Music for 2/25/21!!! Sibylle Baier, Dan Wilson, Galya Bisengalieva

@@@ Sibylle Baier: I Lost Something in the Hills (Orange Twin, 2006) This looks to a reissue of a lo fi bedroom classic by a German woman from the ’70s. It’s a sad woman with an acoustic guitar walking through the hills. In the woods, moody and shit, I’m making a bit of fun but she’s got a very nice voice. Only the slopes gave her hope, that’s a good line, dramatical but effective nonetheless. I like it, I find the lyrics a bit, I don’t want to be too dead inside a bit over the top and I prefer Nick Cave’s exquisite guitar playing but this is fine lo fi mope for those who need it and the demand is probably very high these days.

@@@ Dan Wilson: Who Shot John (Mack Avenue, 2021 ) I got to this straight jazz guitar track via the Twatter. Love the Twatter. Instrumentation is guitar, bass, piano and drums — at least in the opening. Wilson’s tone is more pointed and less noodly than most jazz guitarists and I respect that. The drummer is swirling in some funk which I think would be great if there was more funk in the rest of the players. The drummer switches out to a more openly Latin flavor and I think that works better for the tune but that’s just me. Like the guitarist most here, then the drummer, agnostic on the bass player and don’t love the piano player. They’re heating shit up here and then it comes back down to a simmer. I like it all right. This is a pre-release track, there will be more shortly if it’s a pre-release because that’s what a pre-release is.

@@@ Galya Bisengalieva: Aralkum (One Little Independent, 2020) This is an ecological focused music piece I got to via the hoity toity Brooklyn club National Sawdust. Aralkum is the opening track of the record and this work is slotted as electronic on the ol’ Apple Music. I like it thus far as it goes up to the epic New Age line and doesn’t cross it. Bisengalieva is a violinist and there’s some of that standing sharply in contrast to the breathy synths and some undercover piston-y electronic beat action. Insect-y and churn-y rather than funky. That contrast between the violin and the synths is my favorite component of the tune and myself I could use some more rhythm and some bass. Overall mostly for the NPR crowd but as far as who it’s aimed at it does a good job feeding the NPR people. She’s blurbed as favoring apocalyptic moods and I get that but it’s a shiny and pretty sonically pleasant apocalypse I’m hearing here. I’m guessing the apocalypse will be a lot less beautiful when it really gets going.

Music for 2/1/21!!! Jaimeo Brown, Rakky Ripper, Ghetts

@@@ Jaimeo Brown: Transcendance (Motema, 2016) I saw this record namechecked on the Twatter and it’s out on a jazz label but I think it blends jazz and hip hop and maybe other sounds. The album is called Work Songs and the first track opens with an acapella chain gang song. The music around the singing is kinda ambient with skittering drums and mellow horn work. I clicked to the second tune and it comes with a not great electric guitar sound, a blues singer and a rocking vibe. I’m not sure I dig the combination here. I love work songs and am happy to listen to those without putting in the blues rock and the jazz playing. It’s very cinematic and I like that but it’s too brunch-y for me.

@@@ Rakky Ripper: Whatever ( 2021) I saw the next two listens up on Line of Best Fit. I believe this MC Ms. Ripper be rocking a girly, slutty hip hop kind of vibe. Not judgy just sayin’ from the outfits on the GooglePimpTube. I was wrong this is not hip hop. This in your face electro pop and it’s some of my least favorite shit stylistically. Ms. Ripper sings in Spanish which makes it more interesting as I don’t have to denounce the lyrics. Oh she goes English with the vocal hook 1-2-3-4-5, whatever! which is absolutely brilliant. Maybe she’s counting Covid corpses and then saying whatever. If so this could work for the MAGA crowd for sure. I could picture Trumpy bustin’ a nut to this. Here I go entertaining myself as I don’t love the track. The power chords which sound to be synth and the clunky boom bap are my least favorite sonic elements here.

@@@ Ghetts feat Stormzy & Ghetto: Skengman (Warner UK, 2021) A skengman is a person who owns a lot of different guns. The arrangment here is almost James Bond quality with fully pimped out production — a little keyboard vamp, some string swells, fully manicured drums ets. It’s a high end depiction and it’s hard to tell if it’s a celebration or just a depiction. Stormzy hits the mic and I have trouble catching his words with that accent thick as molasses. Apparently a skeng can also be a blade. There’s an MC who might be the leadoff guy who comes and he spits UK style — urgently and high brow-ly. The sounds are bit too arch for me and overall it’s a bit of a head scratcher of a track.

Music for 10/28/20!!! Xenia Rubinos, Gregory Tardy, Kae Guajajara, Kunumi MC

@@@ Xenia Rubinos: Who Shot Ya? (Anti, 2020) I got an email from a music publicist but I’ve been a Xenia Rubinos fan since her debut album. I dig her as she doesn’t aesthetically half step and she’s brazen without resorting to straight boasting and other standard music business nonsense. In this track she goes two languages, Spanglish and English and she sports a high level of chop and glitch with dramatic church-y organ flourishes unfurling as she layers on the vocal tracks. Thus far she’s mentioned kids in cages, stolen lands and how they built this town. So pretty direct references to politics and history served up with a pretty glitched platter of dramatic sounds. I like it a whole bunch without jumping up and down.

@@@ Gregory Tardy with Bill Frisell: More Than Enough (Newelle, 2019) I saw this sax player pictured on the Twatter and found this track on the GooglePimpTube. I can not find this track on Apple music under Frisell’s name nor under Greg Tardy. I don’t like the extra time it takes to find tracks on these streaming stores, just sayin’. I’m digging Tardy’s rich and luxurious and thick saxophone tone and well Bill Frisell get out the sleepytime tea cuz the brother is gonna be as reliable as a cardboard box. And people lap it up with a spoon! Let’s focus on Tardy, that’s why we came to this track. I bopped over to Apple Music to check out a 2014 effort by Tardy and it’s a full ensemble with piano, bass and drums. He maintains the same rich tone but it’s presented in a pretty standard straight jazz manner and makes me appreciate (almost) for a moment, Bill Frisell’s sparse acoustic playing off Tardy.

@@@ Kae Guajajara: Asas (Self-released, 2020) A Guardian article two days ago featured a lot of indigenous Brazilian musicians using music to protest the destruction of nature in Brazil. I”m a fan of Brazilian music (not all but a lot) and thought it would be interesting to check out the various blends they’re rocking — hip hop, reggaeton, and traditional sounds were mentioned in the article. It opens with a hand shaker and very indie sounding guitars, two of them! After Ms. Guajajara hits the microphone a distinctly dancefloor vibe comes on though the other two elements remain albeit turned down a bit. At points Guajajara sings in different styles — indie, soaring diva, and then some in unison singing that fills the stereo field. I have a much easier time accepting these indie guitar sounds when the track is so rhythmically strong, not just instrumentally but vocally as well.

@@@ Kunumi MC: Moradia De Deus (Bico do Corvo, 2020) Another Brazilian musician blending hip hop and traditional sounds. In complete opposition to some UK hip hop I hear when MCs are struggling to get a good flow and a convincing posture, Kunumi MC is natural on the mic and the sonic arrangment here is both Brazilian with an off kilter string loop but the overall feel is one I recognize to be hip hop. And good hip hop with strength and rhythmic flexibility. I have no idea what these lyrics are about as I have no skillz in Portugese but it’s a cool blend of sounds and impressive to hear somebody pick up an aesthetic from another culture and rock it all natural style.

YTD recordings listened to: 832
Good music, not list worthy: 454
Not good music: 353

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, 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, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi

Music for 9/25/20!!! Eric Revis, Butcher Brown, Osees, Dan Weiss STAREBABY

@@@ Eric Revis: Baby Renfro (Pyroclastic Records, 2020) I got to this jazz bassist’s track after seeing a review of his new record up on the twatter. The kickoff track on Revis’ records comes out sharply funky with some very nice piano key percussive mangling that gives the track an African feel. Revis’ tone is thick and muscular. My least favorite part of the tune is the horn playing, I’m feeling the off kilter playing of the majority of players. I’m really enjoying the rhythm section and the piano player here. I been doing a bit of surfing as this record plays and I’m enjoying the second and third tunes more than the kickoff jam.

@@@ Butcher Brown: #KingButch (Concord, 2020) More jazz, this time from Concord whose jazz I usually don’t enjoy a ton. An MC kicks the tune off with a microphone check before we slip into a late night half booty jam/half hip hop/third smooth jazz flow. The MC returns for more after the intro. I feel my attention is split between the band and the MC and I end up enjoying each of them less. It’s not my favorite style of jazz and I tend to like the art hop or the grizzy business so it doesn’t work for me there either. I don’t buy the mash but I get that others might find it interesting.

@@@ Osees: Red Study (Castle Face, 2020) Avant-garage punk is what last week’s All Music notable release email says. We shall see! This is the fourth track on the record and it comes out rocking but not guitar rocking, a rock groove with a world-ish horn blast before a strange, Golem-y vocalist comes in. It’s a fresh mix for sure. It’s got a darkness to it that one wouldn’t find in an art school type of project and it is unabashedly strange. I feel like this track is a Led Zeppelin send up, it’s pretty spot on in parodying the Zep state of mind. I could be totally wrong on this but it has the big drums, the rock groove bass, some jagged guitar playing and the singer works that vein. The player clicked forward and it’s a full fuzz-fest bringing the drums and some wild ass surf guitar all served over a bed of fuzz guitar and fuzz bass. I might have to circle back on this biscuit as there’s some content in here. I peeped four of the tracks here and while they jump around all over the place they seem coherently and authentically nutty. I always appreciate the people who color outside the lines.

@@@ Dan Weiss STAREBABY: Episode 18 (Pi, 2020) A jazz drummer’s shout out to metal and electronica music. Episode 18 is the 13 minute opening track to the record and my initial impression is that you need to use some version of metal production if you’re going for metal otherwise your heavy music is going to sound mad proggy, which this does. I don’t mind prog music but I love me a full on head crusher of a metal track. I would say this music needs to get compressed and roughed up as it stands right now it’s quite downtown NYC prog wannabe metal. Instrumentation here is guitar, drums and bass as well as electronics either rocked during tracking or during mixing. When they get to the crescendo it doesn’t crush as it should.

YTD recordings listened to: 740
Good music, not list worthy: 399
Not good music: 319

Best: 3
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Osees

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 6/5/20!!! Pole, Kedr Livanskiy, Miiesha, Mild Life

@@@ Pole: 123 (Pole, 2011) Blurbed as a super important electronic producer from Germany in my weekly Stranded email I haven’t heard him before so I will throw him a peep.  It’s a record that stretches almost 3 hours so we’re just gonna nibble a bit and then give a few impressions and if folks want to throw a listen based on my nibbling well then have at it.  The first tune opens slowly but with intent.  I just saw on the PimpTube that this was Pole’s first compilation record and it has been remastered for 2020.  Sweet!  Minimalist arrangement with precise sonic placement.  For sonic components we have some vinyl scratch, a serpentine bass line that pushes and pauses and then again, a percussive synth whammy and a little high frequency glitch polish for ya earholes.  It’s well done for sure.  Imma peep this second track and then move in but I like what I hear.  To me this is ambient music with a little bit of techno and a medium amount of glitch.  It’s pleasantly soundtrack-y and I will circle back to this when I have more time to sit with this.

@@@ Kedr Livanskiy: Ivan Kupala (2MR, 2020) I was really into her last release and she’s now hitting Pitchfork partially because she’s cute and it’s an exotic story but she has skills for sure.  I’m not trying to demean her but there are reasons why some folks are pushed up and others aren’t and we should be honest about that.  Oddly enough this track is from last year’s record and while I would usually scrap this listen and go for something else, I dig her stuff and will give her a repeat listen.   This is an uptempo banger, moderately aggressive with some indie vocals in Russian that come in all dazed and faded and dreamy during a break before I predict she will drop back into the groove.  There it is back to the groove with a different vocal on top.  I dig it all right but I remember I’m a fan of the updated dubwise of the fourth track — trippy electro with a more wasted feel.

@@@ Miiesha: Hold Strong (EMI, 2020) Off the Australian music magazine Happy.   This is an electronic r&b self empowerment record from an indigenous Australian woman.  Right off the bat I can see it’s not as over the top as its American counterpart most likely would be.  Some of the murky, lower register synth sounds are reminiscent of 6Lack’s debut, a record I enjoyed very much.  Of course that was more of a dark, stoner record and this young woman has a very different vibe on the microphone.  She sings with the longing for fairness and equality that seems relevant right now.  Australia has its own racial situation that I’ve learned about listening to Australian musicians.  Lyrically as well.  I would listen to more of this as it’s a fresh set of sounds to my ears.

@@@ Mild Life: Rare Air (Heavenly/PIAS, 2020) Also off last week’s Happy Mag 5 upcoming releases.  I have not squeezed in Lady Gaga’s new record this week.  I will listen as I want to know what’s out there but I kinda hate Lady Gaga, seeing her as a manipulative bullshit artist.   On to this listen! I’ve checked out some of what is marketed as jazz outside of the USA and to my ears a lot of it can be more properly qualified as high end frat boy jamming but I listen.  Not all of it, but a good chunk thereof.   This is a pre-release track and it opens slowly and ambiently and doesn’t appear to be set to go frat boy jammy but who knows?  As the full band clicks in this looks set to be more an old school prog rock balloon with vintage synth sounds, a bass player that’s quite active.  Oooh, a singer and he’s dreamy.  Quite laidback and soft as a macaroni and cheese burger.  It’s like Gerry Rafferty and Yes had a baby that takes downers.  It is a 6.5 minute monster shot and I don’t know if I’m going to hang.  I might just freeball a bit while the keyboardist goes nuts and the drummer hits the ride to stretch this biatch out.  I’m glad I hung in there til just after 4:00 minutes cuz there’s a brief section with a cowbell.  That’s right, fucking cowbell!  The king of all hand percussion, I bow before you mighty cowbell.  Never let it be said that nothing comes to those who wait cuz I got a cowbell.  Fuckin’ A bubba.

YTD recordings listened to: 418
Good music, not list worthy: 216
Not good music: 189

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

 

 

Music for May 1, 2020!!! Joe Wong, Avishai Cohen, Fire in the Radio, Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn

@@@ Joe Wong: Dreams Wash Away (UMG, 2020) A song connected to a new Netflix animated series. I got to this track via a music publicist email.  It’s a pleasantly trippy track with a few Beatles feels as well as downer indie elements.  It opens with big panned guitars and reduces (like a good sauce) down to a strummed songwriter-y thing before bringing the full band back into it for a big hook chorus.  It’s sonically immaculate and does solid work as a soundtrack-y tune to run the credits over.

@@@ Avishai Cohen: Big Vicious (ECM, 2020)  I got to this music via the London Jazz music blog weekly email.  The first tune on the record and Imma guessing they’re going for a slightly different jazz vibe from the name Big Vicious.  Could be wrong, am wrong quite often!  It opens with a submarine ping that gives way to some mellow trumpet and a slightly janky drum beat.  I’m not a huge fan of the somewhat washed out guitar sound and I’m now guessing that the term big vicious is ironical or misinformed as this is quite luxurious straight jazz that colors pretty much within the lines.  It’s for people with good jobs.  I respect the playing but I like my jazz a bit hotter and wilder than this.  This is straight up missionary position jazz, satisfying in its way but a bit standard.

@@@ Fire in the Radio: Let’s Get to the Start (Wednesday, 2020) I got to this punk rock track via a music publicist email.  Apple Music has it typed in as EMO, so that’s emo punk with extra sauce Imma guessing.  It’s got a hopped up dream beat coming in, but it also has a distinct Cure feel to it, not up and over the top as some emo is.  Though it is EMO.  We all got different definitions and shit and for me this is less EMO and more ’80s/shoegaze flavorings.  Not that the fate of the universe rests on the classification.  I like the drummer, he’s working hard, the singer I’m sure is a great gent but he’s a bit low energy.  I like my EMO super ramped, at the end of the rope style.  This is more in the earnest camp and less in the ‘Shit is fucked up and bullshit’ camp.

@@@ Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: The Roving Cowboy (Smithsonian, 2020) I got to this roots tune via the weekly CFUV playlist email.  I like the Smithsonain label as they’re going to be more focused on culture and less focused on commercial viability.  This is a collaboration between a Chinese artist and an American one and on this record they combine folk music traditions from China and America.  I was about to say this appears to be an instrumental record when both women start singing, one in English and Wu Fei in Chinese.  Washburn is rocking an old school vocal style.  I like the concept of this record and I like performances, especially the dual string playing.  Color me impressed when Washburn starts singing in Chinese, that’s impressive.

YTD recordings listened to: 326
Good music, not list worthy: 170
Not good music: 144

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

Music for 11/20/19!!! The Good Ones, Charles Rumback, Mono

@@@ The Good Ones: Rwanda, You Should Be Loved (Anti-, 2019) Today’s listens came to this blog post the All Music notable release email which comes out every Friday. The song titles here are very substantive — A Long Sad Journey Watching You Die is an example. The opening tune (clipped below) is a vocal and acoustic guitar track. Medium energy but with a slight melancholic feel to it. The second tune opens up with the same formula plus a simple hand percussion beat so this is looking like it’s gonna be a stripped down unplugged set. This second one is more beautiful than the first. There are some hipster guest appearances from Nels Cline and a member of Sleater Kinney. I will remain open minded on that concept until I hear it. There are two singers here and they blend and stand out from each other quite beautifully. I get why they’re having some gringos up in their tracks to get white folks to move towards them, but it doesn’t really add anything when I hear Nels Cline drop in a wannabe African figure. I don’t have time to check this whole record but I can’t see how this wouldn’t make my year end list.

@@@ Charles Rumback: Little Common Twist (Thrill Jockey, 2019) I thought I saw somewhere that this was jazz and there are some sonic jazz signifiers here but it’s also got a very strong folk vibe to it as it’s a duo record between a drummer and an acoustic guitar player. The focus here to my ears is on the beauty of the music whereas on a great jazz record I find the give and take between the players to be the central driving feature. It’s not for me to say that this isn’t jazz, they can call it whatever they want but I do get to say how I hear it. Some electric guitar wash makes an appearance in the third track but the basic formula remains the same. This could work for a lot of folks — a lot of folks want their music to be first and foremost beautiful. I’m not in it for that but I don’t insist on my point of view.

@@@ Mono: Before the Past (Temporary Residence, 2019) 3 songs recorded live at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago. I’m expecting some combination of rock, indie, noise and maybe some metal flavors in this first 16 minute track. Gloom-ish, Tool-ey. It is as it signalled at the beginning of the tune and it sounds great. I’m not sure if I’m not in the mood for it or if I don’t like it so I will chill some more and see where it goes. The sounds are absolutely huge rocks sounds and I like the playing but it doesn’t grab me. Once again with the disclaimers, that’s just me, check it out for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 607
Good music, not list worthy: 362
Not good music: 204

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, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog, Loscil, The Good Ones

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