Music for 6/1/21!!! Ad Nauseam, Ayron Jones

@@@ Ad Nauseam: Imperative Impercebtible Impulse (Lazy Didn’t look it up, 2021) Some metal off Loudwire’s best metal of 2021. This is punishing mathy business that is unfortunately not on Apple Music so I’m forced to stream it off bandcamp and bandcamp streaming is 128k and thin. These are all long bangers, 8-12 minutes in length, complex and tweedly backed by an absolutely freaked out drummer driving the bus here. I’m on the second tune ‘Inexorably Ousted Sente’ and it’s a hot fucking mess. An enjoyable hot fucking mess, quite possibly hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock. The best description for this is somebody took Captain Beefheart, shot him with 14 cans of Red Bull into his eyeballs, gave him a bunch of distortion pedals and twinkies and locked him in a studio. It’s very intense and impassioned music and I give that huge respect. This is no reproduction of another record. I might have to swing back on this and I would like to hear it in higher quality but once you get past the initial blasting chaos there’s a lot going on here.

@@@ Ayron Jones: Child of the State (Big Machine, 2021) I’m a bit surprised to see this record on a metal roundup as it’s a black dude rocking a modern blues with a twinge of arena rock. Also surprised to see Taylor Swift’s old label trafficking in this kind of business. I understand there’s a smattering of non white folks in heavy metal, no lectures please. The guitar sounds are epic, huge and noisy and I can’t decide whether I like the production overall. It does seem a bit inflated. I wish also the guitar playing was more adventurous, he seems set on a particular set of classic rock riffs. I’m on the fourth track and I like it all right but it’s a bit of a reproduction of something that came before.

Music for 4/6/21!!! Squirrel Flower, Brixx, Iglooghost

@@@ Squirrel Flower: Hurt a Fly (Polyvinyl, 2021) Oh man I screwed the pooch, I thought this band was called Squirrel Power not Squirrel Flower and I much prefer through no fault of the band the name Squirrel Power. It opens as piano rock with a big beat and a faded female voice. The production is pretty mainstream and it’s reminiscent of late George Harrison stuff but with George Harrison. Obviously no George Harrison. What do I like here? I like the beat, I don’t like the vocal delivery and I think it’s a bit in conflict with the rest of the track. It takes the energy of the track down while other components are quite poppy and upbeat. Meh, more confusion than dislike as I listen.

@@@ Brixx: 2nd Warning (NSM/Brixidust, 2021) Jamaican flavored hip hop out of the UK. She sounds like she picks most British male MCs out of her stool in the morning, she has an ominous and tough flow. Lots of bloodclots floating around. Bloodclot is a Jamaican slur you can look up and it’s not a particularly flattering slur. There’s a gauzy synth slowly oscillating in the background and the star here is the bass synth — melodic and wicked in its rhythm it’s the star of the tune as far as I’m concerned. I wish that trippy synth was turned down or replaced so I could hear more of the bass synth.

@@@ Iglooghost: Big Protector (Gloo, 2021) Updated electronic music with strong classical and New Age feels. The sounds are absolutely pimped, rich and lush and arranged in a beautiful space. Little flourishes of percussion, metallic mostly but also marimba-esque sounding ones to go with the violin which is the lead melodic instrument here. I do appreciate the inclusion of a super fat floor shaking bass and I wish there was more of it. I’m guessing this took the arranger hours to put this together, this is some Mandalorian level of special effects, super manicured and combed for your listening pleasure. It ticks almost all the boxes except for the New Age feels. I’m checking a couple of other tracks to see if there are any that don’t traffic as heavily in New Age feels but thus far no go. Excellent sonic work.

Music for 3/15/21!!! Valerie June, Unravel, Lake Street Dive

@@@ Valerie June: Call Me a Fool (Fantasy, 2021) Concord seems to be interested in releasing a lot of retro soul and r&b around strong women doing their thing and whatnot. I think I got to this track via Line of Best Fit. Most notable here is Ms. June’s voice — it’s got a slightly offkilter cadence and a sharpness to it. Sharpness isn’t bad or good, it’s just what I’m hearing. When they bring in the lush strings her voice really stands out in contrast to those buttery strings, that’s interesting listening and shit. I appreciate that she’s not rocking a classic, soaring r&b powerhouse voice, it’s a gravelly thing. She does go high into some woo hoo action and that’s more contrast. I like contrast, I find it closer to real life. The band is cool life, nothing that particularly stands out to my ear. Clasic swelling organ. This lands somewhere between late ’60s mellowed out Janis Joplin and mid ’70s Rolling Stones faded blues.

@@@ The Anchoress: Unravel (Snapper, 2021) This record is slotted as rock on Apple Music and whether it rocks or not is one issue but I can tell you this music aspires to be unabashedly meaningful and emotional. This idea comes out of the vocal tones, the lyrics, the heavy tom tom sound and just the general feels of it. I’m not one for the performative seriousness in my art, I like it presented in a different way. If you don’t want me, then I don’t want me and we unravel from here — I think that’s the vocal hook. That resides in middle territory, not the worst I’ve heard and not one I think is just awesome sauce. Our love is dangerous, now that’s the kind of sentiment I’m not a huge fan of. Not really my cup of tea but as always don’t take my dumbass word, check it for yourself.

@@@Lake Street Dive: Hypotheticals (Nonesuch, 2021) Speaking of meaningful music, Nonesuch! Yowsa, Nonesuch. I guess they’re taking a break for setting standards in perfomative serious art to participate in this bouncing, 1980’s feel good woo hoo stuff. She’s playing out a lot of hypotheticals in her mind, and I’ve been pondering the question what if I stopped listening at this point? How’s that for a hypothetical? It’s a bit cute for my taste, there’s no weirdness — I could picture a Prince tune that embraces these sounds but he was either horny as fuck or he was talking about God. I’m a white person by birth but not by culture at this point in my life, so I feel more than qualified to say this is white business. If you like white music business then good on you, I’m out of the white music game. I like me some white black metal and some freak show punk but I punched my ticket out of the bounce house a long time ago.

Music for 3/13/21!!! Harlow Lake, Jeremy Pinnell

@@@ Harlow Lake: Body in the Bathtub (Woodworm, 2021) I got to this Irish rock tune via a music publicist in that area of that world. Production is manicured and the take is a bit off standard formulas — the guitar player is catching my ear with some offkilter noodling. I find myself digging the verse more than the chorus which goes in a more standard direction. I like how high the drums are in the mix, dig the guitar player, don’t love the prog rock bass tone, don’t love the synth sound they chose and I’m agnostic on the singer. They get props for trying to keep the arrangement fresh and they do a pretty good job of doing that.

@@@ Jeremy Pinnell: Joey (SOFABURN, 2021) This is a countrified cover of a tune from back in the day. I liked the original but I’ve heard Pinnell before and I’ve been into his music — his 2014 oh/ky. I don’t know why they chose such a massive reverb patch as it doesn’t seem necessary given that Pinnell can carry the melody in the chorus. He goes stripped down with just a guitar and his cowboy hat. He really puts some vibe into the vocals and I dig that.

Music for 6/24/20!!! Pineapple Thief, Bella Blair, Orkesta Mendoza, Kate Teague

@@@ The Pineapple Thief: Threatening War (KScope, 2019) I got to this arena rock outfit via an old ass All Music notable release email.  If you take Radiohead and strip away the darkness and the spaciousness and leave the fragile vanilla rock part it would sound like this.  It’s very nice acoustic guitar playing, nice vocal harmonizing but definitely tame when I love wild business but that’s just me.  It does bust out and rock later in the track but it’s still tame.  I made it halfway through.  It’s not that it’s bad it’s just not for me.

@@@  Bella Blair: Gimmie A Light (Frankie, 2020) Modern dancehall off this week’s WRIR playlist email and right off the bat I hear some stony trap sounds put up in here before it busts out into a dancehall thing.  It’s sports both an intimate vibe and a thick dancefloor sticky thing.  The female rapper/singer Bella Blair works the microphone with flavor.  It’s a pro-weed anthem and she goes so far as to sing she can’t imagine life without weed which I find a bit weird.  Tasty ass sounds here folks should peep this.

@@@ Orkesta Mendoza: Paleta (Glitterbeat, 2020) Off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  Glitterbeat usually rocks the African business but they’re taking a step to the side and doing some cumbia rock with this release.  Oh man, there’s nothing I love more than accordion unless it’s a cowbell which is the shit.  A thick stew of melody and rhythm including violin, electric guitar, multiple percussion instruments (including the cowbell’s skinny cousin the metal triangle!!)  Interplay between a male singer and female backup singers.  I’m checking out the third tune Boogaloo Arizona because these rightwing Boogaloo bitches are in the news and I like this a bit better.  Sweeter and less rocking but with some really beautiful horn work and vocal arrangements.

@@@ Kate Teague: The Temporary (Muscle Beach, 2020) An indie Twatter listen!  Will it be guitar indie or synth indie?  It’s synth indie with an ’80s guitar sound so it’s both and neither at the same time.  God bless you indie pinheads out there!  Teague comes on breathy and this is a super lush biscuit like a blast of air conditioned air across your bare ass on a super hot day.  I assume many of you are partially nekkid by the A/C, wait ’til climate change really kicks in ya ignorant bitches!  There I go entertaining myself which is what I do when the music is fine but I’m not super engaged.  I like one of the synth elements, this sort of tricked delayed bit but the singing and the general purpose agenda of the track doesn’t sync with where I’m at.

YTD recordings listened to: 484
Good music, not list worthy: 246
Not good music: 215

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, 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, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem

 

 

Music for May 1, 2020!!! Joe Wong, Avishai Cohen, Fire in the Radio, Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn

@@@ Joe Wong: Dreams Wash Away (UMG, 2020) A song connected to a new Netflix animated series. I got to this track via a music publicist email.  It’s a pleasantly trippy track with a few Beatles feels as well as downer indie elements.  It opens with big panned guitars and reduces (like a good sauce) down to a strummed songwriter-y thing before bringing the full band back into it for a big hook chorus.  It’s sonically immaculate and does solid work as a soundtrack-y tune to run the credits over.

@@@ Avishai Cohen: Big Vicious (ECM, 2020)  I got to this music via the London Jazz music blog weekly email.  The first tune on the record and Imma guessing they’re going for a slightly different jazz vibe from the name Big Vicious.  Could be wrong, am wrong quite often!  It opens with a submarine ping that gives way to some mellow trumpet and a slightly janky drum beat.  I’m not a huge fan of the somewhat washed out guitar sound and I’m now guessing that the term big vicious is ironical or misinformed as this is quite luxurious straight jazz that colors pretty much within the lines.  It’s for people with good jobs.  I respect the playing but I like my jazz a bit hotter and wilder than this.  This is straight up missionary position jazz, satisfying in its way but a bit standard.

@@@ Fire in the Radio: Let’s Get to the Start (Wednesday, 2020) I got to this punk rock track via a music publicist email.  Apple Music has it typed in as EMO, so that’s emo punk with extra sauce Imma guessing.  It’s got a hopped up dream beat coming in, but it also has a distinct Cure feel to it, not up and over the top as some emo is.  Though it is EMO.  We all got different definitions and shit and for me this is less EMO and more ’80s/shoegaze flavorings.  Not that the fate of the universe rests on the classification.  I like the drummer, he’s working hard, the singer I’m sure is a great gent but he’s a bit low energy.  I like my EMO super ramped, at the end of the rope style.  This is more in the earnest camp and less in the ‘Shit is fucked up and bullshit’ camp.

@@@ Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: The Roving Cowboy (Smithsonian, 2020) I got to this roots tune via the weekly CFUV playlist email.  I like the Smithsonain label as they’re going to be more focused on culture and less focused on commercial viability.  This is a collaboration between a Chinese artist and an American one and on this record they combine folk music traditions from China and America.  I was about to say this appears to be an instrumental record when both women start singing, one in English and Wu Fei in Chinese.  Washburn is rocking an old school vocal style.  I like the concept of this record and I like performances, especially the dual string playing.  Color me impressed when Washburn starts singing in Chinese, that’s impressive.

YTD recordings listened to: 326
Good music, not list worthy: 170
Not good music: 144

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, 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

Music for 12/21/19!!! Sheer Mag

@@@ Sheer Mag: A Distant Call (Sheer Mag, 2019) If you’re up for some ’80s era AC/DC plus some hair band energy from that era as well as a little post hippie hard rock groovy, then sidle up to Sheer Mag. This burger does come with a fair amount of cheese so be forewarned if you have high cholesterol. The singer is a cock walker, pimping and preening through the opener Steel Sharpens Steel. This is clearly a theatrical re-enactment/homage to ’70s and ’80s arena rock which I find befuddling but I guess the rock star mythology is alive and well for some of us. Thin Lizzy guitar licks, Def Leppard feels, and a pube or two of your other favorite bands maybe.

YTD recordings listened to: 663
Good music, not list worthy: 402
Not good music: 222

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 15

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann

Music for 11/12/19!!! Giant Swan, The Murder Capital, The Amazons

@@@ Giant Swan: Giant Swan (KECK, 2019) I saw this heavy music band mentioned in an online music magazine called CRACK. The first tune (clipped below) is a industrial-hard dancefloor banger with plenty of sonic blasting and glitch tossed in to disorient the listener. Most defining are the chopped up vocals. I wish the rhythms had a bit more swing, it is a bit like getting your ass whupped by an arthritic old man. Flow! I like a lot of the aesthetics here, it’s just not quite there for me. Also I would throw in that a distorted electric guitar or two (or even more distorted synth sounds, they’re all super digital and pretty clean) could really replace one edge with something more muscular. Close but not quite a cigar for my ears, but check it for yourself!

@@@ The Murder Capital: When I have Fears (Human Season, 2019) I saw this Dublin band shouted on this week’s Line of Best Fit email. Apple Music has them blurbed as post-punk, whatevs, Nancy Whatevs, let’s see what they got. After a brief sonic intro, the tempo gets high with some almost manic needly Edge style guitar playing. The singer comes in and he’s rocking a slightly ragged, aspirational and high minded. Let’s peep more, they do whip a decent shitty though on this first tune. I like this but I wish it was messier. The guitars could be more spilly and they could generally stand to lose their shit more. Am I the only one up in this here internetz enjoying it when artists lose their shit so I can identify? Is anybody asking this question — certainly not the New York Times.

@@@ The Amazons: Future Dust (UMG, 2019) I saw this band shouted by the Australian music magazine Happy. This is a rock band on one of the world’s largest record labels so my hopes and dreams are not tied very tightly to this, Imma just throwin it a peep. Okay I had to screenshot the blurb from Apple Music and then we will discuss:

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So when I read that it appears they want to reckon with the history of rock ‘n roll and it’s connection to other African American musical forms. Then the question is whether this record is going to be sonically connected to this blurb or not? Or if this record is not sonically connected to blues and jazz and early country does that mean they’ve appropriated that history or pimped it for this record? The second tune, Fuzzy Tree, is strongly connected to ’70s FM radio power rock but no black music here. How are they ‘honoring the rawness and the fire of it all.’ ??? On the other hand when I listen to a Led Zeppelin there is a distinct and clear connection to black music, no doubt about that. I’m on the third tune and these guys are full of shit. This is shopping mall rock. Thusly these guys are scheduled to be denounced as bullshit artists. Don’t say things and market your shit as something that is essentially a hustle, it’s fucked up. Fuck these dudes and the marketing department that chose this for them.

YTD recordings listened to: 592
Good music, not list worthy: 352
Not good music: 202

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, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog

Music for 4/1/19!!! White Denim, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire

@@@ White Denim: Side Effects (City Slang, 2019) This first tune sounds to be an indie update on what might passed as ’80s classic FM pop rock. I’ve clicked to the second tune and it’s a bit of a funny mash. Guitar riffs that you could find on a Queens of the Stone Age (and might have!) some rocking drumming, but a playfulness and upbeat vibe (even with a little Zappa goofiness) that reminds you of the mindless enthusiasm of the Reagan era. There’s plenty of electronic/synth glitch and digital pleasing powder added to this rock to make it fun, proggy, and medium rocking. They can play for sure but I would want more muscle and less pop to get down with it.

@@@ Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet (Loma Vista/EMI, 2019) I’ve always thought Andrew Bird has above average arrangement skills and his sounds are lush and beautiful while the overall experience straddles the line between art and pretentious I’m a bit too clever indie. I guess it’s up to the listener and their tolerance for what can be interpreted as a bit high. This first tune, Sysiphus, does nothing to disabuse me from above notions. Excellent sounds, lyrics a bit self involved and too wordy (for my taste). There’s a bit of a jaded edge to the vocal delivery that colors the record. There you have it, I appreciate some of it, some of it I’m not super in the mood for, but you should check it for yourself as I can see some folks really digging it and some folks shitting on it.

@@@ Arcade Fire: Baby Mine (Walt Disney. 2019) Off today’s hot tracks at Apple Music and let’s just kick it off in saying Arcade Fire is so fucking cool and hip they can work for the Mouse, the fucking fascist animated mouse empire!! Oh, this is gooey and cheesy part time indie rock cheese suffused with the schmaltzy Disney vibes that make the Mouse the biggest Mouse in the world. And believe me, my main beef with the Mouse is his god damned predictability and boringness. You my good Mouse, bore the ever loving fuck out of me. I hope the Mouse paid bigly they because they certainly gave up some self-respect for this track. I feel a bit dirty listening to this as it unfolds — the string flourishes, the lyrics, the highbrow production. You must love the Mouse or the Mouse will crush you!!!

YTD recordings listened to: 171
Good music, not list worthy: 102
Not good music: 62

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, 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, 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

Music for 12/14/18!!! Tropical Fuck Storm, Tracy Thorn, Harriet Tubman

@@@ Tropical Fuck Storm: A Laughing Death in Meatspace (Joyful Noise, 2018). It’s a great name and I got to this via the Slate best of 2018 list which hasn’t turned up any gems thus far. My first impression is that this first tune ‘You Let My Tyres Down’ is an update ’70s era classic rock tune. I like it, it’s just funny to hear. The second tune is more adventurous blending some noisy blasts with staccato guitar and oddly spaced out doubletracked vocals. I can tell you it’s been so long since I’ve heard a halfway interesting rock record I’m almost in shock. I’m going to swing back on this record.

@@@ Tracy Thorn: Record (Merge, 2018). Also off the Slate best of 2018. I’m not usually psyced about Merge releases and I notice they also put the ’18 Superchunk record up on their list so maybe they’re bffs or some such shit. It’s straight out of the previous sloppy rock to the ’80s influenced straight ass synth rock. This is most definitely for vanilla ice cream eaters — no funk, straight than Trump’s dick at a Miss America contest. I kid, I kid, I bet that shit is hooked like a banana. I don’t really like this kind of music so Imma tip without sending bad vibes out there. Everybody likes what they like even if I don’t like it.

@@@ Harriet Tubman: The Terror End of Beauty (Sunnyside, 2018) I’m a huge Wadada Leo Smith fan, he’s a badass trumpeter who does real ass music. This is blurbed as a power trio and usually when jazz cats go that way I think it’s gonna be soft (cuz it usually is) but this first tune is thick and dubby and surprisingly muscular. The artists and the label only give listeners 2 tracks to stream for free which I think is a tad cheap but they’re free to do as they wish. Ah, I found it up on the Apple Music. I’m also a fucking idiot because Wadada Leo Smith is not on this record, it’s a power trio with a guitar player. #dumbass. Any seasoned jazz listener would compare this to Sonny Sharrock’s Ask the Ages which does sport a horn player and is not in the trio format. I’m really feeling the rhythm section here, it’s really pleasurable listening. I like the guitar player just a tiny bit less but I’m feeling him more in the second tune. I’m going to have to swing back on this as I consistently love the rhythm section and am back and forth over the guitar player.

YTD recordings listened to: 690
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 373
Not good music: 266

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, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman