@@@ Nicole Mitchell: No One Can Stop Us (FPE, 2018) This is a live record from a jazz flutist that I’ve been meaning to check out for a long time. All of today’s listens come from a 2018 All Music notable release email. Instrumentation is flute, cello, and piano with no drums. It’s got the bounce and energy of a live recording with occasional chants of No One Can Stop Us. I like spoken word with jazz, it’s part of a long tradition but I think I’m missing the energy of a drummer. If there was a drummer here I think the music would firm up with a bit of hardness and energy that I really feed off of. I like my tender sentiments with some contrast. That’s just me and I plan on listening to some of her studio recordings as I know musicians who have worked with her and rave about her. I’m halfway through the first piece Warm Dark Realness and think the interplay between the musicians has intensified and I’m finding it much more interesting.
@@@ The Coral: After the Fair (Ignition, 2018) I’m a big fand of this band, a rare oasis of freakshow in pretty predictable rockland. This is the last tune on the record and it’s a sad goodbye type of thing. Arpeggiated acoustic guitars in both left and right channels, a foot tapping or a drum emulating a tapping foot. The vocals are sweet, pastoral, and UK-ish. This is a straighter track than some of the stuff from their prime (I’m not saying this is not prime). I’m checking out the first track and it’s got some of the stuff I love about the Coral, but I would recommend 2005’s Invisible Invasion, I love that shit. It’s my blog I get to recommend as I see fit.
@@@ Bird Streets: Betting on the Sun (Warner, 2018) I’m always a bit skeptical of major label rock as it tends to slant more towards the smooth and creamy baby food neighborhood and not really rockin’. This opens with frank and sarcastically confessional lyrics which I like but the sounds are pretty manicured. He goes falsetto and tambourine in the chorus so you know where we’re headed here. To Smoothland. I’m hearing at least three layers of guitar — some acoustic, some arpeggiated clean electric sounds, and occasional power chord action. It’s well done, pretty familiar, and not super my cup of tea. Take off the suit and color outside the lines, that’s what I say.
@@@ Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis: Wild Wild Wild (Bloodshot, 2018) Some retro rockabilly flavored twang. With the female and male singer duo it’s pretty reminiscent of X who took this formual and injected some ramped punk attitude into it. The sounds are cool here, I especially like the guitar (then the piano) but I wish the drummer could carry the load more. He sounds like he’s behind the rest of the band instead of driving it. Maybe it’s the mix but more energy would make me more excited. Funny how that works.
YTD recordings listened to: 866
Good music, not list worthy: 467
Not good music: 366
Honorable Mentions: 5
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