@@@ Jupiter & Okwess: Na Kozonga (Everloving Records, 2020) I got to this single via the WRIR weekly playlist email. It sports a glam rock background vocal riff that lends a T. Rex vibe to the track but it’s also an African track with a bunch of African sounds in it. These folks hail from the Congo and wow, an unexpectedly noisy rock guitar solo in the middle of the track. Then a second guitar joins in — all the while the singer is cheerleading the whole tune along in a pretty mellow lower bass register fashion. Classic laidback/firm African drumming, interesting guitar work, a solid track.
@@@ Car Seat Headrest: Hollywood (Matador, 2020) I saw this musician featured in the monthly recording magazine Tape Op email. Described as a lo fi experimental dude I hear pretty high fidelity and not much experimentation, it’s slack indie rock with Pavement feels but a bit more energy in the vocals. He’s a bit Beck-y as well and while I don’t hear much that I cotton to in the music I like the lyrics. There’s an interesting breakdown that’s pretty meticulously arranged and it’s indictment of the entertainment industry in Hollywood. I like the arrangement, particularly the vocal parts and I don’t love the guitar and could stand for something more interesting there.
@@@ Joel Ross: KingMaker (Blue Note, 2020) I saw this up and coming Chicago vibes player mentioned in the National Sawdust email. He is blurbed on Apple Music as soloing with uncommon vitality. It opens with drums, piano, vibes, bass and sax with drums pleasantly high in the mix and the horn a bit low (or the horn player is being buried) It’s a Latin flavored beat and they enter a choppy section led by the sax and I would like to hear more vibes. I’ve lost a bit of interest by the time Ross takes a solo and the solo seems to a bit short but he’s a good soloist. Ross rhythmically leads the rest of the group into a new section and I feel like the energy is halfway to what I would like to hear but that’s just my view. Like Ross’ vibes playing, don’t love the sax player, and more vibes please.
@@@ Pepper: Work That We Do ( , 2020) A cover of an old ass Sublime tune that’s part of a benefit for the Sublime singer’s foundation. Acoustic guitar, white folk’s roots reggae sound. I keep waiting for the tune to head into some sort of groove but it percolates slowly for its full path. I guess I was hoping for some Sublime type grooves and didn’t get that and now I’m not happy about it.
YTD recordings listened to: 580
Good music, not list worthy: 294
Not good music: 257
Honorable Mentions: 0
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