@@@ Cindy Lee Berryhill: The Adventurist (Omnivore, 2017) Some indie/alt roots music off this week’s All Music notable release email. Twangy guitar playing, high school punk band style drumming and Berryhill’s wavering voice. Notable here are the literate, somewhat nerdy lyrics — neither bad nor good, just saying. String arrangements and cello parts further solidify the NPR credibility of this record. For the proudly nerdy.
@@@ Alexis Taylor: Piano (Moshi mocha, 2017) Singer songwriter music off this week’s All Music weekly email. Opens up a cappella and reverted and a tad snoozy. I see, this is a remix record of a record from 2016 called Piano which is a piano songwriter record. So I’m going back to the source of the remixes and it’s quite emotional. Aha, I knew it! This is one of the gents from About Group who made a couple of records that I’m very fond of. This is heartfelt and distinctly un-American music because it’s not slick or glossy or manipulated. It’s just a gent and his piano with a remix record if you feel the urge. I can’t append this tune Crying in the Chapel so that’s too bad as it’s my favorite of what I heard. This is proudly earnest and sincere — it doesn’t super work for me but not because its earnest and sincere.
@@@ Ha Ha Tonka: Heart Shaped Mountain (Bloodshot, 2017) Not the usual fare I hear out of Bloodshot which is fine. It’s medium rocking with ’80s flavor and little shoe gaze especially in the guitars. Ah, the second and third tunes bring in some jangle and I’m not really feeling this record, mostly the sounds and the formula behind it.
YTD recordings listened to: 188
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 102
Not good music: 70
Honorable Mentions: 1
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, 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, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee