8/4/15: Ultramantis Black, Peking Duk, Yemi Alade

@@@  Ultramantis Black: Ultramantis Black (Relapse, 2014).  I saw this record on my heavy metal weekly email.  The first tune, Biomonster DNA is a tasty blend of thrash and post hardcore with sections cresting and guitars poking through the mix like femurs at a bad car accident.  Oh, this is the shit, they just latch on to each other like leeches and drill a hole in the listener’s skull.  Hmm, that’s the smell of the drill bit burning up the bone, so nasty.  Short songs make them feel more focused and the correct dosage.  Now kids, take your medicine, you know you’ve been bad children and uncompliant cubicle workers and now you need to be punished.  I will be taking the full dosage of this record when I have time.

@@@ Peking Duk: Songs to Sweat To (Vicious/RCA, 2015).  Some unabashedly bombastic electro pop funk that would be a perfect soundtrack to a group suicide.  The first tune, Say My Name really brings the stupid with the dumbest funk beat possible — kick snare kick snare kick snare — if you can’t latch onto this you should stay in school.  Layer on the la la la la la la sauce, the corny synths, and the cliche lyrics and the beast is fully assembled.  I’m sure the second tune will be much better.  Oh, it’s called High, so it’s probably gonna be High IQ.  High is neither a club banger nor a shopping mall anthem it kind of spins around a couple of hooks and power flounders.  I think I’m wrong, it’s a watered down unsuccessful club banger.

@@@  YEMI ALADE FEAT SELEBOBO: King of Queens (Effyzzie, 2015).  Some Afro-electro off last week’s WRIR world music playlist email.  The third tune, Why, is reggae/dancehall ballad with roots and electro elements mashed together with Alade’s voice.  The third tune, Pose, moves into another club style so I had to search to see where Ms. Alade is from as she’s not easily traced via her music.  She hails from Africa, and while I like some of the arrangements/sounds, it’s not super my style.  However, if you are a big fan of club music this is pretty high quality club music with African musical elements though in the 20% area.  Of course, African people are not obligated to only make traditional African music.

YTD recordings listened to: 605
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 350
Not good music: 208

Honorable Mentions: 15
Buys: 9

Possibles: 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, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Evan Caminiti, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas, Ultramantis Black.

Fat Stalin/Christie puts the gloves on!

From here:

“During your first term as governor, you were fond of saying that you can treat bullies in one of two ways — quote — ‘You can either sidle up to them or you can punch them in the face.’ You said, ‘I like to punch them in the face.’ At the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?” Tapper asked.

“The national teachers union, who’s already endorsed Hillary Clinton 16, 17 months before the election,” Christie replied without hesitation.

I’m not sure Chris Christie is bright enough to realize that his methods for treating bullies are super applicable to him because there’s no greater bully than him on the national political scene.

That’s why he’s been dubbed Fat Stalin on this blog.

Just as I’m sure Donald Trump/Fuckstick isn’t aiming for the Latino vote, I’m sure very few teachers will be pulling the lever for Fat Stalin.

Hopefully Christie won’t drown himself in vanilla ice cream after he drops out of the race for President.

Oh poor Darren Wilson can’t get another job as a popo and murder another black teen

From the Guardian here:

Darren Wilson has attempted to return to work as a police officer since leaving his job in Ferguson, Missouri, amid the furore over his fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, it emerged on Monday.

Wilson said he applied for several police positions elsewhere but was turned down due to concerns that he was a liability. “It’s too hot an issue, so it makes me unemployable,” he told the New Yorker…

Clearly he’s a fuckin idiot to even apply to be a police officer again.

Who would want to officer Wilson’s partner and ride around the squad car with him?

That would be akin to putting a bullseye on your own back.

#darrenwilsongotawaywithmurder

Fuck it, send in the clown

I keep hearing from friends of mine who fancy themselves liberal what a farce and a tragedy Donald Trump’s moment in the sun is.

Of course, Trump’s racist insults are offensive, but there are some meaningful aspects to his clown show.

Most importantly, important ‘real’ Republicans like Jeb Bush can’t stand to be associated with him, and that Trump returns the favor by fucking with them in no uncertain terms.

At the beginning of the Lost Decade the Tea Party made an attempt to become a real part of the Republican Party and ended dismantled by the real Republicans in Congress, like Boehner and Mitch ‘the Turtle’ McConnell.

So now they’ve thrown up their hands and said fuck it, send in the clown, the clown being Donald Trump.

Just as real progressive people look at Barack Obama and find his trumpeting of slight change as historic progress, Tea Party folks find their management to be just as useless and phony and deceptive.

8/3/15: Albert Hammond Jr, CFCF, K. Flay

@@@ Albert Hammond Jr: Momentary Masters (Vagrant, 2015).  I’ve always found the Strokes to be a mutant creation of the music industry — a slightly above average band made up of rich, white boys that get marketed as geniuses.  So here we have Mr. Hammond’s solo jam and guess what?  I was fuckin right!!  This dude has morphed into Death Cab for Cutie (one Death Cab is enough dammit), and this first tune is shiny, fake meaningful indie pop rock that I wouldn’t wipe my butt with.  Arpeggiated guitar sounds, sensitive male vocals, wistful lyrics, blech blech blech.  And one more bleck.  The second tune brings more of the blue eyed club droppings.  I’m out.

@@@ CFCF: Radiance & Submission (Driftless, 2015)  Some ambient electronic music off the Beats highlights page.  The first tune, In Praise of Shadows opens up with a repeating cloud, layered over with a long slow moving cloud, and then some random voices, topped off with some New Age plinks and droplets.  And now the New Age nylon string guitar and the monster has been fully assembled.  I still have lingering bad feelings over Albert Hammond Jr.’s blech and I don’t want that to spill over into this listen.  Let’s move to the next track and see how that goes.  This second tune, Sculptures of Sand brings on the delayed oscillator synth solo and it’s epic and proggy.  Oh my.  And here comes other elements in addition to solo — a periodic bass pulse with delay that sounds a bit like frogs, an occasional tinkle of chimes and some wind at the end.  I would say that synth solo qualifies as an ill smelling wind, but check it out for yourself.  I feel changed after that demo of keyboard blasting.  The third tune is coming on full New Age and that’s gonna punch my ticket out.

@@@ K. Flay: Life as a Dog (Bummer Picnic, 2015).  In the hip hop section of the CFUV weekly playlist email but it opens up indie.  Maybe it will morph funk or maybe it’s listed in the wrong section.  The second tune brings the hip hop beat and some white girl rhymin’ with sung choruses and some guitars.  It’s all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 602
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 349
Not good music: 207

Honorable Mentions: 15
Buys: 9

Possibles: 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, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Evan Caminiti, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas

Is Trump devouring the Lil’ Fucker from Wisconsin?

From the New York Times:

Strategists for Jeb Bush believe that Donald J. Trump is drawing support from voters who are unlikely to support Mr. Bush but are essential to Scott Walker.

Regular readers know how strongly I feel about the evil that is Gov. Scott Walker.  He’s a world class fucker.

So anything that pulverizes that lil’ fucker is all right with me?

8/2/15: Satan’s Wrath, Kate Tempest, Kolombo

@@@ Satan’s Wrath: Die Evil (Metal Blade, 2015).  A little music for all the churchgoers on this beautiful summer Sunday morning.  Opens up with a little epic intro before it launches right into the thrash.  Sweet.  Nice suffocating drum thwack, some power chord wash with a slow, repeating somewhat demented guitar figure back in the mix and a singer that sounds human, but a stressed out pissed human.  The guitar player put some meth in his coffee, oh he be shredding big time.  The second tune gets into more of a classic, rolling, nope they headed right back into the thrash.  Sweet.  Very buzzy guitar sounds, pleasant but not syrup-y with big doses of classic shred.  Big respect to the drummer who is working his ass off.

@@@ Kate Tempest: Bad Place for a Good Time (Big Dada, 2015).  Two songs off their new record that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  The first tune is the title track with a British female MC doing some bleak lyrics over a minimalist, downtempo beat, and some ringing piano chording.  That’s before it segues into a synth section with the chant, Bad Place for a Good Time.  This is not your party hip hop, it’s pretty bummed out — let’s hear it for bummed out music.  I don’t love the piano part, which lends a New Age vibe to the tune.  The second tune, Stink, is absent piano and sports more urgency.  I feel this more.

YTD recordings listened to: 599
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 347
Not good music: 206

Honorable Mentions: 15
Buys: 9

Possibles: 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, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Evan Caminiti, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas