5/12/16: David Bazan, Dayme Arocena, Lesley Barth, French Montana

@@@ David Bazan: Negotiations (Barsuk, 2011).  I saw this musician named in a twert on the Twatter.  I couldn’t find his latest on the Apple Music but this record is up there.  The first tune is straightforward guitar indie with drums high in the mix.  Bazan has a pretty minimal and pleasantly plain voice.  I don’t love the introspective lyrics — maybe y’all will.  It’s not bad music at all, it’s just not my taste.

@@@ Dayme Arocena: One Takes (Brownswood, 2016).  Some Cuban jazz I got to via the weekly playlist email at WRIR.  Instrumentation is piano, sax, trumpet, drums and bass backing Arocena.  Arocena is totally into her heritage as the opening track is called Gods of Yoruba and the second tune is called African Sunshine.  I like Arocena’s voice and the bass player is grooving pretty hard.

@@@ Lesley Barth: Good Like This EP (Lesley Barth, 2015).  I got to this 4 song adult alternative record via a music publicist email.  The best comparison here is Natalie Merchant but a little more energetic.  This second tune, Can’t Do Both, is more of a torch song with piano and a slow rock beat.  Barth has a very pretty and soaring voice and this is for fans of extremely feelings based music.

@@@ French Montana: I Can’t Figure it Out (Epic, 2016).  I like a fair amount of hip hop that I check out, but this just sucks.  They got the Auto tune going on the male singer (this track features Kanye and Nas).  I think that’s Kanye voice getting all processed and shit.  It sound like they got the beats at a 99 cent store and the lyrics are just stupid.  Kanye obviously doesn’t give a shit, he thinks everything that comes out of him is golden but I expect more from Nas.  Shameful shit.

YTD recordings listened to: 421
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 235
Not good music: 155

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 8

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, 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, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern


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