Music for 10/13/22!!! Conjunteria Silbado, La Femme

@@@ Conjunto Ingeniaria: Mambo Silbado (El Palmas, 2022). I can’t tell if this is a reissue or a new recording made in the old school style (I think it’s a reissue) but this is the old school soulful Latin music. Blazing horns, tons of rhythm tucked underneath the mix, some janky guitar, two minutes of Latin gunpowder complete with a section with whistling. Strong and awesome vibe here.

@@@ La Femme: Y tu te vas (Disque Pointu, 2022) A dramatical blend of rock sounds, Spanish sounds, and big ass production. I did a little searching and these guys are out of France, I’ve not heard of them before but I think they’re a medium sized big deal. I don’t know if this song is typical for what they do as it’s a pre-release track. I like the cycling flute type patch or actual woodwind and overall the feeling here is theatrical, it’s mad dramas here. I like the singer and I like the arrangement, some of the sounds less so. I’m giving the other pre-release track a quickie, it has a flute as well. More lyrics in Spanish and more drama mixed with art school.

Music for 10/14/20!!! Leyla McCalla, Hip Hop Hoodios, Los Mocosos, Noblezza

@@@ Leyla McCalla: Song for a Dark Girl (Smithsonian Folkways, 2020) All of today’s listens are off the WRIR weekly playlist email. No, if any, whities up in here today, except me listening. I like this label as they release high quality and not necessarily mainstream music of all flavors. I caught a great new mariachi record from this label early last year, for example. This is a pre-release track about a lynching of the song’s narrator’s lover. Ms. McCalla’s voice is pretty plain but there’s a straightforwardness to the singing that is disturbing and makes the lyrics even more horrifying. She accompanies herself on acoustic guitar, fingerpicked style. The guitar is designed to support the singing and it does that and well you know this is not a party track and it’s not a pick me up and it’s nothing you’re gonna hear from Bruno Mars or Lady Gaga or Beyonce but it’s quite beautiful and sad and I would check out more of it.

@@@ Hip Hop Hoodios: Mexican Miller (Self released, 2020) I’m not of Mexican ascent and I don’t face deportation but I hate this piece of shit Stephen Miller. They’re using a sample from Phil Collins in the chorus and they rhyme in Spanish in the verse. I never meant to put those kids in cages, I’m just a self-hating Jew that rages. That’s a high quality line right there and I’m not qualified to comment on the Spanish rhymes. The sounds are pretty partyistic with some sung choruses, a horn synth patch, lots of rhythms on top of the pretty straightforward drum machine beat, and of course Phil Collins. Who doesn’t want more Phil Collins in their life?? I was said to hear that White House chief of racism Stephen Miller caught Covid and I certainly hope he fucking dies.

@@@ Los Mocosos: All Grown Up (Los Mocosos, 2020) A blend of rock and a schmear of salsa (especially in the horns) with a singer doing a blend of both styles rocking it in Spanish in places. I really dig how the piano sits in the mix a little low profile but adding to the tune in a very hip way. The horns are tasty and I’m agnostic on the guitar playing, and I like the background vocals. The energy here is quite high with the drummer working time and a half and a lot of instruments in the mix. It’s interesting how these guys blend these styles together to make something their own.

@@@ Noblezza: Coletera (Codiscos S.A.S., 2020) A super energetic mash of cumbia and hip hop. Let me see what the word coletera may mean as he’s chanting it let’s see maybe 50% of the track. Coletera!. My rando searching says it means ‘scrunchy’ as in a scrunchy that folks use to put their hair up. I’m not sure if that’s correct but it certainly doesn’t mean world peace, or imagine, or something particularly serious as this is a quick hit one and done party track led by the MC who as you can see from the first frame of the video below is quite devilish.

YTD recordings listened to: 792
Good music, not list worthy: 432
Not good music: 335

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

Music for 9/9/20!!! Vusi Mahlasela, Allison Neale, Deena Abdelwahed, Mestizo Beat

@@@ Vusi Mahlasela: Khona Manje (ATO, 2020) A live record from a legendary South African singer. I will G-Pimp these guys but they sound distinctly South African. Yeah I don’t get any points for that as that was an easy call. I tend to enjoy the more rocking African music but this soothing laidback business is pleasing and enjoyable. The sounds here are friendly — funky but staid drumming, melodic and easy breezy guitar that is much more difficult to play than it is to consume, and a fusion-y sounding electric bass. This is African music for people with neat houses and respectable jobs. I don’t fault the musicians for this at all but that’s the listening demographic here.

