Music for 4/27/21!!! ENNY, Los Sundowns

@@@ ENNY: Peng Black Girls (FAMM, 2020) Off last week’s Crack Magazine. Today’s post is a draft post from the end of February that I’m using today as I’m busy as fuck and I don’t make loot doing this blog so I gotta get shit done and right this blog. This is UK hip hop with a female MC and female singers. I like the sung parts a whole bunch and the rhymed sections much less so. The beat is very close to something you would hear from a kit drummer and the keyboard vamp is also quite engaging and catchy. I think from the use of the perjorative term bloodclot that this these are some British folks with Caribbean roots. The second half of the tune really heats up and overall the track is just underneath jumping up and down for me.

@@@ The Los Sundowns: Los Angeles (Lechehouse Music, 2020) Off this week’s WRIR playlist email. It’s a world music tinged surf type tune that opens up the record. A bunch of minimalist leaning guitar tracks over straight rock drumming with occasional vocal stabs that punctuate the proceedings with a bit more direct humanity. The guitar playing is only surpassed by the arranging skills here, this is tightly focused and arranged and I give respect to that. The player clicked through to the next track titled ‘Endless Bummer’ which features some pretty stylish interaction between the organ player and the rest of the band. I’m pretty sure a band call Los Sundowns is not designed to make you jump up and down but these guys do a really good job accomplishing what they set out to do. These guys do a really good job of infusing surf with Latin feels.

Music for 4/28/20!!! Anna Burch, Maja S.K. Rajtke, Yin yin, Nnena

@@@ Anna Burch: Not So Bad (Polyvinyl, 2020)  I got to today’s listens via the Line of Best Fit email.  This track is a blend of jangly indie sounds, coffee shop singer/songwriter, and ’70s soft rock.  Not my favorite flavors but you get a shaker to listen to, and let me tell you, you can’t fuck with a well recorded, enthusiastic shaker. There’s an undercover horn line as well that I find interesting.   Burch’s voice is solid if not not remarkable and the lyrics, well the lyrics aren’t my cup of coffee.  It’s a relationship song.  I’m not sure how you get to the top with a track titled Not So Bad.  To be fair I’m not the targeted demographic here, this one’s for the womenz.

@@@ Maja S.K. Ratkje: Sja, Amioda (Rune Gramofon, 2019)  I think I saw this artist namechecked on a Roulette email and she’s a musician rocking the neighborhood where classical and ambient and electronic music meets and has a nap.  I kid, I kid.  This is a sparse arrangement and Ratkje is singing.  I hear accordion, a low register woodwind (possibly electronically manipulated) and her voice.  It’s slow and dirge-y but it’s very cool to my ears and I’m enjoying its organic-ness.  It’s very organic and not digital sounding regardless of its origins.  I’m going to listen to more of this record.

@@@ Yin Yin: The Rabbit That Hunts Tigers (Bongo Joe, 2019)  Back to the Line of Best Fit.  This is the title track of the record and it’s opening up with echoed wah wah guitar and retro flavorings.  A little Jefferson Airplane smushed up with some of the psych rock coming out of parts of Asia.  Oh boy, they’re mixing in a little surf rock, yikes it’s a flavor pack.  Also a bit of spaghetti western twang, ya know these lines aren’t drawn in stone, there’s overlap and shit.  I’m not sure if I’m up for a full record of instrumental surf (I might be if the playing was a lot more manic and daring) but it sure is a bit of a pallette cleanser dumpling in the middle of the day.  An almost 6 minute dumpling that does put a few ethereal backing voices at the back of the mix on the way out.

@@@ Nnena: Work it Out (Loud Robot, 2020)  This week’s Line of Best Fit and our final listen of the day.  It opens with some thick traditional big drum type drumming in my left ear and some trap but not trap skittery hat in the right ear and then Nnena comes in with some medium potty mouth rhyming.  I would like to have five letters in my name and three of them be n, n is pretty cool.  Some nice headphone rich sounds happenin’ up in heah.  She’s got some put down action going lyrically and it’s an interesting blend of sounds and lyrics.  Big respect for going some place sonically different.

YTD recordings listened to: 314
Good music, not list worthy: 164
Not good music: 138

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

5/11/16: The Reefriders, Alborosie, Beyonce, Julianna Berwick

@@@ The Reefriders: Dawn Patrol (Reefriders, 2016).  One of my favorite independent radio stations in the U.S., KFJC out in California certainly does their part to keep the ol’ school surf music going.  I saw this band listed on their list of bands playing an upcoming surf festival and thought it worthy of a peep.  I thought the guitar sound was a little noodly in the opener but it gets a little grit to go with it’s motherlode of reverb in this second track, Dead Man Surfin’.  Man, you gotta give props to how underground this band is.  The album is up on Apple Music but I had to scour for this live clip on the GoogleTube.  If you’re up for some ol’ school surf with a slightly punk rhythm section these gents will hook you up.


@@@ Alborosie: Freedom & Fyah (VP, 2016).  Some dancehall with roots influences I got to via the WRIR weekly email.  I dig the heaviness of Alborosie’s verbal style but not the snare nearly as much.  I also dig the keyboard arrangments including the classic dub delays on some of those keys.

@@@ Beyonce: Forward (Ft. James Blake): (Columbia, 2016).  We gotta chew through the rest of the Beyonce record.  It’s been all right, and this is just a little 1:19 piano and James Blaker and Beyonce makes a 5-10 second background vocal appearance so she’s barely up in this track.  It’s just solo piano and Blake singing over ringing chords and too much reverb and delay.  It’s supposed to be about a couple moving forward after trouble.  The electronic vocal mangling at the end of the track is a bit much as well as the reverb/delay but it’s neither a track to hate on nor to jump up and down over.  It’s a pencil sketch.

I can’t find this track up on the GoogleTube so you gonna have to download it or Tidal that badboy.

@@@ Juliana Barwick: Will (Dead Oceans, 2016).  I saw this baroque indie record up on the All Music notable records of the week email from last week.  This first track is multi-tracked vocals for a moment before cello and piano enter.  A somber and New Age vocal storm mashed up.  This second tune is more vocal stew but this time served up over an arpeggiated synth chord.  I don’t know how long I can hang with this, it’s not really my flow.  It’s like an indie Lord of the Rings album — undercover New Age.  One more track because I’m super open minded.  This third tune, Beached, opens with just piano.  I could say something like I hope it stays that way but I don’t roll like that.  Oh, here comes the giant pack of reverbed vocals.  If you’re all sad and shit, which I’m fine with, get out your old sweater and your cat and have a cup of chamomile tea while it’s raining out and just chill in the downer beauty of it all.

YTD recordings listened to: 417
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 233
Not good music: 153

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 8

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern

Active Music Listening Monday June 17, 2013

YTD recordings listened to: 449
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 287
Not good music: 128

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 13

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Skyzoo,  Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ether Net, Oddisee, Holly Williams, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Orchestra Super Mazembe, Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood, Inzinzac, Afrolicious, Maurizio Minardi, Della Mae, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Joseph Arthur

@@@  Lizabett Russo: EP (Self-released, 2013).  I was contacted by this artist to listen to her debut recording.  This three song EP is a mainstream adult alternative recording and to my ear Russo’s voice is a blend of Norah Jones, Bjork, and the singer from the Cranberries with a bit of warble thrown in.  The instrumentation is basic adult alternative drums, bass, acoustic guitars, etc.  The songs are upbeat and hopeful.  Check it out for yourself.

@@@  John Vanderslice: Dagger Beach (Dead Oceans, 2013).  Off the MOG new release page, Vanderslice is a musician/studio operator out in the Bay area.  His studio chops are advanced and his songs are packed with all manner of sonic goodies as well as high quality tones.  The songs on this record are quirky and off-kilter with a dash of mope thrown in.  One wouldn’t expect a record called Dagger Beach to be a real pick-me-up.  I balance the exquisite sonics of this record against my inability to connect with these types of songs.  A more than solid effort and if you’re into this vibe, it’s a home run.

@@@ Black Sabbath: 13 (Republic Records, 2013).   Huge fan of the tune War Pigs, and all time classic, so I was hesitant to listen to this as the odds on these older bands coming closing to previous musical efforts is very low.  Pleasantly surprised at least in the beginning.  I expected some sort of meandering Ozzie drool fest, but the songs and playing are tight and not cheesy.  Not best of year list worthy, but definitely not OMG, I can’t believe they released that.

@@@ Dirty Beaches: Drifters/Love is the Devil (Zoo Music, 2013).  #1 on last week’s CFUV weekly playlist.  A garage-y, lo-fi funky affair.  The first tune, Night Walk, doesn’t appear to be much more than a rotating vibe, but the second tune, I Dream in Neon, sounds more like a song with some blues organ/guitar?? (can’t tell).  I don’t think I’m hip enough for this music.