2017 Honorable Mention Pick 1

Acid Arab: Musique de France (Crammed Discs, 2016)

A timely shot of Middle Eastern electronica that goes out to that racist fucker Marine Le Pen in France and our very own homegrown piece of shit, Donald Trump.

Heavy club beats with modern bass sounds and Arabic melodies over the top.  A little like Omar Suleiman but less manic.  Guest singers but just shots of vocals not verse-chorus, etc.

I’ve clipped one of my favorite tracks below.

Music for 2/25/17!!! Calvin Harris, Zeal and Ardor

@@@ Calvin Harris: Slide (Sony, 2017)  Featuring Frank Ocean and Migos out of Atlanta Calvin Harris returns with a cheesy disco biscuit for the masses.  Lord Frank Ocean needs a Red Bull or something and if you’re looking for a sonic burrito of watered down soft dance sounds Calvin hook you up yo!  The Migos raise the temperature a bit but this is oxy-disco.  Yikes.

@@@ Zeal & Ardor: Devil is Fine (MVKA, 2017)  Blurbed as a mash of black metal and blues, I’ll believe it when I see it.  This first tune has only the slightest bit of metal in it.  Let’s peep some more of this.  The second tune gets a little darker but these guitar tones that they’re using as black metal are kinda limp.  I like this third tune Sacreligium I as it combines some fat bass with some manic glitching.  I like this all right but I wish the tunes were stronger.

YTD recordings listened to: 133
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 73
Not good music: 41

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz

Trump does his death cult circle jerk at CPAC!

From Reuters:

President Donald Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the “greatest military buildups in American history” on Friday in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists.

Somebody get these assholes a napkin because they’re about to shoot themselves a collective load of subhuman semen over Trump’s military buildup.

The military is just going to get bigger and bigger and bigger and then it’s going to explode!!!!!

 

How tired is Trump’s Stalin-y fake news shit? Very.

From the New York Times:

In a free-range, campaign-style speech, President Trump reiterated his charge that “fake news” outlets are “the enemy of the people.”

I think it’s safe to say that more Americans see Trump and his gang of assholes as much more of an enemy than the media.

The New York Times can’t deport you.

CNN can’t jumpstart the predatory banking machine and fuck you and your financial future over big time.

Politico is not going to destroy the environment at the level that Trump and his cock buddies are going to.

This is starting to smell like a giant, fucking distraction.

Music for 2/24/17!!! Rhiannon Giddens, Thundercat, Crystal Fairy

@@@ Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway (Nonesuch, 2017)  Some folk off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m guessing this is going to be polished folk for NPR listeners but you never know.  This first tune features some nice sounds but I’d like to check out more.  Giddens’ voice is very pleasing, no oversinging with a subtle vibrato.  Her voice is really the star here — the band is solid but not particularly ear catching in their playing.  There’s a conservatism at work here but a lot of so called adventurous listeners are really pretty conservative in their tastes.

@@@ Thundercat: Drunk (Brainfeeder, 2017)  Some alternative r&b off this week’s All Music notable release email.  There’s some Frank Zappa music nerd combined with black music sounds.  The second tune after the intro gets into some manic jazz fusion energy.  Fusion is not my favorite sound but let’s check a bit more.  It’s accomplished playing and arranging but I’m not super into it, check for yourself.

@@@ Crystal Fairy: Crystal Fairy (Ipecac, 2017)  Sludge metal off this week’s All Music weekly email.  This first tune is grungier than sludgier so if you prefer sludge over grunge well then you will feel a tad ripped.  The singer sounds a bunch like the gent in Rush — that sort of high, nerdy voice.  The second tune Drugs on the Bus is coming slow out of the gate but maybe it will pick up.  Plenty of Stone Temple Pilots up in here, it’s all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 131
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 71
Not good music: 41

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz