@@@ Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind (Rounder, 2016). Progressive bluegrass off Ted Gioia’s best of 2016 list. I’m digging the opening tune with the plinky banjo working with and against the long upright bass tones. Sweet. Err, I dig the playing more than the lyrics, let’s peep more. I’m on the fourth tune and I stick with that opinion, great playing lyrics less so.
@@@ Laura Mvula: The Dreaming Room (Sony, 2016) Some art pop that occupies the #27 slot on Mr. Gioia’s best of 2016 list. A little ethnic percussion on this opening tune and a lot of reverb. After that ambient intor we get into an orchestral pop tune featuring Nile Rodgers on guitar. The production is immaculate and the layering is impressive. Think a Peter Gabriel world pop approach with less muscle and more New Age-y lyrics.
@@@ Tkettle: Electric Beanstalk (Kettle, 2016). I’m about a third of the way through picking through music writer Ted Gioia’s best of 2016 list. Thus far I’ve discovered one honorable mention record among his 200 picks. This is a bluegrass record with electronica production and thus far I like it. It sounds pretty looped to me and it’s got some nice chopped moments and other electronica flourishes I don’t love. This is one of those records where I enjoy the concept more than I enjoy the actual music produced. An A for getting your freak on.
@@@ Lil Tracey: Pasta (My Team Paid, 2016). This tune is off the Apple Music hot tracks section — it’s fronted by a British gangsta MC. It’s interesting to hear the high English accent over the classic skitter beats. I’m not sure how or why he called this tune pasta. Let me consult the urban dictionary, maybe pasta is another word for pussy or smoking weed. And we’re back. So one of the many slang meanings for pasta is sex (more than fondling) so there you go. I don’t know regular listeners checked out that mainstream hip hop tune ‘Broccoli’ by Baby D.R.A.M., it was one of my favorite tunes this summer. He should get together with Mr. Tracey and they could get some broccoli and pasta going. Broccoli, of course, slang for smoking weed. Go Trump! Random shit, I fucking hate Trump.
YTD recordings listened to: 954
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 533
Not good music: 361
Honorable Mentions: 21
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest