2/12/16: .Paak Anderson, Brothers Osborne, Conrad Sewell, Jack Garratt

@@@  .Paak Anderson: Malibu (Steel Wool, 2016)  Some art school/hippie r&b off the Apple Music emerging artist section.  Anderson sports a classic voice and I hear some Curtis Mayfield in there.  The second tune, Heart Don’t Stand a Chance, is a bohemian read of a Roots tune, at least the intro.  I don’t like that tune very much so we’re skipping ahead to the third tune, The Waters.  It’s more of a modern r&b tune with a lot of vocals and that certain drum machine like sound I can’t put a good finger on.  More reminiscent of a D’Angelo tune than old school.  It’s just preference I can see how lovers of this more recent sound would dig this.  Solid B.

@@@ Brothers Osborne: Pawn Shop (EMI, 2016).  Another record off the Apple Music emerging artist section.  The first tune is called Dirt Rich, which is not full on undercover arena rock, but there are certainly pop production sounds here and an overall corporate smell to the music.  And that’s cool but I just prefer the music of folks that bathe less rather than more.  This is like Sheryl Crow music with a bearded hipster and his cute sidekick instead of Crow.  The second tune gets more into the cheesy big rock — he’s thinking of his old girl.  Poor fella, no girl and trafficking in country cliches, that’s gotta be rough!  Have you noticed that every country song mentions girls in cutoff jeans and female hair blowing in the wind riding in their pickup trucks?  You can set your god danged watch to that shit!  Exclamation points during negative reviews!

@@@ Conrad Sewell: All I Know EP (300 Entertainment, 2016).  Another emerging artist from Apple Music!  He’s got a light voice that doesn’t benefit from the huge reverb patch they put on there.  And the string swells and the serious piano chords.  And the full choir, oh my!!!  This is dramatical and might require a handkerchief.  I’m about to move to another record because he’s doing that panting/orgasm breathing thing.  I don’t just not like that style of singing, I fucking hate it.  He wants to start again with his love but he’s layered so much cheese into this tune that I don’t give a shit what happens.  I made it 2.5 minutes into that tune, that’s pretty good.  The second tune has Michael Jackson electro-pop sounds in it.  Finger snaps, gated snare sounds!  Now the tune has morphed into a combo MJ/Earth Wind ‘n Fire mash.  He’s pretty much biting Jackson’s vocal style (and even the melodies!)  I’d rather watch two drunk people build a house out of dirty diapers.

@@@ Jack Garratt: Worry (Island, 2016).  An empty bed sad song off this Apple Music emerging artist section.  I was about to say how I appreciate the minimalist arrangement when the double synth plus-percussion-drum machine chorus came blasting down Broadway.  Garrett sounds a bit fragile in the lonely folk singer neighborhood with a dash of blue-eyed soul.  He’s got a Stevie Wonder pube up in this track.  It’s an all right track though I find the synths in the chorus to be too loud and the sad party vibe in this section is a tad askew.

YTD recordings listened to: 146
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 79
Not good music: 58

Honorable Mentions: 3
Buys: 2

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, 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, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, 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, Reverend Peyton, Living Hell, Matt Walker, Divanhana

Why is this driver of American anger not covered much?

From here:

When we speak about “outsourcing” and “free trade,” we speak in abstractions. Here is what these terms look like in practice.

Carrier announced this week that it will close a plant in Indianapolis that manufactures furnaces and move that plant to Mexico. The move means that “1,300 union jobs that average $20 to $21 per hour” will be lost.

Click through and peep the video so you can see the reception that the corporate asshole who draw the short straw to make this announcement received.

This loss of 1,300 union jobs has happened thousands of times across America.

So the next time you wonder why people are pissed…..

Looks like Cleveland is run by a-holes

From Gawker here:

The City of Cleveland has devastated the family of Tamir Rice several times over, and seems to have no intention of stopping. This afternoon in probate court, Cleveland Scene reports, the city filed a creditor’s claim for $500, saying that Rice’s family still owes them for the ambulance and paramedics that tended to the 12-year-old’s body after he was shot by a police officer in November 2014.

From here:

Update, Thursday, February 11, 2016: Cleveland officials said they are withdrawing the claim saying the Rice family owed $500 for their son’s last ambulance ride.

 

2/11/16: Divanhana, With the Dead, GoGo Penguin,Walter Martin

@@@ Divanhana: Zukva (ARC, 2016).  Super tight Balkan music out of Bosnia that I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  Instrumentation is accordion, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums, clarinet and probably other instruments over the course of the record.  My first impression in this first tune is that these guys sound like they’ve played 1,000+ gigs.  As my insane grand dad used to say these guys ‘are tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time’.  A cow would not want a fly to fly up his ass when they come out so he keeps his ass locked tight.  He was special, my grandfather.  Little trick playing here and there and the band turns on a dime.  The singer is really stretching out in this second tune — wow, she can sing.  Imma gonna swing back and check out this whole record but thus far I’ve heard nothing but excellent ensemble playing and singing.

@@@ With the Dead: With the Dead (Rise Above, 2015).  Switching gears we move over to some heavy gloomy ass metal off the CFUV weekly email.  Opens up with the big drum sound and tidal waves of detuned guitar syrup.  Distorted, post-rock vocals on tap in this first tune.  How much weed did it take to get to this guitar sound?  Imma guessing many bowls were packed.  The second tune is closer to Stone Temple Pilots than Converge.  Riff, thick rock drums and this whole anti-religion vibe which I get and don’t give a shit about at the same time.  Come for the guitar sound and leave when you’ve had yer fill.

@@@ GoGo Penguin: Man Made Object (Decca France, 2015)  Some piano trio jazz out of the UK and while Apple Music has it described as spring loaded abstractions (sounds great!) it’s more of light, New Age-y affair (not as good!).  The piano player is too pretty for my taste and the drummer sounds almost like a rock drummer.  Let’s give these fish and chip motherfuckers another shot.  The second tune opens up cute — I say my good friend do you have any gray poupon mustard?  Or a flavored coffee?  Or some more cream cheese for your bagel?  This is a most delightful brunch and I just love the faux sophisticated background music.

@@@ Walter Martin: Arts & Leisure (Ill Flottante, 2016)  Some ambient, quirky indie folk I got to from last week’s All Music notable release email.  I like that the lyrics in this first tune are different but they’re a tad too indie for my taste.  And he whistles in this first tune.  I don’t know why that annoys me so much, but it does.  It just stinks of wuss rock.  I really dig the ambient sound of the record and the quasi-orchestral instrumentation but the vibe is a bit light and quirky.

YTD recordings listened to: 142
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 77
Not good music: 56

Honorable Mentions: 3
Buys: 2

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, 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, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, 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, Reverend Peyton, Living Hell, Matt Walker, Divanhana

86 Fat Stalin/Christie!

Headline from Daily Beast:

Christie Formally Ends Campaign Bid After NH Loss

I don’t fat shame anybody except that fat piece of crap, Chris Christie.

The only satisfying aspect of Christie’s political career is that he flushed it down the toilet all by himself.

He might not have stopped traffic on the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, but he sure as shit stopped his political career dead in its tracks.

#bullyasshole