Music for 2/18/20!!! Sam Smith, Migos, Ignorantes, Bad Bunny, Ingrid Andress

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Sam Smith: To Die For (Capitol/Universal, 2020)  A pre-release single from Sam Smith’s new record.  I’m not a big huge Sam Smith fan, it’s just too schmaltzy for me.  He can sing, but it’s mad cliche.  This tune features a sparse arrangement behind his voice — a filtered, somewhat funky beat, a bit of strings, some piano.  Sam’s lonely, that’s the message here.  Maybe if he wasn’t such a bummer?  I like how the beat is eq filtered, I don’t like how there are more vocal tracks as the tune moves on though it doesn’t go over the top.  Good luck out there Sam.

Migos: Give No Fxk (Motown, 2020)  Migos don’t give a fuck!  With two vocal guests to boot.  Super fat bass, I enjoy that.  The rest of the arrangement, meh, it sounds a bit disposable.  I guess Migos don’t give a fuck about the lasting value of their tracks.  ‘I got too many diamonds, I look awesome’.  I can’t say that’s the best vocal line I’ve heard.  They’re running business, they’re making a lot of money, somebody in the back of the mix keeps saying flush it, so maybe they got a clogged toilet.  And I will do as that MC commands and I will flush it.

Bad Bunny & Sech: Ignorantes (Rimas, 2020) Dag, my Apple Music keeps crashing, what a pain in the ass.  I gotta go ghetto with the GooglePimpTube, I hate the GooglePimpTube, it sounds like shit.  Bad Bunny is a loverboy and a bit fat tongued as well.  He’s a big deal fo sho.  I like the arrangements more than I like his voice but it doesn’t matter what I like as this video has 20 million hits in 4 days.  You go bad bunny!  I like his guest vocalist more than I dig him.  He’s really not a very charismatic vocalist but when you’re a hottie you get to roll like that.

Ingrid Andress: Life of the Party  I’m still on the GooglePimpTube and I’ve listened to the top 8 songs from Apple Music hot tracks and fuck it’s been a sad journey and we’re gonna end this death march with this track by Ms. Andress who’s been the life of the party since he left.  She’s drinking a lot and she’s lonely, maybe she should roll out on Sam Smith, he’s lonely too!  I’m open to the lyrical topic but the cliche lyrics, I ask America can we not do better than this?  If she’s the life of the party I don’t want to go to the party, it sounds mad boring.  I’d rather drink by myself.  I can’t tell if she’s an aspiring country singer or a pop star or both, I get a few country feels.  When she goes high in the chorus proclaiming that she’s the life of the party….oy.

YTD recordings listened to: 122
Good music, not list worthy: 70
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, 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

Music for 12/31/19!!! Da Baby, Tyler the Creator

@@@ Da Baby: Suge (Interscope, 2019)  I listened to tracks from the second Da Baby but I may or may not have peeped this massive hip hop single for 2019.  It’s a very focused arrangement with fat fat synth bass, a tasty and light trap beat while Da Baby celebrates his lifestyle.  He’s a young CEO by the way.  It’s not my favorite track of the year but it has bounce for days and Da Baby is all over the microphone and other men’s womens.  Beat at the top of my list, minimalist arrangement after that, microphone energy after that.

@@@ Tyler the Creator: Earfquake (Columbia, 2019)  Tyler the Creator is one of the most fascinating figures in hip hop.  I’m not sure it always translates into the music but he’s a shapeshifter, musically and image-wise and possibly even sexually fluid as well but that’s not my bidness.  This is a quirky hip hop ballad that is both genuine and weird and soulful.  After an extended sung intro a rhymed section with strings comes in before it heads back into the sung hook section.  Part Prince, part trap, part Pee Wee Herman playland, I dig the track conceptually but as music it’s above average for me.  Not mind blowing.  Happy 2020 people!

YTD recordings listened to: 673
Good music, not list worthy: 408
Not good music: 222

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 15

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 12/29/19!!! Christian aTunde Adjuah, Daisy the Great

@@@ Christian aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall (Ropeadope, 2019) This New Orleans jazz musician is on Ted Gioia’s best of 2019.  It doesn’t open as straight jazz record might, it’s ambient with world music influences as well as hippie music.  The second tune switches to some pretty wicked hand drumming with Saul Williams (who I dig) doing some spoken word business.  The word sprawling might fit for this record.  Cosmic as well.  I’m feeling this second tune — the sounds, the playing, the vibe of it.  I appreciate this reimaging and merging of jazz ideas with other musics and concepts.  The drumming is especially welcome to my listening as it adds so much energy to the music.

@@@ Daisy the Great: I’m Not Getting Any Taller (Paper Moon, 2019)  A record that also appears on Ted Gioia’s best of 2019 list.  It is female driven, intimate bedroom folk indie.  In a rare turn for indie music the rhythm on the track opens up after the intro into some swinging.  The lyrics revolve around relationships and self reflection while the music continues to bounce in a way less annoying than most indie music.  It’s not really my thing but I get the appeal for sure.  Creative arrangements, nice sounds and production, and lyrics that some may like.  It’s not bedroom folk indie, that was just the intro to the first tune, it’s bouncy indie.

YTD recordings listened to: 671
Good music, not list worthy: 406
Not good music: 222

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 15

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 11/25/19!!! Nasty Cherry, Girl Ray, LSDXOXO

@@@ Nasty Cherry: Season 1 EP (Warner, 2019)  These first two listens are from the Line of Best weekly email.  This EP is connected to some show on Netflix so there’s the marketing there.  The first tune comes out as a hard bite on the early Controversy-era Prince sound.  I’m not sure I could sleep at night if I bit it this hard.  The second tune, Music with your Dad, switches the sound to a more mainstream electronic with no funk aspirations.  From where I’m listening I’m guessing these gals aren’t musicians or they aren’t experienced musicians and a bunch of corporate music types (my fucking favorite kind of music person) is giving the marching orders here.  Do what I say and you’ll be famous!!!!  Yes sir.  Unfortunately the music is xeroxed trash.  Sometimes in life you gotta call a garbage can a garbage can.  It’s trash because it’s so empty of any genuine emotion or connection.

@@@ Girl Ray: Girl (Moshi Moshi, 2019) Oh Lord it’s gonna be a rough listen day.  Apparently these gals went from indie pop to straight pop and I’m hearing some vanilla ass Lionel Ritchie shit.  Oy, what a shonda!  Not quite as calculated as the previos record but there is something about the craven lack of spontaneity and humanity in much of today’s music that makes me feel it’s not only not art, it’s the work of a fascist aesthetic.  The band assembled these in competent manner but there’s a coolness and aloofness to the pop which I find unappealing.

@@@ LSDXOXO: Burn the Witch (Independent, 2019) I saw this queer hip hop artist profiled on Crack Magazine but I can’t hit you with his latest single, Bed Rest, but this track is about a year old.  The sounds presented here are mostly upbeat dancefloor with some retro hip hop rhyming going on.  It’s an exhortation to get sweaty and move the body out on the dancefloor.  As it’s dance business the focus here is on the groove and building it rather the verse/chorus, verse/chorus.  It’s not as pornographic and shocking as I expected it to be but it’s a solid track.

YTD recordings listened to: 616
Good music, not list worthy: 368
Not good music: 207

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, Loscil, The Good Ones

 

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 10/29/18!!! Michael Finnissy, King Princess, Sunnyside

@@@ Michael Finnissy: Back on Earth (5Against4, 2019)  I got to this classical piece (which isn’t on the streaming stores yet) via the Twatter.  I sometimes struggle saying relevant things about classical music as I’m not very bright and it tends to be a more cerebral genre, but I try bitches, I try.  Check this guy’s majestic and wise bald head, he looks mad serious.  It is starting out as a noodling thing, like they’re getting ready and then it opens up into more, but not a lot more.  Instrumentation is violin, piano, oboe and possible other instruments.  If I had it all over to do again, I probably wouldn’t choose oboe same as the first time around, but I do love the sound of the oboe.  It just looks ridiculous.  This is your small scale ensemble playing with some pages from the jazz feels playbook.  I dig it.  Percolating, it percolates and it meanders.  I’m really enjoying listening to the various small shooting up voices while the piano is most definitely the centerpiece here.  Don’t stream this introductory nugget thinking your getting Beethoven, this is modern classical business with an emphasis on textures and sonics.

@@@ King Princess: Cheap Queen (Zelig, 2019) I saw this single shouted on NBC News of all places, so that should get a peep, right?  A slightly shabby pop diva in the making if an appearance on NBC News is any indication.  You don’t get on NBC News as a musician without powerful PR connections.  The tune has a decidedly low profile pop sound to it.  It has a vocal loop in it, and it’s mainstream but it doesn’t have that soaring element often seen in Arianne Grande’s dirty dishwater music and Beyonce’s queen of everything flow.  I’m hearing this is aimed at connecting at a more emotional level.  I think the vocal hook is cool but after that it doesn’t dig very deep.  Less dank than Billie Ellish and not as regal as the divas mentioned above.

@@@ Sunnyside: Stretch (Mind Detergent, 2019) I got to this Melbourne band’s groovy single via Happy Mag, an Australian music mag.  It is slotted as jazz on Apple Music but I hear more chill lounge and jam band music than jazz.  It’s got a lot of small plinky guitar parts to it and a pop funk beat.  It also has a pile of vocal tracks exhorting the listener to ‘stretch’ and ‘kick back’ which isn’t quite doing it for me.  I’m not unwinding.  I guess I’m not super feeling this track.  It does make me wonder if this music would actually work to get folks to kick back and unwind.  Maybe mentally as there’s not much going on to really grab you so you can space out.  I left when the MC showed up, I couldn’t deal with that.

YTD recordings listened to: 563
Good music, not list worthy: 332
Not good music: 192

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 9/12/19!!! Bug Martin, Ciel

@@@ Bug Martin: Dharma Blues (Pyrrhic Victory, 2019)  I got to this via a music publicist email.  I”m listening to this first review after starting below.  My Apple Music or something associated with it is still quite fucked and I can’t hear the first two songs.  I’m starting with Diamond in the Coal and it’s a lonesome country track with some electric guitar splashes in the rear.  Martin himself has a pretty classic country voice and this tune has similarities to old school Rolling Stones country rock blues except there’s nothing more than a tambourine here.  The fourth tune dispenses with the electric guitar chord washes and goes for a more old school vibe.  I like Martin’s voice, a bit nasal but nowhere near Dylan levels of craziness.  The fifth tune, Jim Rodgers’ Blues (my third tune due to the fuckedness of the interwebz) is a stunner to my ears.  He adds some falsetto and the blend of sadness and beauty is super enjoyable.  Imma stop here cuz he went out on a high note.

@@@ Ciel: Why Me? (Ghostly Intl, 2019)  I got to this edm record via a shout on the Twatter.  My Apple Music shit is all fucked up so I can’t listen to the first track of this 34 minute EP and the release above where I would usually start.  The second tune Go Fish is a playful dancefloor banger with some high bell, some robot blip action, some vibe like sounds and a whipping staticky thing.  As I said it’s not dark and it funks along in a non techno manner.  Let’s peep more as I like this but I don’t need to hear the whole sandwich.  This third tune, called Hipwrecked, gets back into more familiar techno with a vaariation on the classic kick hat business.  After a brief warmup it gets into pretty hard hitting techno funk.  Hence the title Hipwrecked, you’ll dance your ass off.  If you’re up for some techno with some mustard on it this will work for you.  Brisk beats, stripped arrangements, driving sections, it’s happening.

YTD recordings listened to: 469
Good music, not list worthy: 286
Not good music: 156

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