7/27/16: Magic Giant, Seratones, Animalia, Andy Shauf

@@@ Magic Giant: Magic Giant EP (Magic Giant, 2015). I saw from a publicist email that these guys have signed on to the Washington Square label so I thought I would peep. They do a more modern folk roots thing with an uplifting vocalist and lots of yeah yeah vocal harmonies. It’s like a Death Cab for Cutie/folk lovechild. This second tune brings the Bon Jovi whoa hos and other sounds I can’t abide by, so adios Magic Giant!

@@@ Seratones: Get Gone (Fat Possum, 2016). A Southern r&b outfit that owns a whole bunch of Nirvana records. I got to this band after seeing them on the CFUV weekly playlist email. I like the singer, she yips and keeps it fresh on the microphone. Oh mama, this is the kind of shit I can slurp on all day long. A little hooky, some good muscle, and energy. I love energy. Nice sounds thus far — some buzzy bass, solid drum sound but it’s the singer and the guitarist that really hit it out of the park. Imma swing back on this one but I suggest folks break off a piece of these guys.

@@@ Animalia: (Dissonance) (Culvert, 2016). Dark art school music off this week’s CFUV weekly email. It’s hard to tell from the opener thus far if it’s gonna wrong, oh it’s not it’s gonna bounce with some kraut sauce and ping pong synth. I don’t think this singer is a native English speaker and that’s fine but she’s not going to do well when Trump gets this wall thing going. Joke, don’t piss yer pants. I’ve taken bites of five of the songs and it’s pretty standard synth rock with dramatical vocals. If you roll that way….

@@@ Andy Shauf: The Party (Anti-, 2016). Also off this week’s CFUV weekly email. Pleasant and laidback singer-songwriter soft rock off. This first tune is driven by the piano and a sparse rock beat. Shauf is dour but not suicidal, he’s got enough in the tank for some oodie, doodie doo typa background vocals. Let’s peep more. I’m on the fourth tune and I like a bunch of the sounds here and I like the orchestral aspect to some of the arrangements. I like Shauf’s voice but it’s a tad soggy for my taste — he’s mad mellow in his singing and the band is super mellow and it’s making me a tad sleepy.

YTD recordings listened to: 602
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 330
Not good music: 221

Honorable Mentions: 10
Buys: 9

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, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Xenia Rubinos, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Margo Price, Changui Majadero, Seratones

This would appear not to be above board Clinton behavior

From here:

But Pagliano also had an unusual employment arrangement. He was pulling down a six-figure salary at the State Department, which put him at the high-end of the pay scale for what appeared to be an ordinary tech support job. But Paliano was also being paid on the side in cash by the Clinton family, something his immediate supervisors didn’t know. In fact, they were never clear on precisely what his job was and didn’t know that during office hours, Pagliano was working for Clinton personally to maintain her private email system.

There has already been an FBI declaration that there isn’t enough here regarding Clinton’s email server to prosecute, and that’s fine, but it seems like an awful fishy arrangement.

Clinton hires her IT guy to the State Department who built a server in her basement and also pays him on the side?

 

This would be poor police management

From the Guardian here:

A Virginia police officer who will stand trial for murder this week told a witness “this is my second one” after shooting dead an unarmed black 18-year-old, a court heard on Tuesday.

Stephen Rankin, who had killed another unarmed man four years earlier, was recorded by his Taser’s camera making the remark to a Walmart staff member seconds after killing William Chapman in the store’s parking lot in the city of Portsmouth in April last year.

He sounds like a psychopath.

He should never have been hired in the first place.

And he shouldn’t have gotten a badge back after killing ‘his first one’.

He sounds like the overseers in the fields during slavery that would show cruel treatment of individuals to keep groups of slaves under control.

Sarah Silverman can lick Hilz boot if she wants. #ridiculous

From Gawker:

After giving a speech endorsing Hillary Clinton as a Bernie Sanders supporter, comedian Sarah Silverman went off-script at the Democratic National Convention on Monday to tell chanting Sanders diehards in the crowd they were “being ridiculous.”

Yes, Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee but nobody is obligated to cheer for her or support her.

If Bernie Sanders wants to do that, that’s great, if people want to boo her and her minions that’s fine too.

7/26/16: Jake Owen, Bear’s Den, Jarren Benton, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Ziegler

@@@ Jake Owen: American Country Love Song (Sony, 2016). A professional golfer turned new country singer. Blue eyes, pickup trucks, radio stations, dancing, power chords and white cheddar cheese! And a big Bon Jovi guitar solo, I think I just shit my pants. Lyric video, it’s your lucky day bitches!

@@@ Bear’s Den: Red Earth & Pouring Rain (Bear’s Den, 2016). Off Apple Music’s alternative playlist. You are greeted with some guitar washes and a bittersweet male singer. He’s a bit fragile and a little sad and he’s commemorating what he had with her in the ‘red earth and the pouring rain’. I don’t think this record is for me but I will peep a bit more. There are a lot of ’80s sounds on these songs — gated snares, sheets of clean guitar sounds, old school synths. Here comes the earnestly strummed acoustic guitar with some big power chord sauce over it and that about punches my ticket out.

@@@ Jarren Benton: Slow Motion, Vol. 2 (Benton Enterprises, 2016) Some gangsta hip hop off the new hip hop section. I like the bass, I don’t notice the beats that much, and I don’t like the synths here. I don’t think of big cheesy synths as being very gangstery but that’s just me. This second tune is pretty hot — fat fat bass contrasting nicely with some skitter action. I really like the arrangement and the rhyming in this third tune, What a Difference. They synth is much trippier and they hit the mic hard. It’s pretty lyrically raw so there you go.

@@@ Mary Lattimore & Jeff Ziegler: Music Inspired by Philippe Garrel’s Le Revelateur (Thrill Jockey, 2016). Ambient soundtrack music off this week’s All Music weekly email. Opens up plinky and spacious with some harmonices and a little delayed threedling. I’m hoping this doesn’t collapse into New Age uplifting-ness. I’m four tunes in and while there are abstract moments in this record it’s a tad pretty for my taste. I would prefer more abstract sounds, less harp, more sounds. Again, that’s just me.

YTD recordings listened to: 598
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 328
Not good music: 220

Honorable Mentions: 10
Buys: 9

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, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Xenia Rubinos, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Margo Price, Changui Majadero