Music for 4/12/21!!! Cha Wa, Ryley Walker, Dry Cleaning

@@@ Cha Wa: My People (Single Lock Records, 2021) Off the Twatter specifically Ted Gioia’s timeline/feed though I have heard and really dug this outfit before. These guys (unless I’m mistaken are the keepers of the New Orleans funk flame). This track, the title track, is a celebration of the staying power and strength of black folks with a division into rich people, poor people, and my people. In the lyrics that is. Big hornlines, lots of energy with hand drummers augmenting the rhythmic energy of the kit drummer. The player clicks through and it moves into a grittier old school funk with a dual guitar attack. I appreciate these guys keeping this funk style alive.

@@@ Ryley Walker: Rang Dizzy (Husky Pants, 2021) This listen and the next are a coupla rock/post punk kinda things off last week’s All Music notable release email. Rawk! I had to get that out of the way. The tune opens much more like a slightly proggy, literate fusion-y rock, there’s no rockin’ per se to be found here. Rocking defined as a release of energy related to defiance, alienation and dissatisfaction, sometimes cathartic in nature. The singer is a sensitive gent and he’s certainly not worked up and he wants you to listen to his words. I’m sure he’s a fabulous dude but I’m not super into his style. This is a dehydrated Pearl Jam typa thing, yikes! You even get a cello here in the background it’s just that classy.

@@@ Dry Cleaning: Strong Feelings ( 4AD, 2021) I don’t find much on the 4AD label as they really cater to the square ass white rock folks out there and they’ve gone to the bank on it. A bit of kraut rock mixed with some art school feels, female singer and a detached delivery style. Classic. If you’re gonna go this route as a listener which is your God given right I would give the Pixies a spin (another 4AD band) cuz they do this with a lot more irony and humor and straight rockin’. This is a bit too stylized for me to get involved with.

Music for 4/1/19!!! White Denim, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire

@@@ White Denim: Side Effects (City Slang, 2019) This first tune sounds to be an indie update on what might passed as ’80s classic FM pop rock. I’ve clicked to the second tune and it’s a bit of a funny mash. Guitar riffs that you could find on a Queens of the Stone Age (and might have!) some rocking drumming, but a playfulness and upbeat vibe (even with a little Zappa goofiness) that reminds you of the mindless enthusiasm of the Reagan era. There’s plenty of electronic/synth glitch and digital pleasing powder added to this rock to make it fun, proggy, and medium rocking. They can play for sure but I would want more muscle and less pop to get down with it.

@@@ Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet (Loma Vista/EMI, 2019) I’ve always thought Andrew Bird has above average arrangement skills and his sounds are lush and beautiful while the overall experience straddles the line between art and pretentious I’m a bit too clever indie. I guess it’s up to the listener and their tolerance for what can be interpreted as a bit high. This first tune, Sysiphus, does nothing to disabuse me from above notions. Excellent sounds, lyrics a bit self involved and too wordy (for my taste). There’s a bit of a jaded edge to the vocal delivery that colors the record. There you have it, I appreciate some of it, some of it I’m not super in the mood for, but you should check it for yourself as I can see some folks really digging it and some folks shitting on it.

@@@ Arcade Fire: Baby Mine (Walt Disney. 2019) Off today’s hot tracks at Apple Music and let’s just kick it off in saying Arcade Fire is so fucking cool and hip they can work for the Mouse, the fucking fascist animated mouse empire!! Oh, this is gooey and cheesy part time indie rock cheese suffused with the schmaltzy Disney vibes that make the Mouse the biggest Mouse in the world. And believe me, my main beef with the Mouse is his god damned predictability and boringness. You my good Mouse, bore the ever loving fuck out of me. I hope the Mouse paid bigly they because they certainly gave up some self-respect for this track. I feel a bit dirty listening to this as it unfolds — the string flourishes, the lyrics, the highbrow production. You must love the Mouse or the Mouse will crush you!!!

YTD recordings listened to: 171
Good music, not list worthy: 102
Not good music: 62

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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

Music for 5/2/18!!! Aquaserge, Hawthorne Heights, Okkervil River

@@@ Okkervill River: In the Rainbow Rain (ATO, 2018) This is adult slacker rock from the aforementioned All Music notable release email.  It opens up intimate and weird wit the tune Famous Tracheotomies.  The second tune opens up in the same way but then morphs into pretty standard upbeat indie (with some synth tucked in for hipster measure).  This third tune is the ballad that will chase me away.  It’s soft like ricotta cheese and probably just as spreadable on a piece of toast.  He wants to love somebody, which is fine, but he doesn’t have to be so daft and ginger ale-y about it.  Blech.  You can keep this tune for yourselves, it’s too precious for me.  And keep the synth sounds as well.

@@@ Aquaserge: Deja Vu (Crammed Discs, 2018). I’m a big fan of the Crammed label in Belgium so I thought I would check out this quasi-rock live release I saw on last week’s All Music notable release email.  This first tune sounds like a cross between Pink Floyd and Yes.  The second tune comes out super Floyd-y with a little spaghetti western thrown in for good measure. There are a bunch of threads going through this — space rock, as mentioned, as well some prog, a little jazz and a little sonic texturing.  I like it, it’s spacious and weird with some interesting slow grooves.

@@@ Hawthorne Heights: Bad Frequencies (Pure Noise, 2018) This is going to be some mainstream metal, though that’s not what I was looking for.  This is labelled as post hardcore on last week’s All Music email but this is upbeat, emo cheese.  It’s pretty awful — folks is free to like this but I can’t stomach it.  It’s exquisitely produced cliches signifying a pretend world.  The lyrics are especially blow-y.

YTD recordings listened to: 237
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 124
Not good music: 104

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: 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, 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, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris