Music for 1/17/19!!! The 4 Korners, Cluster Lizard, Jah Division

@@@ The 4 Korners: Portal of Gold (Ropeadope, 2016) I saw this jazz fusion outfit is playing BAM in Brooklyn so I thought I would fight my anti-fusion prejudice and check these guys out. Instrumentation is guitar, keys, electric bass and drums and it is full on. Finger popping bass, epic rock guitar tones along side those super smooth synth sounds. There are rainfall samples at the beginning of a couple of tracks and I don’t really get the connection between rain and jazz fusion but it’s standard business here. The record sounds great with part jam, part rock, a little soft jazz all swirled up and extruded for your listening pleasure.

@@@ Cluster Lizard: Prophecy (Prostir Records, 2018) An electronica duo out of the Ukraine that I got to via an email from awesome indie radio station KFJC in California. Song titles such as Come from Forever, and You will Go Everywhere give you an indication of what the flavor of this record might be. It’s opening with a cathedral organ with sawtooth (again, sorry!) synth on top of it. A rhythm consisting of staticky spashes comes in and the whole tune is exploding outward. It takes a left turn out into a metallic percussion space and some rhythm-free out keyboard playing. And then it turns again with a drum beat, some urgent thumping bass and the aggro synths. So these are not going to be slow developing cloudy pieces, it’s gonna hop and pop. I’ve checked out portions of three pieces and like a bunch of songs but the I don’t need to hear all the sawtooth synths myself. I’m a fickle bitch.

@@@ Jah Division: Isolation Dub (Ernest Jenning, 2019) I got to this dub reggae cover of a Joy Division track from a music publicist email. It is a blend of old school and newer dub sounds with some pretty dubbed out synth sawtooth blasts ricocheting around. I’m enjoying a lot of the hi hat dubwise sparks as wells percussion run through the dub-a-lyzer. It’s a good track if a tad long. Go for the rhythms and stay for the dub effects.

YTD recordings listened to: 36
Good music, not list worthy: 24
Not good music: 11

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808

Shutdown shows safety of Americans worth less than political victories

Trump forced this shutdown with his wall hissy fit.

And Mitch McConnell is keeping it going when he could override the Trump veto and re-open.

They are more than a bit hypocritical in their thinking.  The wall is supposed to make Americans safer.  It’s total horseshit but that’s the official line.  But at this point food safety is deteriorating, airport security is deteriorating, real safety and security is degrading.

Never mind that these are supposed to be the economic growth folks and economic growth is being slowed by the shutdown.

They could give a flying fuck.  Both parties built the machinery for the War on Terror because it was profitable but the safety of normal everyday Americans is pretty far down on the list here.

Music for 1/16/19!!! Wlmrt, Only a Visitor, Future

@@@ Wlmrt: Lube 2 (Plesence, 2019) Some loud ass music off this week’s CFUV playlist email. They are out in Vancouver. That’s in Canada. 5 tracks, 11 minutes of guitar squall, some weird synth (something is in that nest of distortion!), classic hardcore drumming and distressed female on the microphone. I’m almost sure they have some sort of keyboard player which is quite surprising for a hardcore band. The second tune is more rough indie, oops I spoke too soon as they popped a nut and went right into a hardcore section. God bless their pointed little heads.

@@@ Only a Visitor: Technicolor Education (Self-released, 2018) Art pop also off this week’s CFUV playlist email. This is the opposite of the cheap beer punk we just snacked on. This is classically influenced and highbrow art indie. Oy, not really my thing but this first tune does feature some intricate vocal arrangements. This is more artsy than Death Cab for Cutie. The vibe changes, at least instrumentally as there is a sloppier rock thing going on underneath the female vocal harmonizing. I appreciate the contrast. I can’t really get with this, but if you like the super clean and aspirational and antiseptic indie than this will work for you! Also a tad proggy.

@@@ Future: Jumpin on a Jet (Epic/Sony, 2019) We switch the moods again with some mainstream trap. I still don’t get the genius of Future, I dig J.I.D. and DRAM but Future not as much. You can rattle some windows with this bass for sure. I’m not listening too much to him do his thing as I find the Autotune effect on his voice pretty annoying. Fat bass, standard beats, annoying rhymes, that’s the view from here.

YTD recordings listened to: 33
Good music, not list worthy: 22
Not good music: 10

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808

I hope this dude Manafort gets a lot of 3 hots and a cot! #worldclassliar

From the Daily Beast:

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This Manafort gent appears quite willing to lie to people who can put your ass in jail and don’t enjoy being lied to.

I’m not the hugest fan of the FBI (nor its history) but this scumbag needs to have his wings clipped.  If he (and Cohen and Trump and all the rest) get away with all these lies and this bullshit it’s going to trickle down into society and make an even more klusterfucked jam out of what is already quite a world class klusterfuck.