@@@ RGG Trio: City of Gardens (N/A, 2018) How many Polish guys does it take to make a jazz record? This is a trio record so three! C’mon I wouldn’t insult Polish people in my music reviews. I would discuss Miley Cyrus’ pubic hair and different varieties of cheese but I’m not racist and shit. This looks to be piano, trumpet and drums and this first tune opens slowly with some rolling drums. It’s not my favorite flavor of improv but I’m going to check out a bit more of the record. It’s pretty spacious music and long 10+ minute pieces. Myself I would rather check out Bill Dixon and some of his ’60 work but this has a pleasant earnestness to it.
@@@ DeVotchka: Angels (Concord, 2018) If you, gasp, took U2 and made a baby with Coldplay it would sound like this pre-release single. It’s dramatical, it’s epic, it’s an arena rock cheesebomb dropped from far up in the sky. Everybody walks away greasy and dirty. Big rock drums, plenty of different guitar sounds and lyrics — such as ‘tonight you will sleep the sleep of angels’. Uh, don’t know really. I got to this corporate cheese sandwich via a music publicist email. I didn’t make it through the full four minutes and I can tell you with certainty that was a very long 3 minutes.
@@@ Quavo: Workinme (Capitol, 2018) The #1 hot track in the Apple Music hot track section. It’s midtempo trap and apparently his girl is working him too hard. Fat, trunk shaking bass, a dude backing up Mr. Quavo’s lyrics, and a couple trippy samples floating in the background of the mix. It’s not much of a tune, he’s just on about percoset and his bank account over a B+ beat. Nothing to make it deserve #1 slot on the hot tracks.
@@@ Brown Paper Bag: Yoshi (Interscope, 2018) A genre smashing single in the Apple Music hot tracks section. It’s part hip hop with a huge rock guitar riff, a distorted bass but the problem here is the singer. He’s got not authority to his voice so all the nice and hip sounds are wuss-a-fied by his microphone work. Plus the lyrics are pretty much word salad — there’s a lot about being alienated in school, about some sort of daily meditation and sumthin about hold my smokes and my money. It’s best not to try to make sense of it, it’s a salad.
YTD recordings listened to: 467
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 239
Not good music: 196
Honorable Mentions: 5
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