Music for 10/19/18!!! The Jack Moves, Lea Love, PLANET

@@@ The Jack Moves: Red Lights (Everloving, 2018). Skate-funk (wha??) I got to via a music publicist email. I guess when they mean skate, they mean roller rink skating and not skateboarding. This is some mellow ass, quiet storm, loverboy shit with some funk. It’s no monsoon of funk, it’s a white boy doing a modified blued eyed soul routine. I like the bass player, I don’t love the guitar part, and the drummer needs a Red Bull.

@@@ Lea Love: No Feels (Mensch House, 2018). Some bouncy reggae also from a music publicist email. This tune is at a very similar tempo but the beats are much beefier and Love brings the energy on the microphone. One tune is funk and one tune is a reggae/soul explosion but the white boys should peep this and note the flavor pack. They have some standard but interesting eq sweeps through the tune that momentarily sucks the high end out of the track and fades it back in. It’s not the most amazing tune ever but it’s got motion and rhythm at a higher level than the track above.

@@@ PLANET: SAVE.SOLD (N/A, 2018) I got to what I think is going to be a rock track off an online music magazine. After an intro guitar it gets into an Oasis type thing with a lot of guitar chords/distortion and a white boy shuffle drum beat. I like the vocal hook here ‘You tell me you’ve been saved, you tell me you’ve been sold’. It’s got more than a bit of shoegaze dropped in there which lends not a melancholic vibe but a less rocking flavor.

YTD recordings listened to: 587
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 313
Not good music: 239

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

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Where our two grand parties share core beliefs!

From the Daily Beast here:

But Obama World isn’t without close connections to the kingdom. A company helmed by Jim Jones, then-President Barack Obama’s first National Security Adviser, has a contract with the Saudi government to advise on industrial matters, The Daily Beast has learned. Jones’ company, Jones Group International, had, until March of this year, a second contract with the kingdom related to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s military overhaul. It’s another sign of the deep reach of Saudi money into the Washington elite.

They are both imperial parties just with different styles.

I see few to no Democrats denouncing the chop job by the butchering Saudi Prince this week.

If President Skidmark can threaten violence….

From the Guardian here:

Donald Trump has praised Greg Gianforte, the Congress member from Montana, for violently attacking a Guardian reporter, saying that someone who performs a body slam is “my guy”.

The police can’t speak publicly like this.

Why does this asshole get to roll like this?

#dirtnapthebiatch.

Music for 10/18/18!!! Elvis Costello, Kurt Vile, Georgia Ann Muldrow

@@@ Elvis Costello: Look Now (Concord, 2018).  I got to the new Elvis Costello record via this week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m on the fourth tune and my favorite moments thus far have been Costello’s singing.  The band plays well, they’re a great band — the songs are more mainstream and less funky than vintage era Costello/Attractions albums.  There are some parts of the instrumental arrangements that evoke late Beatles tunes, which is interesting.  I’m swinging back to this record overnight and I feel the same — while Costello brings the vocal energy of his youth the arrangements are a bit staid which makes sense as his fans are much older now.  At certain points the more orchestrated arrangements elevate the tunes and sometimes they hold it back a bit.

@@@ Kurt Vile: Bottle it In (Matador, 2018) To say that Kurt Vile is an indie darling is an understatement.  Indie world is balls deep and nuts over Vile.  This first tune sounds like an indie, updated Tom Petty type of rocker.  Very straightforward, a little slippy slide-y in his vocal delivery but very American rock.  You can close your eyes and hear this on classic FM radio.  The second tune brings on a version of crisp Strokes type rock with, oops I had the third track going and skipped the second one.  I’m a bit sorry I went back.  The formula is pretty clear here — mainstream rock arrangements for the masses and then Vile’s voice which is a piquant blend of slack and classic.  The tune clipped below is track 4 and I like it the least of what I heard.

@@@ Georgia Ann Muldrow: Overload (Brainfeeder, 2018). There are only two pre-release tracks up on the Apple Music but it’s a welcome relief to the Kurt Vile vanilla ice cream sundae.  This is not retro soul, it’s modern drum machine and synth sounds.  The tunes are midtempo and while I’m enjoying the sophisticated sonics of the mix there’s a certain coolness and detachment to the tune.  I’m most definitely enjoying the funkier second pre-release track, Aerosol, to the tune clipped below.  Hike your asses over to the GoogleTube yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 584
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 311
Not good music: 238

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

Zuck is now walking the gauntlet of public shaming for his data leakage!

From Reuters here:

(Reuters) – Four major U.S. public funds that hold shares in Facebook Inc on Wednesday proposed removing Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg as chairman following several high-profile scandals and said they hoped to gain backing from larger asset managers.

Zuckerberg has full control over his giant (and slowly dying) spying machine but the symbolism of public pension funds calling for the Boy Wonder to step down is awesome.

Zuckerberg has been peddling bullshit and propaganda to cover up his managerial incompetence which he refuses to address.

Gone are the days when Facebook was going to connect everybody in the world to his giant octopus advertising machine.  Now it’s about Facebook’s survival as users turn on his bullshit (especially the youth!) and social media elsewhere.

Before Head Saudi butchered opponent Kashoggi he toured corporate America!

From the Independent here:

Other notable meets outside of politics include Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Tim Cook of Apple and the CEOs of Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Uber, the Walt Disney Company and Lockheed Martin.

Of course, these American corporate giants care if this guy beheads his opponents in that it makes them look bad.

They don’t care if he kills hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in Yemen via starvation, bombing and targeted assassinations.  They care, only briefly, if it makes them look bad.

Otherwise, they want to get down with this prick and sell him all the shit they have to sell.  He even became an Amazon Prime customer!  And he got a new iPad when he swung through Cupertino!

Music for 10/17/18!!! Marie Davidson, Quavo, Micra

@@@ Marie Davidson: Work It (Ninja Tune, 2018).  I like to check out music biz blowhard Bob Lefsetz’s musical picks cuz I get to call him a blowhard and there’s nothing finer than shitting on a music biz tool.  This opens up with a drum machine freakout — Apple Music has this blurbed as darkwave techno but this is pretty popped out.  It’s an ode to work which I’m agnostic on.  Sweat, sweat to be a winner.  Oy, fuck off.  Gone are the days when musicians had something rebellious to say.  There’s very little arrangement to be had here.  It’s the drum machine (mostly rolls) then Davidson doing her spoken word thing and then a little synth here and there.

@@@ Quavo: Quavo Huncho (Capitol, 2018). I’m agnostic on the Migos.  They’re okay but I don’t like them as much as the hype imply.  I will check out the first and third tunes hoping I get to hear the single.  This first tune has a decent arrangement but the parroting background MC annoys me.  They all do when they do that shit.  I like the flute part and the vocal melody.  Mr. Quavo starts to hit the mic harder towards the end of the tune.  One more track.  This third tune, Huncho Dreams, is all right.  I like the beats but the record doesn’t have any sort of high energy to latch on.

@@@ Micra: Plastic (Micra, 2018) I got to this track from tracks of the week at Line of Best Fit.  It is a moody synth rocker with a female singer.  Lots of drama and epic ness going on.  The tune is an update on the ’80s synth rock formula.  Synth-y sounding drums, big clouds of synthesizers and occasional bursts of guitar.  It’s a more female sounding U2 track with the great fortune of not having Bono on the microphone.  Not really my cup of tea but check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 581
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 309
Not good music: 237

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet