8/25/16: Jordan Fisher, Lakuta, Justin Wells, MAC MILLER

@@@ Jordan Fisher: Jordan Fisher EP (Hollywood Records, 2016). Real deal electro r&b off the Apple Music new artists section. Very slick production and quite breathy vocal stylings. The verse on this first tune was pretty minimal but the chainsway synth patch and the Star Wars bleep show comes on in the chorus. Let’s peep more. This is full loverboy action though the second tune contains more cheesy sounds. Mr. Fisher is a handsome young bi-racial man so he’s ready for Instagram fame and fame in general despite his fairly average r&b.

@@@ Lakuta: Brothers & Sisters (Tru Thoughts, 2016). I’m a bit surprised to see this Afrobeat plus other sounds mash on the Apple Music new artists section. Maybe money changed hands? No, not the music business! Oh my a gay friendly Afrobeat anthem starting this record, the times they are a changin’. It’s solid Afrobeat on this first tune, let’s peep more. I like the bass line in this second tune, Rice & Peace, very Tony Allen-esque. This second tune does introduce a mostly rocking guitar solo and a funkier vibe than just straight Afrobeat. The lyrics here are upbeat and positive, and I dig the bass player a whole bunch and overall it’s a solid effort.

@@@ Justin Wells: Dawn in the Distance (August Music, 2016). Get your twang on with this effor that ‘wraps rusty r&b in a classic country finish’. Wells has a classic raggedy voice and if he’s to be believed he’s had a tough road. Maybe too many truckstop burritos? This second tune Still No Rain features some very nice widely panned acoustic guitar fingerpicking and it’s just more hard luck and no rain for Wells. This third tune, The Dogs, discards the sad songs for a lonesome Bruce Springsteen-y rocker and Imma kinda missing the down and out slow tunes now.

@@@ MAC MILLER: We (featuring CeeLo Green) We finish up today’s listening with a trippy hip hop/r&b mash single I got to via the front page of Apple Music. He’s got mad guests on this record and this one has CeeLo Green. Miller is a white boy and his flow on the mic is a tad flabby though I do dig the guitar hook and the drum sound. Here’s CeeLo and he’s got a little ol’ school falsetto working and he’s kinda shaming the white boy.

YTD recordings listened to: 681
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 380
Not good music: 249

Honorable Mentions: 12
Buys: 11

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, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Changui Majadero, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante, Keefe Jackson, Unfun

Obama’s law professor illegal war move!

From here:

When he began his new military campaign against ISIS in June 2014, he made no effort to gain Congress’s explicit approval within the next 60 days. He asserted that the decade-old Congressional authorizations for President George W. Bush’s wars against al-Qaeda and Saddam sufficed for his new war. In doing so, he took advantage of widespread confusion. ISIS did not even exist when Congress authorized Bush’s attacks in 2001 and 2002.

How do you get away with shit like this?

You have to appreciate Obama’s ability to talk about law and order when it comes to respecting the police and then when it comes time for our Nobel Peace Prize winner to obey the law……well, I don’t think so.  I’ll just step to the left over here and recycle the W.

The hypocrisy is mind bending.

The best military in the world!

From here:

The U.S. military lost track of hundreds of thousands of firearms it brought to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a New York Times Magazine report. The Pentagon doesn’t even know exactly how many weapons it took to the two countries in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, and only about 48 percent of the best estimate can be accounted for in government records.

The only good thing about this report is that the Middle East is such a peaceful region of the world that nobody will pick up/sell/resell or use those guns because everything is going great there.

Thanks George W. Bush and Darth Cheney!

8/24/16: Jaclyn Bradley Palmer, Michael Buble, Sabaton, Metallica

@@@ Jaclyn Bradley Palmer: The Dutch Sessions (Self-released, 2016). Powerfully female folk rock I got to via the Indiepulse music blog. If you sport an external appendage in your underpants be forewarned that there are a lot of feelings going on here. Unabashedly as well. The second tune, All That Might Have Been is an acoustic guitar strummer and it’s a song of lost love and again, many many feelings. Let’s finish up this listen with the third tune, I Choose Joy. As one would expect from a tune called I Choose Joy it’s a happy stomper with a tambourine. When she’s down she chooses joy. I’m not sure that makes a lot of sense but choose joy dammit.

@@@ Michael Buble: Nobody But Me (Gets Paid!) (Reprise Records, 2016). I love the Buble and wailing upon him cuz he is a cheese slinger par excellence. This is a snazzy little Elvis Presley-esque pop confection. Not Fat Elvis either, snappy Elvis. Would it be cheeky to call this bubbly by Buble? Catchy is one thing, low IQ achiever is a whole nother. This song is what it smells like when a rich old lady farts in an elevator and makes the elevator operator gasp. He’s got an MC rapping on this tune, kill me! I’m not going to finish this tune so hopefully he won’t get paid his 2/10ths of one slim cent.

@@@ Sabaton: The Last Stand (Nuclear Blast, 2016). A heavy metal record I got to via the Apple Music heavy music section. Power chord, synth blast, war chants, and cue the despair on my part. I’m predicting an epic singer, a real rag tight around the dick type. I am wrong as we get not a screamer but a serious intoner. Wrong again! This first tune commemorates the final stand of Sparta vs. the Persians and I had no idea the Spartans had a last meal solely consisting of stinky cheese. Let’s peep one more as this is painful. I guess this is heavy metal. Not the stuff I really like but heavy metal, it’s kinda Disney metal. Mickey metal.

@@@ Metallica: Hardwired (Blackened, 2016). A single off a full length due in November. Oh how times have changed, Lars is wearing a hat on Apple Music because he’s bald as a baby’s dick. The tune is an old school thrash bumper with Hetfield’s classic delivery — We’re so fucked, shit out of luck is the vocal hook. Sing it brother. I was going to say the mix sounds a little thin and the kick drum sounds like a sock full of dead rats but I thought I would check that up against other Metallica records. I’m listening to Enter Sandman (1991) and it’s much thicker. Same with Master of Puppets. And back to this new track and it is just squashed to fuck, loud as shit but kinda clippy and stupid. What can you do — it’s so fucked. 7.5 million views for this soggy squashed biscuit? That’s fucked!

YTD recordings listened to: 677
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 377
Not good music: 248

Honorable Mentions: 12
Buys: 11

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, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Changui Majadero, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante, Keefe Jackson, Unfun

Never mind the privacy issues, Facebook’s new teen app stupidizes everything in its path!

From here:

Lifestage, which launched in the US on Friday, is restricted to users under the age of 21. It’s designed to make it “easy and fun to share a visual profile of who you are with your school network”.

The app invites users to create a series of videos showing their happy face, sad face, how they dance and sign, their favorite and least favorite song and who their best friend is. Users can also share videos of their classroom, locker, backyard and kitchen. The videos are all framed with cute animations, which give it a definite Snapchat feel.

Oh God, how stupid can America become?  Apparently, very stupid.  What little internal, thoughtful life Americans ever started with is being strangled by Facebook and the arsehol overlords of social media.  Parents, I beg you not to destroy the minds of your children with this data collecting garbage.

#deathtozuckerberg

#facebookblows

The Pantsuit is not crooked, she just sold access to Uncle Sam!

From CNBC here:

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press.

Are you missing good ol’ boring and honest and principled Bernie Sanders right about now?  I know I am.

And I guess this is what Clinton meant when she said she was better positioned to get things done.  You pay her and she gets things done.  You don’t pay her and nothing gets done for you!