Music for 12/12/18!!! Mammoth Grinder, Primal Rite, Sumac

@@@ Mammoth Grinder: Cosmic Crypt (Relapse, 2018) I haven’t heard a ton of metal this year that made me jump up and down but I snagged a few choices off a year end list at the AV club and this one led by the drummer for Power Trip looks engaging. It’s got a nice friendly mosh flavor to it. Just your meat and potatoes smackdown. It doesn’t have the same energy as Power Trip’s 2017 release which I really liked but it’s solid. It’s got a couple of the dudes from Iron Reagan whose name I like but about whom I know little.

@@@ Primal Rite: Dirge of Escapism (Revelation, 2018) This recording has a bit of a different feel to it than the Mammoth Grinder one above. That band name is very accurately chosen and this first tune is a bit math-y with a nice muscular stomp and some punk flavorings. The singer’s voice is fucked with and he sounds like he’s inside a big concrete tube and barely understandable. By the third tune Antivenom the water is at a full boil and the thrashing and grinding about is quite intense. I’m not feeling like this is best of 2018 for my list but it’s got a lot going for it.

@@@ Sumac: Love in Shadow (Thrill Jockey, 2018) Marketed as a largely improvised metal record there are four long ass pieces three of which clock in at over 15 minutes. I’m listening to the second tune right now and it is a noisy and energetic guitar record without being a full metal meltdown kinda record. The focus here is on playing as one would expect with 15 minute pieces. I like how it’s not a sloppy record by any means but it’s looser than most metal records. It is a big metal jam record. I like the sound of it and I will circle back on it when I have closer to 1 hour and 6 minutes.

YTD recordings listened to: 684
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 371
Not good music: 265

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac

Nobody will defend Ocasio Cortez against sexist attacks cuz she’s (gasp) socialist!

From Salon here:

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I don’t see anyone from the centrist Democratic wing of the party calling out sexism the way they did to defend Hillary.  Cuz she’s socialist no?

Conservatives are attacking her as stupid, Kellyanne Conway who has called out sexist attacks on her Conway ass just said today Ocasio Cortez doesn’t seem to know anything.

All this shit is sexist, straight up, and nobody gives a shit because Ocasio Cortez is advocating economic policies that both parties hate.

The stench of hypocrisy here is quite strong.

Cuz all critiques of Israeli policy have been deemed anti-Semitic!

From the Daily Beast:

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If all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic that means Palestinians are racist and that opens the door for Israel to dehumanize and oppress them because they’re awful racist human beings.

So these days it’s fashionable to mindlessly support anything Israel says and they have a huge self-interest in not recognizing the humanity of Palestinian people.

Music for 12/10/18!!! Kacey Musgraves, Lucy Dacus

@@@ Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour (MCA Nashville, 2018) #3 on NPR’s best of 2018 list. I know she’s a critical darling but I’ve never heard the mind blower to convert me. The production here is large sounding with shades of Daniel Lanois’ Emmylou Harris record. She’s going for the big meta lyrics and I wish they were better. The playing is very good, there are some interesting sounds tucked into this country record, but I don’t hear the best of year vibes here.

@@@ Lucy Dacus: Historian (Matador, 2018) #4 on the NPR best of 2018 list. Oh boy, mopey indie music. Has the world an infinite appetite for downer guitar indie or is there something wrong with me? Dacus has a fantastic voice and she deploys it with great taste but the tunes….they’re more background music for a coffee shop rather than something that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I understand I’m running the risk of being a krank by not liking what is apparently so likable but this doesn’t work for me. This makes me feel sleepy.

YTD recordings listened to: 678
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 369
Not good music: 264

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou