@@@ Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu (Awesome Tapes from Africa, 2018). I got to this African record via the WRIR playlist email. I don’t find that much jazz in this first tune, it’s more of a soul tune with a little improvised accordion over it. The instrumentation here is drums, bass, organ, accordion and percussion. I like it, and I promise I won’t be a genre bitch. I like the accordion player but I want more than mostly straight jazz grooves — I want more funk or more outside playing or both. It’s pleasant and the sounds are good.
@@@ Fyahbwoy: Cadenas De Oro | (Nacional, 2018). An urban Latin single that I saw on the very same WRIR playlist email. Keyboards, guitar, drum machine and a loverboy singer/MC. I can’t tell if this is a drummer or a drum machine but does it matter that much. He’s got some pretty nice Spanish dancehall toasting going on. I prefer that to his loverboy routine. It’s a solid track, if you don’t like the singer you’re not gonna like the tune. I’m agnostic on the singer.
@@@ Leon Bridges: Bad Bad News (Sony, 2018). I’ve heard Bridges before and like his music but I’m a little surprised to see such fusion-y track on the Apple Music hot tracks section. When Bridges starts singing I get why, he really can carry a song. There is a little blues swirled up in the fusion but it’s pretty mid to late ’70s fusion jazz sounds. If it had different sounds I would be up on this big time. The bass sound is great but I can’t abide by the guitar sound. Listen for yourself.
@@@ Jason Aldean: Rearview Town (Macon/Broken Bow, 2018). That’s right Aldean is leaving town, probably because of a woman. God damn, girl what did you do to my man Jason? Broken hearts and rusted plows so he’s mixing his personal plight with the decay of rural America. This is going to be a short review as I’m on the verge of tears. Someone get me a Kleenex! Power chords, a guitar solo that would make Bon Jovi proud. I’ve attached the lyric video so you can get your heart torn out. I have to break away and shed a few tears for Facebook as America discovers what an ill bitch spying machine it is. Lots of tears over here so make sure you got some self-care lined up, the world is full of sadness. Ya know, broken hearts and rusted plows!
YTD recordings listened to: 151
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 79
Not good music: 69
Honorable Mentions: 3
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur