@@@ Shannon & the Clams: Days Gone By (Hardly Art, 2015) A French pop/lounge-y type of indie record I got to via last week’s CFUV weekly email. Also some undercover soul elements — plinky guitar sounds, some old school soul testifying vocals, they’re doing a nice job of it on this second tune, My Man. More an early ’60s style of r&b rather than the black power James Brown soul later in the decade. Black power!! The third tune Point of Being Right gets back to mixing psych and other sounds to it, but it still works as a rockin’ soul tune. I’m gonna circle back to this record when I have time.
@@@ Bob Moses: Days Gone By (Domino, 2015) Some indie electronica I got to via the Beats highlights page. Opens up with the tune Like it Or Not which starts with a singer over piano chords before the un-tss/boom-tsk kicks off. This is music for people who wear suits during the day. It is very smooth and not super engaging at the same time. If Coldplay stuck a drum machine up their butt it would sound a whole bunch like this.
@@@ Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin: Lost Time (Yep Roc, 2015) Some blues/roots off last week’s All Music weekly email. The record up with the tune Mister Kicks, a mid tempo blues tune with plenty of old school Fender blues shredding. The second tune, World’s In a Bad Condition, is a swinging church sing-a-long stomper. I know you kids out there don’t understand but there was a time when white folks made music influenced greatly by black music (in this case, the blues) and there was also a time when white people would listen to black music. Although it’s pretty clear that our culture has re-segregated to a point where white folks listen mostly to jerk off, soulless white people’s music and pretend it’s chock full o’ soul, it doesn’t mean that folks can’t be encouraged to check out music like this. Even if it ain’t hip.
@@@ Moka Only: Magickal Weirdness (Urbnet, 2015). A Canadian hip hop artist I got to via the CFUV weekly email. This first tune is a mash of hip hop and chill r&b sounds — some laid-back organ sounds, chimey organs and trumpet sounds.. Mr. Only has a warm voice and in these first two tunes he rhymes well. I’m not a huge fan of the chill hip hop style — I prefer the weird shit and the funky East Coast style, but this is solid and if you like the formula check Moka out.
YTD recordings listened to: 756
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 437
Not good music: 261
Honorable Mentions: 20
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Ruby Amanfu, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams