@@@ Professor Wouassa: Grow Yes Yes! (Chiz Records, 2015) I got to this Afrobeat record via the WRIR music review email. Regular readers know that I have problems with Afrobeat, namely it’s decidely macho posturing and vibe. This horn section is full of jazz players so the vibe is more subtle and the singer is very quiet in front of this large ensemble. I guess the male singer on the opener was a guest and it’s been mostly the ladies holding down the vocal responsibilities. If you’re looking for more chilled out Afrobeat check this record out, it’s a pro outfit.
@@@ Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up (Nonesuch, 2017) Some meaningful white boy indie music off this week’s All Music notable release email. After an ambient opening they get into a fairly rambunctious hippie sing a long kinda thing. They cold filter a Simon and Garfunkel intimate folk thing through a cold water brew indie rock coffee maker. There’s a lot of reverb to be had here, I could use a bit less myself, but this is clearly supposed to be quietly uplifting music by virtue of it’s beauty. It doesn’t rock, it’s not supposed to, it holds you in its arms and gives you a designer hipster pacifier.
@@@ GospelbeacH: Another Summer of Love (Alive NaturalSounds, 2017) I think of Alive NaturalSounds as a home for unwashed, trailer park white people but this is smoother and more classic rock than usual. Super sweet vocals here going for a faded California sound which I’m hearing a lot lately. Check out the cover below which is decidely faded so I’m not bloveating here. I like this all right but it’s pretty straight — for those hardcore music listeners out there I would go for some classic Big Star and the various pills they were taking at that point. They operate in this neighborhood but the music has more impact. At least on me.
@@@ Calvin Harris: Feels (Sony, 2017) I peep Calvin Harris’ music because he bites everything that came before him so hard. Here we have a late disco track but a shiny, modern nugget lacking in soul. Woke Katy Perry is up on this track and maybe Calvin and other guests ate at her buffet! Oh I would watch a video of that. In the middle of the track it breaks down for a rhyming break but the problem here is the lyrics — there’s a lot of them but the hook ‘Don’t be afraid to catch feels’. Oh Calvin, that’s it? I got feels, Mr. Harris and some of them are bad feels.
YTD recordings listened to: 379
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 213
Not good music: 149
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom