Music for 5/8/19!!! Tigrin Hamasyan, Shannon and the Clams

@@@ Tigrin Hamasyan: For Gyumri (Nonesuch, 2018)  Both of today’s listens come from an old ass All Music notable release email from last year.  A solo piano record with some vocalizing, oh boy there it is (the vocalizing) and I don’t like the way they put it in the mix.  Too New Age-y.  For the most part I do like Hamasyan’s piano playing.  Aarrgh, more and more voices, it’s turning into a Bobby McFerrin record in front of my very eyes!  That’s not what I’m looking for.  Let me check another tune.  I like the piano playing on the second track (clipped below) and I’m agnostic on the brief electronic music flourishes.  Certainly more engaging than Brad Mehldau who I find to be a cup of warm milk before you die, it’s still a bit snoozy for my taste.

@@@ Shannon and the Clams: Onion (Easy Eye/Nonesuch, 2018) I have enjoyed the quirky energy of the Shannon and the Clams on previous recordings.  They do a really good update on the classic doo wop rock thing.  They are tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time and they infuse mad energy into their stuff.  The second tune, It’s Gonna Go Away, is a very good example as they drop the tempo but the playing remains crisp and tight.  It’s a bit shocking that this record is out on the Nonesuch imprint as they are the kings of slack flavored coffee indie — a band that gets up on it and kicks out the jam with gusto is not what I associate with Nonesuch.  I’m going to circle back on this when I have more time to eat the whole sandwich but don’t sleep on this.

YTD recordings listened to: 239
Good music, not list worthy: 141
Not good music: 84

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

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Music for 4/29/19!!! Regina Carter, Heather Woods Broderick

@@@ Regina Carter: Reverse Thread (E1 Music, 2010)  I saw this violinist mentioned on the Twatter.  She is across genres from classical to American jazz to this African music influenced record.  I dig some classical music but I’m going to choose the African music every time.  The first tune (clipped below) opens up with some uptempo fiddle playing, a well fingered and brisk bassline, and most notably an accordion or an accordion type instrument.  At about 1 minute it settles into a standard straight jazz groove.  This is most definitely music for people with good jobs that wear nice sweaters and drink coffee because they enjoy the flavor.  I’m hearing a some kora (a good thing), electric bass (not a great thing on a jazz record imho) and some big jazz drumming on this second tune.   I like the fiddle playing as well as the accordion, the rest not so much.

@@@ Heather Woods Broderick: Invitation (Western Vinyl, 2019) I got to this alt country release via last week’s All Music notable release email.  The album opens with an ambient tune called A Stilling Wind.  Some electronic swirls and garnishes and an arpeggiated guitar and then Broderick’s somewhat breathy and intimate vocal.  By about 2 minutes we’re at full band with a cello, some shuffling drums and the aforementioned elements.  It’s a little bit country and a bunch Barbara Streisand.  Heavy on feeling.  I didn’t make it all the way through, I made it to about 4 minutes.  The second tune is called I Try and it’s a piano rock thing.  I think there was a time when Western Vinyl was an alt country imprint but I should adjust my notebook as the past few releases I’ve checked have not been that.  There’s a slide guitar here and there on this record but it’s mostly an adult alternative record, which is fine but I’m not really an adult alternative guy.

YTD recordings listened to: 217
Good music, not list worthy: 131
Not good music: 76

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail

Music for 3/25/19!!! Blueface, Ken Nordine, Orville Peck

@@@ Blueface: Thotiana (5th Amendment, 2019)  A friend of mine sent me the link for this strip club anthem and the article the New York Times wrote about it.  Let’s just reiterate for the umpteenth time that New York Times’ music coverage is a bag of ass.  Incompetent and up its own ass.  Straight up Blueface can’t rap for shit, but music critics at the the Grey Lady don’t give a sliver of a fuck regarding one of the core elements of hip hop.  I know the word retarded is not considered correct but Blueface’s voice sounds off and a bit askew and if it were back in the day somebody might call it retarded.  Congrats on making it to the NY Times, but this is trash.

@@@ Ken Nordine: Word Jazz (Pickwick, 1957)  I saw on the KFJC semi-whatever email that this jazz poet passed away recently and I never heard of him and shit so I peeped him at All Music and saw this may be considered his best record.  The music here is pretty old school standard straight jazz and Nordine sounds like a present day voiceover fella.  He’s a bit offkilter but not especially jazzy or funky (according to my vague definition thereof).  The second tune fits a more standard definition of jazz .  I do like his very deep voice and what appears to be some irony to his poetics.  Check it out for back in the day vibes.

@@@ Orville Peck: Pony (Sub Pop, 2019) I saw this queer country record on the Line of Best fit weekly email which I enjoy sometimes.  The first tune is spaghetti country-ish and dramatical.  Peck has a deep register voice and the track sounds mad ironic to my ears.  I guess this gent’s identity is unknown which is fine for me as regular readers know I’m music only.  I like the guitar sounds and I find his voice and approach entertaining without super loving the tunes.

YTD recordings listened to: 158
Good music, not list worthy: 95
Not good music: 57

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg

Music for 10/9/18!!! Schlegelmilch, Goldberger and Black, KALETA AND SUPER YAMBA BAND, Ladama

@@@ Schlegelmilch, Goldberger & Black: Three of a Mind (Skirl, 2018) I got to this jazz record from a friend whose music teacher is on this recording.  Instrumentation includes organ, guitar and drums and I’m psyched about that combination of sounds.  This first tune has an indie rock flavor and is pretty straight ahead.  The tune moves more firmly into a proggy area after the intro.  The second tune, Chiseler, edges more deeply into prog and jazz neighborhoods.  It is definitely spiritually related to Martin Medeski and Wood but more rocking than I remember that outfit being.    I’ve sampled big bites of four of the tunes and I’m mostly neutral on this record.  I like parts of it and not others.

@@@ KALETA AND SUPER YAMBA BAND: Mr. Diva / Hungry Man, Angry Man (Yamba, 2018)  I came across a quick bio of this outfit and it’s New York city based with a senior figure in African music.  It does sport classic Afrobeat horns, a couple of simple and funky guitar parts and then a gent rocking it in…..well he was born in Benin but grew up in Nigeria.  It’s got funky beats, a solid guitar organ, and even some organ action.  If you’re in the mood for the old school Afrobeat, have at it.

@@@ Ladama: Poor Macatu (Six Degrees, 2017) I got to this group of Latina female musicians from an email by an upstate New York media collective.  This is the first track from their 2017 record Night Traveler and it is busting with energy.  Multiple voices, a brisk tempo, and a full but not cluttered mix.  Ah, they gave space for an accordion solo, you can’t fuck with that as far as I’m concerned.  Other instruments include drum kit, hand percussion, electric bass, and nylon guitar.  I associate the West Coast label Six Degrees with sleepytime tea world music so I was not expecting this level of energy.  They rhyme, they chant, they sing together.  I’m going to roll back and check out more of this record.

YTD recordings listened to: 571
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 304
Not good music: 231

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

Music for 10/8/18!!! Quin Kirchner, Longwave, serpentwithfeet

@@@ Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time (Monofonus/Astral, 2018)  A honkin’ big jazz recording (86 minutes!) that I got to via a twat from the twatter by the music blogger Bird is the Worm.  This first tune is an 11 minute banger and thus far I’m feeling some ‘mid ’70s jam/fusion-y jazz with spooky electric organ hanging out on the side of the mix and some down, long tone sax playing.  It comes out of its lengthy intro into a midtempo sax solo.  The second tune, Brainville, is in a funkier more standard place with a descending bass line and a two horn head in melody.  There are a bunch of covers up on this record and I like the drummer, Mr. Kirchner who is the bandleader.  Regular readers know I’m more of a fire jazz/abstract jazz listener but it’s an energetic set.

@@@ Longwave: Stay With Me (Bodan Karma, 2018)  I got to this indie single via a music publicist email.  Opening up the tune employs a muscular 1980’s pop rock formula — a really nice fuzzy bass, a straight beat with that awful gated snare sound, minimal synth, and a singer straight out of the Reagan era.  This dude could be in Simple Minds or to a lesser extent a U2 tribute band.  It gets a shreddy rock solo but it’s really too familiar for me to give much respect to it.

@@@ serpentwithfeet: soil (secretly canadian, 2018) I got to this indie r&b record via Flavorpill.  From the first tune it’s clear it’s gonna be a dramatic love listen.  The singer has plenty of quiver to his voice and he’s forward with the vulnerability and fragility.  I dig him thus far and the arrangement of this first tune is engaging.  I don’t usually go for records like this but I feel the singer and more importantly the focused arrangements that make the songs work.  The sounds are almost exclusively electronic and the vibe is more torchy and as previously stated the singer really sells his songs well.  It’s reminiscent of the artist formerly known as Antony and the Johnsons.

YTD recordings listened to: 568
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 302
Not good music: 230

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

Music for 10/7/18!!! UNIFONY, Dive Bell, Bhad Babie

@@@ UNIFONY: Found (UNIFONY/Butler, 2018)  I got to this tune via a music publicist email.  In a not quite but almost egregious example of mislabelling this piano, drums, and electronics piece is slotted as avant garde jazz when it’s really New Age jazz.  It is structured and melodic and pretty and pretty predictable.  I don’t mean to be a bitch about it but mislabelling creates confusion and new age jazz musicians should not attempt to cash in on the credibility of avant garde jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, etc.  It’s pretty shameful.

@@@ Dive Bell: Undercover (Dive Bell, 2018)  I got to this electro single via an Australian music magazine.  It’s got a little bit of industrial aggro sprinkled over it but the bulk of it is pretty and a bit dour.  A chainsaw bass patch propels the tune forward with the pretty reverbed female singer sauce over the straight ahead drum machine sounds.  It’s got some epic rock guitar sounds threaded up in there but the unfunky rhythm section is the disqualifier for me.

@@@ Bhad Bhabie: 15 (Atlantic, 2018)  When fake gangster/hypersexualized child hoe Bhad Bhabie announces she’s the voice of a new generation, you gotta just laugh and wonder how long ’til our civilization collapses.  Bhad Bhabie is not fierce sounding at all and it sounds like they popped open a can of trap sounds and threw this shit into Pro Tools.  She’s got juice bitch, by which I think she means she still drinks out of juice boxes like a little baby.  I’m gonna peep Gucci flip flops cuz that’s supposed to be the hit track.  It sounds like she’s going to take off her Gucci flip flops and hit a bitch up side the head with it.  Sounds good.  She also accuses other bitches of selling the coochie for cash, a pretty standard insult in the gutter fights between female MCs.  You know they say those in glass houses…..I’m not sure Bhad Bhabie should be out there calling other bitches hoes.

YTD recordings listened to: 565
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 301
Not good music: 229

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana

Music for 7/31/18!!! BigHate, Tony Molina, Underworld and Iggy Pop, Aaron Martin

@@@ BigHate: Death Wish EP (Self-released, 2017)  A visceral and updated classic metal sound from a female fronted Italian metal band.  A big wall of guitars and they aren’t afraid to beat you down with them.  The drummer is also quite a bruising and pumped up kinda gent.  The energy is super high but the production is polished and a bit sweet so you have to be into that.  A less shiny production sound works better for me but metal lovers should check out this singer, she sounds more than a bit insane.

@@@ Tony Molina: Kill the Lights (Slumberland, 2018)  Jangly guitar record off last week’s All Music notable release email.  Reaches way back to the hippie era of the Byrds and California jangle rock as well as Alex Chilton and Big Star (and ooh a little bit of Norwegian Wood acoustic Beatles as well).  It has the required slackness/mope sauce that today’s indie listeners seem to need on top of the old school jangle.  They most definitely have the guitar sounds and the playing down pat but I don’t know why someone who likes this style wouldn’t head over to Big Star’s Radio City and just camp their asses out.

@@@ Iggy Pop & Underworld: Tea Time Dub Encounters (Caroline, 2018) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  I think it’s hilarious they have a track called Get Your Shirt as I haven’t seen a picture of Iggy Pop with a shirt on in decades!  The first tune opens up brisk dance floor and then Iggy comes on with the spieling.  He goes into some old school decadence thing where he celebrates how you used to be able to smoke cigarettes and do blow on airplanes.  I guess so.  I’m on the second tune and the sounds thus far are video game machine on speed, in that neighborhood.  I like the third tune, the Big Song because the spoken word subject is more engaging and quite un-Iggy like.  Surprisingly introspective.  It’s an interesting collaboration that hinges upon whether you want to hear Iggy Pop talk about his life — I’m interested at points, at other points I could give a shit.

@@@ Aaron Martin: Touch Dissolves (IKKI, 2018)  I saw this recording mentioned on the Twatter by a jazz writer so here we are.  Martin is an improvising cellist who specializes in creating pieces that evoke tranquility.  The first tune is A Child’s Arms are Moonlight — I like the music all right but I think that’s an awful name for a tune.  It’s just too New Age-y for me.  The piece is multilayered and focused on long tones with some pulses that rings and some bow work/vibrato that gives you a nice tremolo-ish tone.  The second tune focuses on more higher string strumming that gives the impression of a uke with a little calm singing as one might sing to the child with the moonlight arms (oy).  It’s pretty music if not predictable.

https://iikki.bandcamp.com/album/touch-dissolves?action=share&from=embed&context=daily

YTD recordings listened to: 445
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 226
Not good music: 197

Best: 8
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, 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, 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, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus