Music for 10/11/18!!! Tierra Whack, Tess Roby, Proc Fiskal

@@@ Tierra Whack: Whack World (Interscope, 2018) 15 1-minute hip hop songs that I got to from a best 25 records from the last 3 months at factmag.  I’m on the third minute and I like the brevity of the tunes and the tidbits have more of a melancholy flavor than a party vibe.  I don’t think the brevity and the melancholy are connected.  The jumps from one bit to the next are pleasantly jarring.  The sounds are very new, no retro hip hop happening here.  It’s like somebody hitting the fast forward every 1 minute.  I really like the tune 4 Wings.  I found it and shit!  Enjoy.

@@@ Tess Roby: Beacon (Italians Do It Better, 2018)  We switch gear from youthful African American female gloom hop to white people electronica.  It’s opening up with a sinuous guitar line and a Rush beat, not great as far as I’m concerned.  Then a singer — where is she from?  Montreal!  I love Montreal.  I think this is poor record sequence/placement on my part as the jump from those hip hop kibble and bits to this is not great.  This is low energy, not as funky, and just a wee bit……white.  And I say that as a human that used to be a white person.  I thought this was going to be an electronic record but it’s an indie rock record with an electronic U-haul attached to the back.

@@@ Proc Fiskal: Insula (Hyperdub, 2018).  This is an abstract electronic record I got to via the same best 25 records of the last three months.  It is most definitely chopped pretty roughly with plenty of processed vocal samples and bass ‘n drum type beats.  It is trying to be both funky and trippy and thus far I don’t think it’s hit either goal.  I want to like it as it aims for a place I enjoy listening to but it sounds a bit sterile and technical for my taste.  The arrangements are more than competent but it’s a nerd record.  Homie needs some doobie in his funk, imho.

YTD recordings listened to: 574
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 306
Not good music: 233

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

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Music for 10/9/18!!! Schlegelmilch, Goldberger and Black, KALETA AND SUPER YAMBA BAND, Ladama

@@@ Schlegelmilch, Goldberger & Black: Three of a Mind (Skirl, 2018) I got to this jazz record from a friend whose music teacher is on this recording.  Instrumentation includes organ, guitar and drums and I’m psyched about that combination of sounds.  This first tune has an indie rock flavor and is pretty straight ahead.  The tune moves more firmly into a proggy area after the intro.  The second tune, Chiseler, edges more deeply into prog and jazz neighborhoods.  It is definitely spiritually related to Martin Medeski and Wood but more rocking than I remember that outfit being.    I’ve sampled big bites of four of the tunes and I’m mostly neutral on this record.  I like parts of it and not others.

@@@ KALETA AND SUPER YAMBA BAND: Mr. Diva / Hungry Man, Angry Man (Yamba, 2018)  I came across a quick bio of this outfit and it’s New York city based with a senior figure in African music.  It does sport classic Afrobeat horns, a couple of simple and funky guitar parts and then a gent rocking it in…..well he was born in Benin but grew up in Nigeria.  It’s got funky beats, a solid guitar organ, and even some organ action.  If you’re in the mood for the old school Afrobeat, have at it.

@@@ Ladama: Poor Macatu (Six Degrees, 2017) I got to this group of Latina female musicians from an email by an upstate New York media collective.  This is the first track from their 2017 record Night Traveler and it is busting with energy.  Multiple voices, a brisk tempo, and a full but not cluttered mix.  Ah, they gave space for an accordion solo, you can’t fuck with that as far as I’m concerned.  Other instruments include drum kit, hand percussion, electric bass, and nylon guitar.  I associate the West Coast label Six Degrees with sleepytime tea world music so I was not expecting this level of energy.  They rhyme, they chant, they sing together.  I’m going to roll back and check out more of this record.

YTD recordings listened to: 571
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 304
Not good music: 231

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

Music for 10/8/18!!! Quin Kirchner, Longwave, serpentwithfeet

@@@ Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time (Monofonus/Astral, 2018)  A honkin’ big jazz recording (86 minutes!) that I got to via a twat from the twatter by the music blogger Bird is the Worm.  This first tune is an 11 minute banger and thus far I’m feeling some ‘mid ’70s jam/fusion-y jazz with spooky electric organ hanging out on the side of the mix and some down, long tone sax playing.  It comes out of its lengthy intro into a midtempo sax solo.  The second tune, Brainville, is in a funkier more standard place with a descending bass line and a two horn head in melody.  There are a bunch of covers up on this record and I like the drummer, Mr. Kirchner who is the bandleader.  Regular readers know I’m more of a fire jazz/abstract jazz listener but it’s an energetic set.

@@@ Longwave: Stay With Me (Bodan Karma, 2018)  I got to this indie single via a music publicist email.  Opening up the tune employs a muscular 1980’s pop rock formula — a really nice fuzzy bass, a straight beat with that awful gated snare sound, minimal synth, and a singer straight out of the Reagan era.  This dude could be in Simple Minds or to a lesser extent a U2 tribute band.  It gets a shreddy rock solo but it’s really too familiar for me to give much respect to it.

@@@ serpentwithfeet: soil (secretly canadian, 2018) I got to this indie r&b record via Flavorpill.  From the first tune it’s clear it’s gonna be a dramatic love listen.  The singer has plenty of quiver to his voice and he’s forward with the vulnerability and fragility.  I dig him thus far and the arrangement of this first tune is engaging.  I don’t usually go for records like this but I feel the singer and more importantly the focused arrangements that make the songs work.  The sounds are almost exclusively electronic and the vibe is more torchy and as previously stated the singer really sells his songs well.  It’s reminiscent of the artist formerly known as Antony and the Johnsons.

YTD recordings listened to: 568
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 302
Not good music: 230

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

Music for 10/7/18!!! UNIFONY, Dive Bell, Bhad Babie

@@@ UNIFONY: Found (UNIFONY/Butler, 2018)  I got to this tune via a music publicist email.  In a not quite but almost egregious example of mislabelling this piano, drums, and electronics piece is slotted as avant garde jazz when it’s really New Age jazz.  It is structured and melodic and pretty and pretty predictable.  I don’t mean to be a bitch about it but mislabelling creates confusion and new age jazz musicians should not attempt to cash in on the credibility of avant garde jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, etc.  It’s pretty shameful.

@@@ Dive Bell: Undercover (Dive Bell, 2018)  I got to this electro single via an Australian music magazine.  It’s got a little bit of industrial aggro sprinkled over it but the bulk of it is pretty and a bit dour.  A chainsaw bass patch propels the tune forward with the pretty reverbed female singer sauce over the straight ahead drum machine sounds.  It’s got some epic rock guitar sounds threaded up in there but the unfunky rhythm section is the disqualifier for me.

@@@ Bhad Bhabie: 15 (Atlantic, 2018)  When fake gangster/hypersexualized child hoe Bhad Bhabie announces she’s the voice of a new generation, you gotta just laugh and wonder how long ’til our civilization collapses.  Bhad Bhabie is not fierce sounding at all and it sounds like they popped open a can of trap sounds and threw this shit into Pro Tools.  She’s got juice bitch, by which I think she means she still drinks out of juice boxes like a little baby.  I’m gonna peep Gucci flip flops cuz that’s supposed to be the hit track.  It sounds like she’s going to take off her Gucci flip flops and hit a bitch up side the head with it.  Sounds good.  She also accuses other bitches of selling the coochie for cash, a pretty standard insult in the gutter fights between female MCs.  You know they say those in glass houses…..I’m not sure Bhad Bhabie should be out there calling other bitches hoes.

YTD recordings listened to: 565
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 301
Not good music: 229

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana

Music for 10/5/18!!! Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana, Black Symbol

@@@ PEREGOYO Y SU COMBO VACANA: Mi Buenaventura (Vampisoul, 2017) I’m guessing from the GoooglePimp video which has been uploaded for 6 years that this is a reissue from an old school Colombian band.  I’m not very bright but I got this right and these guys are smoking.  These guys were some of the first to combine Colombian folk rhythms with Cuban cumbia.  I love this music, it’s crazy soulful.  Great horn lines, all manner of hand drums, electric guitar sounds from back in the day, and fantastic singing.  I will end up putting this record on my best of year list for 2017 as it ticks all the boxes — great rhythms and high melodic content, energetic and passionate perofrmances, and a high soul factor.  Check it out!  It has a fantastically fuzzy bass sound which helps to drive the whole band.  It’s so wrong and so right at the same time.

@@@ BLACK SYMBOL: Mother Of Creation (Sugar Shack, 2018) A pre-release reggae tune off an upcoming full length.  It is a blend of old school roots reggae (in the vocals and the drums) but with a synth which is a pretty rare instrument to encounter in roots reggae.  I like the singer as he sounds a bit like Burning Spears Winston Rodney.  Weirdly, it is mostly old school roots with just splashes of synth.

YTD recordings listened to: 562
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 300
Not good music: 227

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana

Music for 10/4/18!!! J. Hoard, Jose James, Marissa Nadler

@@@ J. Hoard: Sirens (651034 Record DK). I saw this musician on a show promoting email from the hipster pretentious Brooklyn club National Sawdust.  Hoard has a dash of fragility in his voice and in this tune it sits in front of a smooth r&b arrangement.  I really like the bass line and the background vocals.  It’s gospel tinged with a little bit of rocking.  All I hear is sirens, the earth burns in silence.  So not the most happy happy vocal hook but I give him credit for that.

@@@ Jose James: Lean on Me (Blue Note, 2018). Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The first tune is a stripped down version of Ain’t No Sunshine.  James has a soulful and expressive while the production is lush and manicured.  It could be mistaken by the more skeptical among us as Norah Jones redux with songs aimed at the heart of high end cubicle dwellers.  The keyboard player gets two solos in the first two songs and this is not really jazz, it’s undercover mainstream music wrapped in the Blue Note jazz candy bar wrapper.  It’s a well done record of covers but it could have been more creative.

@@@ Marissa Nadler: For My Crimes (Sacred Bones, 2018). Also singer songwriter music off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The opening tune here is much darker with just an acoustic guitar and Nadler’s voice.  She’s done terrible things….a big unidentifiable metallic swell (guitar I think) pushes up in the middle of the track.  If you strip away the prettiness of Daniel Lanois’ production you get something close to this record.  It’s slow and sad and full of long droning tones.  I really like Nadler’s voice and that’s good as it’s just her, some backing vocals, a guitar and a few drone tones behind her.

YTD recordings listened to: 560
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 300
Not good music: 227

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza

Music for 10/3/18!!!! Joseph C. Philips, 2Baba, Adekunle Gold, Niniola

@@@ Joseph C. Philips: Numinous (New Amsterdam, 2015) Some classical music off this week’s Roulette show email.  It might surprise a listener to see this slotted as classical music and then hear a fusion funk figure opening up the first track.  Interesting and unexpected as it gives way to a standard classic instrumentation while retaining fusion elements in the playing.  Six pieces span almost 56 minutes and I’m really feeling the second piece, Behold the Only Thing Greater than yourself.  It really does mash classical music with other genres, most notably African American genres together in a non-gimmicky and convincing way.  This piece is a slow roller featuring vocal, strings, and some woodwinds (small guess) with light guitar.  It is decidedly highbrow music which I tend to be very skeptical of but there are some really nice moments on what I heard.

@@@ 2Baba: Gaga Shuffle (Hypertek Digital, 2017). I got to the following three African tracks via a photo shoot in the New Yorker focusing on Nigerian musicians.  This is an electro, African track with Autotune (I think) some pleasant synth percussion and some light to medium funk.  It is a shuffle after all.  I have to look up the lyrics as there’s a thick accent going on but Mr. 2Baba wants to involve you in the craze of the Gaga Shuffle.  I have no clue what the Gaga shuffle is, but the track is a slightly funk-a-fied Lionel Richie vibe with updated sounds but it’s not very interesting.  I don’t anticipate getting involved in the Gaga Shuffle craze.

@@@ Adekunle Gold: IRE (Afro Urban, 2017) A Justin Bieber style ballad, yikes!  Nylon string guitar and string flourishes for high class and sophistication.  Here comes the African vocal choir, more yikes!  This is exactly the kind of music one would expect the New Yorker to feature for its readers — decidedly Westernized, maudlin lyrics and a gentle yet aspiring African vibe.  I made it about halfway through, this is not my favorite style of African music.  At all.

@@@ Niniola: Maradona (Drumroll, 2017). This is a lush mid tempo funk tune with ballad vibes though I think it’s about a soccer player.  It sports a plethora of percussion as well as a simple and quick guitar melody and some whizzing samples that pan across the stereo field.  It’s kind of a singular vibe, it’s just grooving on Maradona.  Super slick production, fat rhythms, that’s about it.  No need to go on and on when you can check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 557
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 298
Not good music: 226

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza