Music for 12/10/19!!! Lakou Mizik, Otava Yo, Itasca

@@@ LAKOU MIZIK: HaitiaNola (Cumbancha, 2019)  This is a mash of Haitian and New Orleans music.  Through the legacy of slavery in both Haiti and New Orleans these two places are culturally and historically connected.  A variety of New Orleans musical stalwarts appear on the record including the Jazz Preservation Band, Trombone Shorty and one of the Neville Brothers.  I have a fair number of Haitian vinyl records so I’m open to their music and I dig the sweetness of it that I don’t dig in Brazilian music.  I’ve found a lot of fantastic world music releases this year and this is no exception.  If you haven’t heard Haitian music you should check this out.  I will put on my year end list and roll back and check it out more fully when I have the time.  Check it out!

@@@ OTAVA YO | Do You Love (ARC, 2019)  Also off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  I get a lot of African and Latin music from this weekly email but here we have an outlier from a Russian folk outfit from St. Petersburg.  The first tune, Once Upon a time on a High Hill, is an energetic send up that is a bit Appalachian or Irish folk and a bit of Gogol Bordello rolicking energy.  Both songs I’ve heard have extensive vocal harmonizing and it’s a fun listen if you’re a folk person.  If you’re up for the holiday vodka and tomatoes (a Russian way to get hammered) this could be a really great undercover party record for you Slavic folks/Slavic culture lovers out there.  Or for more popular folk listeners looking for a twist on their music collection.  Sounds great, very nice singing and a lot of energy.

@@@ Itasca – Spring (Paradise Of Bachelors, 2019)  I think I got to this record via this week’s All Music notable release email.  The first tune is an ambient alt-country thing with a lonesome indie female singer.  Not my favorite flow but I do dig the ambience.  The second tune brings on some more complex guitar playing and a rhythm section.  I don’t think the singer does a bad job, it’s just not to my taste and I do like the band playing.   I hear some late hippie/1970’s folk rock flavors tucked in here so it’s a mash of indie vibes (the frail singing) and soft rock from another period.

YTD recordings listened to: 641
Good music, not list worthy: 385
Not good music: 218

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog, Loscil, The Good Ones, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik

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