@@@ Allison Neale: Midnight Sun (Ubuntu, 2020) I got to this alto player’s pre-release track via a full feature in the Guardian. Raves on the guitar player and Neale’s tone (I think I remember that correctly). The guitar player is a fountain of straight jazz guitar improv popping out of the mix with interesting contributions. His tone is different while still being pretty mannered. I like Neale’s playing, a really nice tone for an alto player but nothing in her playing approach grabs me by the shirt and demands listening. The guitar play I give props to, his energy is pretty wild for a straight jazz cat. Rhythmically it’s an old time-y Republican rhythm section, kicking back and providing a foundation for the melodic players. I like more active rhythm sections myself but that’s just me. After two medium sized guitar breaks, Neale gets a shot then the bass player. I think it’s quite possible that I’m looking for something from straight jazz that I’m never gonna get. I was under the impression that Monk and Mingus are straight jazz musicians and I dream of seeing some sort of return of that and I appear to be urinating in a stiff wind storm. Very high end recording, solid and conservative playing (with half an exception for the guitar player), have at it if that’s how your roll.

@@@ Deena Abdelwahed: Insaniyti (InFine, 2020) I got to this track via an email from Crack magazine. It’s electronic music with world music influences. Let me G-Pimp Addelwahed but I’m guessing Iraq, I like to guess. Tunisia! I’m off by thousands of miles. What an idiot I am. I like the rhythms here, there’s a groove but there are rhythms in some of the drumming and in the melodies that work against the groove that create tension and depth. Ooh, I’m feeling this, it’s all woven together into a strong tune that comes right at your ears. The electronic flourishes, glitch and stutter and processing and whatnot is tasty, minimal and effective. A fair amount of epic melodies mostly done with string patches that sweep over the rhythms, an occasional vocal appearance — one by a deep voiced gent and a gal at other points. I love me a mash of world music and electronic music when it’s well done and this shit is well done. I will circle back on this rhythmically hip as shit business. The player moved through to the next track and a different but equally burning pot of rhythm and melody comes for you.

@@@ Mestizo Beat: Canoga Madness (California Soul, 2020) Oh, here we go back in the time machine to the days of Latin infused funk and ‘Low Rider’ type feels. Poppin’ and lockin’ horns, janky guitar, flavored organ swells and energy. Think Afrobeat served up on a softass corn tortilla with some beans that could be Latin or could be Caribbean or could be African. Myself I would love to hear an explosive solo to break up the groove but we’ll see and I’m not in charge Imma just listening. Ah, I was bit early but the Santana-esque shred is happenin’ now punctured by occasional chants by I’m guessing the horn players. I’m checking out the second tune on this record called Lizard Brain and it goes for the blaxploitation route, ghetto swagger and wah wah guitar. If you listen closely you can hear it, the pulse of all that is good and decent in this world, that’s right cowbell. Exult and enjoy this shit as black-a-fied cowbell is the shit. Fuck yeah!

YTD recordings listened to: 692
Good music, not list worthy: 364
Not good music: 307

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, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, STORMLIGHT, Venomous Concept, Chezidek, Shy One, Muqata’a, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Insolito Universo, Matt Wilson, Deena Abdelwahed

Music for 5/26/20!!! Odunsi, 1010 Benja SL, Nohe and Sus Santos, Golden Retriever

@@@ Odunsi: wicked, sexy! (Kimani Moore, 2020)  This was blurbed as Nigerian party rap on a playlist by a website called the Face.  I don’t find tons of African hip hop that blows my mind but it has happened.  It’s a booty track with a stick driven beat and a slurpy keyboard part.  It’s not purely hip hop per se, it’s a blend of hip hop, soul and funk.  A bit Drake-y which isn’t great for me as the big ol’ Drake is such a cartoon figure in my mind.  I clicked to another track in hopes of finding something hotter but alas!  This isn’t really my taste and the mix is a bit too crunchy as well.

@@@ 1010 Benja SL: Woodrow (Young Turks, 2020)  I saw a playlist mentioned on the Twatter and I thought to myself, hey I should check out that playlist.  Some more r&b/soul also off the Face playlist same as the above track.   It’s a breathy flow and then this low voice comes in and says Cool! in a commercial sense.  Like what you would hear in a commercial.  After he does his low down feel he goes full soul with a soaring and contrasting vibe.  He’s got a very fresh flow on the microphone and some of his lyrics are very funny.  I’m not sure what to think, sometimes I think it’s okay to say that.

@@@ Nohe & Sus Santos: Cumbia Triste (Self-released, 2020)  I’ve gotten more than one email from the band about this record and we do love the cumbia music at this blog.  Two singers, a gal and a gent. Tasty electric guitar, even two if you listen closely all served up on a strong rhythm.  It’s smooth, energetic, and partyistic, what else could you ask for?  For some reason I thought these guys were Brazilian, but they’re from New Mexico.  I’m a total idiot and that explains the rocking guitar solo which I feel.  Good shit, check it out and other parts of the record as well.  These guys have it going on and the track after this one on the record is a Latin music celebration of Nirvana’s Come as You Are which I found really good and an interesting take on the ol’ grunger.

@@@ Golden Retriever: Empty Quarter (Thrill Jockey, 2020) A pre-release track off last week’s All Music notable release email.  It is ambient music and to my ears this a blend of synths and some electric guitars.  Long tones/drones, layered up and moving at a steady but not 60mph pace.  I like it but I prefer ambient music without guitar/guitar like sounds.  The underneath parts are pretty cool and very engaging.  It is a monster 13 minute piece and the guitar like sounds give way mostly to classic modulated synth sounds.  I give this a B+ as there’s a lot of interesting sonics here.  Moments here I’m mesmerized and parts I find less compelling.

YTD recordings listened to: 394
Good music, not list worthy: 204
Not good music: 178

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

 

Music for 5/21/20!!! Nico Gomez, Falle Nioke, Prince Fatty, Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra

I forgot to post this earlier in the week, May 21st that is!

@@@ Nico Gomez: Baila Chibiquiban (Omega, 1971/2020) A reissue track I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  It’s from way back in the day and this track pops out with a mash of psych hippie, Santana style guitar rock, and Latin music vibes.  It’s pretty tasty.  Lots of vocal tracks both male and female, frequent wailing guitars and a big groove with lots of sprinkles.  I let the play button continue and it opens a track El Condor Pasa which is a recycling of a classic melody whose origins I’m not qualified to speak of.  I’ve poked around this record and there’s some really good shit up in here, it’s a party record at a time when who knows where folks’ party is at.  The drumming and playing is really strong.

@@@ FALLE NIOKE AND GHOST CULTURE | “Barke” [Single] | (PRAH, 2020) A pre-release single from an upcoming EP.  Let me google this gent, see where’s he’s from and what his dilly is.  Ah, Guinea (it’s in Africa you bitches) a quiet hotspot for great music.  This is an electronic based arrangement with a nice helping of sweet vocals both gents and females (maybe shemales as well!) Nice bass sound, not reminiscent of trap hip hop and it has a ’80s feels to it.  Nioke’s voice is pretty straight ahead but with a lightness to it.  It doesn’t stand out to my ears but it’s solid.

@@@ Prince Fatty ft Shniece McMenamin: Deep Sleep (Evergreen, 2019) I went looking for another track and got to this 2019 record.   This is a new record of roots reggae from Prince Fatty with a slew of guest vocalists, this one from Shniece McMenamin who I have not encountered before.  It’s got that classic roots sweetness combined with rhythmic power, made sweeter by McManim’s voice.  There’s not much to say here, it’s a great track kick back, hopefully you’re not on a ventilator somewhere, and enjoy the ol’ school Jamaican vibes.

@@@ Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra: Brasses for the Masses (Asphalt Tango, 2020) Off the WRIR weekly email.  Slotted as folk music, this record comes out sounding like Balkan disco business on this first tune.  This is not folk music, it’s horn driven party music.  I think they would like to be Earth Wind and Fire with tubas holding it down on the low end.  I appreciate the sheer nuttiness of this record’s premise, and I’m impressed with the horn playing, these guys can work the horns for sure.  The third tune, Shukri Dvojka, is more traditional Balkan music and I dig that more than the more pandering first two tracks.

YTD recordings listened to: 382
Good music, not list worthy: 198
Not good music: 172

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

 

Music for 5/7/20!!! San Cha, Alex Weiser, David Walters, Franck Biyong

@@@ San Cha: Capricho del Diablo (Outside Inside, 2018) I saw this Los Angeles based Latinx artist in a music publicist email doing some quarantine multimedia thing but I found this track from last year.  It opens with some standard electric indie style guitar before the Mexican elements come in.  Ms. Cha has a freight train voice when she wants it to go that way but it is quite tender at the same time.  There is no kit drummer, it’s a hand drum and a percussion instrument I can’t recall the name of.  There are a couple of background singers joining the lead so it’s a lot of vocals because the lead singer counts as two.  This is quite fresh in its way — a bit weird, a bit world, a bit indie lots of clashing that works together.  The background singing is particularly freaky in the impression it leaves.

@@@ Alex Weiser: And All the Days Were Purple: 1. My Joy (Cantaloupe Music, 2019)  I saw this composer namechecked on an email from adventurous music club Roulette and found this record on Apple Music.  These are vocal pieces celebrating Jewish culture in a classical music environment.  On this track it’s piano, violin and a female singer (a cello as well I believe) and this is highbrow music for people who own nice suits and have high paying jobs.  Very restrained and cultured.  It’s nominated for a Pulitzer Prize which doesn’t say much about the Pulitzer as I don’t hear much here that is particularly original or exciting.  I want to like it, if you gave me some Stravinsky type shit I would crap myself a brick and get up in here.

@@@ David Walters: Krye Mwen (Heavenly Sweetness, 2020) Some Caribbean music off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I don’t think I’ve checked this out yet.  It opens up a bit ol’ school r&b, a bit fusion-y, and a bit Caribbean as you would expect.  The intro is driven by hand claps and gourd/shaker, but it segues into a full band groove when the drummer enters.  It’s thick, not Funkadelic thick but thick and it’s smooth but not too smooth.  If you’re looking for some world music inflected groove music this guy lays it down.

@@@ Franck Biyong: Anywhere Trouble (Hot Casa, 2020)  Another WRIR weekly playlist email!  Updated Afrobeat with a guest singer.  A synth bass here, for example, a sound you don’t often hear in Afrobeat.  It’s got more of a dancefloor feel than classic swaggering horn driven Afrobeat.  I miss Tony Allen!  I had to throw that in there.  I’ve often commented that Afrobeat with some newer sounds or slight twists would be welcome to my world and I’m feeling the freshness of this.  I did a little GooglePimpin’ to find out that Biyong is from Cameroon — Afrobeat originated in Nigeria and I don’t know Cameroon’s historical involvement in classic Afrobeat.  I appreciate the dancefloor feel and the layers of percussion here as well as the vocal arrangements which enhance the track.  All sorts of little sonic goodies up in here, check it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 342
Good music, not list worthy: 178
Not good music: 152

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 1/17/20!!! Locobeach, Sonora Casion, Aleks di Roma, Batunga and the Subprimes

LOCOBEACH | Psychedelic Disco Cumbia (Dorsal Fin/Peace & Rhythm, 2019)  There’s a lot of cumbia floating around which is great as it’s a fine musical form easily updated for today’s modern ears.  Or post modern ears.  These guys focus on the guitars and the retro organ, both of which are catchy as shit here.  A smooth singer comes in and pops a crooner’s vibe into the steady rhythms and melodic playing.  They get into some disco type action, some lounge business, and a wee bit of dub and some rock but I’m on the fifth tune and the singer has been on one track.

SONORA CASINO | Trompeteros (Vampisoul, 2019) All of today’s listens come from WRIR’s weekly email.  This is a reissue of a 1972 record that comes out February 7th so it’s not up on Apple Music though the original 1972 release is up there.  Mad confusing.  I will give it a short peep and then probably see if they remastered the record after it comes out in February.  This is high end party music — pumping horns and a flamboyant singer with mad percussion and piano.  It’s a crowded mix for sure and it’s a full on party!  I will return to this after the reissue comes out but these guys will get fannies out on the dancefloor.

ALEKS DI ROMA | Alma Del Sur (self-released, 2019)  An updated take on romantic, nylon guitar driven Latin music.  A little melancholy trumpet on the first track and some pleasant singing on these first two tracks.  I like the trumpet and the singing but I don’t like the adult alternative/smooth jazz vibes that creep up here and there.  Born in the Ukraine but living here most of his life (googled his bio) you gotta give props to somebody making a huge cultural leap out of their love of a certain musical style.

BATUNGA AND THE SUBPRIMES | “Gates Of Ouantou” [Single] (Matasuna, 2019)  A retro and militant Afrobeat with a little Santana swirled up in there.  Rhythmic and on fleek horn work with some organ and guitar panned out to the sides to fill out the track.  All instrumental and poppin.

YTD recordings listened to: 50
Good music, not list worthy: 30
Not good music: 20

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

 

Music for 1/3/20!!! Vic Juris, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Justin Bieber, Kiko El Crazy

Artist: Vic Juris
Title: Two Guitars
Label/Year of release: Steeplechase, 2019
Link: Saw his passing mourned on the Twatter

Music: Jazz guitar in a quartet setting
Lyrics: Not applicable
Arrangement:
Production: Standard
Originality:

Comments:  Not my favorite guitar tone but technically quite accomplished.  Not a huge straight jazz fan but I post a video out of respect for these jazz cats who don’t have it easy.  I’ve read multiple posts about him and apparently he was a great teacher and could play in a ton of different sytles.

Artist: Freddie Gibbs & Mad Lib
Title: Bandana Beats
Label/Year of release: Keep Cool/RCA, 2019
Link: Twatter

Music: Left field hip hop.
Lyrics: Classic ghetto themes of self-empowerment, strength, philosophy and maybe not the hippest attitude towards women.  Smooth and concise microphonic work.
Arrangement:  A mash of soul records and hip hop sounds.
Production:  Excellent.  Somehow the sounds come off as if you’re listening to a band.
Originality:  Retro hip hop sounds done really well.

Comments:  Would like it more if it was not so anti-woman.

Artist: Justin Bieber
Title: Yummy
Label/Year of release: (Def Jam, 2020)
Link: Apple Music banner placement at the top of the page

Music: Electro with trap flavorings.
Lyrics: It’s Justin Bieber, it’s gonna be a low IQ ride.  He does a bit of rhyming mixed in with his loverboy singing and boy has he been milking the white sex god titty for a long while now. #tiresome.
Arrangement: Solid but he’s biting a lot of black artists with this sonic heist.
Production:  Major label manicure.
Originality: Not a goal.

Comments: I don’t know who approved the picture on the Apple Music banner but man it really shows what a dim bulb Bieber is.

Artist: Kiko El Crazy
Title: La Pampara
Label/Year of release: (Nabru/Rima, 2019)
Link: Off a 2020 preview at the Guardian here.

Music: Boombaton/reggaeton/Latin dancefloor
Lyrics: In Spanish
Arrangement: Fat minimalist beat with speedy rhymes over the top.
Production: Transparent and pumped for maximum booty shaking
Originality:  Pretty standard sound and lyrics.

Comments:  Smells like a music publicist got the ear of the article writer.  I’m not hearing anything out of the ordinary that would make me flag it as overly interesting and engaging.

YTD recordings listened to: 14
Good music, not list worthy: 7
Not good music: 7

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

Music for 11/13/19!!! Los Shain’s, Rachid Taha, Oumar Konate

@@@ LOS SHAIN’S: El Ritmo De Los Shain’s (Munster, 2019) All of today’s listens are off this week’s WRIR playlist email. WRIR is a most excellent world music radio station in Virginia. This is a re-issue from 1966 Peru and while the music is somewhat dated (early mid American rock ‘n roll) it sure is entertaining to hear these guys tuck some Latin flavors into these uber white tunes. I’m a white person, just so you know and don’t get all tighty whitey. The energy here is super high and old school rock ‘n roll partyistic. I would recommend to young, indie rock loving listeners to check this out if they don’t know this flavor and if you’re just up for some energy have at it.

@@@ RACHID TAHA: Je Suis Africain (Believe, 2019) I listened to the third record first so this is my second listen of the day. This is more African music, this time influenced by many different musics and sung in French. In the first tune there are strings and it’s more of a mash of African and southern European musics. Taha was Algerian (he passed in 2018) and this is quite interesting both culturally and sonically. Je suis Africain is his 16th and final solo record. I’ve heard his music before but I haven’t checked out a full recording. He was comfortable borrowing from whatever sounded good and useful to him and that’s what makes it interesting. It’s not borrowing as in trying to calculate something; it’s more of a stew and he’s throwing all manner of ideas into his stew while retaining ownership as the chef. I don’t hear the Clash vibe in the music as much as the Guardian review did but the mashing of all manner of sounds is certainly a branch of punk rock.

@@@ OUMAR KONATE: I Love You Inna (Clermont, 2019) A guitar player from Mali that I got to via the WRIR email. The record opens with a tune called Houndia and it is sweet with multiple guitars. I hear three and there may be another tucked in there. The tune ends with a violin solo over a hand drum which I hope to hear more of. The second tune, Oumar Bakoi, gets more into a rocking space, still multiple guitars but a bit of wah wah guitar and a firmer overall feel. I like Konate’s voice (I’m assuming Konate is singing which may not be the case) and I will end my listen with the third track, the title track. It lopes along with a slightly funky rock beat. This track is the most guitar hero-ish which is understandable as the folks who are trying to get non-African U.S./European folks to listen to African music arena rock is a good touchstone. I think this above average though I have a slight preference for Noura Mint Seymali’s debut as it cooks a bit more. I think if you’re going to rock you should really rip it.

YTD recordings listened to: 595
Good music, not list worthy: 355
Not good music: 202

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 9/30/19!!!! Mariachi El Bronx, Kraz, Milquetoast and Co.

@@@  Mariachi El Bronx: Mariachi El Bronx (White Drugs/ATO, 2009)  I got an email from a music publicist celebrating the 10th anniversary of this record which I’ve never heard.  The first tune is a large mostly mariachi band ensemble with a ripping horn section and a singer doing his thing in English.  I love this kind of music — a celebration of Mexican-American culture.  Super upbeat energy but also a performance of something besides partying.  An obvious reference here would be Los Lobos but this is less guitar oriented though the singer does sound a bit like the gent from Los Lobos.  I really don’t know where I was at when this record came out and folks who dig Mexican music should check this out.  The whole band is killing but the horn section is blazing.

@@@ Kraz: Telescope (Feel Music, 2019) I saw an article about this record in Salon.  It is a record about gentrification in Brooklyn and is notable for being about that phenomenon.  The article says this musician is a hired gun guitarist but he’s putting this out under a different name.  The first tune (clipped below) is a ’70s style midtempo rocker.  I’m not getting the gentrification theme hit over the head, I guess you have to pay closer attention to the lyrics.  I guess I’m finding the lyrical theme sitting in back of the rock sound.  The sounds are a blend of Gerry Rafferty with a few Lenny Kravitz pubick hairs.  I like the music all right though I don’t find it particularly unique in its sounds and structure and I guess I was hoping the theme of gentrification would be more pronounced.

@@@ Milquetoast & Co: Kashmir the Great (N/A, 2019)  I got to this rock record via the indie music blog Indiepulse.  It’s an arena rock EP with a few proggy threads to it — that’s my first impression.  A cello line, a Pink Floyd big space rock production sound and a Yes-like singer.  Sorta nerdy, sorta rocky.  I like the marimba/vibes solo in this first and let’s peep a bit more before we wrap up for the day.  The second tune is a guitar driven tune called ‘Idiot’ and it stays in the Pink Floyd with less space and maybe inching over to the Radiohead neighborhood with the lyrics they have going here.  I don’t need a record like this in my life but they do have some really high end arrangeing going on here.

YTD recordings listened to: 502
Good music, not list worthy: 302
Not good music: 167

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