@@@ The Expanders: Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2 (Easy Star, 2017) I saw this record on the WRIR playlist this week and noticed from gathering this video from the GooglePimpTube that this appears to be a re-issue from 2012 as there are videos from this record from that time. Oh fuck off this is Volume 2 and that was volume 1 — damn you short attention span! There are three pre-release tunes up on the Apple Music and while I don’t dig the title of the first tune Life is a Funny Thing, it’s a pretty sticky roots reggae vibe with a sweet and though vibe side by side. These guys are skilled at every position with a great singer, solid rhythm section and a spot on guitar player. I will most definitely check more of this record out when it comes out and it will most likely be on my best of the year list.
@@@ The Clientele: Music for the Age of Miracles (Merge, 2017) The All Music blurb says this record has a hefty dose of autumnal grace and warmth. That is some high end PR diarrhea for sure. The first tune sounds like a slacker Byrds tune — shiny, chiming guitars and an engaging singer. The second tune opens up with a piano and you know pianos are a meaningful instrument with a lot of emotions attached to it. I predict a cheese sandwich here ah no, just an interlude. The tambourine has made its appearance on this third tune and the orchestral slack vibe has continued. I like this record all right — it’s a bit of a recycling job as this is very familiar in melody and arrangement but people have the memory of goldfish so it will be huge!
@@@ Joey la Soldat: Burkin Ba (Akwaaba, 2017) I’m going to have to Duck Duck Go this musician as he opens up the record in French and he’s obviously African but I can’t grok much besides that. Ah, Burkina Faso. He does a credible gangster trip on this second tune, Microphone. I’m on the third tune and I like it. It is African hip hop but it is not so far from American hip hop with synth based arrangements and tight rhymes with call and response vocals. He is rapping in French so that’s a big difference there.
@@@ Baraka Moon: Bismillah (Baraka Moon, 2017) A New Age-y world music mash I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. The pre-release single is called Bismillah and I”m having a tough time tying it to a place. Let me consult the fantastic interwebz. Ah, they’re from San Francisco and I hear South Asian influences as well as Australian didgeridoo, guitar and percussion. So this is truly a mash of world music influences and is going for a Qawwali trance vibe. I like it all right
YTD recordings listened to: 620
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 332
Not good music: 263
Honorable Mentions: 6
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