Music for 12/11/17!!! J Hus, Wolf Alice

@@@ J Hus: Common Sense (Butter World, 2017) An African MC in London combines African music and UK grime. I like his accent but I must say I much prefer American hip hop beats. This second track is funkier with a bouncy bass line. I wish the arrangements were less synth heavy. I got to this via the Guardian top 50 of the year and frankly these non-Americans should stay out of the rap game. Maybe some Nigerian cats can match American hip hop funk but it’s a tough hill.

@@@ Wolf Alice: Visions of a Life (RCA, 2017) Another UK outfit off the Guardian top 50 of the year and I tend to find the records that are lower on the list are better than the ones near the top where the music publicists are vying to get their big money records fellated as much as possible. This is #12 on the list so publicists are looking for head for sure. If you’re up for some highly produced, strongly flavored of shoegaze indie with a female singer then you’re in luck! I find the guitars here to be very satisfying but the production cuts down the whirlwind and the noise and the female singer pretties it up a bit. They have a go at uptempo punk business on the second track Yuk Foo, and it’s all right but it could use some more mess. It’s a tad too packaged a mess but that’s the point here. Somewhat unfortunately. It’s an all right record but music to me is about passion and the production constrains and packages the passion. Smells like passion for those who don’t like a shitty mess.

YTD recordings listened to: 784
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 423
Not good music: 323

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding, Les Amazones D’Afrique

 

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Yippee, Apple got a $47 billion gift from new tax law! They totally need it.

From NBC News here:

Richard Harvey, a tax professor at Villanova University who has testified before the Senate on Apple’s tax affairs, estimates the tech giant would save $47 billion in taxes versus the cost of repatriating profits under current law. The estimate was first published in the Financial Times.

Other multinational corporations that stand to gain from the foreign tax changes under Harvey’s calculations, which are based on company financial statements, include Pfizer, with $36 billion in potential savings; Microsoft, with $28 billion; and Google, with $15 billion.

The odds that this will stick to Teflon Obama are slim (but it’s true!)

From the Intercept here:

“Because African-Americans were disproportionately victimized at all levels of the housing and foreclosure crises, they stood to gain disproportionately from any sensible policy response. But because policy was not sensible — because it was, in fact, a catastrophic failure — the first black president in American history was a disaster for black wealth,” Cooper and Bruenig conclude.

Music for 12/10/17!!! Lil B, Miguel

@@@ Lil B: Black Ken (BasedWorld, 2017) Retro West Coast (San Fran specifically) hip hop I got to after seeing this record on more than one best of 2017 year end lists. When Lil B hits the mic he is both concious and filthy. He will do it with a lady while her friend is in the room. I like the George Clinton vibes, and the retro sonic approach but he’s too nasty for my taste. He don’t want no broke hoes in his bed, you dig? The sounds are freshly retro for sure.

@@@ Miguel: War & Leisure (RCA/Sony, 2017) A mainstream r&b record with guitars, pretty good as far as I’m concerned. He’s going for some Prince fan love on this first tune and I can’t tell if I’m willing to give him the same respect. The second tune Pineapple Skies heads into bubblegum territory which is the wrong way for me. This is more Lionel Richie/Michael Jackson. The first tune is the best and it’s the roughest and it ain’t that rough. I don’t like super taffy sweet r&b. If you do, that’s fine, but not me.

YTD recordings listened to: 784
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 423
Not good music: 323

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding, Les Amazones D’Afrique

Quote of the day!

From here:

We cannot pretend that Facebook itself is an NGO, or that Mark Zuckerberg has constituents. Facebook is an incredibly successful for-profit company, and Mark Zuckerberg has customers: the advertisers. We, as the users, are his product. Facebook needs users because it needs our data, but its ultimate goal is markedly different than that of a nonprofit or a government agency. No matter how many volunteers Zuckerberg hugs or how many 5,500-word techno-utopian declarations of accelerated global togetherness he pens, the company does not exist primarily to help people, to provide support, or to nurture communities.

 

The sad spectacle of cities rubbing Amazon’s rich balls

From CNBC here:

  • Chicago has offered to let Amazon pocket $1.32 billion in income taxes paid by its own workers.
  • Fresno has a novel plan to give Amazon special authority over how the company’s taxes are spent.
  • Boston has offered to set up an “Amazon Task Force” of city employees working on the company’s behalf.
  • Stonecrest, Georgia even offered to cannibalize itself, to give Bezos the chance to become mayor of a 345 acre annex that would be known as “Amazon, Georgia.”

It would be easier and healthier just to break Amazon up or restrict its power in the marketplace.

Boston has basically offered slaves to Amazon.  Are they going to put fresh oil on Jeff Bezos’ bald head each day or does he already have a robot doing that?

 

 

Music for 12/8/17!!! Common Kings, Algiers, Downtown Boys

@@@ Common Kings: Lost in Paradise (Island Empire, 2017) A blue eyed sounding reggae record I got to via a music publicist email. I hate to do it but I have to issue an annoying singer alert. I don’t enjoy his loverboy flow, but that’s just me, I sport no vajayjay. A couple more tracks but I don’t want to get lost in this. The production is crazy bright, nay, let us say it is absolutely flourescent. This is strictly for frat boys who can’t dance.

@@@ Algiers: The Underside of Power (Matador, 2017) This is one of All Music’s top 70 records of 2017 and it’s an aggro electronic funk record. At least the opener is. The singer is completely losing it over a nice beat. Let’s peep more. I like the singer a whole bunch but he could use some help with the arrangements as a drum machine and a distorted bass/synth ain’t gonna get him over the hump. I like the combination of the sounds, but I wanted more storm and power coming from the music.

@@@ Downtown Boys: Cost of Living (Sub Pop, 2017) Also off the All Music top records of 2017. The first tune is pretty standard old school punk rock. I like the female singer a lot, she’s losing it very stylishly. I wish the band would hit it harder but I’m not in charge of that. Ooh, she’s even more ragged in the second tune, nice work! Myself, I’m more in the mood for some peak Sleater-Kinney estrogen exploding/female fury but that’s a big ask. I would ask the band to help the singer out by losing your shit in the same manner. I remember when I was a darned kid, back in the ’20s, we enjoyed a good losing of the nut, you know Bad Brains and what not. I guess that’s out of style.

YTD recordings listened to: 782
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 421
Not good music: 323

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: 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, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding, Les Amazones D’Afrique