Music for 11/11/20!!! Shirazette Tinnin, Mort Garson, Darren Michael Boyd, Fates Warning

@@@ Shirazette Tinnin: Freedom Jazz Dance ( , 20 ) I saw this African American female drummer shouted out on the Twatter so I thought I would check her out. I don’t know if this drummer is from New Orleans but it surely sounds as if she’s from there or has heard a lot of old school New Orleans music. A little googling and I find she’s originally from North Carolina but now lives in New York City. I like her drumming and in this tune some distinctly fusion-y keyboards sounds and fusion feels are layered over her rhythms. I would enjoy acoustic piano here but that’s just my preference. There’s kit drumming as well as hand drumming and I don’t know if Tinnin is responsible for both of those percussive elements. I dig her drumming a whole bunch and the rest of the playing could use more fire and more contrast. But that’s just me.

@@@ Mort Garson: This is My Beloved (Sacred Bones, 2020) Experimental electronic music off this week’s All Music notable release email. My first impression is that this is indie electronic as it sports a classic indie/rock bass sound (and not a synth) and there is that weirdly playful, quirky flow to some of the synth sounds. Also a kit drummer and a guitar player so I hear it as indie rock with electro flavors. This is pretty straightforward and I wish it wasn’t labelled as experimental electronic. It’s proggy indie. Not soggy but proggy. Maybe more proggish than proggy. With a dash of video game spicing as well.

@@@ Darren Michael Boyd: The Earth is B Flat (Self-released, 2019) I saw this Canadian guitar god mentioned on the indie music blog Indiepulse and thought I would throw him a peep. I’m listening bottom to top today so this follows the hard rock below and he’s a mathy shredder fo sho. This focus on guitar technique sounds really dated to me. Of course he has the right to play and pursue whatever he pleases but this was a nerd’s corner of rock music and now that rock is dormant it seems like an anachronism. Heads up, big word alert! On the plus side he has a piercing tone and a lot of energy. I dig the last 30 seconds where a bell starts ringing and he plays along with it. I let the player click through and ended up digging this tune “Music in the Murder House’ muchmore. Still shreddy but I dig it.

@@@ Fates Warning: Begin Again (Metal Blade, 2020) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. Horns up ya shittaz! This looks to be more in the hard rock arena than the metal arena. Or the hard rock/classic metal old school area with an epic singer and plenty of riffage. I like the drums high up in the mix, I don’t like the nylon string guitars, I like the guitar tones bigly, and the vocal climax in the chorus is borderline cheeseburger.

YTD recordings listened to: 882
Good music, not list worthy: 475
Not good music: 374

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, 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, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi, Ellen Jewell

Music for 3/16/19!!! Mike Baggetta, Stephen Malkmus

@@@ Mike Baggetta: Wall of Flowers (BIG EGO, 2019) Slightly progged out jazz rock I got to via the jazz podcast something I can’t remember.  I love Mike Watt.  I would listen to Mike Watt play music with chimps and would dig it.  Here he plays with a guitarist I’ve not heard of but who I dig in this second tune called ‘Hospital Song’.  He has a thinner, single coil sound but he’s far from a wimpy classic jazz tone.  He gets to shredding and he and the drummer start to get out in the third tune I’m not a Data Point.  I like this record and I’m glad I checked it out but I don’t love it.  But I still love Mike Watt’s playing though he doesn’t stretch out on this record as much as I would like.

@@@ Stephen Malkmus: Groove Denied (Matador, 2019)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The former leader of Pavement coughs up a slacker indie electronic kraut thing for his fans who might be afraid or unaccustomed to electronic music.  Some of the sounds are really high end but I don’t think his voice super works for electronic music. The second tune, A Bit Wilder, gets more No Wave with a sparse, blocky arrangement and some singing that does work for the tune. The third tune (clipped below) is the lead single from the record and it does continue and further cement the formula for the record. Quirky indie electronic that nods to early ’80s Cure type shit but with ’90s indie shit swirled up in there. I don’t love the beats, they sound too retro for my ears, but hey you can’t fuck with these indie icons.

YTD recordings listened to: 145
Good music, not list worthy: 87
Not good music: 52

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

Music for 1/17/19!!! The 4 Korners, Cluster Lizard, Jah Division

@@@ The 4 Korners: Portal of Gold (Ropeadope, 2016)  I saw this jazz fusion outfit is playing BAM in Brooklyn so I thought I would fight my anti-fusion prejudice and check these guys out.  Instrumentation is guitar, keys, electric bass and drums and it is full on.  Finger popping bass, epic rock guitar tones along side those super smooth synth sounds.  There are rainfall samples at the beginning of a couple of tracks and I don’t really get the connection between rain and jazz fusion but it’s standard business here.  The record sounds great with part jam, part rock, a little soft jazz all swirled up and extruded for your listening pleasure.

@@@ Cluster Lizard: Prophecy (Prostir Records, 2018)  An electronica duo out of the Ukraine that I got to via an email from awesome indie radio station KFJC in California.  Song titles such as Come from Forever, and You will Go Everywhere give you an indication of what the flavor of this record might be.  It’s opening with a cathedral organ with sawtooth (again, sorry!) synth on top of it.  A rhythm consisting of staticky spashes comes in and the whole tune is exploding outward.  It takes a left turn out into a metallic percussion space and some rhythm-free out keyboard playing.  And then it turns again with a drum beat, some urgent thumping bass and the aggro synths.  So these are not going to be slow developing cloudy pieces, it’s gonna hop and pop.  I’ve checked out portions of three pieces and like a bunch of songs but the I don’t need to hear all the sawtooth synths myself.  I’m a fickle bitch.

@@@ Jah Division: Isolation Dub (Ernest Jenning, 2019)  I got to this dub reggae cover of a Joy Division track from a music publicist email.  It is a blend of old school and newer dub sounds with some pretty dubbed out synth sawtooth blasts ricocheting around.  I’m enjoying a lot of the hi hat dubwise sparks as wells percussion run through the dub-a-lyzer.  It’s a good track if a tad long.  Go for the rhythms and stay for the dub effects.

YTD recordings listened to: 36
Good music, not list worthy: 24
Not good music: 11

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

Music for 11/1/18!!!! The Necks, Snarky Puppy

@@@ The Necks: Body (ReR Megacorp, 2018)  Read the review below for how I got to this record as I got to it in the same way.  Here we have one 57 minute piece so that’s pretty sprawling eh?  I like the opening — instrumentation is piano, bass and drums.  It’s a groove, but a bit off kilter with some single key pounding over long bass pulsation.  It’s stayed in this one place with a tad of variation for about a dozen minutes now.  I like it but I’m ready for some change.  After about 18 minutes these guys get into a new thing but it’s still well within the space rock/jam band/improvised neighborhood.  I checked out about half of it and I like it without loving it.  At certain points I could use more ideas but it’s not my record.  As always listen for yourself.

@@@ Snarky Puppy: Culcha Vulcha (GroundUP Music, 2016). I got to this fusion outfit from an Australian music magazine of 5 sprawling jazz albums for folks to groove out on.  Regular readers know that I have a conflicted relationship with being a genre bitch —  I will get into definitions but it can come off as petty.  This first tune is funk with a little smooth jazz swirled in it.  So is that jazz?  Not to me.  I like it all right, it’s pretty funky without getting to the intergalactic Funkadelic vibe I truly dig.  This second tune is a mellow Steely Dan kinda thing — it’s more FM rock than anything else.  I don’t insist on the separateness of genres but this is higher IQ party music kinda using the label jazz to make itself appear a bit more upscale.

YTD recordings listened to: 616
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 331
Not good music: 249

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, 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, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, Tim Hecker

Music for 10/3/18!!!! Joseph C. Philips, 2Baba, Adekunle Gold, Niniola

@@@ Joseph C. Philips: Numinous (New Amsterdam, 2015) Some classical music off this week’s Roulette show email.  It might surprise a listener to see this slotted as classical music and then hear a fusion funk figure opening up the first track.  Interesting and unexpected as it gives way to a standard classic instrumentation while retaining fusion elements in the playing.  Six pieces span almost 56 minutes and I’m really feeling the second piece, Behold the Only Thing Greater than yourself.  It really does mash classical music with other genres, most notably African American genres together in a non-gimmicky and convincing way.  This piece is a slow roller featuring vocal, strings, and some woodwinds (small guess) with light guitar.  It is decidedly highbrow music which I tend to be very skeptical of but there are some really nice moments on what I heard.

@@@ 2Baba: Gaga Shuffle (Hypertek Digital, 2017). I got to the following three African tracks via a photo shoot in the New Yorker focusing on Nigerian musicians.  This is an electro, African track with Autotune (I think) some pleasant synth percussion and some light to medium funk.  It is a shuffle after all.  I have to look up the lyrics as there’s a thick accent going on but Mr. 2Baba wants to involve you in the craze of the Gaga Shuffle.  I have no clue what the Gaga shuffle is, but the track is a slightly funk-a-fied Lionel Richie vibe with updated sounds but it’s not very interesting.  I don’t anticipate getting involved in the Gaga Shuffle craze.

@@@ Adekunle Gold: IRE (Afro Urban, 2017) A Justin Bieber style ballad, yikes!  Nylon string guitar and string flourishes for high class and sophistication.  Here comes the African vocal choir, more yikes!  This is exactly the kind of music one would expect the New Yorker to feature for its readers — decidedly Westernized, maudlin lyrics and a gentle yet aspiring African vibe.  I made it about halfway through, this is not my favorite style of African music.  At all.

@@@ Niniola: Maradona (Drumroll, 2017). This is a lush mid tempo funk tune with ballad vibes though I think it’s about a soccer player.  It sports a plethora of percussion as well as a simple and quick guitar melody and some whizzing samples that pan across the stereo field.  It’s kind of a singular vibe, it’s just grooving on Maradona.  Super slick production, fat rhythms, that’s about it.  No need to go on and on when you can check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 557
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 298
Not good music: 226

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, 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, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza

New Music listening Wednesday March 21, 2012

@@@ Back on the Amber Waves of Twang underappreciated records of 2011 which you can find here.

@@@ The Barr Brothers: Self-titled. I would call this orchestral folk roots music.  Good production, singer has a strong voice.  I think a lot of folks could get into this music.

@@@ Mark W. Lennon: Home of the Wheel (Vagabond Tune).  A more ragged voice and a more country feel.  More good playing, people who dig the roots music should check both of these records out.

@@@ Esperanza Spaulding: Radio Music Society.  I would call ths an album of jazz fusion songs — smooth and unchallenging to listen to.  She’s worked really hard on her vocals though her songs sound a little awkward to my ear.  It’s an intricate album, but sterile sounding.  More of a showcase than a heartfelt expression.  I will fully admit that I find the Esperanza Spaulding marketing show to be extremely annoying and it prejudices me against her music, but if it works for folks, have at it.

Read the AllMusic email blurb below and tell me this album isn’t aimed at non hardcore music listeners to make them feel smarter for buying this record:

Esperanza Spalding’s fourth album, Radio Music Society (a companion piece to Chamber Music Society in name only) is one of enormous ambitionpolished production, sophisticated, busy charts, and classy songwriting — that consciously juxtaposes neo-soul and adult-oriented jazz-tinged pop. It employs a stellar cast, largely of jazz musicians, to pull it off.

@@@ Anti-Flag: The General Strike.  (Side One Dummy).  A revved up California Orange County punk/rock fhybrid.  Solid, but I’ve heard this formula too many times to get excited.