9/29/16: Gallant, Common, Vermin Womb, Gwen Stefani & Justin Timberlake

@@@ Gwen Stefani & Justin Timberlake: What You Working With? Two of our society’s greatest white entertainers that have made millions repackaging black music culture for white folks. And it’s on full display with Stefani’s street girl stance and Timberlake’s falsetto loverboy. Complete with fat bass and a non-gangsta beat and it rains dollars and cents from the Micky Mouse crowd. This tune is off a soundtrack for a movie called Trolls and I can think of no more appropriately title to be associated with these two black culture trolls! Trolling for dollars, trolling for credibility, trolling for Disney!

@@@ Gallant: Ology (Warner, 2016) Some alt r&b off the Apple Music Festival page at Apple Music. Lord this Apple Music festival appears to be going forever. This first tune is an early Prince-era loverboy falsetto tune without guitars. The third tune, Shotgun, is an uplifting finger snapper/hand clapper (literally). I like Gallant’s vocals but the synth-centric arrangments make me miss Prince.

@@@ Common (featuring Stevie Wonder): Black America Again ( , 2016). A pretty rough anti-police brutality tune I got to via the Best of the Week section at Apple Music. I’m more than a bit shocked that Stevie Wonder got involved with something like this as he’s been pretty saccharine for a long time. The tune is basically Common on the mic over a straightforward piano chord progression and beats.

@@@ Vermin Womb: Permanence EP (Virgin Womb, 2016). Some truly filthy, crusty ass heavy metal I saw name checked on Invisible Oranges, a big metal blog. Tasty thrash drumming, cavemen on the mic and a punishing guitar grind. This second tune Bitterness is just a multi-colored vomit spray of bad feelings. Excellent work, these guys hold nothing back and leave no ugly stone unturned. Check them out for a quick blast of anti- shiny, happy people bullshit.

YTD recordings listened to: 771
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 435
Not good music: 289

Buys: 15
Honorable Mentions: 12

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, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis


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