@@@ Ani Cordero: Recordar (Ani Cordero, 2014) I got a review email from WRIR in Virginia that reviewed Cordero’s latest record. However, this 2014 record is all that is up on Apple Music. This first tune is mostly a Latin tune, sung in Spanish, but with hints of indie. Cordero’s voice is powerful and quite pretty. The instrumentation is great with accordion and a horn section in addition to her traditional stringed instrument. Her lyrics are self-described as being about love and protest but I’m not fluent in Spanish. I would definitely check out her latest when it hits the interwebz.
@@@ Hard Proof: Stinger (Modern Outsider, 2017) Also off excellent world music station WRIR’s review email. These guys are from Austin and they do an instrumental funk/quasi-Afrobeat thing. It’s not straight Afrobeat, I don’t lie, and it’s a large ensemble. After a swaggering opening track they get more into a midtempo blaxploitation vibe on the second tune, Men of Trouble. These guys can play for sure. They appear to hit peak funkiness on the fifth or sixth track Trickle Down. Ooh, nasty guitar along side the plinked African style, a righteously sweet combination of dirt and honey. Check these dudes/ladies/both out.
@@@ Residual Kid: The Volcom Sessions (Sire, 2016) I got a PR email from Warner Bros. promo department announcing that these guys got best punk band at SXSW. From the record cover (clipped below) it looks like we are listening to some Asian or Asian-American punk business. These guys are on the Foo-ey side of the railroad tracks with a big power chord sound and midtempo stompers. Ooh, big Nirvana stink lines on this second tune Tidal Wave. Not quite as twisted as pre-Nevermind Nirvana Bleach madness. Solid B.
YTD recordings listened to: 56
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 32
Not good music: 16
Honorable Mentions: 0
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, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof.