Music for 4/12/21!!! Cha Wa, Ryley Walker, Dry Cleaning

@@@ Cha Wa: My People (Single Lock Records, 2021) Off the Twatter specifically Ted Gioia’s timeline/feed though I have heard and really dug this outfit before. These guys (unless I’m mistaken are the keepers of the New Orleans funk flame). This track, the title track, is a celebration of the staying power and strength of black folks with a division into rich people, poor people, and my people. In the lyrics that is. Big hornlines, lots of energy with hand drummers augmenting the rhythmic energy of the kit drummer. The player clicks through and it moves into a grittier old school funk with a dual guitar attack. I appreciate these guys keeping this funk style alive.

@@@ Ryley Walker: Rang Dizzy (Husky Pants, 2021) This listen and the next are a coupla rock/post punk kinda things off last week’s All Music notable release email. Rawk! I had to get that out of the way. The tune opens much more like a slightly proggy, literate fusion-y rock, there’s no rockin’ per se to be found here. Rocking defined as a release of energy related to defiance, alienation and dissatisfaction, sometimes cathartic in nature. The singer is a sensitive gent and he’s certainly not worked up and he wants you to listen to his words. I’m sure he’s a fabulous dude but I’m not super into his style. This is a dehydrated Pearl Jam typa thing, yikes! You even get a cello here in the background it’s just that classy.

@@@ Dry Cleaning: Strong Feelings ( 4AD, 2021) I don’t find much on the 4AD label as they really cater to the square ass white rock folks out there and they’ve gone to the bank on it. A bit of kraut rock mixed with some art school feels, female singer and a detached delivery style. Classic. If you’re gonna go this route as a listener which is your God given right I would give the Pixies a spin (another 4AD band) cuz they do this with a lot more irony and humor and straight rockin’. This is a bit too stylized for me to get involved with.

Music for 8/31/20!!! Nnamdi, Mike Fahie, Wood Lake, Jimi Tenor

@@@ Nnamdi: My Life (Sooper Records, 2020) I got to this Chicago Nigerian American musician via a feature on the Vice website.  He comes out both retro funky and rockin’.  A drummer, poppin’ off, some guitar riffing that’s a bit aggro but nothing too punky/metal.  Nnamdi layers over this band arrangement which is taking a mild Captain Beefheart turn a bunch of vocal tracks that smooth over the band a bit or contrast with it.  To my ears it’s an excellent smash of white and black musical ideas.  A smashup of Funkadelic and Captain Beefheart/Zappa is pretty unexpected.   @@@ Mike Fahie: Urban(e) (Greenleaf, 2020) I saw this jazz trombonist’s new record up on the Twatter.  I will be checking out Prelude Op. 28 No. 20 and that makes me feel a bit fancy just typing that.  As the video says below these are Puccini pieces re-imagined by this gent Mr. Fahie and thus far I feel the vibe.  He’s honored the classical heritage while bringing the improvised element into the proceedings. Oh, I’m an idiot there is a variety of pieces here from classical music land — Stravinsky, Bach and Beethoven amongst others.  I’m on the third piece and it feels a bit like a poo poo platter at an old school Chinese restaurant — the playing is extremely polished and thought out producing moments of jazz/classical resolution but I would have preferred a deep dive of all Stravinsky or all Bach.  That’s just me dig it if you will.  @@@ Wood Lake: Lost Meaning (Lakewood, 2020) Some old school guitar indie I got to via a music publicist email.  Also a dollop of shoegaze up in there.  Rocking and comforting at the very same time, how ’bout dat?  The singer is mad gentle, you might catch him snacking on a vegan brownie in the bookstore, he’s just that friendly.  It comes down t a hippi-ish section with a bowed cello, a little piano, and some mad mellow singing.  And I’m guessing, there it is, the rock is gonna come back and they’re gonna chug out on the intro vibe.  There’s more swirling shoegaze as the tune exits stage right, vegan brownie style. @@@ Jimi Tenor: Lover’s Bridge (Philophone, 2020)  Some breezy funk out of the same German label that brought you Guy One, one of my favorite records of the 2010s.  This is slotted as funk.  I like the bass player a whole bunch but I’m not a huge fan of the keyboard sound, the smoot vibes of a track called Sugar and Sprice and I’m agnostic on the horns.  If folks like smoother, fusion-y funk then have at it I don’t hold nothing against nobody. YTD recordings listened to: 664 Good music, not list worthy: 346 Not good music: 299 Best: 0 Honorable Mentions: 0 Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, STORMLIGHT, Venomous Concept, Chezidek, Shy One, Muqata’a, Protomartyr, Nnamdi

Music for 6/17/19!!! Paul Bley, Drake, Yeasayer

Welcome back for another week in listening at Deep in the Music, a blog name inspired by old ass ’70s porn movies!

@@@ Paul Bley: When Will the Blues (ECM, 2019)  A piano trio record off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I’m finding this first tune better than what I expected — I know that sounds dicky but some straight jazz is just so….straight.  I mean I heard this before so much straight.  Piano, bass, drums with Gary Peacock on bass — I think he has skills.  Secondly, the record doesn’t have a classic ECM New Age production sound.  Just so cathedral reverbed and finely shoned.  The second tune, Flame, is a ballad and I won’t bust out the boo/hiss machine cuz I’m nodding off.  I guess the first tune is first up for a reason as it’s the freshest of the four tracks I peeped.

@@@ Drake: Omerta (Cash Money, 2019)  Holy Shit, Drake has shit another one out for the masses!  I’m no white ass hip hop expert but it sounds to my cracka ass ears that he’s going old school roughneck on this track.  And when Drake does that I think it’s mad funny.  Not scary like Biggie.  I find the lyrics more interesting than Drake’s usual boasty thing, but he should stop making rough tracks, I can’t stop lauging!  I really could give a flying fuck how rich you are Drake, you still soft ass Drake bitch.  The arrangement is solid with a spinny harp kinda thing and the beat’s all right but Drake ain’t nothin’ more than a horny teddy bear.

@@@ Yeasayer: Erotic Reruns (Yeasayer, 2019)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.   It’s both poppy and funky with the funky component less than the poppy part.  The singer is doing a white boy falsetto.  The second tune goes full ginger ale soda with an all over panning synth string sound.  A lot of energy I give them that.  Now let me be honest, this ain’t no Funkadelic full funk explosion.  This is a popped out shadow of that which is fine cuz a lot of white folks can’t take the full black funk explosion.  It’s like spicy food, you gotta start slow.  In my opinion if you’re into this I would send you over to a couple of Prince’s early pre-1999 poppier records.  They have similarities to this formula, or the other way round depending which way you gaze pon it, but fuck that’s Prince and he just airs his freak flag bigly.  I miss Prince, this is a starter funk record, peep it and move to the real business.

YTD recordings listened to: 302
Good music, not list worthy: 179
Not good music: 105

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief

Music for 2/19/19!!! William Russell Wallace, Chaka Khan, Tierra Whack

@@@ Chaka Khan: Hello Happiness (Island, 2019) Chaka Khan brings the old school funk flavors on her new record. Blending aspects of disco into her funk she goes for the popping bass sounds, the string arrangements. I was thinking she had a solid comeback on her hands until she gets into super dirty funk on the third tune (clipped below). It’s guitar driven with synth sparkle and I had to swap out the title track for this funk nugget. Check this track out, it’s bumping at many levels. She continues to burn on the blues down on love track, Too Hot. Surprisingly great music from Khan.

@@@ Tierra Whack: Only Child (Tierra Whack, 2019) I liked Tierra Whack’s 2018 efforts. Maybe not as much as others who gushed but I’m interested in continuing the listening. I like that there are mad school old school doo wop vocal stylings that open the tune before the rhymes come in. A break from the trap! Also a simple but memorable guitar part ringing through the tune. I find lines like ‘you made my heart so cold I should work at Friendly’s’ and ‘money over dick, money over dick’ to be smart and creative. Tierra Whack has it going on with this track.

@@@ William Russell Wallace: San Jacinto (N/A, 2019) I got to this lonesome folk ballad (complete with harmonica solo) via a music publicisit. Wallace’s voice has desperation built into it and while an old Dylan ditty would be a touchstone the difference in vocals takes it to a different place. A little tambourine, some harmonica, a lot of acoustic guitar and his voice. Solid.

YTD recordings listened to: 99
Good music, not list worthy: 56
Not good music: 38

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan

Music for 12/14/18!!! Tropical Fuck Storm, Tracy Thorn, Harriet Tubman

@@@ Tropical Fuck Storm: A Laughing Death in Meatspace (Joyful Noise, 2018). It’s a great name and I got to this via the Slate best of 2018 list which hasn’t turned up any gems thus far. My first impression is that this first tune ‘You Let My Tyres Down’ is an update ’70s era classic rock tune. I like it, it’s just funny to hear. The second tune is more adventurous blending some noisy blasts with staccato guitar and oddly spaced out doubletracked vocals. I can tell you it’s been so long since I’ve heard a halfway interesting rock record I’m almost in shock. I’m going to swing back on this record.

@@@ Tracy Thorn: Record (Merge, 2018). Also off the Slate best of 2018. I’m not usually psyced about Merge releases and I notice they also put the ’18 Superchunk record up on their list so maybe they’re bffs or some such shit. It’s straight out of the previous sloppy rock to the ’80s influenced straight ass synth rock. This is most definitely for vanilla ice cream eaters — no funk, straight than Trump’s dick at a Miss America contest. I kid, I kid, I bet that shit is hooked like a banana. I don’t really like this kind of music so Imma tip without sending bad vibes out there. Everybody likes what they like even if I don’t like it.

@@@ Harriet Tubman: The Terror End of Beauty (Sunnyside, 2018) I’m a huge Wadada Leo Smith fan, he’s a badass trumpeter who does real ass music. This is blurbed as a power trio and usually when jazz cats go that way I think it’s gonna be soft (cuz it usually is) but this first tune is thick and dubby and surprisingly muscular. The artists and the label only give listeners 2 tracks to stream for free which I think is a tad cheap but they’re free to do as they wish. Ah, I found it up on the Apple Music. I’m also a fucking idiot because Wadada Leo Smith is not on this record, it’s a power trio with a guitar player. #dumbass. Any seasoned jazz listener would compare this to Sonny Sharrock’s Ask the Ages which does sport a horn player and is not in the trio format. I’m really feeling the rhythm section here, it’s really pleasurable listening. I like the guitar player just a tiny bit less but I’m feeling him more in the second tune. I’m going to have to swing back on this as I consistently love the rhythm section and am back and forth over the guitar player.

YTD recordings listened to: 690
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 373
Not good music: 266

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, 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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman

Music for 12/7/18!!! Soccer Mommy, Esperanza Spaulding, Jupiter & Okwess

@@@ Soccer Mommy: Clean (Fat Possum, 2017) Both of the NY Times music writers have this record on their best of year list. Both writers! Once again showing the music coverage at the Times is a bag of ass. I find this downtempo guitar indie record unengaging and pretty derivative. Nothing particularly noteworthy in the lyrics or the music and it affirms the worth of mopey white people music when it shouldn’t be affirmed. But then again the Times put Arianne Grande’s record on the list and listening to that record is akin to drinking a quart of dirty dishwater. It’s not surprising the New York Times as a quiet proponent of white supremacy would single this record out of the thousands released this year for notable recognition.

@@@ Esperanza Spalding: 12 Little Spells (Concord, 2018) Another New York Times best of year choice. I come to this record prejudiced as I do not like Spalding — I find her technical skills to be plentiful but there’s a coldness and lack of soul to her music and these tunes only serve to reinforce that perception. This first tune is more symphonic prog rock than it is jazz. I like this second tune more, the singing is quite nice but I predict it’s going to collapse into a proggy mush….and there we go. I define a great record as one that you want to play over and over again and you continue to find things in the record that deepen the listen. I see this record as a work of technique with moments of beauty and that’s not my definition of a great record.

@@@ Jupiter & Okwess: Kin Sonic (Everloving Records, 2018) This is another New York Times record they call it ‘magnificently funky’. If this first power rock funk inflected tune is any indication this record is not going to come close to the funkiness of Vaudou Game. I’m on the third tune and I like this record but to be honest it’s more of a rock record than a funk record. It’s got some funk in it but it’s a thread and not the core. Stick with Vaudou Game. A lot of chanted vocals, some funky guitar and a drummer that rocks.

YTD recordings listened to: 676
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 368
Not good music: 263

Best: 16
Honorable Mentions: 8

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, 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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou