@@@ Cilantro Boombox: Shine (Self-released, 2017) I got to this self-released record via this week’s WRIR playlist email. The first tune opens up super Earth Wind and Fire and then moves into a chorus in Spanish. Full horn sections, drummer, percussionist. I like the horn arrangements here and these guys do bring a very funky vibe to their music with some old school MC rhyming and the falsetto vocals. They even name check Maurice White from Earth Wind and Fire on the third tune so my comparison is confirmed. There’s also more than a bit of Anthony Kiedis style lurking as well.
@@@ Juana Molina: Cosoco (Crammed Discs, 2017) A single off an upcoming full length that I also got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. I try to check out Crammed releases due to their support of Konono No. 1. This single is more a freaky Euro-indie kinda track but it’s got some vibe to it. A fairly uptempo beat, a pretty strange female singer and the tune is freeze dried until it fully unfolds into a skittering beat with a liquid bass line and the same singer. I see from the interwebz that Juana Molina is from Argentina
@@@ The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions (Concord, 2017) Some mainstream indie music off the Apple Music new music section. I put this band in the same column as Spoon — highly praised and often mentioned but not comprehensible to me. This first tune is super bouncy and literate and frankly it makes me want to go buy blue jeans. This second tune (clipped below) steps back in time for a 1980’s medium rocking romp. I see that these guys can construct music but I don’t feel anything when I hear their music. The singers are especially not to my liking.
YTD recordings listened to: 236
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 128
Not good music: 88
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, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab