@@@ The Messthetics: Anthropocosmic Nest (Dischord, 2019) Last week’s All Music notable release email! When you check out Dischord releases you’re gonna get versions of punk and rock and that’s fine if you know that going in. This opens up a bit more modern than some punk action with a decent sized indie rock guitar shred. Let’s see what we get for a singer, or maybe there won’t be a singer. It’s looking like this is a slightly proggy guitar instrumental record. Will wonders never cease!! The second tune moves a bit away from the Joe Satriani-esque opener to a noisier thing which I dig a bit more. Wow after that intro they hit the same full rocking guitar shred. I dig the drummer but if I want to hear virtuosity I would rather check out Alice Coltrane who gives you a slice of spirituality to go with the piano playing. It’s well done for what it is, but I’m not super interested. Things could change and I might be up for a tricked out guitar record. The third tune, Section 9, is the best of what I heard.
@@@ Tinariwen: Amidjar (Epitaph, 2019) Also off last week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune is slow with their trademark circular guitar sounds but I hear a violin/fiddle which thickens things up a bit. I see from the album page on Apple Music that they have a plethora of guest musicians on this record including Noura Mint Seymali who I super dig. This is a concentrated blast of North African Muslim music culture and I dig it. Thus far I notice they’ve stepped back from the rocking and are taking a slower run at the music. Somebody comes through this second track with wicked wah wah electric guitar and it is both trippy and rocking. I guess Ms. Seymali is not going to sing on that track and she’s lending instrumental energy but thus far I’m pretty psyched about this record. Tinariwen has made a lot of records so to see them freshen it up with some excellent guest musicians is great. Check it out! If you know Tinariwen’s music it’s worth a peep and if you don’t know their music you should get your shit together.
@@@ Lil Nas X & DaBaby: Panini (Columbia, 2019) Lil Nas X makes a return from the biscuit Old Town Road or whatever it was called. It’s pop trap with a sung chorus that puts the track right in the ol’ shopping mall rock territory. I find Lil Nas X to be low energy and a bit thick tongued on the microphone. Not crazy so but he’s no J.I.D. The sounds are pretty standard and sound like canned peas. Nas X’s skill continues to be his genre mixing. Country and hip hop in his blowup hit and some rock action in the chorus of this track. Overall meh.
YTD recordings listened to: 472
Good music, not list worthy: 287
Not good music: 157
Honorable Mentions: 0
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