@@@ Mike Baggetta: Wall of Flowers (BIG EGO, 2019) Slightly progged out jazz rock I got to via the jazz podcast something I can’t remember. I love Mike Watt. I would listen to Mike Watt play music with chimps and would dig it. Here he plays with a guitarist I’ve not heard of but who I dig in this second tune called ‘Hospital Song’. He has a thinner, single coil sound but he’s far from a wimpy classic jazz tone. He gets to shredding and he and the drummer start to get out in the third tune I’m not a Data Point. I like this record and I’m glad I checked it out but I don’t love it. But I still love Mike Watt’s playing though he doesn’t stretch out on this record as much as I would like.
@@@ Stephen Malkmus: Groove Denied (Matador, 2019) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. The former leader of Pavement coughs up a slacker indie electronic kraut thing for his fans who might be afraid or unaccustomed to electronic music. Some of the sounds are really high end but I don’t think his voice super works for electronic music. The second tune, A Bit Wilder, gets more No Wave with a sparse, blocky arrangement and some singing that does work for the tune. The third tune (clipped below) is the lead single from the record and it does continue and further cement the formula for the record. Quirky indie electronic that nods to early ’80s Cure type shit but with ’90s indie shit swirled up in there. I don’t love the beats, they sound too retro for my ears, but hey you can’t fuck with these indie icons.
YTD recordings listened to: 145
Good music, not list worthy: 87
Not good music: 52
Honorable Mentions: 0
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