Music for 8/6/20!!! Rudy Royston, Beyonce, Alanis Morisette, Gum Country

@@@ Rudy Royston: PaNOptic — mr zoot suite — bruh Arnold (Greenleaf, 2020) I’ve been enjoying Royston’s drumming for years.  I think he’s got great energy and flavor at the kit and while I couldn’t find this track on Apple Music it’s over here at Greenleaf’s page on bandcamp and I’m betting it will end up on Apple Music at some point.  There are 20+ tracks on this solo record and this is a record recorded a few years ago released now with all proceeds going to benefit other musicians in need.  If you’re new to jazz listening Royston provides plenty of guidance as to what he’s trying to do at various points in the recording.  Myself I just enjoy listening to him drum, he’s great so check him out.

@@@ Beyonce: Already (Columbia, 2020)  You would have to be in a coma to not know that Beyonce has released some music.  And regular readers know that I’m not a huge Beyonce fan — I find her a bit troll-y for my taste, I think she oversings, and my general impression that Beyonce is Beyonce’s biggest fan continues here.  Here she’s inspired by Africa, which is awesome but if you want to hear African electronic music with or without pop influences there’s plenty of it coming out Africa!  And it’s better than this which comes off, ironically, as a tad colonial.  Imagine that.  From where I’m sitting I don’t hear this as either great American mainstream electro or as African music, it’s kind of a bowl of rice noodles sticky and sort of half baked and a tad confusing which is something I’ve heard in her music before.  Now if she had some African electronic producers up in here and it wasn’t inspired by Disney then well I could take it more seriously.

@@@ Alanis Morissette: Ablaze (Thirty Tigers, 2020) Ah, the Alanis!  I forgot how much I don’t like her super self aware vocal delivery so when the just not quite top 40 style rock kicks in I feel like I maybe shouldnta otta not dropped by as it’s just so foreign to where I’m at.  I do believe that somebody will breath some life into American rock at some point but for me this isn’t going to be track.  Maybe because she was on Curb Your Enthusiasm I expected a musical arrangement more adventurous than this — there are some nice melodic vocal lines at some points but the arrangement is pretty standard rock cheese.  #disappointing.  She goes epic with massive vocal reverb on her voice at 2:40 and oy too many words and uninteresting sounds.

@@@  Gum Country: Somewhere (Self-released, 2020)  #1 out at CFUV in lovely Vancouver.  It’s retro indie guitar rock but with an organ in the intro before they hit the crunchy main part.  Nice guitar tones!  Believe you me, you’ve heard this formula many many times in your life (if you’re a white person) but they do it with conviction and with some nice guitar melodies.  They rock more when the female singer isn’t doing her thing.  As I proofread this post for shit grammar the Apple Music player clicked through to the next song and the guitar sounds continue to rule the roost here.  Tasty rhythm guitar as well as leads.

YTD recordings listened to: 600
Good music, not list worthy: 303
Not good music: 268

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, STORMLIGHT, Venomous Concept, Chezidek

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