@@@ Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway (Nonesuch, 2017) Some folk off this week’s All Music notable release email. I’m guessing this is going to be polished folk for NPR listeners but you never know. This first tune features some nice sounds but I’d like to check out more. Giddens’ voice is very pleasing, no oversinging with a subtle vibrato. Her voice is really the star here — the band is solid but not particularly ear catching in their playing. There’s a conservatism at work here but a lot of so called adventurous listeners are really pretty conservative in their tastes.
@@@ Thundercat: Drunk (Brainfeeder, 2017) Some alternative r&b off this week’s All Music notable release email. There’s some Frank Zappa music nerd combined with black music sounds. The second tune after the intro gets into some manic jazz fusion energy. Fusion is not my favorite sound but let’s check a bit more. It’s accomplished playing and arranging but I’m not super into it, check for yourself.
@@@ Crystal Fairy: Crystal Fairy (Ipecac, 2017) Sludge metal off this week’s All Music weekly email. This first tune is grungier than sludgier so if you prefer sludge over grunge well then you will feel a tad ripped. The singer sounds a bunch like the gent in Rush — that sort of high, nerdy voice. The second tune Drugs on the Bus is coming slow out of the gate but maybe it will pick up. Plenty of Stone Temple Pilots up in here, it’s all right.
YTD recordings listened to: 131
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 71
Not good music: 41
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, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz