Music for 9/18/20!!! Gillian Mapp, Kenny Chesney, Luba Mason, Laurence Brownlee

@@@ Gillian Mapp: Orange Bitters (Lekker Collective, 2020) I’m on this label’s mailing list and I got to this r&b track from an email from them. I don’t think the folks who made this could make it any more lush and intimate if they tried. Super chill keyboard organ patch and Ms. Mapp’s framed vocals, they are going for dessert style r&b. It’s about sensations and feeling those sensations and the lyrics are about time and space, kisses on the lips, and other slideshow, stream of conciousness lyrical images. A tasteful delay on her voice and intimate reverb feels end up making a minimal set of sounds evoke a much larger feeling.

@@@ Kenny Chesney: You Don’t Get To (Warner Nashville, 2020) I saw this track shouted on Bob Lefsetz’s music industry blog+. I haven’t been keeping up with my new country listening, I love the new country tracks. This is a ballad with those ringing piano chords you find all over today’s music. #blech. The emphasis here is on the lyrics where he just straight up tells his ex what she can’t do so he can protect himself and stay unhurt by this awful person. She doesn’t get to swing by with that look in her eye, naimsayin’? He does a good job delivering the lyrics but the lyrics are a bit dramatical. Maybe if he stripped back the sounds and didn’t have a closet arena rock sound packed in here. I’m sure duder is still hurtin’ but it’s still mad shiny and poppy sounds so that’s a bit tough to reconcile those two concepts.

@@@ Luba Mason: In Walked Bud (Blue Canoe, 2020) I seen it on the Twatter, who doesn’t love the twatter. I don’t see this record up on Apple Music so we’re stuck with GooglePimpTube. Regular readers know of my conflicted relationship with straight jazz. I dig the vibes intro, and then comes the upright bass and Ms. Mason. It’s a live track which maybe gives the performance a bit more punch as there are humans there to interact with (pre covid obviously). I’m not sure what to say here I like the vibes player a lot, then the bass player. I don’t think I’m a fan of straight jazz vocalizing, it doesn’t work for me. Check out this trio track if you’re a fan of the formula.

@@@ Lawrence Brownlee: Barbieri di Saviglia (Warner, 2020) I got to this piece via the email from National Sawdust in Brooklyn. I’ve gotten a bit into classical music via my cello playing son but my most notable connection to the Barber of Seville is the Looney Tunes classic the Rabbit of Seville where Bugs Bunny prepares a salad on Elmer Fudd’s bald head. Good times! Let’s not go down the Looney Tunes rabbit hole (no pun!) To say these motherfuckers can sing is a tad simplistic. Are they more skilled than a talented MC? Well classical music is an established form and hip hop allows for more variation. This is an incredibly rich recording and a lush headphone listen and while most folks aren’t rocking this old school Italian opera style they should check it out to see how many different ways there are to victimize a microphone. Also check out the rabbit of seville. When Bugs is cranking the barber chair up into the theater higher and higher and elmer fudd has shaving foam on his head, oh that’s good times.

YTD recordings listened to: 720
Good music, not list worthy: 384
Not good music: 314

Best: 2
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Chezidek, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall

Music for 7/8/20!!! serpentwithfeet, Jojo Abot, Ted Hearne, Minor Science

@@@ serpentwithfeet: Psychic (Secretly Canadian, 2020) I’m a fan of serpentwithfeet so as soon as I saw something new on an email from an Australian online music outlet I hit up the GooglePimp for a listen.  The track opens with a lot of high tambourine like clink over fat low end stylings before mr. serpentwithfeet makes his entrance on the microphone.  It’s a melancholic love tune as it appears he might have fallen in love with his psychic.  I like the fragility of his voice and I like it better with fewer vocal tracks, the stacks of voxes drain the emotionality of it.  Love his voice and the bass sounds but the tune didn’t blow me away.

@@@ Jojo Abot: Power to the God Within (Jojo Abot, 2019) I got to this African American musician and the listen below via an email from the Brooklyn club National Sawdust.  Given the cover photo and the electronic label on Apple Music this should be African/world music influenced electronic music.  Mostly dominated by voices (both female and male) then the drums come in pretty trapped out, thick fat fat (that’s double fat) bass to sit under those somewhat improvised voices, it’s a really nice combination of sounds.  The vocal hook is something like ‘how does it feel to know you can be anything you want to be’ or some such sentiment.  It’s thick, it’s funky, it’s trippy sweet and rough at the same time.  The combination of very mainstream sounds with odd vocals and off kilter arrangements is fresh.

@@@ Ted Hearne: Place (New Amsterdam, 2020) This record slotted as classical music on Apple Music is divided into two parts the second part with Saul Williams, a spoken word hip hop guy I’ve heard before and have really liked.  So I will sample from Part 2 due to my preferences but you are free to sample as you see fit.  Yowsa, it gets into the white supremacy business right off the bat which I’m all up for and then come in the string swells and the non threatening drum machine beat.  Think of this as a Laurie Anderson style art school half classical record with very different and more substantial voices.  It sounds like the classical sounds here might be looped and served up hip hop style which I don’t find often.  It’s a female on the microphone so these words might be composed by Saul Williams and delivered by someone else.  I like it, I’m not jumping up and down but I like it.  Given the directness of the lyrics I could have used some rougher sounds.

@@@ Minor Science: Polyglottal (Whities, 2020)  Aargh, I’m usually quite committed to letting readers know how I got to a track but I would be lying if I said I remembered what email or internet thing-a-ma-bob sent me to this track.  It opens ambiently and quite rhythmically with lots of hi hats and blurp action before the floor shaking bass comes in and back to the blurp so it’s gonna be like that now.  Tasty relentless basslines, classic 808 drum machine business and periodic synth blasts; those are the key elements here.  There’s a lot of shifting of sounds around but it could use some other movement to it to keep me more engaged.  Big ups on the basslines.  I’m checking out portions of the fourth track and it’s got a bit more melodic synth presence to go with the glitch salad which works better for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 524
Good music, not list worthy: 265
Not good music: 230

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

 

Music for 7/1/20!!! Nick Norton, Adam Tendler, Michael Mendez, Santrofi

@@@ Nick Norton: Mirror Smasher Zero (N/A, 2020)  I got to this duo piano plus electronics almost 9 minute piece via a music publicist email.  It’s a brisk tempo with a plethora of cascading short piano melodies spiced with some tasteful glitch processing.  I like a well done glitch and these accent the playing and don’t detract from it.  It does have a small bit of ol’ school Who keyboard counterpoint vibe to it, just a bit.  The amount of glitch increases as the track continues but I’m not convinced I need 9 minutes of this.  I appreciate the spirit of this.  At around 5:30 the tune somewhat explodes with the appearance of a distorted chainsawy synth patch and video game shoot ’em up sounds.  This I like, it’s a total shitshow smashing together two things you don’t hear often — a classical influenced arrangement with rampaging electro sci fi sounds.  I was just about click away from tipping out and am glad I didn’t.

@@@ Adam Tendler: Toccata Ostinato (Anthology of Recorded Music, 2019) These solo piano pieces are from compositions by Robert Palmer, an American composer who lived from 1915 til 2010.  This is the opening piece of the record and it’s played energetically.  I know just enough about classical music to make an ass of myself.  To my mostly uninformed ears it’s got a bit of Stravinsky wildness while trying to be more traditionally classical.  Tendler’s playing is great I’m enjoying it bigly.  Palmer’s wikipedia entry notes ‘a lively rhythmic language’ (I agree) and some shouts to vernacular jazz.  I was going to describe it as polite Looney Tunes music but I thought that would be ignant.

 

@@@ Michael Mendez: Love Tko (Derrick Taylor, 2020)  If modern roots and smooth, quiet storm r&b had a music lovebaby it would sound like this.  I don’t love how soft these sounds are but it’s somewhat offset by the thick rhythm section.  He’s gonna just let it go, it’s a love TKO.  It’s the full monty here — female background singers, a rock guitar solo and a roots guitar rhythm part, some organ and shit.  If you have a nice set of headphones (and I recommend that) this meticulously constructed mix will fill your earholes to the very brim.  Somebody labored over these sounds.

 

@@@  SANTROFI: Alewa (Out Here, 2020) I got to this via last week’s WRIR playlist email.  I had to look on the interwebz to see these guys hail from Ghana.  I’m hopeful as the drumming in the first track is tasty and there’s an awesome wheezing sound I can’t even identify.  There is some large chorus singing that sounds familiar to me from listening to South African music — very sweet and soulful.  I’m waiting for the whole band to kick in, if there’s a band in addition to the singing and the drumming.  Yes a complete band kicks in for the second tune, Alewa (the title track) — a wicked kit drummer, a full horn section, a tasteful organ player and at least two guitar players.  It’s not hyper masculine Fela style Afrobeat, it’s a bit more spacious and laidback which gives the playing plenty of space to breathe.  Oh man, what a nice mash of sounds.  I’m pretty sure this will end up on my end of year list as the quality of the playing is quite high — funky and energetic.  The guitar player is off the hook.

YTD recordings listened to: 504
Good music, not list worthy: 252
Not good music: 223

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

Music for 5/7/20!!! San Cha, Alex Weiser, David Walters, Franck Biyong

@@@ San Cha: Capricho del Diablo (Outside Inside, 2018) I saw this Los Angeles based Latinx artist in a music publicist email doing some quarantine multimedia thing but I found this track from last year.  It opens with some standard electric indie style guitar before the Mexican elements come in.  Ms. Cha has a freight train voice when she wants it to go that way but it is quite tender at the same time.  There is no kit drummer, it’s a hand drum and a percussion instrument I can’t recall the name of.  There are a couple of background singers joining the lead so it’s a lot of vocals because the lead singer counts as two.  This is quite fresh in its way — a bit weird, a bit world, a bit indie lots of clashing that works together.  The background singing is particularly freaky in the impression it leaves.

@@@ Alex Weiser: And All the Days Were Purple: 1. My Joy (Cantaloupe Music, 2019)  I saw this composer namechecked on an email from adventurous music club Roulette and found this record on Apple Music.  These are vocal pieces celebrating Jewish culture in a classical music environment.  On this track it’s piano, violin and a female singer (a cello as well I believe) and this is highbrow music for people who own nice suits and have high paying jobs.  Very restrained and cultured.  It’s nominated for a Pulitzer Prize which doesn’t say much about the Pulitzer as I don’t hear much here that is particularly original or exciting.  I want to like it, if you gave me some Stravinsky type shit I would crap myself a brick and get up in here.

@@@ David Walters: Krye Mwen (Heavenly Sweetness, 2020) Some Caribbean music off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I don’t think I’ve checked this out yet.  It opens up a bit ol’ school r&b, a bit fusion-y, and a bit Caribbean as you would expect.  The intro is driven by hand claps and gourd/shaker, but it segues into a full band groove when the drummer enters.  It’s thick, not Funkadelic thick but thick and it’s smooth but not too smooth.  If you’re looking for some world music inflected groove music this guy lays it down.

@@@ Franck Biyong: Anywhere Trouble (Hot Casa, 2020)  Another WRIR weekly playlist email!  Updated Afrobeat with a guest singer.  A synth bass here, for example, a sound you don’t often hear in Afrobeat.  It’s got more of a dancefloor feel than classic swaggering horn driven Afrobeat.  I miss Tony Allen!  I had to throw that in there.  I’ve often commented that Afrobeat with some newer sounds or slight twists would be welcome to my world and I’m feeling the freshness of this.  I did a little GooglePimpin’ to find out that Biyong is from Cameroon — Afrobeat originated in Nigeria and I don’t know Cameroon’s historical involvement in classic Afrobeat.  I appreciate the dancefloor feel and the layers of percussion here as well as the vocal arrangements which enhance the track.  All sorts of little sonic goodies up in here, check it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 342
Good music, not list worthy: 178
Not good music: 152

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

Music for 12/9/19!!! Snoh Aalegera, M.T. Hadley, Greve

@@@ Snoh Aalegra: Ugh, those feels Again (AWAL, 2019) Off this week’s Line of Best Fit email.  An Iranian/Swedish woman flying the flag for global r&b, that’s how this is being marketed.  This first tune (after the intro) is a luscious mix of sounds with Aalegra’s sultry singing.  I find myself listening more the sounds than the songs as a whole which is a common thing I find in major label music, more attention to the sound and a watered down or less memorable message.  I guess she has some association with Drake but she’s rougher than pillow man Drake!  I would jump up and down if this had high end lyrics but the corporate folks won’t do that.

@@@ M.T. Hadley: Empty (PIAS, 2019) Also off this week’s Line of Best Fit email.  Slotted as alternative on Apple Music this is ’80s inspired electro pop with blue eyed falsetto vocal stylings.  This is really not my cup of tea but I can review it for others.  Synth-centric sounds, lighter and not funky drum machine rhythms.  Folks who want some sweet, electro love songs will be happy with this.

@@@ Greve: Palace of the Dreamking (PARMA, 2019)   I’m on the email list for this New Hampshire classical/jazz label and found this release on their latest email.  The record opens with a orchestral piece and it is a compilation of various orchestras playing the music of this contemporary Dutch composer.  I’ve been listening to a fair amount of classical music but I’m far from being an expert.  However this first piece strikes as being very cinematic with a lot of melodic parts assigned to various components of the orchestra.  It is sweet but far from sickly.  The second pieces is a suite for 11 brass instruments.  I like this for the instrumentation.  I’m going to tip after this partita but I really like that it encompasses a variety of musical modes and impressions.  It’s quite engaging.

YTD recordings listened to: 638
Good music, not list worthy: 383
Not good music: 217

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, The Good Ones, Sudan Archives

Music for 8/9/19!!! Dolphine, Nancy Braithwaite, Trippie Redd

@@@ Mega Bog: Dolphine (Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)  I saw this record twatted about as music deserving more ears, so peep it I shall.  The record opens with spacious reverbed guitars and tinkly percussion with a bit of a country lilt.  It then segues into late ’70s FM soft rock.  Oh boy, deep into that vibe for sure.  It’s like Yes and Joni Mitchell had a lovebaby.  It’s meticulously put together and perfectly played but I’m having trouble appreciating it.  I dig that it’s a mix of sounds smashed together — indie, prog, a smear of country, some ambient sounds etc but it’s not working for me.  Check for yourself.

@@@  Nancy Braithwaite: Songs and Chamber Works of Edith Hemenway (Etcetera, 2019) I got to this classical music recording of works by never recorded female compose — that would be Edith Hemenway.  The instrumentation here is cello, piano, clarinet and soprano vocals.  It is a distinct compositional style, both modern but fitting within familiar classical sounds.  4 tracks are up on Soundcloud and I’m really enjoying the second one, Asian Figures: Ferns Bend Into the Wind.  It’s a spare piece with a beautiful clarinet melody.  I listened to all four of the tracks available as I don’t get a shot at new classical music often and I enjoyed it.  Rich and expressive.

@@@ Trippie Redd: Snake Skin (Ten Thousand Projects LLC, 2019)  This single is #2 pole position on the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s a hip hop ballad strangely enough and if I understand correctly it’s both about a woman who is bad enough to have a snake skin and then pleading for someone not to commit suicide.  I think the suicide metaphor is how all the n*ggas are gonna commit suicide when they realize all the money Mr. Trippie is making.  The extensive piano vamping is an odd choice as it lends a lounge vibe to these lyrics and the whole track has a somewhat incoherent flavor to it.  I’m at a complete loss as to what this is about.  I know many folks out there don’t insist on songs making sense but I think that’s a reasonable threshhold for a listener.

YTD recordings listened to: 404
Good music, not list worthy: 242
Not good music: 138

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