Party. String arrangements with keyboards that sound more than a bit Beatle-esque psychedelic. The third tune is not really hip hop at all with a female singer and aggro keys. Ah, in a classic music biz mishap this record is labelled as hip hop in the All Music email but is listed as an electronic record on Apple Music. It really is much more of an electronic record than a hip hop record. I don’t love the songs but the sounds are pretty high end and the production well done.

@@@ ACTRESS: Lageos (Ninja Tune, 2018) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. The record is done with the London Contemporary Orchestra and what you hear in this first track is mash of electronic sounds — pops, clicks and percussive noises blended and swirled with chopped up orchestral bits. I was getting ready to give a big thumbs up to this record on conceptual grounds when the third tune goes full video game soundtrack with percussive howitzers going off — it’s pretty not great. I’m on the fourth tune and each track is pretty far from the one before so that’s great if you’re good with some clunkers like the third tune.

@@@ Belly: What You Want (with the Weeknd) (Roc Nation, 2018) A bittersweet summer tune that kicks off summer? That’s what it sounds like to me. The more important question here is why is the Weeknd such a big deal? I’ve never heard anything that blew me away. This is an interesting and not super engaging blend of pop and hip hop and FM radio ready baby food. Smooth is the key word here.

@@@ G-Easy: Power (RCA, 2018) Both this tune and the one above are up in the Apple Music hot tracks section. My favorite line is ‘you ain’t go no power cuz your pussy’s dry’. It’s a celebration of cash and cars with plenty of pop bounce. The trippy panning sample steals the mix for my ears, the vocal hook is pretty stupid and the bass and beats are solid B grade. It is more than a bit confusing to hear folks go full Trump on a track when they probably despise his actions while celebrating their own similar ones, but the world is complicated.

YTD recordings listened to: 288
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 151
Not good music: 128

Best: 5
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, Dona Onete, 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, Los Texmaniacs

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Alexa devices also programmed to kill you in your sleep. For real.

From Reuters here:

Amazon on Thursday described an “unlikely… string of events” that made Alexa send an audio recording of the family to one of their contacts randomly. The episode underscored how Alexa can misinterpret conversation as a wake-up call and command.

A local news outlet, KIRO 7, reported that a woman with Amazon devices across her home received a call two weeks ago from her husband’s employee, who said Alexa had recorded the family’s conversation about hardwood floors and sent it to him.

“I felt invaded,” the woman, only identified as Danielle, said in the report. “A total privacy invasion. Immediately I said, ‘I’m never plugging that device in again, because I can’t trust it.’”

The question isn’t how could the Alexa device have malfunctioned and recorded and emailed a conversation to someone random but rather why would anybody expect a device that has Alexa’s capabilities believe that their privacy is ensured when they plug it in?

NFL player Dennis Brown exposes the mindless hypocrisy of NFL-Trump axis of doucebaggery!

From the Guardian here:

“He’s an idiot. Plain and simple,” Baldwin said. “I respect the man because he’s a human being first and foremost, but he’s just being divisive, which is not surprising. It is what it is. But for him to say anybody who doesn’t follow his viewpoints or his constituents viewpoints should be kicked out of the country is not very empathetic. It’s not very American like, actually, to me. It’s not very patriotic. It’s not what this country was founded upon. It’s kind of ironic to me the President of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on.”

You make players who give a shit about other Americans second class status for caring by making them stay off the field for the anthem.

Why don’t you just make them ride at the back of the bus?

The NFL is fucking idiotic to come up with such a stupid way of addressing this issue.  How about the NFL issue a statement to all racist white football fans explaining that black Americans are Americans and they have all the rights of Americans.

Fucking fucktards.

Trumpy can’t cockblock on the Twatter!

From the New York Times:

Mr. Trump’s practice of blocking users who criticize him violates the First Amendment, a federal judge said.

I can’t believe the Deep State has fucked Trump again.

Trump is cockblocking on the Twatter for national security reasons — there could Mexicans and black folks getting up in his grill and that keeps him from focusing on the wall and fucking with Rocket Man.

President has serious shit he has to contend with, most of it in his head, and blocking on the Twatter helps him to focus and unleash even greater fury on the Twatter when he’s rage tweeting on the can in the morning.

It also helps him clear his bowels when he’s more relaxed.

 

Let’s hope lawsuits grind Facebook into a find powder!

From the Guardian here:

Mark Zuckerberg faces allegations that he developed a “malicious and fraudulent scheme” to exploit vast amounts of private data to earn Facebook billions and force rivals out of business.

A company suing Facebook in a California court claims the social network’s chief executive “weaponised” the ability to access data from any user’s network of friends – the feature at the heart of the Cambridge Analyticascandal.

I guarantee you dollars to donuts that Zuckerberg’s main defense is that any harm he has done has been accidental in the name of connecting everybody in the world to each other!

This includes connecting propagandists with gullible voters, corporations with customers, the po po with gang communications, it’s all good!

Facebook has never ever done anything malicious or wrong, just mistakes!

Music for 5/22/18!!! Tom Rogerson, K. Michelle, Anathema

@@@ Tom Rogerson: Finding Shore (Dead Oceans, 2017) I’m peeping some records from an All Music notable release email from late 2017. This first one is an ambient record where piano improvisations are manipulated into ambient music. This first tune the piano has been processed and it sounds like a vibraphone. The second tune, Motion in Field (clipped below) sounds synth like in its manipulation with a little of the acoustic piano left into the effects mix. I like the starkness of just the piano/processed piano. It’s got a bit of a New Age feel to it with the large reverb patches but it’s music with some thought behind it and I respect that.

@@@ K. Michelle: Kimberly, People I Used… (Atlantic, 2017) A mash of hip hop, soul, club music etc. that I got to via the All Music notable release email. The second track, Alert, is a put down track with some extensive rhyming while this third tune, God, Love, Sex and Drugs switches to a band format with singing and bluesy guitar. Ms. Michelle has a huge, strong voice with some pleasant rock ‘n roll gravel in it but I can’t say these are particularly engaging lyrics. The third tune is a ballad with piano, electric piano and finger snaps. The record features super modern production and if you dig the strong female vibes and Ms. Michelle’s voice you might really like this record.

@@@ Anathema: The Optimist (Kscope, 2017) A proggy/rocky affair from an outfit out of Liverpool. I’m not usually one for the prog but I will peep most anything and I’m no genre bitch. My Apple Music blurb says these guys used to be a doom metal outfit so hopefully they drop some of that into this record. Thus far this record sounds a bunch like a Radiohead rock/electronic mash except this singer has a soaring rock ‘n roll voice as opposed to Thom Yorke’s mumbling reticence (which I dig). You can really hear the proggy aspirations in the track, Optimist, though it has more than a tablespoon of cheese rock swirled up in there. I’m a huge fan of the piano in jazz but in rock and prog not so much. This isn’t really my thing, but if you dig artistic piano rock well then these guys will hook you up. I could have used some doom metal up in this thing.

YTD recordings listened to: 284
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 149
Not good music: 126

Best: 5
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, Dona Onete, 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, Los Texmaniacs