@@@ Sarah Jarosz: Undercurrents (Sugar Hill/Concord, 2016). New folk that I got to via Ted Gioia’s Honorable mention 2016 list. This first tune is intimate singing with simple arpeggiated guitar. #highproduction The second tune is more of a band — two guitars, an upright bass and a pair of singers. Oh, that’s the third tune, my player skipped ahead. This second tune is a double tracked uber pretty vibe. I don’t like the production of this record — too much reverb on the vocals, too pretty, too NPR. I don’t hate this, but I don’t love it with these sounds. Live this may work killer.
@@@ Mo Pitney: Behind this Guitar (Curb, 2016). Also off Mr. Gioia’s honorable mention list. A piquant blend of old and new school vibes. Pitney has a classic country voice with a low rumble but smooth. Let’s peep more. The second tune, Cleanup on aisle Five, is shaping up to be a tearjerker. He sees an old flame in aisle 4 of Famiy Dollar and they do it right there in the dog food section. And neither one of them has dogs. No, that’s just some foul commentary. He sees her and realizes how he’s not over her. Hold on I gotta get a tissue. One more tune Mr. Pitney. He’s back to country rocking on this third tune where he has a good relationship going and they’re going out to get a big bucket of fried chicken. Not really, but prolly some popcorn and going to the movies in the middle of the day. It’s all right, it’s for the higher end Trumpkins. #whitepeople
@@@ ANDRES LANDERO | El Clarin de Montana (Producciones Demar, 2016) I saw this artist listed on this week’s WRIR playlist email but this is the record that is up on the interwebz. Old school cumbia music with soulful accordion playing and a weathered voice. He’s joined by a hand drummer, a shaker, and some backup singers. Man, you gotta dig the old school cumbia music. Let’s peep more. The second tune is a bit more of an updated sound with a regal feel. It’s a bit confusing but this record is a split between Landero who rocks an old school vibe and another cumbia player Roy Rodriguez. Good stuff and I prefer Landero by a Latin American mile.
@@@ Emilio Rojas: Fuck with the People who Fuck with You (Same Plate, 2016) A full gangsta anthem for the Trump era and all his Trump-a-lumpas! The verse is standard but the chorus explodes into a chorus of ‘Fuck People, Fuck You’, you have to peep it. The verses are pretty standard, but the chorus is delicious, you can’t beat that with a stick.
YTD recordings listened to: 943
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 525
Not good music: 357
Honorable Mentions: 16
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Xylouris White, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest, 6Lack