@@@ Jonah Sirota: Strong Sad (National Sawdust, 2018) An instrumental (meaningful and kinda New Age-y Imma guessing) from the in house label at the pretentious Brooklyn club National Sawdust. I’m on their mailing list. The first piece opens up with what sounds like an organ arpeggio and then a violin playing melodically over the arpeggio. It’s very sweet, sad sweet not syrupy sweet. The second piece is a bit more disjointed with violin, cello, and the same organ (?) drone in the background. It gets into a more dissonant and agitated space which I’m enjoying. So it’s not as New Age-y as I thought it would be and not as New Age-y as the first piece. It’s solid.
@@@ No Age: Snares Like a Haircut (Drag City, 2018) Also off the Guardian’s best of 2018 list. I’m not a huge Drag City fella but I’m open minded and these guys are supposed to be punks for all punks which sounds just fantastic. This first tune does have something for a lot of folks. Some singalong vocal hooks, a little shoegaze sauce, some Sonic Youth fuzz. The second tune puts a little Ramones up in the vocals so it’s got a lot of referential sounds in it. I like it, it’s a bit poppy for my taste but it’s good. I think it works within a limited range of messy/neat with an emphasis on a quiet neatness and structure. Regular readers know I really enjoy it when a musician/s lose their shit in full meltdown mode so that’s not available here.
@@@ Cardi B.: I Like It (Atlantic, 2018) I like Cardi B. but I thought the first single for this record was not great. This single is much better but I think she bit it too hard sampling ‘I Like it Like That’ to open the track. It’s really the backbone of the verse and it implants itself in your mind pronto. The rest of the track is a good blend of hip hop and Latin music components with a MC rhyming in Spanish and Cardi B. talking about how she needs mad money. So I see why it has 163 million hits on the GooglePimpTube but it’s more for the love of that track than Cardi B. That’s my view.
@@@ Meek Mill: Stay Woke (Maybach/Warner, 2018) Meek Mill is a big deal since he was freed from a bullshit prison situation. It is surprisingly a blend of hip hop and pop sounds with a guitar part (weird) and a pretty uplifting vocal section in the chorus. He rhymes a lot about his time in the life, and a bunch about the situation facing African Americans in this country. I’m a huge fan of the story and glad he’s out but the song isn’t particularly engaging to me.
YTD recordings listened to: 360
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 190
Not good music: 162
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton