Music for 6/24/17!!! China Gate, Sammy Brue, Fallout Boy

@@@ China Gate: Good Grief EP (Pizza Tape, 2017)  A super poppy indie rock EP that I got to via a music publicist email.  There are many bands these guys sound like but I can’t pull anything off my hard drive at this point.  It’s mad poppy, like the Friends theme poppy.  Ah, the second tune (which will probably be my last listen) is triggering some Cure feelings.  I know you’re all cringing and saying hey the Cure were a bunch of mopes but they were poppy mopes and these guys have dispensed with the mope and gone straight to the big punch bowl of awesome feelings, shoved their faces in there and blew bubbles.

@@@ Sammy Brue: I’m Nice (New West, 2017)  A nerdy female alt-country record I got to via last week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m calling her nerdy by virtue of the glasses she’s wearing on the cover of the record.  I like her voice on the opener here, it’s pleasantly odd.  It’s not her voice as much as her phrasing.  Oh boy, I think this might be a gent with long hair, well it really doesn’t matter does it?  Male female, nobody’s hung up on that ’round here!  The second tune is a super old school r&b tearjerker, I like Sammy whether the junk is external or a clam!  I had to DuckDuckGo HIS bio and find that he’s a 15 year old male.  Many 15 year old young men have a certain feminine flow.  I realize I’m not talking about the music but the music is all right — he’s jumping around a bit in terms of the arrangements but I do dig his voice.

@@@ Fallout Boy: Young and Menace (UMG, 2017) I fucking love Fallout Boy — the most earnest and heartfelt rock band ever.  When this tune kicks in full on, it’s a 50 car wreck shit biscuit.  I would liken it to Red Bull infused spray cheese.  It’s just energy and sound signifying nothing more than the desire to momentarily distract the monkeys and pull them away from their screens for a moment and then drop them back into their lives of Red Bull and cheese.  I urge folks not to listen to this tune, it’s straight awful and only useful at Guantanamo Bay.

YTD recordings listened to: 396
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 221
Not good music: 156

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/23/17!!! Bedouine, Vince Staples, Superfruit, Municipal Waste

@@@ Bedouine: Bedouine (Spacebomb, 2017) An intimate folk music record I got to via a twat on the Twatter.  Smooth and silky as a Red Bull smoothie!  Compared to Joni Mitchell in the twat it doesn’t have her quirk, but it’s a sound that draws folks in who are looking for a warm pool of water to wash their feelings.  The second tune shifts over to a ’70s soft rock flow and if you’re into the singer’s voice you’re going to have a great time listening to this.  I’m on the third tune and my feeling is that the record is beautifully put together, she has a very appealing voice, the playing is good but not great and the lyrics don’t really stand out.

@@@ Vince Staples: Big Fish ( , 2017)  A hip hop single off the Apple Music A-list.  This is a club dance floor banger about late night balling and acquiring material possessions and engaging in occasional gun play.  It’s got a lot of Casio keyboard sounds, a fat but not ultrafat bass sound but I think my greatest objection is the handclap sample, it just cheese-a-fies the proceedings.  I’ll take Lil’ Yachty’s space flow and DRAM’s humor over this style.

@@@ Superfruit: Bad 4 Us (RCA, 2017)  A single off an upcoming full length.  It’s a white person’s dance floor banger with a straight beat some janky guitar wang and a lot of fluffy synths to go with the abundant vocal arrangements.  This is a music publicist’s wet dream — friendly cheerful lyrics, poppy as fuck and a huge GooglePimp presence

@@@ Municipal Waste: Slime and Punishment (Nuclear Blast, 2017)  Classic speed metal off the Apple music heavy metal front page.  They play fast, they rocked a great pun on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.  A piquant blend of hardcore, thrash, classic metal and Dostoevsky lyrics!  No, no joking.  It’s 28 minutes of bouncing around pissed at society.

YTD recordings listened to: 393
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 220
Not good music: 154

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/22/17!!! Queens of the Stone Age, TOPS, Garden City Disco

@@@ TOPS: Sugar at the Gate (Arbutus, 2017)  Indie pop that TOPS the charts at CFUv out in Vancouver.  It opens up cute and somewhat sultry with a female singer and a melancholic/romantic cloud in the air.  Imagine it’s a sunny day with them big ass fluffy clouds in the sky and you’re running naked through a beautiful field and you’re smeared with honey and all these beautiful butterflies are getting stuck to you more and more until there are so many they just flap their wings all together and you’re flying!!  It’s like that.  Sweeter than pie!

@@@ Queens of the Stone Age: The Way You Used to Do (Matador, 2017)  A pre-release classic rock banger off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Somebody has been listening and somewhat biting old ZZ Top records.  Guitar sounds are this outfit’s specialty but I find the tracks in the verse to be quite buzzy and without impact.  I’m a little surprised at that.  The singer is in full rock star mode and he does all right with it.

@@@ Garden City Disco: Garden City Disco EP (Self-released, 2017)  This record (that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email) should be called Garden City Techno because it comes out of the gate classic boom-titch/unt-sss.  Then comes you arpeggiated synths and a mellow marimba and your kickin’ out the techno jams classic style!  The second tune is much more flavorful with some serious drum machine tom action and a spoken word thing about ballin’ at the club.  The third tune is back to the classics, wave your Molly up in the air people!

YTD recordings listened to: 389
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 218
Not good music: 153

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/21/17!!! Brownout, Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, Evacuate the Earth, Lorde

@@@ Brownout: Over the Covers EP (Fat Beats, 2017)  A mash of funk and classic rock that I got to via a music publicist email.  Full horn section, percussion, lotsa singers, two guitars, it’s a crowded stage.  I like this first tune though I could use some more slop.  I think the weak point here is the drummer, he’s all right but he could use some dookie stick to take this large ensemble to the next level.  Horn section outta sight, the singer meh.

@@@ Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures: Dream Garden (Meta Records, 2016)  I saw this jazz musician name checked on this week’s London Jazz blog and thought I would check him out.  The first tune from this largeish ensemble is warmly percolating improv — drummer and percussionist, at least two horns, bass.  I’m not a huge fan of this guitar tone but let’s peep more.  The second tune is more loosely structured and I prefer it to the opener, though it was just a teaser and the third tune opens up into an even more expansive spot.  I like this flute playing.

@@@ Evacuate the Earth: Evacuate the Earth (N/A, 2017)  An old school inspired freak show type of record that I got to via a music publicist in the Chicago area.  I like the strangeness of this opener but I hope they bring some heat to the proceedings.  They’re getting there with the manic drumming and rapidly spinning horns.  It’s kind of like klezmer on crack with a proggy synth player.  This second tune is an off kilter spy movie/stripper themed tune.  The klezmer vibe creeps back in on the third tune and it’s a welcome addition the post-apocalyptic flow.  Myself I dig this record but I think they should go further and get raucous sooner in their tracks.  Check it out, this is what I thought John Zorn was supposed to sound like.

@@@ Lorde: Green Light (Universal Music, 2017)  Everybody is popping wood over this record so let’s peep the opener and we might eat this record in pieces.  Oh yeah, I’ve heard this track as a pre-release, fuck it stinks like shit.  There are some nice moments in the track but it’s overproduced and when she gets to the chorus I want to hurl a dirty diaper at her and her retinue.  And I don’t want to get into any sort of mouth shaming but in the course of this short post I’ve encountered four or five images of her and there’s something weird about her mouth.  Maybe she was attacked by a swarm of botox flies, she needs some mouth therapy.  I only mention this because all these pop stars have teams of handlers that do the marketing and the photos and it’s surprising nobody thought anybody would mention her mouth looking weird.  Anyway it’s been way more fun to talk smack about her lips than to listen to this track.  I know it has 74 million views but that don’t make it good!!!

YTD recordings listened to: 386
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 216
Not good music: 152

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Best of 2017 Pick 6

Drone: Reversing Into the Future (Pomperipossa, 2017)

This ambient record that has been on my listening list for a little over the year gets called up to the ‘best of’ list.  It is just right for me in terms of what I want from an ambient record.

It has a tasteful amount of long tones/ideas coming across the stereo field and they rotate at a speed where I’m engaged, enjoying what I’m listening to and eager to hear what’s next.  There are no cheesy sounds here, big fat cotton candy cloud synths but it’s not too annoyingly industrial and dark.  It has a pleasant combination of sounds — some nice long high energy particulate matter, some metallic grinding, some motor like noises and some, of course, drones.

There six tracks on the record and they’re all titled This Strange Life 1, This Strange Life 2, etc.  Some of my favorite passages are on track four (clipped below for your listening convenience).  It all goes down like one giant cinematic piece with variations.

Check it out, it’s high quality ambient for ya earholes!

Music for 6/20/17!!! Dead Ranch, No Goods, Kobra and the Lotus

@@@ Dead Ranch: Brumation (No List, 2017) Some buzzy punk metal off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. Oh I like this first tune as they grind out a nice upifting punky struggling grind. This is no death metal/doom shit (thus far). This second tune is pretty much an old school punk emo tune — the singer has a nice at the end of his rope vibe to his vocal stylings. This is some really high quality energy for all involved with interesting arrangements for the genre. Imma check back on this record when I have time to eat the whole sandwich.

@@@ Buzzer: No Goods (Kingfisher Bluez, 2017) Some high energy rock that I got to from this week’s CFUV playlist email. Lots of guitar and rock drumming — good beer drinking music. Tighter than the Replacements and a little rougher than Superdrag if you know those bands. Straight ahead rawk for ya.

@@@ Kobra and the Lotus: Prevail I (Napalm, 2017) Epic classic metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email. The band is fronted by a young blond woman and I don’t usually watch the videos for these metal bands but this is some melodramatic classic metal for sure. It’s like going to a Broadway play/opera but with lots of guitars.

YTD recordings listened to: 382
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 214
Not good music: 150

Buys: 6
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch

Music for 6/18/17!!! Macklemore, Iced Earth

@@@ Macklemore: Glorious (Bendo, 2017) I check out Macklemore’s jams cuz he cracks me up with his cornball flow. This single is no exception to his usual ways. He’s mad grateful for his life in this track and he mashes a gospel choir with some EDM four on the floor and other sounds. It’s supposed to be uplifting but I find the cliche nature of the lyrics and the arrangement to be very hollow. He’s testifying and I wish he wouldn’t. I made it 2:53 through the song before I had to shut it off yo.

@@@ Iced Earth: Incorruptible (Century Media, 2017) Highlighted in the metal section of Apple Music they start out gloomy church choir and big thunderous tom fills. But I suspect bones will be crushed forthwith. It has begun! I came for the beatdown and all I got was a cheese sandwich. I guess there’s no escape from America’s tidal wave of cheese regardless of genre. This is an epic, slightly more muscular classic metal formula with that kind of singer that sounds like they gots their balls in a vice. This second tune opens up with the line ‘A storm is raging on the open sea…’ I would call this Metallica with cheddar. Ah well.

YTD recordings listened to: 375
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 211
Not good music: 147

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Drone, 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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom