5/4/16: Poison Headache, Moderat, Casket Girls, Summer Flake

@@@ Poison Headache: Poison Headache (Metal Blade, 2016).  A couple of post-hardcore metal tunes off an upcoming banger that you will be able to feast upon in early June.  This record has two tunes up for pre-release streaming and these guys are all hopped up on Red Bull and maybe other stimulants.  Oy.  A hardcore singer, a metal drummer, and a guitar player that glues it together.  Big metal solo before he goes back into the lurching rhythm guitar work.  Let’s peep this second biscuit, Conspirator.  This one burns, fuck me, nice smashing of drums with blasts of guitar smegma.  I feel the anti-social feeling rising within me.  I want to burn something to the ground or watch a riot, or set up a porcupine mosh pit.  Fill in your own anti-social observation/participation as you see fit.  Excellent for folks who suffer with low blood pressure.

@@@ Moderat: III (Monkeytown/Mute, 2016) A record of techno instrumentals by a techno supergroup.  I do not know who these techno superstars are, but I will accept their marketing that they are indeed a techno ‘supergroup’, which is kind of a curse.  It opens up downtempo and robot bleep-y and machine sounds.  I like it.  A blend of trippy and ambient and funky.  The second tune, Running, is clubbier.  This third tune as well, and while I’m not jumping up and down there is some really nice arranging going on here and this is definitely higher end techno than what you usually encounter out there.

@@@ Casket Girls: Tears of a Clown (Graveface Records, 2016).  A single off an upcoming summer banger that I got to via a music publicist email.  This is an interesting track in that the bass/guitar frequencies are sound like they’re being handled by some big synth blasts (or it could be an electric bass).  Droll female singer taking the piss out of American society over pretty standard and okay sounding drums.  It gets squally towards the end which I dig.

@@@ Summer Flake: Wine Won’t Wash Away (Rice is Nice, 2016).  I got to this Australian indie rock band via a music publicist email.  If the Breeders had a love baby with the Beach Boys it would sound like this song.  Faded guitar indie.  Female singer working long droll tones, over classic rock drumming and guitars that are a little psych but mostly standard.

YTD recordings listened to: 404
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 227
Not good music: 150

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 7

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, 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, 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, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins

Larry Wilmore hilarious!! How dare a bald, black dude jeer people in power!

From here:

At the top of The Nightly Show Monday evening, Wilmore immediately addressed the kerfuffle over his use of the term “my nigga” in reference to the president. “I completely understand why people would be upset about that. It’s a very charged word, I get it,” he said, before explaining to critics the difference between the the “n-word” with an “-a” and with an “-er.” As the host explained, it is very important to “properly conjugate that slur.”

 

Babs Streisand endorses Clintons’ ‘I can be corrupt too, right?’ argument!

A Barbara Streisand twert:

What’s the issue about Secretary @HillaryClinton getting $225k a speech when Pres Bush 41/43 got $1m/Trump $1.25m. OK for men but not women?

Personally I don’t see how all politicans being corrupt and taking money for speeches is going to lead us to the promised land, but Barbara Streisand is smarter than you and me so if she says it’s all right…

5/3/16: Beyonce, Juan Atkins, Calvin Harris, The Bo-Keys

@@@ Beyonce: Love Drought (Columbia, 2016).  A return to coherent songwriting in song 7.  A very tasty arpeggiated, pizzicatto synth figure, a solid bass pulse, and some nice vocals.  She’s got a lot of vocals tracked here and they aren’t flying all over the place and distracting from the tune.  This is the best tune on the record to this point.  See all you Beyonce haters out there, if it’s good I give it respect.  Of any tunes on the record to be classic this might be the one.

@@@ Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald: Borderland: Transport (Tresor, 2016).  Techno off this week’s All Music notable release email.  This first tune opens up with minimalism and tension.  It’s funky but lean.  I like what’s going on in this first tune, let’s check some more.  The second tune, Lightyears, is more standard techno with four on the floor with an oscillating synth.  They got a classic techno undercarriage here, but a really well chosen synth sound that funk-a-fies the proceedings.  I’m not a huge techno guy but this record is exquisitely arranged and Imma gonna have to swing back and listen to it more closely.

@@@ Calvin Harris: This is What You Came for (Sony Music, 2016).  Is Mr. Harris still banging Tay Tay?  This tune features Rihanna and you never know maybe he stepped on that skinny white girl with marketing skills.  It’s not that this club tune is awful, it’s pretty well constructed, but Twinkies were pretty well designed as well.  Nice foamy oblong shape, they maintain shape, the cream goes in the middle, and the brown that space ckae up!  These are Twinkie beats yo, aka Beats for Club Idiots.  The lyrics stink, I mean let’s just leave it at that, and the cheesy hook in the chorus belongs with macaroni not in a song.  I would rather listen to dogs fornicate.  Check this lyric video for your kindergarden spelling lesson!

@@@ The Bo-Keys: Heartache by the Numbers (Omnivore, 2016).  This record is slotted as country soul on this week’s All Music weekly email but to my ears this is big ensemble electric Chicago blues.  This first tune features a full horn section, a nice Hammond B3 organ, guitars, bass and drums.  The GoogleTube says these guys hail from Memphis so I was wrong but not to far off.  This is some old school business here and they do a good job putting life into it.  The vocals especially.

YTD recordings listened to: 400
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 225
Not good music: 148

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 7

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, 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, 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, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins

No sympathy for you Trump haters/Trump makers!

From here:

Trump’s brand of populism has been enabled by the roughly 40-year decline of our middle class that both parties have facilitated through the abandonment of Franklin D. Roosevelt in favor of Ronald Reagan. Trump may not offer policy specifics, but he does not need them because the political establishment on both sides of the aisle, have failed the American people so badly, and the people have caught on. The United States is an oligarch.

Karma is a bitch, people.

The Democrats have more karma in this situation as they’ve pretended to give a shit about working Americans, but it’s a steady diet of crumbs they offer.  At least the Republicans have the decency to tell you to your face that they’re going to fuck you over.

The Democrats have engaged in a much more complicated and deceitful dance.

 

 

It’s worth considering the idea that politicians don’t want to end the War on Terror

From here:

The West has been waging its war on terror for 14 years. The result? Instead of a couple of hundred dangerous international terrorists, we now have over 100,000. And 1.3 million dead in the Middle East.

Now a number of politicians on both sides of the aisle want to defeat ISIS with yet more bombs, and President Obama is sending an additional 250 special operations forces to “advise and assist” in the fight there. Despite short-lived successes, this strategy has not worked for the past 14 years and couldn’t even shut down the Taliban. The war on terror has turned out to be a policy that breeds terror.

Politicians are more than happy to save a few lives, American or otherwise.

And American politicians love the ol’ military industrial complex.

And the political, negotiated solutions necessary to substantially cut down terrorism are unpalatable and unprofitable to those in charge.

That would include peace between Israel and the Palestinians and countries run by religious Muslims.  Now that idea is acceptable in the case of Saudi Arabia but that’s only due to the black gold, oil.

In the post 9/11 world, countries run by Muslims are a no no.

So we continue with the bombs.