@@@ Khaira Arby: Gossip (Clermont, 2016). Ms. Arby has a voice like a freight train and she surely has a fiery guitar player that fears not to shred. I’m a huge Noura Mint Seymali fan and this band is in the African power rock neighborhood but Arby’s drummer is funkier and more present than the one in Seymali’s band. I think I might prefer the 2010 effort Timbuktu Tarab but I’m gonna swing back on this record for a secondary peep.
@@@ The Boxer Rebellion: Keep Me Close (Amplify Music, 2016) A single off an end of April release that I saw on the front page of the Apple Music. It’s a mash of rock, with a schmear of indie, and I think it hews most closely to U2 and Coldplay. There’s a nice repeating guitar figure over some innocuous synth clouds with a big impassioned vocal performance. I will acknowledge that this cheese souffle never explodes in some orgiastic desire for spentness — it inflates itself like a float at the Macy’s Day Parade and then floats on out.
YTD recordings listened to: 316
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 178
Not good music: 118
Honorable Mentions: 6
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, 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, Matt Parker, Divanhana, Troum, Unrestrained, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb, Cruciamentum