Music for 8/2/18!!! Kendl Winter, Hatchet, The Weight Band

@@@ Kendl Winter: Stumbler’s Business (Team Love, 2018) I got to this singer songwriter recording via last week’s All Music notable release email. Plus I have heard Winter’s solo music before and liked it. The first tune is notable for its sparse sonics and Winters slightly off the beat delivery. The second tune brings in a full band and a catchier hook. The third tune returns to a place where Winter and another instrument are at the center and this is where the record is best. This third tune (clipped below) shows how a well focused, no bullshit arrangement and performance can really lift a tune. I’m going to swing back on this record but at the very least check out this tune below.

@@@ Hatchet: Dying to Exist (Combat Records, 2018) Some classic metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Super pumped up energy with epic guitar riffs/melodies and a singer. Not a caveman nor an opera singer. Big solos, octopus drumming and a celebration of classic metal.

@@@ The Weight Band – World Gone Mad (Curve) Roots/folk off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Switching gears from the classic metal rave up to a hippie/jam rock/string band vibe. Mandolin on this first midtempo rocker, the title track — (clipped below). This second tune is pretty much a tune by the Band. You can’t bite a band that’s not a band anymore, even one called The Band, but it’s a carbon copy. I have old Band records so I’m not sure why I would pile into this. I would like to hear something more unique going on here.

YTD recordings listened to: 452
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 230
Not good music: 190

Best: 8
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, 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, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter

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Music for 8/1/18!!! Nef the Pharoah, Jungle, Bellini, Khaled and Co.

@@@ Nef the Pharoah: Big Boss Chang (Empire, 2018) A pre-release hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section. Act like a pussy, you get fucked like one, that’s how this track is rolling. It’s standard trap rhythm with fat bass and a trippy synth patch in the back of the mix to contrast with the skitter. It’s B+ for anti-social vibes — he’s explicit, he’s into guns but not crazy so, and most of all he’s a self made n-word. He tells you that many times. Maybe a few too many times. I’m happy he’s a self made n-word but I don’t need to hear that ten times.

@@@ Jungle: Cherry (XL, 2018) A pre-release electronic track also from the Apple Music hot tracks section. It’s a luscious slow funk track with falsetto singing. The sounds are manicured and really well done. There’s a slow rotation or introduction of small sonic elements in the mix that you can groove on for ear candy points. The singer is above average — if he put in a superstar performance with over the top creativity I would be jumping up at the combination of great sounds and great singing but to my ears he maxes out at B+.

@@@ Bellini: Before the Day has Done (N/A, 2018) Album of the day over at the Bandcamp. They’re blurbing it as math rock but to me it has more of a punky feel with mathy bits swirled in. The female singer has a PJ Harvey wail going on and the guitars are noisier and wilder than what I associate with math rock. Despite its high energy and intentions it sounds to me like it has a certain predictability baked into it. I’d take anything unexpected up in here. The playing here is pretty high level but me personally there are a million ways to whip a shitty. Look at Trump — whatever you think of that piece of shit that bitchass knows how to whip a shitty.

https://bellini.bandcamp.com/album/before-the-day-has-gone

@@@ DJ Khaled/Justin Bieber/Chance the Rapper/Quavo: No Brainer (Sony, 2018) Another attempt at track of the summer. Personally I can’t believe Chance the Rapper would be down with insipid little puke Justin Bieber. I know they had a track recently. I know, I pay attention. It’s a sophisticated arrangement sonically but they should have cut back Bieber’s part. They wear the shit out of his vocal hook and it’s not worthy of the repetition. Sounds like Chance got coffee for everybody and then got a couple of seconds on the track. It’s spray cheese, that’s what this is. They got the party nozzle on that bitch and they’re just spraying it around. Not track of the summer.

YTD recordings listened to: 449
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 229
Not good music: 198

Best: 8
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, 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, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus

Music for 7/27/18!!! Moon, Gavin Haley, Kalli Ma, YG

@@@ Moon: Extinction (N/A, 2018) I got to this Chicago power trio via a publicist in the Midwest. It’s retro grunge-y but with a bit more pep and a tad less flannel. Female singer which I view as a plus. The singer sounds a bit like Patti Smith but not as dramatical. The second tune, Revolutions, takes the tempo down and showcases the singer more than the rock band playing vibe. I’ve listened to portions of three tunes and I like the first tune best. I prefer my rock uptempo and less epic rather than more. That said, the production here is excellent and all the players play really well.

@@@ Gavin Haley: better off (Red Bull, 2018) I try to listen to Red Bull releases because you can crack a lot of jokes about Red Bull and because it’s hilarious how every artist has to sound like he/she is pumped up on Red Bull to get on the label. Color me wrong as shit as this tune opens up chill and laidback with the vocal hook is ‘she’s hooked on drugs’. It’s not a rocking tune nor completely a ballad so it occupies a space in between with what I would refer to as ‘meaningful’ lyrics. I only glanced quickly at the video but I think they spent more time on the video than the track.

@@@ Kalli Ma: Offence-Defence (Self-released, 2018) Another track, this time electronic, that I got to via a music publicist email. It’s got an medium aggressive and slightly dark color to the sounds with a No Wave singer. There are a lot of blasts of sound pushing through the mix – a quick synth arpeggio, an electronic blast, other such business. I like the sounds, I don’t like the singer as much. It’s not personal.

@@@ YG: Handgun (Def Jam, 2018) It’s interesting this rough track occupies the #1 spot on the Apple Music hot tracks section. It’s also interesting how many of these gun anthems involve explicit mentions of the female genitalia. I’m not sure how it’s connected but it’s a common theme. The beat is skittery and mixed with a pretty ominous piano figure that drives the track. There is a lot of chanting which raises the martial vibe of the track. It’s an all right track, it’s most interesting feature is how it gets to be #1 track. One might say there are some white and black music executives more than willing to make money off these tracks which can be interpreted as glorifying and romanticizing gun violence. Not trying to be uptight, just sayin’.

YTD recordings listened to: 437
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 2230
Not good music: 192

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus

Music for 7/25/18!!! Phronesis, Moskus, Makru

@@@ Phronesis: We Are All (Edition, 2018) I saw this jazz outfit mentioned in a twat on the Twatter. This is a pre-release track from an upcoming full length and it opens very pretty and slow with piano and bowed bass. It is a piano trio (duh piano, bass and drums) and I hear more than a bit of prog rock/quasi-classical melodic leanings and theatrics up in here. To my ears it sounds tightly arranged/composed over the course of its nine minutes. It eventually explodes into an uptempo piano solo with the rhythm section right behind his/her giant keyboard runs. It goes out mellow with a solid bass solo. If you like some prog swirled up in yer straight jazz well then….

@@@ Moskus: Ulv Ulv (Hubro, 2016) I saw a new disc from this out jazz outfit listed on the London Jazz News but found this one on the Apple Music to stream. I know a fair amount about the free jazz scene but haven’t heard these guys so I’m going to have to hit the GooglePimp. I can see these guys are a trio from Norway and there’s a woman in the band. They are listed as piano, bass and drums but I hear other instruments in there. I’m greatly enjoying this ambient and spacious improvisation. There is variation to the pieces as well as some humor but the playing is unexpected and substantive. This is great music and I will circle back to listen to the full record when I have more time but I’m pretty certain this will be on my best of year list. Check it out.

@@@ Makru: Tu Mission (Self-released, 2018) I got to this world music record via a world music publicist funny enough. I don’t read these bios carefully but it is a record by a Spaniard that moved to San Francisco. I hear a lot of reggae influence, Spanish romantic music in the horn lines, and other influences. It is a proud mash of styles that is executed well. I like the female singer and the concious vibes of the record. While there are a variety of musical influences an emphasis on melody runs through the tunes.

YTD recordings listened to: 430
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 226
Not good music: 189

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus

Music for 7/18/18!!! Orlando Caichito Lopez, Balun, Dirty Projectors

@@@ Orlando Caichito Lopez: Caichito (World Circuit, 2001/18) A reissue by premiere Cuban bassist Orlando Lopez. If you can’t enjoy this Cuban music you might be too stupid to live. This ticks a lot of boxes for great music — sophisticated rhythms, beautiful melodies, great playing etc. Instruments on this first piece include flute, trombone, strings, organ and conga in addition to the great bass player. Hipsters rejoice, you can get this on vinyl for the first time. This is a great summer record that works for both cubicle dwellers as well as devoted music listeners. The production is ambient and spacious without being muddled and the playing is great.

@@@ Balun: Anos Atros (Good Child, 2018) Sticking with the Latin musicians we move neighborhoods to a San Juan-Brooklyn outfit and this pre-release single that combines electronica, dreamy vocals and touches of Latin music. It redeems itself with high and real energy as well as scoring high on the quirk scale. The arrangement itself is quite complex with multiple rhythmic sources and a lot of different sounds. I would listen to more of this.

@@@ Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose (Domino, 2018) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. The gent leading this outfit has been exploring the notion of indie funk (black music) for a bit and this first tune is a pretty good realization with classic soul vocal delivery in places, well placed horn lines as well as indie quirk and stupidness. He also evokes some Paul Simon crossover records which I’m not sure is a great thing. It’s tricked arranging for sure but I’m not sure I love the results. It sounds like it’s trying awful hard to be upbeat and optimistic — regular readers know how much I love the mandatory music cheerleading. If you dig the upbeat indie optimism you will be rewarded by a music nerd’s arranging virtuosity.

YTD recordings listened to: 416
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 217
Not good music: 185

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez

Music for 7/11/18!!! Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, Six Feet Under, ChanHays

@@@ Lil Pump: Drug Addicts (Warner Bros, 2018) Lil’ Pump at the top of the hot tracks at Apple Music with a 2 minute track making the world a better place. I hope Lil Pump was stoned when he hit the mic cuz that would explain his poor performance. He goes down the list of all the drugs he takes on a daily basis and I could really care less. His pills and shit probably make him constipated so maybe he could change his stage name to Lil Dump. Low grade, pre canned hip hop shit for sure. I came in not a Lil Pump fan and leave disliking him more.

@@@ Lil Yachty: Who Want the Smoke? (UMG, 2018) I have fondness for Lil Yachty but he really didn’t up his lyrical game with this Apple Music hot track. This sounds like a Halloween haunted house track with Lil Yachty playing the weird ass Frankenstein character. Cardi B. makes an appearance, albeit not her best, she shoulda left it for the summer with biting the ol’ boogaloo track ‘I Like it Like That’. I can see this working as a commercial for recreational weed shops running sales. Who Want the Smoke? Offset at least rhymes with some energy but Lil Yachty needs some coffee.

@@@ Six Feet Under: Unburied (Metal Blade, 2018) A sizzly and full grinding metal record I got to via the CFUV weekly email. They got a little boogie going in the second tune, Midnight in Hell, while the third tune (clipped below) is a very nice thwack to the head. I would describe the singer as some sort of brownshirt caveman bitch, much like an ICE agent. He’s tight and on the rhythm of the band, which you could bounce a nickel off the ass of btw, but as for what he’s saying that’s a bit of a rough go. This is solid metal business if you can get with proto man on the mic.

@@@ ChanHays – The Creepy (Droppin’ Science)* We switch back to the hip hop neighborhood and check out this release I saw on the hip hop adds list at CFUV. This first tune is a retro laidback style — funky but friendly and chill. While I expect the sound of the record to remain somewhat stable listeners get a plethora of guest MCs so the vocal stylings will be rotating. Some of the middle tunes up the urgency with nice sounds and solid rhyming.

YTD recordings listened to: 397
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 209
Not good music: 177

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts

Music for 7/10/18!!! Foxtrott, Death Wheelers, Brad Mehldau Trio

@@@ Foxtrott – Meditations I (One Little Indian) A three song, 9 minute indie electronic EP with somewhat strong classical vibes. I got to this record via the CFUV weekly playlist. The keyboard stylings are where you get the classical stink lines. The female singer has a husky voice and she comes off as pretty serious. I really like this second tune (clipped below) as it switches gears to a funkier place with a similarities to the first tune. The third tune has more of a glitchy stardust feel in the keyboards and I would have reordered the three tunes and put the second and third tunes first but that’s just me. For indie electronic, this is really good. The keyboards set the tone but the beats are well done and tasteful and she certainly does not oversing.

@@@ Death Wheelers – I Tread On Your Grave (Riding Easy, 2018) Some heavy music off the CFUV weekly email with a focus on the motorcycle subculture. This first tune opens up with some pretty big riffs and the sound of the record is in the hard rock/rough punk/speed metal neighborhood. Let’s see what the singer brings to the party. Probably a huge handlebar moustache! This has morphed into a Black Sabbath-y jam with long ass solos and full on drum spraying. Thus far there has been no singer so I’m thinking this is an instrumental hard rock jam band. This third tune is full tilt riff/boogie and it’s all right. I’m not super in the market for an instrumental hard rock record but hey, if that’s how you roll who am I to judge and have at it!

@@@ Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch) The certainty with which Brad Mehldau is presented to the world as the great jazz pianist of his generation is breathtaking. To me he is like Oxycontin without the addictive qualities — he will numb you out and make your world one dimensional and fuzzy around the edges. I don’t want to come across as bitchy but I don’t get the hub bub regarding this musician. There’s not much except fake sophistication to hold onto here. He doesn’t play with much energy (get a red bull for fuck’s sake) and his melodies are prefab pop and fresh biscuits. No offense to Hillary Clinton but this is straight jazz for Hillary Clinton supporters that really don’t know what’s going on.

YTD recordings listened to: 393
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 207
Not good music: 175

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, 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, Forro in the Dark, 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, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts