@@@ Matt Parker: Twos and Fours (Concierge, 2015) I saw that this jazz musician is playing at super hot and trendy BK club Sawdust (hyped!) and thought I would peep his music. This record opens strangely which I dig. Droning organ with some clicky percussion occasionally interrupting and now sporadic sax blasts (not super skronked!). There’s a shit ton of boring jazz but thus far these guys have not fallen in that trap. There’s still plenty of time. Two horns and now R2D2 blurps! Now it has morphed from a layered drone thing into an old timey swinging (but not cocktail lounged!) jazz tune. I’m loading up on the exclamation points in today’s reviews as I think sometimes people think I’m a negative fuck! Fuck them! The second tune, the Tribes of Greenpoint, opens up with crackling energy. Well, it’s a rare occasion to hear a jazz record where musicians sound like they’re enjoying themselves and not just reciting what they learned in jazz school. Imma gonna Kanye this record and return when I finish other shit and have more time. Check these guys out, non-boring jazz!
@@@ Dilly Dally: Know Yourself (Partisan, 2016). A Drake cover I got to via a music publicist. They gotta a sloppy, gritty female singer on the mic, some blasting punk bass and some barely passable guitar slop. I’ve heard some butter on this label but this has some crackle to it. And it doesn’t sound anything like Drake! Drake got a pool in L.A., bigger than Dre. It’s good to hear a singer losing their shit a little bit.
@@@ Moon Taxi: Daybreak (12th South, 2015). I like to listen to records mentioned on the Twerter. I saw these guys tore it up here in the BK in a twert, and I’m not really sure how much tearing these guys do. Maybe they tear into a big block of cheese when they’re hungry! Take an electro female bust and put it on an arena rock ass, legs and feet. In this first tune we have whoa hos and handclaps, that’s not a good sign in my world. The second takes the worst of Death Cab for Cutie and makes it worse. Cliche lyrics, little new age guitar figures, a bouncy rock beat. These guys do make me want to tear my eyes and ears out with a rusty ice pick. Boo hiss! Who twerted this? Oy.
@@@ Aziza Brahim: Abbar El Hamada (Glitterbeat, 2016). A single tune off a March release that I got to via the world music station WRIR. After a bit of Intertoobz searching I see Brahim hails from Algeria and on this tune the band sounds a lot like Tinariwen but with a drum kit and smoother vocals due to Brahim’s beautiful voice. It’s a mid tempo number with a dual guitar attack and plenty of West African single line guitar work. This is the only tune available to be streamed and from it I would definitely listen to more of the record. Check her out.
YTD recordings listened to: 138
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 75
Not good music: 55
Honorable Mentions: 3
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, 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, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Reverend Peyton, Living Hell, Matt Walker