@@@ May Roosevelt: Air (Inner Ear, 2017). A single from a female musician on a small Greek label that I review on occasion. It’s a krautrock/club mash with a dreamy reverbed female voice. Straight up kick-snare instead of a classic techno aunt-tss with layers of ambient synth patches. It ebbs and flows from section to section. It builds to a synthy climax with additional percussion and volume. It’s got some nice sounds and it could be a bit shorter.
@@@ Irreversible Entanglements: Irreversible Entanglements (International Anthem LLC, 2017). Four long (10-15 minute) pieces on this jazz record that I got to via last week’s CFUV playlist email. I thought we were headed for a long jammy thing until the black female hits the spoken word and she hits it hard! Talking some painful truth about life in America for African Americans. First it’s awesome to have a woman going off on this and let me be one of very few white Americans to praise the hell out of this. Let it out! The instrumentation is pretty standard — drums (high in the mix!), bass, and a horn. It’s hard to say much about the band cuz the spoken word missus is burning the microphone up. They’re her support and they do a great job. This will be on my best of year end list as it has what I like in records — passion, anger, folks expressing themselves powerfully, etc. Turn off the sound on your NFL games and put this record on!
@@@ Nasti: Big Achievements (Iron Lung, 2017) An angular and abrasive punk record off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Oh and they drop into a classic hardcore punk grind. Yeah kiddies, punk rock. They are spanking the baby here purdy good yo and let’s peep more. With titles like parasites, slugs, and blisters (all separate tracks) you know what you’re in for. You get a fat dose of guitar feedback to go with your working man’s thrash — ’tis the ying/yang of hardcore. I initially typed ying/yank which is a sort of masturbatory Asian philosophy a lot of TED talk folks employ. Heavy on the yank. But I digress. This will most def harvest the crust from your eyes so if you have crusty eyes or you get the Fugazi reference have a go. Good for those who are feeling worn down by El Trump-o, the great American rapist.
YTD recordings listened to: 675
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 363
Not good music: 284
Honorable Mentions: 6
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, 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, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Kelly Moran, Irreversible Entanglements