@@@ Kanye West: All Mine (Def Jam, 2018) We’re going track by track on one of Trump’s greatest black fans. Unfortunately. I like the sounds here and the vocal track. It’s a sex romp so it’s basically Kanye talking about pussy and tits and cum. There’s a Stormy Daniels reference and some other celebrity chatter. The sung vocal hook is pretty slick, the rapping is all right except sorta low IQ and the arrangement is B+. He still sounds more than a bit crazy if I’m not projecting onto him and his music.
@@@ Angelique Kidjo: Once in a Lifetime (Kravenwerks, 2018) A Talking Heads cover by the long running female African singer. It’s a pretty creative choice for a cover as the lyrics revolve around existential first world problems but to hear them put into a third world musical context is jarring and interesting. Kidjo has a beautiful and strong voice and she recreates the tune with African hand drumming, some highlife influenced guitar playing and a pleasing amount of African music sauce. Not the deepest thing but a cool summer vibe.
@@@ Weezer: Africa (Atlantic, 2018) Another cover but this time Weezer, a band that I have no respect for, takes a shitty tune from the 1980s and breathes ‘life’ into it. It’s most likely ironic, oh no he did it for the power chords in the chorus. This is the ol’ Toto track, oy. In a reflection of current cultural trends, this weakass tune covered competently has 3.5 million views on the GooglePimpTube and Kidjo sings and plays the shit out of an old Talking Heads tune and has 41,000 hits. Ah well, white people love the corn and they just can’t seem to find space for black music outside of hip hop in their lives. Their loss, crackerasses.
YTD recordings listened to: 305
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 160
Not good music: 135
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Los Texmaniacs