Music for 7/9/20!!! mxmtoon, Dream Wife, Khruangbin, A Guy Called Gerald

@@@ mxmtoon: 1,2 (AWAL, 2020) The first three listens of the day are from last week’s Line of Best fit email.  I’ve heard mxmtoon as well as Khruangbin who have also been getting a pretty good push from the music press pimpers.  This is complex pop with above average IQ but it’s still pop at its core.  I thought this was an acoustic guitar version of a tune previously released but I’m clicking through the series of singles she has released this year and I don’t see another version of this track.  This is sweet and it pushes my ears to the maximum allowable sweetness that won’t trigger a Stalinist denunciation.  The ambiance and spaciousness of the track certainly makes the sweetness work as there’s something else to listen to.  It’s a love tune and she’s super psyched to find somebody and you know the rest….

@@@ Dream Wife: So When You Gonna…. (Lucky Number, 2020)  All gal punk rock trio bringing an energetic art school punk flow to your earholes.  They rock a standard simmer then explode formula that does its thing beneath the vocal hook ‘so when you gonna kiss me?’  Obviously this is personal preference but I’m not feeling the singer and I want the band to blaze more.  I dig a bunch of the guitar playing and I like the drummer.  I didn’t make it to the end of the track, she got too annoying and art school punky for my taste.

@@@ Khruangbin: Pelota (Dead Oceans, 2020)  I dig these guys but I think this is an example of taking something good and spinning it as better than it is.  And the indie pimps are guilty of doing this quite often.  Talented folks get lifted into genius territory.  Khruangbin does a blend of indie vibes and world music feels and it’s a great idea, but the energy is too indie for me — now I don’t know if regular readers have peeped it but if they rocked an old school Hector Lavoe flow I would straight up shit my pants.  Some rhythmic energy and shit.  If it was more urgent and more rhythmic I would be all over this like a white man on rice and I do love rice.  I get that folks are free to dig the ongoing slackness here but it leaves me wanting more.

@@@ A Guy Called Gerald: So Many Dreams (Juicebox, 1995) I saw this seminal drum ‘n bass producer on a bandcamp playlist put together by the drummer of Big Thief.  Oy what a mouthful!  This is an almost 7 minute banger that kicks off his essential album on Apple Music.  This track is more polyrhythmic with better beats than a lot of the drum ‘n bass I’ve heard.  A female singer drops in once in a while with a small chunk of vocalizing.  My favorite element here is what sounds like a gourd drum with a super organic rattle to it.  I don’t know if it’s a drum machine created sound to it but I dig that and the ebb and flow of rhythms that course through the song.

YTD recordings listened to: 528
Good music, not list worthy: 267
Not good music: 232

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

Active Music Listening Monday December 10, 2012

YTD recordings listened to: 939
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 547
Not good music: 337
Buys: 30 (not all 2012 releases)

Possibles: Zani Diabate, Isaiah Toothtaker (2011), Ondatropica, Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, The Ones to Blame, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Wahid, Skyzoo, Pig Destroyer, Bettye Lavette, Philippe Petite, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Bio Ritmo, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Mrs. Medicine, Nico Muhly, Code Orange Kids, Bob Gluck Trio, Damien Jurado, Martha Redbone, Eric Boeren Quartet, Wadada Leo Smith/Louis Moholo, Prince Fatty

@@@ Prince Fatty vs. The Drunken Gambler (Mr. Bongo, 2012).  From the WRIR best of 2012 list weighing in at #9.  If you’re up for the bubbling organ and the ska/dancehall vocalist, check this record out.  Immediately goes onto my best of 2012 list.

@@@ Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo (Tum, 2012).  I put Smith’s 10 Freedom Summers and although I can’t stream the whole album, here’s a track from it and it’s pretty fat.

@@@ Mike Dillon: Urn (Royal Potato Family, 2012).  Marketed as a punk jazz musician I found this musician over here at Splinters and Candy.  The music is part funk, part free jazz and part freak punk.  There’s a pretty noticeable Frank Zappa flow to the proceedings as well.  In your face lyrics (great), quick song/mood changes (good).  I liked it a whole bunch but didn’t flip my wig.

@@@ Mogwai: A Wretched Virile Lore (Sub Pop, 2012).  From the MOG new release front page.  A darker more downtempo synth rock opener called ‘George Square Thatcher Death Party’.  The singer’s voice has been all processed out for trippiness.  The second tune ‘Rano Pano’ starts out with a throb, gets a bounced synth popped on top of it until it segues into a linear bass line with long clouds of sound over the top and a harp like synth slicing through the mix.  It just keeps turning and twisting in on itself.  It morphs from a New Wavey kind of thing into a dubstep/drum ‘n bass vibe as it progresses.  Solid and energetic.

@@@ Joel Harrison: Holy Abyss (Cuneiform, 2012) A spacey jazz fusion guitar deal.  You can read Hank Shteamer’s reasons for putting this record on his part 2 of best of 2012.  I like Harrison’s sustained guitar tone, but it’s not year end material for me.  Fusion jazz is a tough sell for me.