Music for 9/19/19!!! Los Wembler’s De Iquitos, Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla, Drake

@@@ LOS WEMBLER’S DE IQUITOS: Vision Del Ayahuasca (Barbes, 2019)  A legendary cumbia band from Peru with a record out on a Brooklyn label.  The electric guitars really change the vibe here and make it both rocking and world music.    The melodies are not that far from surf music, the tone of the guitars as well.  About halfway into the first tune there is an outstanding guitar solo that sounds like a slide guitar but I’m not full on sure about that.  The second tune (clipped below) is the title track and I have to check the next track or so but this is a giant ass Latin guitar jam record.  It’s awesome as the rhythms are quite different from you usually get from the white boy guitar jam records.  If you’re looking for some rocking these guys will hook you up.

@@@ AHMEDOU AHMED LOWLA: Terrouzi  (Sahel Sounds, 2019)  More African music off the WRIR weekly playlist email.  We’ll see how the record unfolds but the first tune features a synth and a drum machine which is not common in West African music.  Lowla is from Mauritania (GooglePimp), same as Noura Mint Seymali who I super dig so it is confirmed West Africa.  I’m on the first tune proper and it is most definitely electronic music so it is not as driving and is much closer to something you might hear in the Apple Music hot tracks section.  Still present are the intricate melodies as heard in the flute patch in the tune, Kar.  I like the different sounds but overall I’m not jumping up and down over this.  Lowla is absolutely a keyboard wiz.  I like the fourth tune, Seyni, best of what I heard, the energy is higher and the keyboard playing is wicked.

@@@  Drake: Behind Barz (OVO, 2019)  Regular readers know how much I adore Drake.  So genuine and heartfelt and in it for the love.  This tune from a television show compilation soundtrack is slotted to feature gangster Drake, and he’s a rough one, wow.  Most notable is the dramatic piano part which has a short delay and reverb on it.  Beats are solid and minimal, not trap but designed to support mafioso Drake.  I guess these lyrics could easily be about a character on a show that I give not a fuck about or it could be a Drake character projection or it could be both so everybody including Drake can be living the life.  Behold tha life!

YTD recordings listened to: 481
Good music, not list worthy: 292
Not good music: 161

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

 

 

 

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Music for 8/22/19!!! Noiseshaper, Desi Sub Culture, Mauro

@@@ Noiseshaper – King Sized Dub Special (Echo Beach) I got to all these recordings via the CFUV weekly playlist email.   Not strictly old school dub, more modern dancefloor dub with dubwise echo effects thought the singer in this first tune sounds genuine dread.  The second tune, Evil E, is more dubbed out with a piece of a dancefloor beat (hi hat) and some thick ass bass dubbing out.  In addition to the echoes which are well done, the use of some EDM filtering techniques and other production flourishes makes the combination of dub and dancefloor techniques mesh well.  It’s not making me jump up and down but a few passages do and it’s a well put together, funky record.

@@@ Desi Sub Culture – Donkey Kong (Snakes x Ladders) Another mash of world music and electronic dancefloor business, this time from South Asia.  It comes out of the gate firing hard with the track Con Man, and we’re looking right at you Orange Hitler!  It’s a four track EP and while you get some really nice Indian melodic phrases on various instruments they bring the rhythms bigly and with variety.  Hand drums, drum machines, they give not a fuck.  Really good shit.  Whichever way they go with the melodic bits you know it’s gonna pump a lot of rhythm.

@@@ Mauno – Really Well (Tin Angel, 2019)  Quirky indie guitar rock with some nice guitar playing and a dreamy female on the microphone.  It’s not my favorite type of rock but they have some interesting stuff going on in the arrangements that brings it up a few notches.  You’ve heard a lot of records like this before from Yo La Tengo to older ’70s weird classic rock records, especially Brit ones.  I guess you could say there are a few bits of prog sprinkled through here and that explains the more sophisto arrangements and weird spots here and there.  Check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 430
Good music, not list worthy: 260
Not good music: 145

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

Music for 8/20/19!!! Toby Nwigwe, Kim Gordon, Pet Fangs

@@@ Toby Nwigwe: The Originals (Self-released, 2018) I found this Nigerian American hip hop record via a twat by an African musician I follow on the Twatter.  He busts out into a smooth dancehall thing in this first tune.  Nwigwe is loose and agile on the microphone, I like it.  The sounds are a bit above minimal and focused.  Tight.  His sounds get more familiar in the third tune, THE BLUES, with a trap bass and some skitter.  Those sounds sit under his butter smooth flow — he sounds look he could rhyme with one tongue behind his back.  I like this and am actually paying attention to the lyrics.  I think this record deserves more listening.  Check it if you have a phone and some access and can spare a few swipes.

@@@ Kim Gordon: Sketch Artist (Matador, 2019)  A pre release single from Gordon’s first solo record.  I’ve always been agnostic on Sonic Youth, digging Daydream Nation while not fully understanding the hype surrounding their music.  She was my favorite member of the band.  I think it’s interesting that she’s gone for a dirty electronic sound — a spiky bass sound, some glitched beats that sound like a loop and her detached, tired voice which has always been her calling card.  The tune morphs into a slow space jam with acoustic guitar and feedback.  I like the sounds here while the lyrics aren’t really having an impact with me as I don’t understand how they relate to the title.  A tune called Sketch Artist can be loose, I get that.  Overall more unexpected and interesting than what I thought would happen.

@@@ Pet Fangs: Barbarella (Pet Fangs, 2019)  I got to this punk pop track via a music publicist.  It’s rooted in the ’80s though it has a lot in common with Urge Overkill from the ’90s (though not as biting).  I dislike the snare sound, I like the energy and the singer could have used a large coffee and not a medium.  To my ears they are trying to ride the fine line between rocking out and appealing to casual listeners which is always a difficult mission.  They do all right with it.

YTD recordings listened to: 427
Good music, not list worthy: 258
Not good music: 145

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

Music for 7/1/19!!! The Young Ones of Guyana, Ed Sheeran, Daniel Caesar/Brandy

@@@ The Young Ones of Guyana: On Tour (N/A, 2019)  A pre release single off Bandcamp’s album of the day.  Nope the second tune is highlighted but all the tracks are available to stream.  Recorded in London in 1970 the music is a blend of Jamaican music, some Trinidadian steel drum/soca influences and possibly more.  Extremely sweet playing without being cheesy.  The organ player and the guitar player are killing it and I find the third track, Romeo and Juliet, to be a great example of Caribbean good vibes.  I’ve heard a ton of this style of music and love it, but folks who haven’t checked out this golden era of reggae, ska, dancehall etc should peep it.

@@@  Ed Sheeran: Beautiful People (Asylum, 2019)  Check it out!  Look at Ed Sheeran riging in a Hummer appearing completely out of place.  It’s like Taylor Swift whispered in Ed Sheeran’s ear.  Throw some weak hip hop beats, and some sweet pop ass production and your shit is going to get rich you pasty assed hump.  I will tell you quite upfront because I’m an honest dude.  These shapeshifting fuckers like Taylor Swift and now Ed Sheeran and one of the first to do it, Madonna, are not all these personas, they’re none of them and they’re manipulative users.  Throw Beyonce in that pile as well.  C’mon who is Ed Sheeran thinking this is authentic music and not some expertly manicured pop turd action?  In addition these implied self empowerment lyrics about us all being beautiful people is part of the con job.  Beyonce don’t care about you, Ed Sheeran don’t care about you, it’s a hustle.

@@@ Daniel Caesar and Brandy: LOVE AGAIN (Golden Child, 2019)  An intimate r&b duet love track that’s up on the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I like the sounds though they’re not particularly unique, they’re quietly funky with nice details.  I like all the vocal tracks and find them a bit gimmicky at the same time.  Brandy’s vocals are cooler in my opinion but he’s more than able.

YTD recordings listened to: 327
Good music, not list worthy: 195
Not good music: 114

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

Music for 6/28/19!!! J Balvin/Bad Bunny, Foxwarren

@@@ J Balvin and Bad Bunny: Que Pretendes (UMG, 2019)  A surprise collaboration between two big Latin names.  I would guess part of the deal is to try to get the title of Jam of the Summer.  The arrangement is slick and some of the pulsating/breathing keyboard sounds seem straight off 6Lack’s debut record.  The beats are pretty standard reggaeton and they’re good.  I think these guys are more for the ladies as they emphasize loverboy feels in their delivery.  What some may hear as sexy can be heard as sleepy and uninspired by others.  It’s not going to make my summer jam of the year partly because I don’t get any of these lyrics (#ignorantgringo), but just hearing the music I don’t jump.  This is the #1 track in the Apple Music hot tracks section.

@@@ Foxwarren – Foxwarren (Arts & Crafts) Some faded indie I got to from a CFUV weekly playlist email from earlier in the year.  It’s like a Beach Boys record where the singer has a weird, mouth full of marbles sound to his voice.  A lot of vocal tracks for comfort, it’s basically a mopey feelings jam.  I dig the dude’s voice and hate it at the same time, both distracting and fascinating.  The playing is a mostly indie with some classic rock elements to it.  I like the bass player here, he’s really catching my ear.  The arrangements are focused and stripped down — I don’t find them to be emotionally compelling for me but check them for yourselves.  You might love it.

YTD recordings listened to: 324
Good music, not list worthy: 193
Not good music: 113

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

Music for 6/26/19!!! Band Apart, Black Pumas

@@@ Band Apart: Band Apart (Crammed, 2019)  I usually turn to Crammed Discs for super hot African music including Konono No. 1 and Acid Arab which is a very underrated record.  This is on the rock tip and I’m seeing it originally came out in the early ’80s.  It’s pretty good rock with a female singer, it’s got some outdated sounds, but the energy is tight and it has more depth to it than a lot of rock.  The title track (clipped below) is tense and kraut-y and I like this music.  I don’t like it as much as Konono No. 1 and Acid Arab but that’s comparing oranges to African apples.  If you’re a young hipster check it out to realize how much recycling goes on in music.

@@@ Black Pumas: Black Pumas (ATO, 2019)  Some sort of soul music off this week’s All Music notable release email.  It comes out retro as bell bottom jeans in the first tune Black Moons Rising.  All analog from what I can tell, no chopped up beats and thick synth bass sounds.  I can go either way so I’m not judge-y.  The singer is super flavorful with a classic yearning soul voice.  No James Brown/Sharon Jones gravelly funk, this gent is smooth.  I like rough or smooth, so I’m not judge-y.  The second tune opens up with an interesting acoustic guitar figure.  I find myself listening to the organ player a whole bunch, he/she really swells up and fills the tunes with a classic organ sweet filling.  The lyrics are mostly concerned with racial justice for black folks, which I support and am happy to listen to.  I could use a coupla party tracks at the front of the record, but that’s just me.  Excellent sounds, great voice on the singer and funky playing.

YTD recordings listened to: 320
Good music, not list worthy: 190
Not good music: 112

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

Music for 5/30/19! Erlend Apneseth, Trophy Wives, Lower Dens

@@@ Erlend Apneseth Trio: Undergrunn (Hubro, 2019)  I saw this folk/jazz recording mentioned up on the Twatter by the jazz blogger Bird is the Worm.  I could not find this record on Apple Music but significant chunks of it are on Soundcloud.  The cloud of sound.  Apneseth is Scandinavian and he’s an ‘award winning hardingfele player.’  The hardingfele sounds like a violin/fiddle type instrument and the playing in this tune has South Asian feels to it.  A little Scottish, a little South Indian classical though as the tune moves it recedes back into a decidedly Westering thing.  I believe I hear a kit drummer and a hand percussionist or maybe they’ve been consolidated into one musician but the tune builds and then recedes on its way out.  A mash of slightly New Age world music and some jazz/improv.

@@@ Trophy Wives: Old Scratch (Latest Flame Records, 2011)  A continued look at 50 records out of Louisville Kentucky in the last decade.  Fantastic idea for a record list in my opinion.  It opens up with tune Taste of Your Medicine (clipped below) an energetic power pop punk anthem with great energy.  Great drumming.  Very Foo-ey but I enjoy the singing here and the tunes are a bit more splashy and interesting than typical buckets of Foo.  I like it, I don’t think I need to put it on my iPod but it may work for you more rock-centric listeners.

@@@ Lower Dens: Young Republicans (Ribbon Music, 2019)  A pre-release single I got to via a music publicist email.  It’s an ’80s electro rock track with gated snare sounds, vintage synth sounds presented as video game bloops, shiny arpeggios and some slow moving clouds.  The singer is about the consumption of the lower class by the young Republicans.  Musically, it’s a classic rock mellow in the verse/exploding chorus we’ve heard a million times before.  It’s a classic for a reason.  I’m sensing the tune may more be about climate change as the phrase ‘the world is burning’ surfaces repeatedly.

YTD recordings listened to: 272
Good music, not list worthy: 159
Not good music: 95

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