Music for 7/24/17!!! Vera Blue, Meklit, Ritual, Shania Twain

@@@ Vera Blue: Perennial (Island Records Australia, 2017)  Some Kate Bush-y epic electronica/adult alternative off the music blog Indiepulse.  The sounds here are a piquant stew of mainstream pop/electronica and New Age with a lot of modern sounding synths, a little schmattering of acoustic guitars and plenty of multitrack vocals.  All this slathered over just the right amount of funky for housewives drum machine beats.  I’m not a buyer, it panders.  I tried to find a lyric video as that’s my favorite thing but I couldn’t find one.  And that will be your loss, not to see these lyrics unfold on the video, the tears streaming down your face as you realize yes, I need to be brave, yes! I need to do more self care, and yes! I will love again!!!!

@@@ Meklit: When the People Move the Music Moves too (Six Degrees, 2017) World music off this week’s WRIR playlist chart email.  It’s a mash of African sounds, some American black music and adult alternative sounds.  It’s uplifting for sure.  Ah, I’m not super low IQ — I went to get a video and I see Meklit is an Ethiopian-American so that explains the blend.  As the first tune unfolds it has some nice muscle to it so it’s uplifting but it’s not soft, a combination I don’t really love.  The production is strong and the horn section is happening.  The lyrics are not to my taste but I’m very finicky.  She has really mashed American music with African music here.  Check her out.

@@@ Ritual: In This Moment (Atlantic, 2017)  Metal off the Apple Music new release section.  The first tune is opening up like a Hollywood soundtrack — epic with huge tom rolls, chants, and a rising guitar squall.  In an odd turn of events the second track gets into a blues vocal with thunderous arena rock production.  Yikes!  I guess that’s what this record is going to be as the third tune keeps those blues inflected vocals, though a dude steps in and they start rocking.  I can’t really get with this music, it’s not a blend of sounds I can get with.  It’s just too shiny and epic and shall we say a tad cheesy for my taste.  There are a bunch of covers of songs here that I don’t think needed to be covered.

@@@ Shania Twian: Poor Me (Mercury Nashville, 2017)  A pre release mainstream country single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It is breathtaking how far stretched country music has gotten.  I can’t find a single country music element in this tune — not a twanghy guitar, no pickup truck lyrical references.  Ms. Twain is a big star, she doesn’t have to do country music and it’s just an observation.  I neither hate the tune nor love it, it just sorta passes through and is over.

YTD recordings listened to: 481
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 262
Not good music: 197

Buys: 7
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity

Is insane Giuliani an upgrade from racist hump Sessions?

From Zero Hedge here:

And, as Axios reports moments ago, Trump is reportedly “so unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has raised the possibility of bringing back Rudolph Giuliani to head the Justice Department, according to West Wing confidants.” Axios notes that in internal conversations, Trump has recently proposed the idea of nominating Giuliani, “a stalwart of his campaign.”

This is a tough call and I would end up saying that it appears Trump’s carousel of douchebags is about to spin into high gear.

America isn’t getting great again fast enough so let’s get some new assholes in here to get on that.

New Pie Hole Chief Scaramucci gets his firing penis out!

From CBS News here:

“Tomorrow I’m going to have a staff meeting. And it’s going to be a very binary thing. I’m not going to make any prejudgments about anybody on that staff. If they want to stay on the staff, they’re going to stop leaking,” Scaramucci, the incoming White House communications director, said Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

“If you’re going to keep leaking, I’m going to fire everybody. It’s just very binary,” he said.

He also called people who are “standing around” the president and leaking information “un-American.”

Oh yeah, there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is difficult to spell.

It’s just as simple as him rolling up on folks and firing all the leakers.  It’s as simple as making America great again — that’s a simple sentiment as well, right?

What a joke.

 

Fucking lying bank bitches!

From Bloomberg here:

Ten of the nation’s biggest lenders including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. together made $30 billion last quarter, just a few hundred million short of the record in the second quarter of 2007, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The achievement comes just as the industry’s long campaign against post-crisis rules finds traction with the Trump administration.

Banks have been decrying regulations aimed at curbing risk, blaming them for hurting capital markets and discouraging lending to consumers and companies. President Donald Trump, echoing those complaints, has asked regulators to find ways to ease off. But in this year’s second quarter, banks saw their profits propped up by lending operations even after a surge in revenue from more volatile trading units subsided.

Is Dem blind trust in corporations fading?

From the same Huffpo article:

Single-payer also got a boost from former Vice President Al Gore last week.

“The private sector has not shown any ability to provide good, affordable health care for all,” Gore said. “I believe we ought to have single-payer health care.”

It’s not that the private sector is not able to provide good, affordable health care, they’re UNWILLING to do so.

And that is one of the main problems with Obamacare — you need committed and ethical healthcare companies to make it work and that’s just not the case in America.

They’re more committed to their profits than their patients.

Music for 7/23/17!!!

@@@  Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds from another Planet (Dead Oceans, 2017)  Off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  ’80s influenced synth rock with a dreamy female singer.  It gets guitar noisy in a breakdown section and then goes back to its arpeggiated guitar sound.  They’re back with the shiny guitar and the reverbed out vocals in the second tune and while I understand this is a trendy, comeback hip indie sound I can’t abide by it.  I find it more than a bit self-indulgent and kinda boring.

@@@ Integrity: Howling for the Darkness Shall Consume (Relapse, 2017)  Epic metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Oh, they’re switching up gears and into a sweet tasty thrash — I love that suffocating snare sound and the grinding guitars.  I’m feeling this second tune Fallen to Destroy.  These guys play with a lot of energy and sort of slip in and out of sections with dexterity — thrashing into slick rocking sections into classic metal melodies.  I usually decry classic metal records as cheesy and somewhat ridiculous but the way these guys do it is really happenin’.  Imma swing back on this record when I have more time but if you’re into metal these guys have it going on.

YTD recordings listened to: 477
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 260
Not good music: 195

Buys: 7
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity

When it has a snowball’s chance in Hell?

Headline from Huffington Post:

Chuck Schumer Says Senate Democrats Are Open To Single-Payer Health Care

Is this an indirect acknowledgment that Obamacare is not the great accomplishment they’ve been trumpeting for the past 8-9 years?

We wouldn’t need single payer if Obamacare worked.

Where were these bold universal health care Democrats in 2009 when Obama hit town?

Their timing couldn’t be worse.