Music for 6/17/19!!! Paul Bley, Drake, Yeasayer

Welcome back for another week in listening at Deep in the Music, a blog name inspired by old ass ’70s porn movies!

@@@ Paul Bley: When Will the Blues (ECM, 2019)  A piano trio record off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m finding this first tune better than what I expected — I know that sounds dicky but some straight jazz is just so….straight.  I mean I heard this before so much straight.  Piano, bass, drums with Gary Peacock on bass — I think he has skills.  Secondly, the record doesn’t have a classic ECM New Age production sound.  Just so cathedral reverbed and finely shoned.  The second tune, Flame, is a ballad and I won’t bust out the boo/hiss machine cuz I’m nodding off.  I guess the first tune is first up for a reason as it’s the freshest of the four tracks I peeped.

@@@ Drake: Omerta (Cash Money, 2019)  Holy Shit, Drake has shit another one out for the masses!  I’m no white ass hip hop expert but it sounds to my cracka ass ears that he’s going old school roughneck on this track.  And when Drake does that I think it’s mad funny.  Not scary like Biggie.  I find the lyrics more interesting than Drake’s usual boasty thing, but he should stop making rough tracks, I can’t stop lauging!  I really could give a flying fuck how rich you are Drake, you still soft ass Drake bitch.  The arrangement is solid with a spinny harp kinda thing and the beat’s all right but Drake ain’t nothin’ more than a horny teddy bear.

@@@ Yeasayer: Erotic Reruns (Yeasayer, 2019)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.   It’s both poppy and funky with the funky component less than the poppy part.  The singer is doing a white boy falsetto.  The second tune goes full ginger ale soda with an all over panning synth string sound.  A lot of energy I give them that.  Now let me be honest, this ain’t no Funkadelic full funk explosion.  This is a popped out shadow of that which is fine cuz a lot of white folks can’t take the full black funk explosion.  It’s like spicy food, you gotta start slow.  In my opinion if you’re into this I would send you over to a couple of Prince’s early pre-1999 poppier records.  They have similarities to this formula, or the other way round depending which way you gaze pon it, but fuck that’s Prince and he just airs his freak flag bigly.  I miss Prince, this is a starter funk record, peep it and move to the real business.

YTD recordings listened to: 302
Good music, not list worthy: 179
Not good music: 105

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

Music for 6/14/19!!! Tim Hecker, Taylor Swift, Duncan Fellows

@@@ Tim Hecker: Anoyo (Kranky, 2019) Hecker’s last record Konoyo made my best of 2018 list so he automatically gains a peep due to that. A high string sample harp sounding sits at the center of the piece with a lot of ambience floating behind it as well as some very tight bass pulsing at moments. Also occasional glitch hits which I love. This first tune is 9+ minutes long and really goes for an outer space vibe. I believe I really grooved on the darkness of his last record and the goal here is for something that is both dark and light. The second tune brings in some percussion and it sounds like it’s being played by a human which really changes the feel of the track. As the third track is titled ‘Step Away from Konoyo’ it clearly aspires to step away from the previous record in spirit. This is more a space journey than a dark thing.

@@@ Taylor Swift: You Need to Calm Down (Taylor Swift, 2019) Ah Taylor’s supposedly meaningful conquest of the pop charts continues with this second pre-release single. I thought the verse is all right but the cornucopia of Taylor background vocals is a cheesy comet streaking across the the sky. So many of Swift’s songs are about this topic, man what a snowflake. If shade never made anybody less gay, that line contradicts the first few lines of the tune. How canny and sophisticated to take a personal theme and blow it out to all these girls are hip to your tricks, blah blah blah, a wee bit tiresome. I like the arrangement, it’s solid pop and makes sense. Some of the arrangements on her last record were confused and painful.

@@@ Duncan Fellows: Cursive Tattoo (Level, 2019) Super energetic indie guitar pop punk that I got to via a music publicist email. It’s got elements of classic rock at points including a piano part and a roots rock kinda thing so it’s a mash of Strokes like business smashed into something like the Band. I like the energy of the track and the singer is comfortable behind the mic but it spills a bit all over the place without the greatest focus.

YTD recordings listened to: 302
Good music, not list worthy: 179
Not good music: 105

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

Music for 6/13/19!!! Laraaji, Big Thief, Madonna

@@@ Laraaji: Day of Radiance (Virgin, 1980) I saw this ambient record from way back in the day mentioned on the Flavorpill weekly email so I thought I would throw it a peep. Knowing nothing about this artist I see on Apple Music that the phrase ‘produced by Brian Eno’ has been put on the record cover to lend authenticity to this music, which Eno’s name does indeed do. The first piece is a 7 minute banger that opens with an extended harpsichord sounding instrument. I see from his other record covers that he plays a hammered ducimer sort of thing, not too far from a harpsichord but not as plinky. It’s pretty minimalist and possibly a tad too minimalist. Let’s peep another track. It’s similar — pretty metallic arpeggios with a wee bit of garnish. I like it without loving it.

@@@ Big Thief: UFOF (4AD, 2018) I got to this mope indie record via an old ass CFUV weekly email from last year and shit. I usually hate this formula but I’m feeling this opening track. It’s got a lot of arpeggiated indie style guitar but it’s also pretty stripped and does the feeling of desolation really well. I like the title track below but I think I liked the opener better. I couldn’t find a GooglePimp video for ya earholes but I tried you slack fucks. The third track gets slightly rootsier in style and not quite as bedroom indie and I dig that subtle shift in production sound. I’m not jumping up and down over this record as I’m not the hugest indie guy but this album is really well performed and produced.

@@@ Madonna: Dark Beret (Sire, 2019) There’s been a lot of press around Madonna’s latest work and she totally went off on the New York Times after she said they raped her. This track is starting out ballad-y and I’m getting that feeling that I’m being served a word salad. It’s trying to say something deep but I don’t usually turn to super famous Madonna for deep shit. I would put the piano tracks a couple notches above Liberace, but I do like the beats. As for Madonna’s voice, well my problem here is with the lyrics. Plus she accuses the world of being obsessed with fame. Is Madonna the right person to hit that nail on the head. There is a huge Queen flavored Bohemian rhapsody sorta classical middle section with Madonna coming in with all sorta nonsense. Oh man, this is loose, too loose and jumping all the fuck over the place. Chicken wings, barbells, and clogged septic systems. She comes back to the beginning thing and I’m just horrified at the 4 minutes I spent peeping this biscuit!

YTD recordings listened to: 299
Good music, not list worthy: 177
Not good music: 104

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