Music for 10/23/20!!! Fuck U Pay Us, Mirwais, The Sword, Grayson Capps

@@@ Fuck U Pay Us: Root (Self-released, 2017) Some super fired up black female rage I got to via an email from the NYC art collective Triple Canopy. Heavy on the bass and drums and light on fucked up punk guitar sounds the singer is working overtime here. I love the anger here, the singer is great, but without the guitar fury I feel underfed. I say this is a white male and I’m a piece of shit for being said white male, this is just my opinion as a music listener. A little Dead Kennedys-esque thrashing about would be more cathartic. The way I hear this it’s a bit more towards the spoken word side of town than the straight up punk side of the fence. You don’t blast everybody with tons of guitar noise so folks can hear the words.

@@@ Mirwais, Madonna: Paradise (Productions 50/50, 2000) I saw this electro producer on the Guardian (I think) and then see this almost 20 year old track up on the ol’ Apple Music. I thought it was a new track but it’s not. Madonna does a restrained almost spoken word part on this track and though the arrangement sports some retro sounds it’s pretty hip with triphop flavors and a tasty bassline. Madonna also rocks a bit in French and that’s different but Madonna is worldwide bitch! The lyrics (that which make it through as I’m not listening closely) are pretty dramatical and are even more dramatic with the vocoder and the various processing choices applied to her voice. If the sounds weren’t well done this would be a faux poetry Madonna cheese bomb. As it is it’s half a cheese bomb.

@@@ The Sword: Daughter of Dawn (Concord, 2020) These two listens are from an All Music notable releaes email from mid June. From the title I thought this was going to be epic metal but it’s friendly classic rock with polite riffage and a back in the day approach. Oh, three beats on the cowbell before heading into a new section, it immediately moves up the charts for me, go cowbell! I’m not sure why I would listen to this if I have all the ZZ top records, which I do and I recommend a lot of them to the kids out there. The guitar playing is similar but more creative and the music goes for a more humorous flow where this is a bit on the wishy washy side. The guitar playing is solid but it’s not unfamiliar enough to keep my interest. I’m about 4 minutes in and it’s starting to get epic classic rock but again gimme some freshness and don’t wait so long to get to the crescendo.

@@@ Grayson Capps: Washboard Lisa (Royal Potato, 2005/2014) This record has a release date of 2005 on Apple Music but 2014 down at the bottom of the album page and I found this on a 2020 All Music notable release email. So my best guess for this roots/string/alt country record is reissue. This is the 9th song on the record and it highlights a friendly, slightly gruff male singer, some nice fiddle as well as some resonator guitar. The next tune is more rocking with two electric guitars, I like the previous tune more. I’m clicking around the record a bit and he’s pretty steady in a mix of slow ones and midtempo rockers and a lot of words. Literate!

YTD recordings listened to: 820
Good music, not list worthy: 448
Not good music: 347

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, 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, 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, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi

Music for 9/12/19!!! Bug Martin, Ciel

@@@ Bug Martin: Dharma Blues (Pyrrhic Victory, 2019) I got to this via a music publicist email. I”m listening to this first review after starting below. My Apple Music or something associated with it is still quite fucked and I can’t hear the first two songs. I’m starting with Diamond in the Coal and it’s a lonesome country track with some electric guitar splashes in the rear. Martin himself has a pretty classic country voice and this tune has similarities to old school Rolling Stones country rock blues except there’s nothing more than a tambourine here. The fourth tune dispenses with the electric guitar chord washes and goes for a more old school vibe. I like Martin’s voice, a bit nasal but nowhere near Dylan levels of craziness. The fifth tune, Jim Rodgers’ Blues (my third tune due to the fuckedness of the interwebz) is a stunner to my ears. He adds some falsetto and the blend of sadness and beauty is super enjoyable. Imma stop here cuz he went out on a high note.

@@@ Ciel: Why Me? (Ghostly Intl, 2019) I got to this edm record via a shout on the Twatter. My Apple Music shit is all fucked up so I can’t listen to the first track of this 34 minute EP and the release above where I would usually start. The second tune Go Fish is a playful dancefloor banger with some high bell, some robot blip action, some vibe like sounds and a whipping staticky thing. As I said it’s not dark and it funks along in a non techno manner. Let’s peep more as I like this but I don’t need to hear the whole sandwich. This third tune, called Hipwrecked, gets back into more familiar techno with a vaariation on the classic kick hat business. After a brief warmup it gets into pretty hard hitting techno funk. Hence the title Hipwrecked, you’ll dance your ass off. If you’re up for some techno with some mustard on it this will work for you. Brisk beats, stripped arrangements, driving sections, it’s happening.

YTD recordings listened to: 469
Good music, not list worthy: 286
Not good music: 156

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, 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, 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, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin

 

Music for 5/6/19!!! Florence and the Machines, Dabrye, I’m With Her

@@@ Florence and the Machines: Jenny of Oldstones (Universal, 2019) I guess the marriage of cheese monger Florence and the Machines with the weaponry of Game of Thrones has produced a fantastic, midieval cheese cannon fired upon the television watching masses. I want to throw my utensils into the corner of the room and eat my food with my bare hands and wearing a suit of armor. The vocals here build to a massive wall. It’s just Florence and a piano and a lot of feelings. A lot! I don’t watch Game of Thrones or listen to Florence and the Machines so I’m perfectly willing to wipe my ass with both. Not in a mean way, mind you. I doth not respect the constant clamor from firing the cheese cannon!

@@@ Dabrye: Three/Three (Ghostly, 2018) Some left field hip hop off an old ass All Music notable release email. This first tune is more chill hip hop than left field. Standard beats with lounge sauce and the most interesting sonic element is a bulging, flanged abstract pumping sound. That’s stylish. The second tune, clipped below, follows a similar formula. Standard beats some off kilter sonic and pretty mainstream rhyming. I like it all right, it’s not too stimulating but some folks like that.

@@@ I’m With Her: See You Around (Rounder/Concord, 2018) Some adult alternative Americana off that same old ass All Music notable release email. Super sweet female harmonizing, strummed acoustic guitars, and fairly routine metaphors in this first tune. ‘Breaking like the waves on the coastline, breaking like the wine stained glass in my hand’. Myself I could go for a drummer here. I think if they were going to go for singing and guitars (including mandolin and violin) then they shoulda spent more time on the lyrics. The harmonizing is beautiful but if you want much more than that, well you’re not going to get it.

YTD recordings listened to: 234
Good music, not list worthy: 141
Not good music: 84

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, 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, 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, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail