@@@ Kandace Springs: Soul Eyes (Blue Note, 2016). Intimate adult alternative baby food in the sleepy tradition of Norah Jones and some Cassandra Wilson records. Instrumentation is strummed acoustic, swelling organ (filthy!), drums bass, piano. Don’t worry rich ignorant yuppies all the sounds are butter smooth for you weak sensibilities. You can’t blame musicians for trying to scratch out a living but you can blame the label for putting out such fibre-less cotton candy and you can blame listeners for keeping the market for this style going.
@@@ Riff Raff: Peach Panther (Neon Nation, 2016). Some erector set, white trash strip club hip hop off the All Music weekly email. Skittery hats over the essential boom bap with .99 cent synth sounds and some very sweet bass blast that should be much higher in the mix. The rapper sounds black and the meatball on the cover is a big chunk of white meat, not that any of it matters. We don’t do identity politics here on this here blog, but it is a bit confusing who is supposed to receive and love this music. The second tune is a celebration of Mexican ga-jillionaire Carlos Slim, that’s pretty interesting. If you’re up for a celebration of money and hustles but done with extremely childish synth sounds this will work for you.
@@@ Mick Harvey: Delirium Tremens (Mute, 2016). Some slightly off kilter indie I got to via the All Music weekly email. To give you an idea of what we’re talking about the first tune is called The Man with the Cabbage Head. I don’t think I would choose a Cabbage Head, I would much prefer a dog’s head — maybe a cheeky poodle, or a sleek pit bull. If I were forced to choose a vegetable for a head I believe I might prefer a nice broccoli head or a well proportioned pumpkin. That would work for me. Oh the music, it’s sort of cracked British parlor music with odd lyrics, occasional moments of rocking, a wee bit of lounge-ness. I don’t know why they put the cabbage head song first as I like what comes after much better.
YTD recordings listened to: 531
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 294
Not good music: 197
Honorable Mentions: 9
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, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Xenia Rubinos, Eli Paperboy Reed, Miramar