Music for 6/6/19!!! Quinn Christopherson, Bodywash, Suge

@@@ Quinn Christopherson: Raedeen (Self-released, 2019) A single I got to after a music publicist email about a NPR tiny desk concert. The arrangement is pretty stripped down and the star here is Christopherson’s odd voice and his oddly detailed lyrics that unfold during this down on his luck/drug addiction song. Raedeen was his gal and the drugs blew their life apart and he’s bummed about it. Twangy guitar that sits between a rockabilly and a jangly indie tune. I like the contrast of the straight arrangement and his spill-y vocal style. I usually recoil at the sound of the tambourine in a tune but I like it here. Some nice twisting delayed echoes ring out tastefully in the course of the tune. Overall well done for an indie track — some solid, non detached emotion and well arranged.

@@@ Bodywash: Reverie (Luminelle, 2019) Some retro indie business I got to via one of the folks distributing it twatting it up on the Twatter. Super floating cloud synths, reverbed vocals. I guess everybody got their Cure records out recently because I hear strains of the Great Black Eyelinered One up heah in the indie tracks lately. A little bit of the Feelies as well as many female indie women. It’s more dreamy than sweet though there’s some sugar in there. Not really my cup of indie but I’m just one dirty ape on the interwebz. Pillows, it reminds me of pillows.

@@@ Da Baby: Suge (Interscope, 2019) Occupying prime real estate on the Apple Music home page. If you’re up for some standard trap business to kick off your summer, the Mr. Da or Mr. Baby is there for you. Plenty of lyrics about how much money he’s making, a few lines about guns necessary to protect himself and plenty of bitches up in his grill. It’s not often you hear ‘bitch’ as a background vocal but it’s here! He’s a young CEO as he will remind you repeatedly over the course of the tune. I like the beat, the keyboard/bass part is simple and some folks might say it lacks style and I would be one of those people. He’s really good on the mic with standard lyrical themes that I’m somewhat not into. I will continue to maintains that there is not a lot of sunlight between hip hop boasting about money, drugs, and women, and Trump’s behavior. Which is ironical, right? If it’s ill when the pumpkinheaded bitch hits it like that, isn’t it ill when it’s a young brother in the hood? Naimsayin’?

YTD recordings listened to: 285
Good music, not list worthy: 168
Not good music: 99

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

Music for 5/2/19!!! She Rides Tigers, Schoolboy Q, Sun O)))

@@@ She Rides Tigers: Scars (N/A, 2019) I got to this power trio track from a midwest music publicist. The first track, Scars of Allegory, opens up sounding like a blend of ’90s power punk pop and ’00s emo. It’s got plenty of distorted guitars for you earholes but the singer works against the notion of a power trio as he’s a sensitive cat. The second tune, Perfect Crime, does get into deeper riffage territory with the guitar and bass playing in unison at points and guitar washes at other points. Very nice vocal melody in this track, catchy and different. They went for the full arena guitar solo shred and it works all right. Get yer glow sticks out, kiddies. It’s certainly a well trodden neighborhood of rock but they do an above average job of breathing some life and energy into riff rock.

@@@ Schoolboy Q: Crash (Interscope, 2019) Off today’s Apple Music hot tracks section. A non trap single from the L.A. rapper. A fair amount of sung vocals, I really like the beat and Mr. Q’s flow on the microphone. There is a trippy string sample and what sounds like a fat dude digesting after a huge nasty meal. The tune has more structure to it than a typical hip hop jam and comes off as undercover pop. Professional, it’s professional. Some hip hop is just a dude going nuts over a beat, which is cool, but this has been thought out more.

@@@ Sun O))): Life Metal (Southern Lord, 2019) Some weird ass metal off this week’s All Music notable release email. I’m a fan of the Southern Lord label and this record consists of four long ass sludge bombs with the shortest track coming in at 11+ minutes. This is bound to be a long, distorted vibe, glacial shall we say? Between Sleipnir’s Breaths, that’s the title of this first track. Sleipnir was an 8 legged horse ridden by Odin. Right around the 4:30 mark an almost prayerful female singer gets on the mic riding a mellow boat on the ocean of guitar murk and distortion. The contrast is quite jarring. I have not mentioned the third component of the tune which are long ringing stabs of a high up on the frets guitar waili

YTD recordings listened to: 226
Good music, not list worthy: 135
Not good music: 82

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

Music for 4/5/19!!! Motherhood, Yves Jarvis

@@@ Motherhood – Dear Bongo (Forward, 2019) I got to this indie rock record via this week’s CFUV playlist email. This first tune is the second track/record I’ve heard this week that takes significant cues from classic rock and mashes it into their indie rock flavor pack. The similarities lie mostly in the guitar playing, most notably mainstream friendly riffs that sound pretty familiar to my ears. I’m not opposed to the maneuver I just think it’s ironical. The singing is very informal and doesn’t aspire to any sort of arena rock vibe. It’s just nutty indie rantings about various things indie kids write about. Ya know, militant Islam, sniffing Donald Trump’s crusty anus, stuff like that. I like the playing and the arranging here, but I appreciate the looseness of it most of it all.

@@@ Yves Jarvis – The Same But By Different Means (Flemish Eye/Anti-, 2019) It’s alternative rock Friday (hey I spread the love all around betwixt the genres people) and this record opens up a tune called ‘To Say That is Easy’, a rainy day downer-y kind of soul thing that I like. It’s raining where I am so maybe that. It’s got some freshness to it but we often hear very high quality first songs that fade. I smell some mid to late ’70s FM radio skankiness. Slow and easy due to excessive pill action. The second tune, Sugar Coated, continues with the easy breezy business. It even features a shaker, you know what a shaker is all about. Multitracked vocals but all a tad bedroom-y. It’s a very focused set of sounds with appropriate vocals going with it and some interesting production flourishes.

YTD recordings listened to: 180
Good music, not list worthy: 109
Not good music: 63

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, Horndal

Music for 3/22/19!!! Helado Negro, Townes Van Zandt

@@@ Helado Negro: This is How You Smile (RVNG, 2019) I’ve been seeing this record listed on the WRIR weekly playlist email for a bunch of weeks, but it’s been officially released and is up on the streaming stores. This first tune is mostly indie and having read in Mr. Negro’s bio that he’s Latin and Brooklyn it explains the sonic formula. The second tune is also slack bedroom indie so maybe that’s what this record is gonna be. I was hoping for a mash of indie and world music as I’m a fan more of world music than indie but what can you do? He switches over to Spanish for the fourth tune and that surely changes the vibe of the tune. The production here is most excellent and well done, the songs are good without really super working for me and that’s where it’s at as far as I’m concerned. The fourth tune Fantasma Vaga is the best of what I heard.

@@@ Townes Van Zandt: Sky Blue (Fat Possum, 2019) Without knowing much of Van Zandt’s catalog he sure was a bit of an underground country icon. The first tune is old school-ish melancholy country. It’s just a man and his guitar which is cool. I can tell from the differences in sound between the first and second tune that this a compilation of tunes and the GooglePimp tells me it’s a posthumous collection of unreleased tracks. I like it. Lonesome county music that paved the way for a lot of hipsters that came after.

YTD recordings listened to: 155
Good music, not list worthy: 94
Not good music: 55

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 3/12/19!!! Xeno and Oaklander, Daniel Blumberg

@@@ Xeno and Oaklander: Hypnos (Dais, 2019) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. The first tune opens up with an ’80s gated snare sound, a clunky beat and a generally kraut-y vibe to it. All the components of electronic music I don’t like. Labelled as electronic music the record is firmly rooted in ’80s synth pop. Both dreamy and clunky in the beats area. I’m not sure kiddies will love this but I do know it’s not to my taste.

@@@ Daniel Blumberg: Liv (Mute, 2019) Dramatical indie folk off this week’s All Music notable release email. At least the first tune is mad dramatical and could be a Nick Cave tune if Nick Cave was on it. Slow piano, somnolent strings, simple drum beat. Though this is slotted as indie folk it’s got a lot of rock feel to it. The drums, the electric guitars, etc. It is folky with the Dylan harmonica making an appearance in the second tune but there’s a scorching electric guitar making its appearance just past 1:30. I’m not going to hang for the twelve minute third tune but I do appreciate the range of the music here. Some overly gorgeous, some anger, some weirdness. I like variety.

@@@ Ava Max: So Am I (Atlantic, 2019) Taking the semi-raw Arianna Grande psychological musings and taking them into the area of teenage isolation and alienation. All over a pop beat! Pretty hip synth sounds/arrangement, too many vocals, and below average pop beats. If you’re thirteen and female and can get with the lyrics you’ll dig it. The hook is ‘it’s okay to be different, because baby so am i.’ I could see Trump getting down with this track. He’s mad different.

YTD recordings listened to: 137
Good music, not list worthy: 82
Not good music: 50

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

Music for 2/14/19!!! Cass McCombs, Seun Kuti

@@@ Cass McCombs: Tip of the Sphere (Anti-, 2019) Mostly mainstream rock but with a slack, indie vibe to it. The singer sounds awfully like Jackson Browne, it’s almost spooky. The second tune gets into a more rocking and country flow but it’s certainly not gonna muss anyone’s hair up. The sounds are good, the playing is clean and well done, but the arrangements are extremely familiar to my ears and I don’t love the singer. Is it old fashioned to want your rock to have a little rock in it? This is just a bit too comforting for me, it feels like baby food. His formula works best on the third tune, Estrella.

@@@ Seun Kuti: Black Times (Strut, 2018) I was going through some old All Music notable release emails and saw this one from early 2018. Gotta balance the white and black musics folks. It’s a pretty classic Afrobeat formula with a big ass horn section, a couple of guitar players and background singers. It’s interesting he had Carlos Santana come and shred on the title track and it really freshens the Afrobeat stew, I dig it. I don’t know if I’m up for almost ten minutes of Carlos but it’s good. I like the title of the third tune, Corporate Public Control Department. The band puts out a lot of energy and I like the record without loving it. Very trick horn lines, the singer is on the low energy side and it’s not Tony Allen on the kit. My favorite Afrobeat has Tony Allen on the kit.

YTD recordings listened to: 85
Good music, not list worthy: 48
Not good music: 33

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, 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, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel

Music for 2/10/19!!! Aaron Porter, AJ Tracey

@@@ Aaron Porter: I Wanna Let Love (Bigger, 2019) A dramatical, mid tempo LGBTQ ballad I got to via one of the NYC mailing lists that has a lot of club and LGBTQ music on it. It had a great line — I wanna let love fuck me up, that’s good hook. The sounds are very up to date modern and partialy dance floor banger sounds but it is a ballad. A big over the top feelings bomb with lots of vocal tracks.

@@@ AJ Tracey: AJ Tracey (AJ Tracey, 2019) A gent from London mixing a lot of sonic influences. I got to this via Flavorpill or Line of Best Fit, same as the track above. I find UK rhyming to be kinda funny, I guess it’s my own limitations. They just don’t sound as rough as American dudes but I understand it’s an arbitrary opinion. The sounds here are a little dancehall with some hip hop influences as well as club sounds. The second tune has interesting quasi-African guitar line and world music flavors. It’s a really interesting arrangement but the rhymes, I can’t get past it. The third tune, Rina, is a booty anthem and I am impressed with the productions and the sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 76
Good music, not list worthy: 42
Not good music: 30

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, 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, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel