@@@ Mariachi El Bronx: Mariachi El Bronx (White Drugs/ATO, 2009) I got an email from a music publicist celebrating the 10th anniversary of this record which I’ve never heard. The first tune is a large mostly mariachi band ensemble with a ripping horn section and a singer doing his thing in English. I love this kind of music — a celebration of Mexican-American culture. Super upbeat energy but also a performance of something besides partying. An obvious reference here would be Los Lobos but this is less guitar oriented though the singer does sound a bit like the gent from Los Lobos. I really don’t know where I was at when this record came out and folks who dig Mexican music should check this out. The whole band is killing but the horn section is blazing.
@@@ Kraz: Telescope (Feel Music, 2019) I saw an article about this record in Salon. It is a record about gentrification in Brooklyn and is notable for being about that phenomenon. The article says this musician is a hired gun guitarist but he’s putting this out under a different name. The first tune (clipped below) is a ’70s style midtempo rocker. I’m not getting the gentrification theme hit over the head, I guess you have to pay closer attention to the lyrics. I guess I’m finding the lyrical theme sitting in back of the rock sound. The sounds are a blend of Gerry Rafferty with a few Lenny Kravitz pubick hairs. I like the music all right though I don’t find it particularly unique in its sounds and structure and I guess I was hoping the theme of gentrification would be more pronounced.
@@@ Milquetoast & Co: Kashmir the Great (N/A, 2019) I got to this rock record via the indie music blog Indiepulse. It’s an arena rock EP with a few proggy threads to it — that’s my first impression. A cello line, a Pink Floyd big space rock production sound and a Yes-like singer. Sorta nerdy, sorta rocky. I like the marimba/vibes solo in this first and let’s peep a bit more before we wrap up for the day. The second tune is a guitar driven tune called ‘Idiot’ and it stays in the Pink Floyd with less space and maybe inching over to the Radiohead neighborhood with the lyrics they have going here. I don’t need a record like this in my life but they do have some really high end arrangeing going on here.
YTD recordings listened to: 502
Good music, not list worthy: 302
Not good music: 167
Honorable Mentions: 0
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