Music for 10/28/20!!! Xenia Rubinos, Gregory Tardy, Kae Guajajara, Kunumi MC

@@@ Xenia Rubinos: Who Shot Ya? (Anti, 2020) I got an email from a music publicist but I’ve been a Xenia Rubinos fan since her debut album. I dig her as she doesn’t aesthetically half step and she’s brazen without resorting to straight boasting and other standard music business nonsense. In this track she goes two languages, Spanglish and English and she sports a high level of chop and glitch with dramatic church-y organ flourishes unfurling as she layers on the vocal tracks. Thus far she’s mentioned kids in cages, stolen lands and how they built this town. So pretty direct references to politics and history served up with a pretty glitched platter of dramatic sounds. I like it a whole bunch without jumping up and down.

@@@ Gregory Tardy with Bill Frisell: More Than Enough (Newelle, 2019) I saw this sax player pictured on the Twatter and found this track on the GooglePimpTube. I can not find this track on Apple music under Frisell’s name nor under Greg Tardy. I don’t like the extra time it takes to find tracks on these streaming stores, just sayin’. I’m digging Tardy’s rich and luxurious and thick saxophone tone and well Bill Frisell get out the sleepytime tea cuz the brother is gonna be as reliable as a cardboard box. And people lap it up with a spoon! Let’s focus on Tardy, that’s why we came to this track. I bopped over to Apple Music to check out a 2014 effort by Tardy and it’s a full ensemble with piano, bass and drums. He maintains the same rich tone but it’s presented in a pretty standard straight jazz manner and makes me appreciate (almost) for a moment, Bill Frisell’s sparse acoustic playing off Tardy.

@@@ Kae Guajajara: Asas (Self-released, 2020) A Guardian article two days ago featured a lot of indigenous Brazilian musicians using music to protest the destruction of nature in Brazil. I”m a fan of Brazilian music (not all but a lot) and thought it would be interesting to check out the various blends they’re rocking — hip hop, reggaeton, and traditional sounds were mentioned in the article. It opens with a hand shaker and very indie sounding guitars, two of them! After Ms. Guajajara hits the microphone a distinctly dancefloor vibe comes on though the other two elements remain albeit turned down a bit. At points Guajajara sings in different styles — indie, soaring diva, and then some in unison singing that fills the stereo field. I have a much easier time accepting these indie guitar sounds when the track is so rhythmically strong, not just instrumentally but vocally as well.

@@@ Kunumi MC: Moradia De Deus (Bico do Corvo, 2020) Another Brazilian musician blending hip hop and traditional sounds. In complete opposition to some UK hip hop I hear when MCs are struggling to get a good flow and a convincing posture, Kunumi MC is natural on the mic and the sonic arrangment here is both Brazilian with an off kilter string loop but the overall feel is one I recognize to be hip hop. And good hip hop with strength and rhythmic flexibility. I have no idea what these lyrics are about as I have no skillz in Portugese but it’s a cool blend of sounds and impressive to hear somebody pick up an aesthetic from another culture and rock it all natural style.

YTD recordings listened to: 832
Good music, not list worthy: 454
Not good music: 353

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, 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, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi

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