Music for 10/17/17!!! William Patrick Corgan, Wu Tang Clan, St. Vincent

@@@ William Patrick Corgan: Ogilala (BMG, 2017). Bald fascist fuck Billy Corgan has put down his relationship with complete fuckface Alex Jones and strips hisself down music.  This first tune is piano and the bald wonder and it’s serious art cuz Willie Patty is an artiste!  It’s a Radiohead tune with a little cheese sauce.  Let’s peep more.  Acoustic guitar and piano open up this second tune and it’s an all right tune.  He’s a bit arch I must say and overly serious.  Dude lighten up a bit though this is fake serious.  This feels like a Zeppelin tune but where’s the electric guitar shred?  I liked the second tune and he sings his ass off but it’s tad overwrought.  I know he feels he’s a misunderstood genius/complete dink but he may be striking the wrong vibe here.

@@@ Wu Tang: The Saga Continues (Entertainment One, 2017). Focus on another ’90s crew.  At least the Wu is not baring their souls like Willie Patrick.  The first real non skit tune brings the stripped down funk with the kung fu wizzy and the thick ghetto blackness.  Man, RZA has skills.  The rhymes are solid and they don’t sound rusty at all but the arrangements steal the show.  The string flourishes, sporadic background vocals, and tight tight bass lines really show the youngsters how it’s done.

@@@ St. Vincent: Masseduction (Loma Vista/Concord, 2017).  People love the St. Vincent and I have been unable to see why.  I guess some indie folks might think this is kinda funky but it’s funky in a nerdy and not very funky way.  It’s got plenty of art school sauce so if you like some dishwater funk with that sauce well then you will be very happy with this.  She does a good job singing, the beats are all right, but the energy kinda lags in terms of what she wants to do.  To my ears she ripped a lot of the elements for her tunes and some of the melodies from Prince.  I continue to feel that Ms. Vincent is overrated.

YTD recordings listened to: 672
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 362
Not good music: 283

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Kelly Moran

 

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Music for 10/11/17!!! Peach Pyramid, Kelela, Chelsea Wolfe, New Kingston

@@@ Peach Pyramid: Repeating Myself (Oscar St, 2017) Indie rock off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Mad dreamy, super arpeggiated guitars.  I guess they’re either arpeggiated or not, there’s no super arpeggiated.  Not super, but they’re super twee.  Female singer, slack and straight than straighter rock beats.  There’s not a lot to go on about here so I don’t want to waste anybody’s time.  It’s shiny guitar indie done in the classic style.  It’s like trying to describe Domino’s pizza — the shit is mad salty and you either get with it or you don’t eat it.

@@@ Kelea: Take Me Apart (Warp, 2017)  I’ve seen posters for this record up in Brooklyn and given the state of the music industry it’s a bit shocking to see an indie label laying out for street posters.  The production here is ultra slick but more than just a repetition of retro electronic soul.  It’s being marketed as a super confessional record which I’m down with but her delivery is pretty smooth and doesn’t evoke any confessional vibe to my ears.  She rocks a pretty straightforward sultry and lush vibe.  The arrangements overshadow the vocals here by just a bit — I find my focus to be on the beats and the bass and I’m not noticing her lyrics or hearing her voice as more than a soft overlay.

@@@ Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun (Sargent House, 2017)  I was going to say more femme indie but these ladies came on dark, grungy, and unhappy.  Like Harvey Weinstein’s Ass Ball Connector!  Not to demean this fine band.  Very tasty fuzzy bass sound, wailing and dyspeptic guitar squall and arena rock drumming.  Let’s peep a bit more.  There’s more than a bit of art school to this heavy rock.  It’s slow like Jane’s Addiction but without Perry, you know Perry.  If PJ Harvey was grafted onto Jane’s Addiction’s torso without so much arena flavor.  It’s pretty good — it’s a bit restrained for my taste.  When I want a hot mess or a sonic dumpster fire I want a real fucking mess.  This is pretty manicured (like Harvey Weinstein’s Ass Ball Connector)?  #inappropes

@@@ New Kingston: A Kingston Story: Come From Far (Easy Star, 2017)  I saw a music publicist email about this up and coming reggae band.  This first tune sports both a thick bass and a shiny modern pop production.  Concious lyrics with some dub elements.  It’s a full reggae ensemble from hand percussion to background vocalists to bubbling organ.  I respect the spirit of the record but I’m not a fan of tunes like the fifth one ‘Agape’.  It’s a Hollywood/reggae vibe they’re working.  I prefer the old school sound and vibe.

YTD recordings listened to: 660
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 354
Not good music: 280

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/10/17!!! Como Asesinar A Felipes, Sam Smith, Bottin, HoodRich Pablo Juan

@@@  Como Asesinar A Felipes: Elipse (Koolarrow, 2017)  I got to this concept record by Latin American musicians via a music publicist email.  It consists of two pieces named interior, one named medio, and three with the word exterior in the title.  It is listed as hip hop/rap in the Apple Music slotting system but the intro of the first tune features a long sax blast and some Spanish vocalizing.  When the band comes in it has a slightly rough prog vibe rather than hip hop.  I like the bass tune and the band energy.  I’m peeping the third track and I like the varied instrumentation and the instrumentation and the more exploratory rock stylings.

@@@ Sam Smith: Pray (Capitol, 2017)  Sam Smith returns with a second slice of romantic ballad cheese for the masses!  He’s got the resounding piano chords and the slightly hip skittering high hat.  He’s in a bad way visa vis love and maybe he’s gonna have to pray.  And right on time comes the church choir.  It is building in energy and its cheesy flavors become more pronounced as he becomes more passionate.  This is blue/bleu cheese!  Part of me prays for this to be over soon as it is the sort of cliche serious tune that turns my stomach more than a bit.  My prayers have come true and I survived.  Check it out, it’s awesome!  This album is not out for another month so there’s plenty of time to get some boots for the tsunami of marketing that will commence in the name of sensitive fella Sam Smith.  I pray you all survive.

@@@ Bottin: I Have What I Gave (2MR, 2017)  An indie electronic record inspired by late ’70s Italian disco/funk.  The opening of the first tune does not evoke that era but I will be patient.  I heard the funk on the second half of the first tune but the second tune goes right into it, though it adds a little krautrock vibe, accidentally or not.  The singing is indie style, no divas or funky black folks on the mic here.  No offense to the effort here but I think I prefer the old school disco that inspired this.

@@@ HoodRich Pablo Juan: Do What I Want to Do (Empire, 2017) A hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The lyrics are pretty raw towards the women folk while the arrangement sports a weird kinda good/kinda annoying guitar/harp sample.  There are multiple MCs in various states of stoned.  This may be one of the lowest, flabbiest and fartiest hip hop basses I’ve heard.  The vocals crowd the track and I’m not sure it’s great to have the vocal hook be ‘I do whatever I want do’.  I know that’s what drives Trump’s toilet tweets, but remember the children!  It’s an all right track, C+.

YTD recordings listened to: 656
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 352
Not good music: 278

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/9/17!!! Marilyn Manson, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gill Landry, Metro Boomin’

@@@ Marilyn Manson: Heaven Upside Down (Concord, 2017)  Fantastic, there’s nothing America needs more than a new Marilyn Manson album!  Manson reminds me of bag of chips that you buy in the supermarket — it’s huge bag but it’s half air with some greasy shit at the bottom.  Or think of it this way — he’s a snake oil salesman pretending to be Satan.  On this first tune he borrows from the Nine Inch Nails playbook with some tense aggro for his posturing and sonic horseshit.  The second tune is glammy straight arena rock that you might find in a new country tune.  I desperately urge the youth of America to seek out something else besides the Manson clownshow.  If you want the rough shit for real there’s plenty of heavy metal out there.  If you want mainstream rock just listen to that and fuck this asshole in mascara.

@@@ The Black Dahlia Murder: Nightbringers (Metal Blade, 2017)  I got to this record this week’s All Music notable release email.   This is in the classic metal/thrash neighborhood with a pumped up drummer.  Wow, they’re all mad pumped up.  These guys are not the roughest gents on the block but they put Marilyn Manson’s pony ass on a  piece of toast and have him as a shitty snack.  Regular readers know that I’m not a huge fan of the classic metal but these guys bring it hard and they’re quite committed to what they’re doing.

@@@  Gill Landry: Love Rides a Dark Horse (ATO, 2017)  An Americana record from this week’s All Music notable release email and from a member of Old Crow Medicine Show.  The instrumentation on this first track is fiddle, acoustic guitar, piano, shaker and and bass.  It’s more old school than alt.  The vibe on this first track, Denver Girls is more faded and melancholy than partyistic.  Landry’s voice is very low register so that plays a role in creating that impression.  The second tune features some lovely sparse electric guitar playing to go with some slide guitar in the back and the strummed acoustic.   This is on the downer trip, which is fine, I like downer music.  If you dig the classic miserable old school country where it’s all heartbreak and isolation Landry will hook you up!

@@@ Metro Boomin: Blue Pill ( , 2017) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It may turn into a dance floor banger but is a laid-back skitter with some all right rhymin’ and some less than all right Auto tuned vocals.  Oh there are two autotuned vocals here.  Outside of the vocals, the bass, and the beat there is a little keyboard floating through but it’s mostly a stoned out track by a couple of gents who sound like they’re stoned and free styling on the microphone.  Skip the blue bill yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 652
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 350
Not good music: 276

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/6/17!!! Hans Ludemann, Pink, 5j

@@@ Hans Ludemann and Trio Ivoire: Desert Rooms (Intuition, 2017)  I got to this straight jazz record from a twat on the Twatter.  This is the second piano trio record I’ve heard in the last week or so.  I think the straight jazz piano record is the king of straight jazz in terms of seriousness and purpose.  This one is spiced with an African instrumentalist to go with the piano and the drummer.  Right now he’s taking a marimba type solo.  There are a ton of wooden percussion marimba type instruments coming out of Africa so I can be forgiven for not knowing the name.  God bless, this African dude is really changing the record for me.  The piano player is pretty straight and the drummer I haven’t noticed much.

@@@ Pink: Whatever You Want (RCA, 2017)  I checked out Pink’s other pre-release single What About Us and that was a massive cheese bomb and this one picks up right where that left of.  I like Pink’s voice, it’s very strong and she works it hard but the lyrics — I don’t know when mainstream pop lyrics were a dime store New Age support group.  I guess a bunch of these mainstream stars are more lifestyle brands than musicians.  Pink is the sympathetic, no bullshit feelings guru and I actually find her more tolerable than Beyonce.  It’s an electro pop arrangement with Pink doing her combination of bolstering and lamenting on the singer side of the equation.

@@@ 5j: barrow (5j barrow, 2017) I got to this indie folk EP via a music publicist email.  This record is being touted as old school Greenwich Village folk and while that’s not necessarily my favorite sub genre I dig this first tune.  I can imagine the young hipsters feeling this — the singer is polished, he’s no nasal Dylan sandpaper voice.  The arrangement is stripped down with bass, acoustic guitar and voice, but it’s the singer that’s really the star here.  This first tune (clipped below) Seagreen Dress does indeed explode with a drummer coming on and a female singer and a lot more energy.  And back to the mellowness.  Let’s peep more.  I somehow skipped ahead because I’m more than a bit out of my mind but I’ve checked three tunes and I dig the opener the best (clipped below).  As the NPR Tiny Desk brand displays there is more than a bit of NPR up in this folk record.

YTD recordings listened to: 648
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 348
Not good music: 274

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/5/17!!! Sabrina Claudio, Ascending Dawn, Iglooghost

@@@ Sabrina Claudio: Belong To You (featuring 6Lack) (SC Entertainment, 2017)  Super booty knocking r&b.  I don’t think 6Lack is on the single but he’s on the remix so that explains my peep.  Wow, he’s singing on this track and I dig his voice, it changes the track from straight lush to a blend of lush and something else.  #eloquent.  He de-cheeses the track and gives more dimension to it.  There’s plenty of lush reverb for everybody to have a slice and the instrumental side of the arrangement is dominated by long keyboards and string patches.  Solid for a mainstream track and I continue to dig 6Lack.

@@@ Ascending Dawn: Cannonball (Ascending Dawn, 2017)  I got me a publicist’s email about this band and it’s what I call a mainstream metal track.  It’s got some roughness to it, but it has a lot of arena rock and even pop elements to it.  Big guitar riffs for you to bounce around on and arena rock drumming with a soaring female singer.  Plenty of background vocals as well.  It’s got a tad of Foo in it, more than a schmear of Linkin Park and it has Heart vibes due to the singer.  Not really my cup of tea.

@@@ Iglooghost: New Wax Bloom (Brainfeeder, 2017)  An experimental electronic record last week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens up sort of Japanese royal court mashed with Alvin the Chipmunk and some New Age-y synth sounds.  That’s quite a mash.  The second tune brings in a jazz-ish horn line and some manic beats so this bad boy is gonna jump around more than a tad.  It’s an interesting blend of different sonic emotions — some childish, cartoon sounds, some club action, a tad of hip hop, some abstract electronic and pubes of whatever Mr. Iglooghost throws in.  Notable more for the production and the execution than the musical impact, imho.

YTD recordings listened to: 645
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 346
Not good music: 273

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 10/3/17!!! Antichrist Siege Machine, Archspire, Caligula’s Horse

@@@ Antichrist Siege Machine: Morbid Triump (Self-released?, 2017)  I found this metal outfit on the blog tapewyrmmetal.net.  It opens up with a long intro of clinking chains before it launches into a crusty thrash that is both satisfying and grating.  The ‘singer’ has his grunt on something fierce and I’m more interested in the drummer and the guitar player.  The second tune Goat Throne is some sort of hymn to barnyard toilets. This is some pretty raw, high energy business.  I was having a session on Sunday and one guy was saying that he read about a dude who had been, you know, fornicated by a horse and it had killed him.  I’ve never entered that arena but this sounds a bit like what it might be like to have a horse dick having a riot in yer ass.

@@@ Archspire: Relentless Mutation (Season of Mist, 2017)  I switched up my music blogs and I’m now in the editors picks at heavyblogisheavy.  Nice name.  This is a technical metal with a caveman singer.  Oh my, this is super nerdy metal.  The tones are sculptured and these guys lurch from one super difficult passage to the next.  I don’t know what to compare this music to but the grunting of the singer and the roughness of the playing is in conflict with the super precision and immaculate performance.  It’s like going to see the bearded fat lady shoot fresh fruit pies out her ass — it’s stunning and a technical feat but it’s a bit voyeuristic.

@@@ Caligula’s Horse: In Contact (InsideOutsideMusic, 2017)  Speaking of horses and dicks!  What a wonderful thing the universe is.  As soon as I mention that some random dude impaled himself on horse penis, here I discover a band named after one of the most lecherous men in history and it’s a horse!  Synchronicity.  Now I must say that this is not what I would think a band like Caligula’s Horse would sound like.   This sounds like, hmm, Kim Kardashian’s shiny ceramic masturbating horse.  It’s epic arena metal cross humped with Styx.  An operatic singer, slick production and sort of pretty boy metal tunes.  It’s entertaining in the way I was mentioning before with the bearded fat lady shooting fruit pies out her ass.

YTD recordings listened to: 642
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 344
Not good music: 272

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker