@@@ Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society: You Are Here (New Amsterdam, 2016) I saw this record on Pitchfork’s best 100 records of the year and then again on the Chicago Reader’s best of 2016 list. After an open, more ambient first piece the second piece is a spy movie theme but with jazz instrumentation. I don’t find the playing on this second particularly moving but I will peep a little more. It’s a purposeful and wide ranging mash of musical sounds but to my ears its a large ensemble fusion record with conceptual lipstick.
@@@ Anna Hogberg Attack: Self-titled (Omlott, 2016). Another jazz record off the Chicago Reader’s best of 2016 jazz. It is a six player ensemble with two sax players, a bass player. I like the slow melodic opening of this first track and the way it builds in intensity. This first track is quite fine and let’s peep more. Ah, some extremely tasty percussion/bass/piano improv in this first tune. I’ve peeped four of the tunes and it’s all been very high quality. Imma going to swing back on this record but it looks like it’s going to make my year end list.
@@@ Nine Inch Nails: Not the Actual Events (Null Corp, 2016). The latest from a band I’ve never really grocked. I did not get the hype but I dig this first tune. It’s an industrial rock with electronic flavorings. I like this second tune which is brisker with a tight beat and quick agitated and arpeggiated synths. I’m remembering that I don’t love Mr. Reznor’s voice. You, dear reader, are free to love it love it love it. I like the sounds, the tunes are pretty standard.
YTD recordings listened to: 993
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 555
Not good music: 376
Honorable Mentions: 22
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, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg