Music for 6/22/17!!! Queens of the Stone Age, TOPS, Garden City Disco

@@@ TOPS: Sugar at the Gate (Arbutus, 2017)  Indie pop that TOPS the charts at CFUv out in Vancouver.  It opens up cute and somewhat sultry with a female singer and a melancholic/romantic cloud in the air.  Imagine it’s a sunny day with them big ass fluffy clouds in the sky and you’re running naked through a beautiful field and you’re smeared with honey and all these beautiful butterflies are getting stuck to you more and more until there are so many they just flap their wings all together and you’re flying!!  It’s like that.  Sweeter than pie!

@@@ Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used to Do (Matador, 2017)  A pre-release classic rock banger off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Somebody has been listening and somewhat biting old ZZ Top records.  Guitar sounds are this outfit’s specialty but I find the tracks in the verse to be quite buzzy and without impact.  I’m a little surprised at that.  The singer is in full rock star mode and he does all right with it.

@@@ Garden City Disco: Garden City Disco EP (Self-released, 2017)  This record (that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email) should be called Garden City Techno because it comes out of the gate classic boom-titch/unt-sss.  Then comes you arpeggiated synths and a mellow marimba and your kickin’ out the techno jams classic style!  The second tune is much more flavorful with some serious drum machine tom action and a spoken word thing about ballin’ at the club.  The third tune is back to the classics, wave your Molly up in the air people!

YTD recordings listened to: 389
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 218
Not good music: 153

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Disgraceful that cop who killed Philando Castile went free

Castile’s girlfriend:

“My boyfriend, Philando Castile, was pulled over because, per officer Yanez, he had a wide nose and looked like a suspect,” she said, according to KSTP producer Ben Rodgers. “It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman. God help America.”

If this isn’t a case of an African-American being shot because he’s African-American then what is?

He mentions his wide nose and says he looks like a suspect!

What’s wrong with this country?

Music for 6/21/17!!! Brownout, Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, Evacuate the Earth, Lorde

@@@ Brownout: Over the Covers EP (Fat Beats, 2017)  A mash of funk and classic rock that I got to via a music publicist email.  Full horn section, percussion, lotsa singers, two guitars, it’s a crowded stage.  I like this first tune though I could use some more slop.  I think the weak point here is the drummer, he’s all right but he could use some dookie stick to take this large ensemble to the next level.  Horn section outta sight, the singer meh.

@@@ Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures: Dream Garden (Meta Records, 2016)  I saw this jazz musician name checked on this week’s London Jazz blog and thought I would check him out.  The first tune from this largeish ensemble is warmly percolating improv — drummer and percussionist, at least two horns, bass.  I’m not a huge fan of this guitar tone but let’s peep more.  The second tune is more loosely structured and I prefer it to the opener, though it was just a teaser and the third tune opens up into an even more expansive spot.  I like this flute playing.

@@@ Evacuate the Earth: Evacuate the Earth (N/A, 2017)  An old school inspired freak show type of record that I got to via a music publicist in the Chicago area.  I like the strangeness of this opener but I hope they bring some heat to the proceedings.  They’re getting there with the manic drumming and rapidly spinning horns.  It’s kind of like klezmer on crack with a proggy synth player.  This second tune is an off kilter spy movie/stripper themed tune.  The klezmer vibe creeps back in on the third tune and it’s a welcome addition the post-apocalyptic flow.  Myself I dig this record but I think they should go further and get raucous sooner in their tracks.  Check it out, this is what I thought John Zorn was supposed to sound like.

@@@ Lorde: Green Light (Universal Music, 2017)  Everybody is popping wood over this record so let’s peep the opener and we might eat this record in pieces.  Oh yeah, I’ve heard this track as a pre-release, fuck it stinks like shit.  There are some nice moments in the track but it’s overproduced and when she gets to the chorus I want to hurl a dirty diaper at her and her retinue.  And I don’t want to get into any sort of mouth shaming but in the course of this short post I’ve encountered four or five images of her and there’s something weird about her mouth.  Maybe she was attacked by a swarm of botox flies, she needs some mouth therapy.  I only mention this because all these pop stars have teams of handlers that do the marketing and the photos and it’s surprising nobody thought anybody would mention her mouth looking weird.  Anyway it’s been way more fun to talk smack about her lips than to listen to this track.  I know it has 74 million views but that don’t make it good!!!

YTD recordings listened to: 386
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 216
Not good music: 152

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch