Music for 11/20/19!!! The Good Ones, Charles Rumback, Mono

@@@ The Good Ones: Rwanda, You Should Be Loved (Anti-, 2019) Today’s listens came to this blog post the All Music notable release email which comes out every Friday.  The song titles here are very substantive — A Long Sad Journey Watching You Die is an example.  The opening tune (clipped below) is a vocal and acoustic guitar track.  Medium energy but with a slight melancholic feel to it.  The second tune opens up with the same formula plus a simple hand percussion beat so this is looking like it’s gonna be a stripped down unplugged set.  This second one is more beautiful than the first.  There are some hipster guest appearances from Nels Cline and a member of Sleater Kinney.  I will remain open minded on that concept until I hear it.  There are two singers here and they blend and stand out from each other quite beautifully.  I get why they’re having some gringos up in their tracks to get white folks to move towards them, but it doesn’t really add anything when I hear Nels Cline drop in a wannabe African figure.  I don’t have time to check this whole record but I can’t see how this wouldn’t make my year end list.

@@@ Charles Rumback: Little Common Twist (Thrill Jockey, 2019)  I thought I saw somewhere that this was jazz and there are some jazz signifiers here but it’s also got a very strong folk vibe to it as it’s a duo record between a drummer and an acoustic guitar player.  The focus here to my ears is on the beauty of the music whereas on a great jazz record I find the give and take between the players to be the central driving feature.  It’s not for me to say that this isn’t jazz, they can call it whatever they want but I do get to say how I hear it.  Some electric guitar wash makes an appearance in the third track but the basic formula remains the same.  This could work for a lot of folks — a lot of folks want their music to be first and foremost beautiful.  I’m not in it for that but I don’t insist on my point of view.

@@@ Mono: Before the Past (Temporary Residence, 2019) 3 songs recorded live at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago.  I’m expecting some combination of rock, indie, noise and maybe some metal flavors in this first 16 minute track.  Gloom-ish, Tool-ey.  It is as it signalled at the beginning of the tune and it sounds great.  I’m not sure if I’m not in the mood for it or if I don’t like it so I will chill some more and see where it goes.  The sounds are absolutely huge rocks sounds and I like the playing but it doesn’t grab me.  Once again with the disclaimers, that’s just me, check it out for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 607
Good music, not list worthy: 362
Not good music: 204

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,

Music for 11/13/19!!! Los Shain’s, Rachid Taha, Oumar Konate

@@@ LOS SHAIN’S: El Ritmo De Los Shain’s (Munster, 2019) All of today’s listens are off this week’s WRIR playlist email. WRIR is a most excellent world music radio station in Virginia. This is a re-issue from 1966 Peru and while the music is somewhat dated (early mid American rock ‘n roll) it sure is entertaining to hear these guys tuck some Latin flavors into these uber white tunes. I’m a white person, just so you know and don’t get all tighty whitey. The energy here is super high and old school rock ‘n roll partyistic. I would recommend to young, indie rock loving listeners to check this out if they don’t know this flavor and if you’re just up for some energy have at it.

@@@ RACHID TAHA: Je Suis Africain (Believe, 2019) I listened to the third record first so this is my second listen of the day. This is more African music, this time influenced by many different musics and sung in French. In the first tune there are strings and it’s more of a mash of African and southern European musics. Taha was Algerian (he passed in 2018) and this is quite interesting both culturally and sonically. Je suis Africain is his 16th and final solo record. I’ve heard his music before but I haven’t checked out a full recording. He was comfortable borrowing from whatever sounded good and useful to him and that’s what makes it interesting. It’s not borrowing as in trying to calculate something; it’s more of a stew and he’s throwing all manner of ideas into his stew while retaining ownership as the chef. I don’t hear the Clash vibe in the music as much as the Guardian review did but the mashing of all manner of sounds is certainly a branch of punk rock.

@@@ OUMAR KONATE: I Love You Inna (Clermont, 2019) A guitar player from Mali that I got to via the WRIR email. The record opens with a tune called Houndia and it is sweet with multiple guitars. I hear three and there may be another tucked in there. The tune ends with a violin solo over a hand drum which I hope to hear more of. The second tune, Oumar Bakoi, gets more into a rocking space, still multiple guitars but a bit of wah wah guitar and a firmer overall feel. I like Konate’s voice (I’m assuming Konate is singing which may not be the case) and I will end my listen with the third track, the title track. It lopes along with a slightly funky rock beat. This track is the most guitar hero-ish which is understandable as the folks who are trying to get non-African U.S./European folks to listen to African music arena rock is a good touchstone. I think this above average though I have a slight preference for Noura Mint Seymali’s debut as it cooks a bit more. I think if you’re going to rock you should really rip it.

YTD recordings listened to: 595
Good music, not list worthy: 355
Not good music: 202

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

Music for 9/19/19!!! Los Wembler’s De Iquitos, Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla, Drake

@@@ LOS WEMBLER’S DE IQUITOS: Vision Del Ayahuasca (Barbes, 2019)  A legendary cumbia band from Peru with a record out on a Brooklyn label.  The electric guitars really change the vibe here and make it both rocking and world music.    The melodies are not that far from surf music, the tone of the guitars as well.  About halfway into the first tune there is an outstanding guitar solo that sounds like a slide guitar but I’m not full on sure about that.  The second tune (clipped below) is the title track and I have to check the next track or so but this is a giant ass Latin guitar jam record.  It’s awesome as the rhythms are quite different from you usually get from the white boy guitar jam records.  If you’re looking for some rocking these guys will hook you up.

@@@ AHMEDOU AHMED LOWLA: Terrouzi  (Sahel Sounds, 2019)  More African music off the WRIR weekly playlist email.  We’ll see how the record unfolds but the first tune features a synth and a drum machine which is not common in West African music.  Lowla is from Mauritania (GooglePimp), same as Noura Mint Seymali who I super dig so it is confirmed West Africa.  I’m on the first tune proper and it is most definitely electronic music so it is not as driving and is much closer to something you might hear in the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Still present are the intricate melodies as heard in the flute patch in the tune, Kar.  I like the different sounds but overall I’m not jumping up and down over this.  Lowla is absolutely a keyboard wiz.  I like the fourth tune, Seyni, best of what I heard, the energy is higher and the keyboard playing is wicked.

@@@  Drake: Behind Barz (OVO, 2019)  Regular readers know how much I adore Drake.  So genuine and heartfelt and in it for the love.  This tune from a television show compilation soundtrack is slotted to feature gangster Drake, and he’s a rough one, wow.  Most notable is the dramatic piano part which has a short delay and reverb on it.  Beats are solid and minimal, not trap but designed to support mafioso Drake.  I guess these lyrics could easily be about a character on a show that I give not a fuck about or it could be a Drake character projection or it could be both so everybody including Drake can be living the life.  Behold tha life!

YTD recordings listened to: 481
Good music, not list worthy: 292
Not good music: 161

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

 

 

 

Music for 7/15/19!!! Billy Eilish/Justin Bieber, French Montana, Burna Boy

@@@ Billy Eilish & Justin Bieber: bad guy (Darkroom/Interscope, 2019)  Two of my least favorite ‘artists’ on today’s scene.    Brooding Ms. Eilish and Justin make a run at jam of the summer with finger snaps, a slinky bassline, and a big ass bowl of word salad.  I can’t tell if Justin is the bad guy, well he just said he was, but as we have covered he’s really soft as rich folks’ toilet paper.  The presentation of the sounds is off the hook, the sounds are not particularly unique or interesting, and the lyrics, well we’ve covered the low quality there.  This is pretty standard for major label stuff.  Highly polished nonsense.  Let’s just leave good readers with a final thought.  When they go into a fat bass, trap beat at the end of the tune, to my ears that seems a bit racial.  The bad guy is the black dude rocking trap beats and window shaking bass.  Hmmm, not well thought out.

@@@ French Montana: Wiggle It (Sony, 2019) Oh lord, this must be the Trump era where a female rapper exclaims that she will wiggle it he spends his cash.  Straight up front page of Apple Music whoring oneself, it’s all for sale, let’s put a bow on this shit and just drop it in the toilet.  A bad bitch looking for a rich ass n*gga!  Sounds is all right but I can’t get past the offensive lyrics.  To me this is as bad as any racist nonsense.  I made it to 1:45 and then I clicked out, fuck this nugget.

@@@ Burna Boy: Anybody (Atlantic, 2019)  Some Imma guessing African r&b let me GooglePimp that shit.  Nigeria!  Sung in English.  The groove is rock solid with a ton of intereting percussion.  The simple keyboard part is cool, the synth horns a bit cheesy, and he’s silky on the microphone.  It’s not Fela Kuti here, it’s a booty anthem but of higher quality than eilish/bieber and the trap biscuit above.  Good, but compared to the bag of ass offered above it stands out.

YTD recordings listened to: 352
Good music, not list worthy: 210
Not good music: 120

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

Music for 4/10/19!!! Jayda G, Mdou Moctar

@@@ Jayda G – Significant Changes (Ninja Tune) #1 out at CFUV in Vancouver.  I think of Ninja Tune and Warp as labels for progressive non 4 on the floor electronic music.  The first tune on this record, Unifying the Center, has some weirdness and straightness to it.  Some jazz like keyboards over a pretty funky not quite standard dancefloor beat.  The second tune sounds like a high IQ Madonna song.  I like the beats on this record, the tunes a bit less.  The third tune (clipped below) gets into standard dancefloor exhortations and I like it the least of what I heard.  I’m also not sure why there’s so much reverb on her vocals as it doesn’t push the dance vibe forward.

@@@ Mdou Moctar: The Creator (Sahel Sounds, 2019)  This listen comes from the WRIR weekly music review email.  That station and those reviewers can be trusted.  I heard the advance single but I’m going to round back because the WRIR reviewer lost his nut over this record, saying it has all the power of his live performances.  He comes out midtempo and pretty rocking on the first tune Kamane Tarhanin (clipped below). Classic circular African guitar shredding with more energy than Tinariwen.  The second tune, Asshat Akal, is more openly rocking even featuring power chords and an upstroke reggae guitar part.  The record most definitely aspires to and achieves a live feel.  He has a massive guitar tone which I’m enjoying.  I wished it rocked more but it’s a very good record.

YTD recordings listened to: 187
Good music, not list worthy: 115
Not good music: 64

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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

Music for 2/25/19!!! Fokn Bois, Lagrimas de Sangre

@@@ FOKN Bois: Afrobeats LOL (Fokn Bois, 2019)  Two African gents from Ghana doing a send up of Afrobeat.  It’s more hip hop and the send up I think is in the lyrics where in this first tune they have announced ‘fuck Africa’ and other such irreverent sentiments.  The music has both a distinctive African feel as well as a hip hop feel.  I like the attitude of this record — usually African music is presented with a sort of preciousness but these guys are more interested in making interesting music and doing their thing.  It’s a drum machine record with r&b/world music sounds and these two MCs setting various moods.  If you’re an African music fan you might wanna check this out.

@@@ Lagrimas de Sangre: Salsa Bolonesa (Vertigo Records, 2019)  A Spanish language hip hop single I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  The most notable thing out of the gate on this single is the concept of taking salsa sounds and putting them over a drum machine accompanied by MCs.  Taking familiar things and smashing them up,  interesting.  The MCs are pretty high energy, not full on spitting but definitely working together to put out a lot of energy.  I have no idea what they’re rapping about but the feel it and it’s a party track with some muscle to it.

YTD recordings listened to: 106
Good music, not list worthy: 61
Not good music: 40

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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

Music for 2/21/19!!! Zazou Bikaye, Czarface and Ghostface

@@@ Zazou Bikaye | Na Kenda (Crammed, 2018)  I got to this recording via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  This is a remixed and reissued track from the late ’80s and sports all the sounds that prevailed at the time.  This is a single with the A side remixed as Afro acid and the second side the same song remixed as techno dub.  There are some super delicious funky squiggles going on in addition to bell sounds and African vocals/chants.  The first remix is super high energy while the second brings a more laidback techno vibe but it’s a celebration of vintage sounds.

@@@ Czarface: Czarface meets Ghostface (Silver Age, 2019)  A Wu Tang clan member collaboration that I got to via last week’s All Music notable release email.  It’s a classic comic book/kung fu movie mash with two MCs facing off in a rap battle.  The sounds are decidedly retro in the second tune, Face Off, with some arena rock vibes mixed with the ghetto heroics.  The production is much thicker than what RZA would put behind this and I prefer the stripped down sound to these sounds.  The rhyming is all right if pretty standard.  I like the fifth tune, Powers and Stuff, the best of what I heard.

YTD recordings listened to: 101
Good music, not list worthy: 58
Not good music: 38

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, A Tribe Called Quest, 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, Converge, 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