YTD recordings listened to: 783
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 459
Not good music: 281
Buys: 26 (not all 2012 releases)
Possibles: Zani Diabate, Isaiah Toothtaker (2011), Ondatropica, Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, The Ones to Blame, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Wahid, Wadada Leo Smith ‘Ten Freedom Summers’, Skyzoo, Pig Destroyer, Bettye Lavette, Philippe Petite, Paul Giallorenzo, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009)
@@@ Brother Ali: US (Rhymesayers, 2009). I was looking for the new record, but it’s not up on MOG, but this one is. Super uptempo concious hip hop — big bumpin’ horn lines, big shredding guitar lines and a super partyistic MC. This shit is more soulful than 90% of the retro-soul bands draggin’ themselves all over the world. The lyrics are a good balance between positive and reality based with some fuck yous gettin passed around. I like this guy much more than the new Kendrick Lamar record. I would be interested in checking out Brother Ali’s new record and see if it maintains from this 2009 one.
@@@ Japandroids: Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl, 2012). Man, this band is everywhere — you can’t take a shit without running into Japandroids. I can see why — it’s mainstream music with big fat hooks and a little indie to it so it can be sold to hipsters as cool. Sort of like the White Stripes with a good drummer and without Jack White’s pig squeal (which I dig). I like it all right and probably works great live, it’s got some spunk to it, but I don’t think it’s good enough for them to be in the same room as me when I take a shit.
@@@ Black Moth Super Rainbow: Cobra Juicy (Rad Cult, 2012). MOG new release page. I like the dreamy/trippy female vocals paired with the mangled/super-compressed club guitar on the first track Windshield Smasher. I like the arrangements, but the record is almost distorting at low levels due to over compression. It hurts to listen to this record.
@@@ Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (Interscope, 2012). This hip hop record is getting a big push. The first tune comes with a skit at the beginning and the end and a lot of talk about being a ghetto pornstar in the middle. The production is blunted — phased drums and Lamaar’s flow on the microphone is mostly laidback with occasional bursts of energy. The second tune, Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe, is as expected — an ode to becoming famous and a put down of naysayers. Lyrical themes revolve mostly around Lamaar’s super sized horniness — the album is shot through with dick and pussy with a touch of gang bangin’ thrown in to round out the picture. It’s above average hip hop, not crazy funky or concious.
@@@ Paul Banks: Banks (Matador, 2012). A MOG front page-r. Mr. Banks sports a morose downer-y voice — sonorous and meaningful and he sings over beats and an indie guitar. The music has a bit of a Bowie vibe and a bit of Kraut rock. I just caught from another blog that this is the lead singer of Interpol, a band I never really connected with. It sounds like something straight off MTV about 25 years ago, but I guess that’s really cool now.