@@@ Oumou Sangare: Yere Faga (Not sure, 2017) A rare positive tip off from a music publicist as I will listen to dogs fornicate if Tony Allen is playing drums on it. In addition to the other worldy funkiness of Mr. Allen’s drums, the arrangement here is very modern and hot. I’m not a big fan of Afro pop and this tune is not Afro pop and it sports a thick funk bass line, some trippy guitar drippings. Sangare keeps up a steady pace on the microphone through the mix. This is a hot groove with plenty of listen to so folks should check it out. Keep an ear for the electro sounding African marimba tucked back there.
@@@ Less Than Jake: Sound the Alarm (Pure Noise, 2017) Off last week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune is right out of the gate with some Orange County three chord punk with big shout along vocal hooks and Red Bull Energy. The second tune is a brisk ska number and color me confused because I remember a ska band named Less Than Jake but these guys were described as alternative/indie. I guess the ska punk label has no hipness to it at the present time. C’mon artisinal pickle makers, embrace the punky ska music! Shame on you.
@@@ Katy Perry: Chained to the Rhythm (Capitol, 2017) Katy Perry trying to bounce back after supporting Hillary Clinton and getting her ass handed back to her. This pop confection is a low IQ club banger that blends disco and dancehall. Thin shitty disco and thin shitty dancehall. I know Katy Perry is mad famous but she has very little funk to her, it’s almost embarrassing. And these lyrics are mindless shit — a party track doesn’t have to be dumb as fuck does it? Bob Marley’s grandson Skip Marley is on this track and I can’t say I’m excited to hear him to further water down Bob Marley’s legacy. His lyrics are quasi-political and she just comes back and drowns that in a tsunami of stupid. #crap.
YTD recordings listened to: 95
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 53
Not good music: 31
Honorable Mentions: 0
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, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco