@@@ CLAU ANIZ: Filha de mil Mulheres (Minty Fresh, 2018) This is some Brazilian music with indie flavorings that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. There is also a Latin Jazz vibe up in here as well so it’s a somewhat wide mash of influences here. The trumpet is holding down that mellow jazz thing while there’s delayed and slack rock guitar sound floating around. This is a 63 minute record where the tunes average around 6 minutes so the pace is measured and mellow. Female singer, slow tempos, plenty of hand drumming and space rock guitar — that’s the formula. It’s a bit adult alternative to me.
@@@ OUT OF NATIONS: Quest (Riverboat, 2018) I try to check out Riverboat releases of African music as I think they’re a solid imprint. There is only a pre-release single up on the Apple Music and it’s a mash of ‘early ‘80s disco funk and smooth jazz. Wow, not your typical thing these days. I’m gonna google this outfit as the cover is showing mostly white musicians and I’m thinking this is a North African/French thing. Be right back…oh boy these folks are from all over. NYC, Cairo, Beirut, Berlin, it’s a basket of folks. I wish I liked smooth jazz more but I dig the hand drumming and the aspirations of this pre-release track.
@@@ Death Cab for Cutie: Autumn Love (N/A, 2018). A mainstream rock single masquerading as indie rock. This is a version of a Yes, Hootie and the Blowfish, or even a Justin Bieber tune. I’m now remembering why Death Cab for Cutie has been one of my least favorite indie bands. It’s so discretely saccharine it makes your teeth hurt. You get some peppy drumming, some oh oh oh ohs, some intricate Dirty Projectors’ guitar work but alas this is for others and not me.
YTD recordings listened to: 458
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 234
Not good music: 192
Honorable Mentions: 5
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter