@@@ Orquesta El Macabeo: La Maldicion Del Timbal (Peace & Rhythm, 2016) Latin music off this week’s WRIR playlist email. From a little interwebz reading I see that these guys are an atypical Puerto Rican salsa band and they sound that way. The first tune had more of a laidback feel but they heat things up on the second tune, Armonia. I dig these guys, they have a quirk to their arrangements that is difficult to express through words. These guys appear to be more interested in putting together interesting arrangements rather than creating a rhythmically overwhelming salsa powerhouse. Check them out.
@@@ Anna Webber’s Simple Trio: Binary (Anna Webber, 2016) Some angular and melodically loose jazz in the Henry Threadgill tradition. Lots of instruments percussively poking through the composition. I like the opening of this second piece, Impulse Purchase, with more spaciousness to the improv but retaining somewhat the percussive aspect of the playing. I like Webber’s sax tone and the tune gells into a playful groove that swings for a bit that then breaks back down into serpentine runs. I’m at the end of this almost 15 minute piece and though I could use a little more raucousness this is high quality improv and folks should check it out.
@@@ Lilac Lungs: Lilac Lungs EP (Lilac Lungs, 2016) An indie electronic arena kinda thing that I got to via the indie music blog Indiepulse. It’s a bit Linkin Park, a little rocking, and quite shopping mall-esque. Have you been to a mainstream department store like Target and they’re pumping that fake scent that stimulates your nose and turns your stomach just a wee bit. It’s like that.
YTD recordings listened to: 219
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 117
Not good music: 82
Honorable Mentions: 1
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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab