Music for 8/19/19!!! Guttermilk, Cuco, Shura

@@@ The Bobby Lees: Guttermilk (N/A, 2019) I got to this garage punk tune via a music publicist email. The musical formuala is standard and I love me my punk blues/garage shit and the video is pretty standard, but I really like the drummer and the fractured keyboard part. I think if they wanted full garage punk they could ramp the tempo 50bpm and get a case of Red Bull for the singer so she can fully lose her shit.

@@@ Cuco: Para Mi (Interscope, 2019) I saw this artist listed as performing on at a Selena tribute concert and I like all the flavors of music out there. A Latin bedroom r&b/hip hop flavored record with threads of Open Mike Eagle. He’s a loverboy, possibly tongue in cheek as he really puts some odd vocalizing to this second tune, keeping tabs. He might be smoking a lot of weed what do we really know. I like his humor and the ease of his style. He’s just having a good time though he’s hating on his girl pretty hard in the third tune, Bossa No Se. I find some of the keyboard patches to be a bit cheesy but that could be part of the light/jokey aspect to the record. I dig it.

@@@ Shura: Forevhr (Secretly Canadian, 2019) I saw this musician on a weekly Line of Best Fit email. I’m very suspicious of musicians wearing hats, it’s not a good signifier. Most records by musicians who incorporate hats into their marketing campaigns do not fit my likes. The behatted young white gal pictured below is going hard at African American r&b sounds. Is it effective? Depends on your ears and preferences I guess. If you want some blue eyed black singing and need a few indie signposts in a record to feel good about her vocalizing then it’s effective. It’s a bleached Prince record with a few pubic hairs of funk and swing. Myself, I find the vibe to be a tad light but she can sing for sure. There’s a lot of white disco like the third tune, religion (clipped below). I like it all right but I could use more energy and more stank.

YTD recordings listened to: 424
Good music, not list worthy: 256
Not good music: 144

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, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims

Music for 8/18/19!!! Molly Tuttle, Miley Cyrus

@@@ Molly Tuttle: When You’re Ready (Compass, 2019) I got to this mainstream American record via a music publicist email. I fear this music is gonna have too much coffee shop upbeat melancholy and not enough substance. Very smooth production with touches of classic soft FM rock. This first tune Million Miles has no bite to it, it’s a mushy slice of apple pie and it would be accused of having a soggy bottom if it was a contestant on the Great British Bake Off. I almost made it through the first tune. I don’t want to be too mercenary but this music is aimed to peel off some listeners from mindless new country music by being more serious and is anchored by suburban female listeners. I say this as the second tune, Take the Journey, implores listeners to take the journey, no matter where it starts or where it ends, take the journey you’ll make it back home again. That’s some undercover New Age bullshit right there. Tuttle sure can play guitar.

@@@ Miley Cyrus: Slide Away (RCA, 2019) The whole idea of Miley Cyrus coordinating a new single to coincide with her PR announcement that her marriage is over is pretty sickening. A not quite surreal three dimensional soap opera life designed to put more coin in Ms. Cyrus’ bank account. And let us not shit ourselves Ms. Cyrus is all about the coin, she don’t stand for shit. I’m expecting a power cheese ballad — once upon a time it was paradise, ooh not a great line. By the time the tune reaches the chorus there have been many mixed metaphors — somebody shoulda tried to make more sense of these lyrics. She’s gonna go back to the ocean and to the city lights at the same time, that makes no sense to me. Just shy of three minutes the strings come in and the cheese sandwich is complete. #drama #cliche #lovelost #moneymade #stupidlyrics #nonsense. I feel like I wish I hadn’t put .007 in her pocket there are no feelings here. There were probably no feelings in her marriage.

YTD recordings listened to: 421
Good music, not list worthy: 253
Not good music: 144

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, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims

Music for 8/16/19!!! Meet Me @ the Altar, The Muslims, MAAFA

@@@ Meet Me @ the Altar: Bigger than Me EP (Self-released, 2019) All of today’s listens are from a profile in the Guardian about the black punk scene in the wake of Afropunk. I started today’s listen with the Muslims record below so when we compare the sounds of the two this record is a polished Southern Comfort emo sound with big production, catchy choruses. It’s not a criticism it’s just an observation that not all punk records sound the same. The lyrical focus here is on emotional dynamics, relationships and shit. The whole band plays hard with a lot of energy and though it’s not my favorite style of punk they rock it. The singer has a great voice really dwarfing standard Cali dude on the mic.

@@@ The Muslims: Mayo Supreme (Don’t Panic, 2019) Oh man, what’s sweeter than three dark people in North Carolina starting a punk band called the Muslims? They open up classic and abrasive punk with smart and cutting lyrics. I’m feeling this bigly. Female on the mic with a sharp tongue, let it all out we’ll all feel much better! The first line of F**k the Cistem is why are men such fucking trash? Yes. I’m gonna peep a little more to get pumped up before I go burn Whitey’s house down but this record will be on my year end list. I’m tipping out at track 4, the title track, but thus far all four tracks have been bursting with obscenity and righteous disdain for general cocksuckery out there.

@@@ MAAFA: Demo 2017 (Self-released, 2017) I could not find these guys up on Apple Music which is a shame as they combine punk nihilism and sonics with traditional Afro rhythms and sporting a black female vocalist. When they get to the chorus they bring it and they bring it hard and classic. I like this a whole bunch, the lyrics, the sounds, and the playing, it’s music with substance. I’m guessin there are some Bad Brains records in this band’s collection. On their bandcamp page they say they’re working on their first full length — let’s hope they get on it and finish soon. Really heartfelt and high quality music to get you pumped up, check it out!

YTD recordings listened to: 419
Good music, not list worthy: 253
Not good music: 142

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, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims