@@@ Shirazette Tinnin: Freedom Jazz Dance ( , 20 ) I saw this African American female drummer shouted out on the Twatter so I thought I would check her out. I don’t know if this drummer is from New Orleans but it surely sounds as if she’s from there or has heard a lot of old school New Orleans music. A little googling and I find she’s originally from North Carolina but now lives in New York City. I like her drumming and in this tune some distinctly fusion-y keyboards sounds and fusion feels are layered over her rhythms. I would enjoy acoustic piano here but that’s just my preference. There’s kit drumming as well as hand drumming and I don’t know if Tinnin is responsible for both of those percussive elements. I dig her drumming a whole bunch and the rest of the playing could use more fire and more contrast. But that’s just me.
@@@ Mort Garson: This is My Beloved (Sacred Bones, 2020) Experimental electronic music off this week’s All Music notable release email. My first impression is that this is indie electronic as it sports a classic indie/rock bass sound (and not a synth) and there is that weirdly playful, quirky flow to some of the synth sounds. Also a kit drummer and a guitar player so I hear it as indie rock with electro flavors. This is pretty straightforward and I wish it wasn’t labelled as experimental electronic. It’s proggy indie. Not soggy but proggy. Maybe more proggish than proggy. With a dash of video game spicing as well.
@@@ Darren Michael Boyd: The Earth is B Flat (Self-released, 2019) I saw this Canadian guitar god mentioned on the indie music blog Indiepulse and thought I would throw him a peep. I’m listening bottom to top today so this follows the hard rock below and he’s a mathy shredder fo sho. This focus on guitar technique sounds really dated to me. Of course he has the right to play and pursue whatever he pleases but this was a nerd’s corner of rock music and now that rock is dormant it seems like an anachronism. Heads up, big word alert! On the plus side he has a piercing tone and a lot of energy. I dig the last 30 seconds where a bell starts ringing and he plays along with it. I let the player click through and ended up digging this tune “Music in the Murder House’ muchmore. Still shreddy but I dig it.
@@@ Fates Warning: Begin Again (Metal Blade, 2020) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. Horns up ya shittaz! This looks to be more in the hard rock arena than the metal arena. Or the hard rock/classic metal old school area with an epic singer and plenty of riffage. I like the drums high up in the mix, I don’t like the nylon string guitars, I like the guitar tones bigly, and the vocal climax in the chorus is borderline cheeseburger.
YTD recordings listened to: 882
Good music, not list worthy: 475
Not good music: 374
Honorable Mentions: 5
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