Music for 10/6/20!!! Ailbhe Reddy, Anna of the North, Yves Jarvis, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin

@@@ Ailbhe Reddy: Time Difference (Friends of the Family, 2020) Friendly, upbeat rock with plenty of classic jangle sauce. This listen and the one below are from the Line of Best Fit email from last week. Reddy’s voice and the guitar sounds really serve as a way for coffee shop normal white people to wake themselves up in the morning. ‘Keep an eye on the time difference’ and the the distance between us or something like that are the vocal hooks. I like the drummer best, I like the parts here but the whole of it is a world or a state of mind I don’t really inhabit. This is for lonely folks out in the suburbs.

@@@ Anna of the North: Someone Special (300 Entertainment, 2020) Slotted as pop on the ol’ Apple Music it’s dour and restrained out of the gate with some reverbed female vocals over a keyboard part. It then morphs out into a section where the piano evokes more clearly a romantic ballad. You are, you are, you are someone special. Okay then, that’s the vocal hook so I guess some high school kids would send this track to crushes of theirs. It stays in this lane of dreamy, slightly melancholic flavors all the way through. I neither love it nor hate it.

@@@ Yves Jarvis: For Props (Anti-, 2020) I got to this via an email from Crack Magazine which I think it in the UK. I get a pretty steady stream of good musicians to listen to from this email. Retro sounding rock/soul with some really nice big guitar sounds, the electric guitar that is. Then lo and behold you get a Crosby, Stills and Nash throwback male harmonizing vocal extravaganza. It’s not as abashedly hippie as CSN but it’s not exactly a happy hippy feel, it’s a beauty thing. I like the singing but I alos like the ambient guitar sounds as well as the production style. I’ve checked out snippets of other tracks here and it continues as a blend of rock and ambient guitar and electronic sounds going on. Even though the vocal approach is a bit of a recycle job the smashing of that into ambient feels is really creative.

@@@ 21 Savage x Metro Boomin: Runnin (Epic, 2020) Some mainstream trap business with some really nice production flourishes, in this case an expertly chopped female vocal phrase that drills itself into your ear. I find the sounds here much more interesting than the lyrics which are peppered with a little murder and observations about his girlfriend’s breasts. You gotta prove by catchin’ a body, naimsayin’? It’s a continuation of the long association between manhood and violence and I’m not being judge-y and shit but putting some of these ideas out there for other dudes to absorb is bad karma. I can’t get with his incessant calling other dudes pussies, he’s just spraying beef all over the public space. The sounds aren’t good enough to suffer the lyrics.

YTD recordings listened to: 768
Good music, not list worthy: 416
Not good music: 327

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, 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, 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

Music for 7/16/20!!! Web Web, Twit One, Alex G., Ari Lennox

@@@ Web Web, Twit One: Meh Te (N/A, 2020) I got to this jazz remix from a European music publicist email.  Web Web is a European jazz outfit and Twit One is a hip hop white dude/dj and I have concluded this from some rando internet searching.  It’s an instrumental remix way more hip hop than jazz with some nice loops — a really nice short bass loop, a vibe like loop.  It’s more about chillness and smoothness rather than funk or to put it another way it’s chill funk.  I like it, I’m not jumping up and down and it’s a bit of a stretch to label it as jazz but I like it.

@@@ Alex G: Gretel (Domino, 2020) Today and tomorrow I pull a few more tracks off a 2019 Vice best of 2019 list back when there was no god damned dumbass Wuhan bullshit (I hate Winnie the Pooh but I dig Chinese people, especially Wuhan residents so don’t cancel me!).  Oooh, very typical Domino material — disorienting and off kilter with some very tasty darker sounds outside of the shoegaze vocal stylings.  The contrast between the slightly dissonant arrangement (outside of the pretty straight acoustic guitar) and the sweeter singing is interesting.  The track fills my headphones with more of a batter than a stew.  It’s both uplifting and downer-ish and I’m not sure what to make of it.

@@@ Denzel Curry: ZUU (Loma Vista/Concord, 2019)  I haven’t heard much hip hop out on the Loma Vista/Concord Group.  Curry is from Miami and his lyrics focus on what is euphemistically called ‘street life.’  A lot of trap tends to have  really dark sounds but these are lighter than a lot of what I’ve heard.  There’s a trippy synth melody but not super trippy nor super dark.  The lyrics are pretty standard.  I neither hate nor love this track but I do note that it’s a bit short on impact.

@@@ Ari Lennox: Shea Butter Baby (Interscope, 2019)  A big hit from last year that I haven’t heard ’til now.  It’s an interesting blend of slicked out bass and drum sounds (not drum ‘n bass btw) and some retro guitar playing.  Lennox has a bit of Billie Holiday to her voice, a bit nasal.  Lost in the alley, make love by a trashcan, that’s an excellent line.  I’m agnostic on a bunch of the lyrics as well as the background vocals.  It is interesting that she keeps talking about how the shea butter is making a mess of the sheets and elsewhere but if it’s a celebration of messiness I can get with that.  I understand why this was a hit, it’s better than a lot of mainstream r&b with an interesting blend of sounds especially the organic guitar combined with computer arrangements.

YTD recordings listened to: 548
Good music, not list worthy: 277
Not good music: 242

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, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache

Music for 4/23/20!!! Bright Eyes, Antoine Bradford, The Wake, Ab-Soul

@@@ Bright Eyes: Forced Convalescence (Dead Oceans, 2020)  Got to this via music publicist email.  When I see that a band has released an official lyric video I think that’s a flag saying cheese lies ahead, like a giant rock not seen below the water, and to be careful.  I’m not a huge indie guy but in addition I’ve never really been able to grock the brilliance of Bright Eyes.  They’re less slack than Wilco or Pavement (super slack) but they’re certainly not manically excited by indie music.  I can see why a band would release a tune called Forced Convalescence during a pandemic what with the forced part of it.  Ah, the tambourine, this needs more cowbell.  And there’s a huge background vocal chorus.  As it unfurls it becomes more mainstream and arena-y which is their right, just as it’s my right to not love it.  It gets quite peppy for a forced situation before it comes back to it’s opening energy.  I want a bowl of warm applesauce.  That’s a non-sequitur as well as spot on.

@@@ Antoine Bradford: Liar (Self-released, 2017) I’m on the mailing list for a Christian hip hop blog and they just sent out an email that they’re working with this Christian musician.  Oy, his voice is buttery smooth.  This an old school soul type song with a big background/choir type section.  The Lord is not specifically mentioned here.  Wait, the J man makes an appearance as the end of the tune when the singer asks Jesus to fix the mess he has made.  It’s a lower energy track and I love his voice.  I didn’t find the lyrics particularly memorable.

@@@ The Wake: Melancholy Man (LTM, 2002)  I saw this band namechecked on an email from a vinyl reissue type of joint that I subscribe to.  I can look at all the vinyl and then not buy it cuz I have so much vinyl already.  I don’t know anything about this crew except I’ve never heard them before.  They charge out of the headphones with a giant oozy synth sound, some gated snare sounds, and ’80s style chorused out guitars.  Oy!  Unfortunately it doesn’t sport the postmodern goth-ness or dark humor of the Cure but it’s a similar sonic formula.  Oh, there’s the singer and he’s all right, definitely a sensitive cat not looking to wear leather pants witha cucumber in them.  He’s right at the volume of the band so you have to strain a bit to hear him which feels about right.  I feel like such a cretin when I don’t dig this music but I don’t get it.  I must be dead inside.  This for people who wear slippers with animal faces on them, there’s nothing wrong with it.

@@@ Ab-Soul: Dangerookipawaa Freestyle (Top Dawg, 2020) Up on the Apple music hot tracks section.  It’s a hip hop track but it comes out more retro than trap.  A nice rhythmic guitar strum, a little James Brown sample (? — it’s a low grunt and difficult to identify), and a horn blast.  There’s nothing particularly unique to the sounds it’s put together in an organic way that makes it come across more band like than hip hop.  There’s a segue to another section that happens about 90 seconds out with a change of sounds.  The rhyming is quite energetic and it all works together.

YTD recordings listened to: 302
Good music, not list worthy: 160
Not good music: 132

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 11/11/19!!! King Midas Sound, Jay Glass Dubs, Moor Mother

@@@ King Midas Sound: Solitude (Cosmo Rhythmatic, 2019) The Guardian published a music article about a resurgence of dub poetry going on in the UK.  I’m up for that!  The Apple Music blurb compares this dub influenced music to dancehall produced by The Bug which is similar to Madd Again, which is dub-reggae influenced music I love.  This first track is much slower and a bit darker.  There is a Caribbean voice heavily echoed talking about how ‘you disappeared’.  For this genre, I could use some beats.  There are a lot of delicious drones and the voice is heavy with emotion and I super love the lyrics but I could use some beats goddammit.  This record is quite stark and beautiful in its raw honesty but to my ears it does not connect to dub music as much as I would like to hear.  I think more rhythm would get it there but duder decided to go another way, which is cool.

@@@ Jay Glass Dubs: Nyx EP (Berceuse Heroique, 2019)  Also from the Guardian article.  It is slotted as techno on Apple Music so who knows what this record will bring us.  I would say a delay effect does not a dub track make.  When the beats come they are more world music beats than dubwise and the bass is more of a rock sounding bass.  The stereo field is full and pumping with a nice blend of the beats and some electro-techno trippy synth patches.  I like this, it’s got a nice stuck in a washing machine feel to it.  I don’t really like the vocals brough in, they sort of Kate Bush the proceedings so I went to the next track.  I’m on the third tune and while it’s influenced by dub I find the big arena rock, Kate Bush, quasi-Radiohead influences not working for me.  Always listen for yourself.

@@@ Moor Mother: Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes (Don Giovanni, 2019)  Moor Mother is from Philly, Philly is a tough ass town, I’m expecting Moor Mother to bring it.  I think I grooved on a record she did some work on.  The first tune is a swirling, dark, almost Shakespearean bigness.  When she says ‘I hope you get what you’ve been handing out’ I wanted to stand up and cheer.  The second tune, the 1:57, is a combination of a rock beat, some strange spoken word business and an electro loop.  I’m starting to feel that I have no problem with these three records as they all have positive qualities, but it’s a stretch to group these together and talk about a resurgence of dub poetry in the tradition of Lynton Kwesi Johnson.  It’s not supposed to sound like him (I get that!), but if I heard this record outside of the Guardian article I would slot it as an electronic record with an interesting spoken word component.  I’m not sure I would think of dub at all.  I’m feeling this third tune, After Images, and I like this record but I’m not jumping up and down.  I want to jump up and down.

YTD recordings listened to: 589
Good music, not list worthy: 350
Not good music: 201

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

 

 

Music for 10/23/19!!! Benny Mails, clipping., Joviale

@@@ Benny Mails:  High On Stress (Self-released, 2019)  I got to this UK rapper via a Line of Best Fit email.  I’m addicted to UK hip hop, I can’t stop listening!  Trappish beats, fat bass, and then Mails hits the mic and it sounds like Boris Johnson tryin’ to rub one out in the bus station!  #nonsense Is it possible the British accent can not work within the aesthetic framework of hip hop?  Further complicating matters is that I don’t understand the vocal hook, he gets high on stress, he’s so vexed.  I guess he might be saying that he’s got so much going on and he up in it that he’s high on the stress.  Or it may not make sense, but as he said that he’s vexed that makes two of us.  Peep it, it’s fabolos in a way.

@@@ Clipping.:  There Existed an Addiction to Blood (Sub Pop, 2019) Also from Line of Best Fit.  With a title like this I thunk it was a metal or a noise record, but it’s not, it’s a hip hop record.  After a spitfire intro rhyme bomb Mr. clippin. heads into a track with what might almost pass as a Laurie Anderson sonic arrangement.  The MC is like a razor, he’s extremely sharp in his pronunciation and he’s working overtime.  He gets a lot of words and verbal energy out into the listener’s ears.  Halfway through the track the tune explodes into its full self with a complete beat, super fat bass and a giant synth serving as a wall for the chorus.  The fifth track, La Mala Ordena, will be my last peep for this record.  I dig this track a whole bunch, fresh sounds and above average rhyming.  The roughness of this records exists at a more conceptual level — these aren’t stories of gangsta adventures it’s more meta than that.  About two thirds of the way through this song the whole song just turns to abstract distorted noise and they run out the track with that shit.  This outfit is fresh.

@@@ Joviale: The Crisis EP (Blue Flowers, 2019) Also from Line of Best fit.  Last listen of the day and it’s gonna be lighter than the clipping. record above.  This is British mainstream electro pop so it’s not quite as gaudy and Hollywood while it does push out a distinctly upbeat musical vibe.  The singer is smooth and sweet but no panting and breathless nonsense.  The sounds have an ’80s feel to them and the second tune Ride Away even has a wee Prince feel.  I don’t love the guitar sounds and I find her voice to be front and center as the deserved main attraction.  If folks want a different take on singer/songwriter pop check this out.

YTD recordings listened to: 551
Good music, not list worthy: 325
Not good music: 187

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.

Music for 8/29/19!!! Saint Abdullah, Missy Elliott, Silent Vigils

@@@ Saint Abdullah: Mechanical Flirtations (True Aether, 2019) I saw a show with these guys up on the Flavorpill weekly email and saw they’re Muslim (check out that NC The Muslims, you bitches) and thought I would throw it a listen.  This is an electronic record and it’s not gonna be a dancefloor banger if the first tune is any indication.  It opens up with a dark, insistent churn and a free jazz sax not quiet wailing.  I dig it, it’s hefty.  In addition to the electronic bits and the sax there is some percussion going on which breaks the repetition of the electronic component.  It is a bold and strong opener.  Let’s see what else they have going.  The second tune opens up with what I believe to be South Asian devotional singing/chanting before the dark electronics enter again.  I’m only on the second tune but my feeling is this type of music is a no go for lots of folks but it hits hard with non verbal impact.  I haven’t loved every bit of this record but there are some really powerful spots on this 31 minute EP

@@@ Missy Elliot: Throw it Back (Atlantic, 2019)  Big fan, Missy Elliot is super funky and strange and just doing her thing.  That said this tune is not full on Missy to my ears and has a pretty standard arrangement with a trappist beat and some trunk shaking low end thumpin.  She’s got some strange funky garnish in places but it doesn’t (imho) have the other worldly funk of her Timbaland sounds.  Compare this to the classic shit of Work It where she goes off vocally and sonically.  I love Missy Elliott, I guess I was hoping for a bit more weirdness.

@@@ Silent Vigils: Lost Rites (Home Normal, 2019) I can’t remember how I got to this record.  I think it was from a best of ambient music on Bandcamp.  This first tune opens up spaciously with some slow rollers and a cloud of static comin’ on in and some sparse piano action.  Notes not runs and big ass chords.  I lasted about a bit over 5 minutes and knowing that ambient music asks you to take less and enjoy it more I could have used a bit more.  The second tune comes out ringing and with bell like hits and ringing metal you might say it has a classic Asian musical feel to it, but with drones and stretching and shit.  This is just right for me.  Harmonically ringing and manipulated guitars highlight the third track so of the three tracks I felt the second tune (the title track) the most.

YTD recordings listened to: 445
Good music, not list worthy: 270
Not good music: 149

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

Music for 6/17/19!!! Paul Bley, Drake, Yeasayer

Welcome back for another week in listening at Deep in the Music, a blog name inspired by old ass ’70s porn movies!

@@@ Paul Bley: When Will the Blues (ECM, 2019) A piano trio record off this week’s All Music notable release email. I’m finding this first tune better than what I expected — I know that sounds dicky but some straight jazz is just so….straight. I mean I heard this before so much straight. Piano, bass, drums with Gary Peacock on bass — I think he has skills. Secondly, the record doesn’t have a classic ECM New Age production sound. Just so cathedral reverbed and finely shoned. The second tune, Flame, is a ballad and I won’t bust out the boo/hiss machine cuz I’m nodding off. I guess the first tune is first up for a reason as it’s the freshest of the four tracks I peeped.

@@@ Drake: Omerta (Cash Money, 2019) Holy Shit, Drake has shit another one out for the masses! I’m no white ass hip hop expert but it sounds to my cracka ass ears that he’s going old school roughneck on this track. And when Drake does that I think it’s mad funny. Not scary like Biggie. I find the lyrics more interesting than Drake’s usual boasty thing, but he should stop making rough tracks, I can’t stop lauging! I really could give a flying fuck how rich you are Drake, you still soft ass Drake bitch. The arrangement is solid with a spinny harp kinda thing and the beat’s all right but Drake ain’t nothin’ more than a horny teddy bear.

@@@ Yeasayer: Erotic Reruns (Yeasayer, 2019) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. It’s both poppy and funky with the funky component less than the poppy part. The singer is doing a white boy falsetto. The second tune goes full ginger ale soda with an all over panning synth string sound. A lot of energy I give them that. Now let me be honest, this ain’t no Funkadelic full funk explosion. This is a popped out shadow of that which is fine cuz a lot of white folks can’t take the full black funk explosion. It’s like spicy food, you gotta start slow. In my opinion if you’re into this I would send you over to a couple of Prince’s early pre-1999 poppier records. They have similarities to this formula, or the other way round depending which way you gaze pon it, but fuck that’s Prince and he just airs his freak flag bigly. I miss Prince, this is a starter funk record, peep it and move to the real business.

YTD recordings listened to: 302
Good music, not list worthy: 179
Not good music: 105

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

Music for 6/13/18!!! Hungry March Band, Neko Case, Lush, Sly and Robbie

@@@ Hungry March Band: Running Through with the Sadness (Imaginator, 2018)   A pre-release single from an old school New York city institution.  I’m sort of done with the klezmer/jazz/Balkan business but these guys are like a mariachi band that know a lot of jazz and had a syringe full of Red Bull shot into their eyeball.  My favorite music is the stuff where the musicians sound like they don’t give a shit and are playing their asses off.  This is an example of that formula in action.  I will listen to more of this when it comes out and this is a pretty hot lead single.

@@@ Neko Case: Hold-on (Anti-, 2018)  From this week’s All Music notable release email.  This first tune does live up to its lush billing while it does purposely meander through a bunch of sections.  The second tune appears to be much more of a fm adult alternative ‘rocker’.  I know that there is an extremely ardent Neko Case fan club but without ramming a stick in there I’m having trouble understanding why they’re so ardent.  She’s a good singer but I don’t hear anything super extraordinary in the lyrics, the singing or the songwriting.  The music is pretty straightforward mostly soft fm radio rock.  For example, in the fifth tune Bad Luck the vocal hook is ‘chipped my tooth on an engagement ring’ so I guess that’s the kind of quirkiness that has gotten her a lot of fans.  God bless her for having fans that support her.

@@@ Lush: Snail Mail (Matador, 2018) Some debut singer songwriter action off this week’s All Music notable release email.  This young lady just graduated from high school so it looks like she’s got plenty of time to have the music business crush her soul!  I kid, I kid (not really).  After a bit of a intro sing and strum she gets into a full band retro indie from the ’90s kinda flavor.  Ms. Lush has a very nice voice, they put too much reverb on it.  Regular readers know what I think of the vast majority of indie guitar music — this is perfectly decent music in its slackness (and whiteness might I add) but I can’t really get with the vibe.  It’s the Velvet Underground, it’s Pavement, it’s Lou Reed, it’s the Feelies, it’s in that neighborhood.

@@@ Sly & Robbie, Nils Petter Molvaer, Elvind Arset, Vladislav Delay: Nordub (Sony Germany, 2018)  I saw this genre mashing record on the London Jazz news blog weekly email.  I don’t love the synths on the first track but the second track brings some fat dub low end and some vocals.  I’m digging this track over the opener.  I’m on the fourth tune and my feeling is that it’s differently ambient than traditional dub records, the rhythm section is pretty banging, but I did not find my attention riveted to the other elements besides Sly and Robbie.  It’s a bit sleepytime tea.

YTD recordings listened to: 326
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 170
Not good music: 145

Best: 5
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, Dona Onete, 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, Los Texmaniacs, Etran De L’Air

Music for 3/28/18!!! Bonny Doon, Ajani Jones, Mark Pritchard

@@@ Bonny Doon: Long Wave (Woodsist, 2018) Some country spiced indie I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email.  Plenty of slack to go around and satisfy all you slackers.  Maybe a whole wheelbarrow or two of slack too much.  Little bit of Wilco (more than a little bit), some Velvet Underground and some My Morning Jacket pubes over the whole deal.  Whoa, this second tune slacks out even more with those faded indie lyrics that Pavement used to traffic in.  I have shit to do so I can’t be rocking sleepytime tea right now but if you have the afternoon free for some naps this will send you off really well.

@@@ Ajani Jones: Cocoons EP (Closed Sessions, 2018)  A hipster that I reluctantly follow on the Twatter twatted a picture of this young hip hop musician with some radio station white fella.  I love the Twatter and I love typing the word twatter, it just feels right.  I believe this is intended to be concious rhymes with pretty mainstreams sounds making up the arrangement.  It’s not trap nasty but it has skitter and some stoned out synth delays blossoming in the background of this first tune.  The cover photo shows Jones as African American but either Eminem sounds a lot like him or he sounds a whole bunch like Eminem when he leans in.  I find myself more interested in the sounds instead of the rhymes though he has a sharp, incisive style on the microphone.

@@@ Mark Pritchard: The Four Worlds (Warp, 2018) Some ambient techno off last week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens up straight and titchy as you would expect from a techno banger.   This first tune is 11 minutes long so it unfurls slowly with synths entering and changed at a modest pace.  I’m going to skip ahead as I find it a bit snoozy.   The second tune is a three minute nugget in comparison and it opens up with delayed piano that starts to trip itself up and throw your ears off.  It is clipped below and thus far I like its off kilteredness.  I also like made up mutations of words.  The third tune is interesting — it has a spoken word lyric that is looped but interrupted by various other vocal glitches and a droning keyboard.  The whole piece sounds a bit church-y and a little sci-fi and a bit whacko and it was most likely intended to go that way.  It’s techno but with some other added flourishes.

YTD recordings listened to: 169
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 88
Not good music: 77

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 3

Possibles: 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, 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, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National