Music for 6/12/17!!! Afoul D’afours, El Dusty, Bang Data

@@@ Afous D’afous: Tarhanine Tegla (Sahel Sounds, 2016)  This is my third listen of the day but I’m popping it up the top as I dig it most of what I heard.  It’s a mash of dirty single line West African guitar playing and this is quite a shred.  It’s interesting to hear a fairly strong Bollywood flavor to the vocals so it doesn’t come across as strictly a West African jam.  Let me GooglePimp this outfit and see where they are from.  I don’t want to be peddling fake news!  Okay, Algeria so I got that right.  The B side is more electronic with a sinuous synth melody replacing the rock guitar shred.  It’s more of an uplifter than a rocker.

@@@ El Dusty: Kanto Negro (Aftercluv, 2017)  A world music single I got to via this week’s WRIR weekly playlist email.  It’s a blend of EDM, Latin bass, party music and some hip hop.  I like the accordion playing which really Mexican-izes the funky proceedings.  I guess it’s the frat boy beats that make me like it less but a few cheap beers and it will slide right through the pie holes.  It’s compressed as hell which tends to lower my enjoyment.

@@@ Bang Data: Galactica (Futuro Sonico, 2017)  Another single, but a rock tune this time.  Two singers working in Spanish and they somewhat dominate the tune.  Not in a bad way.  There’s some B-52s style rockabilly guitar slipped into the back of the track and if you don’t like the vocals you won’t like the tune.  It’s a bit of a world prog tune.  In my quest for a link to peep this track I see these guys are straight out of the Bay area which would go a long way in explaining the mash of sounds on this tune.

You can stream it over here, but I’m not sure for how long.

YTD recordings listened to: 355
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 202
Not good music: 138

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb

Music for 5/23/17!!! Sonia Aimy, Ivoryman, Oumou Sangare

@@@ Sonia Aimy: Nigerian Spirit (Self-released, 2017)  An African record that mixes jazz into a large African ensemble.  The vibe is friendly and Aimy’s voice is as well.  There is a classic African guitar sound as well as a nylon string guitar that sounds more jazzy.  There are only four pre-release tunes up on the Apple Music even though the page says the album was to be released in January.  She resurrects fellow Nigerian Fela Kuti’s political conciousness in the title track (clipped below) as she bemoans Boko Harem, juju priests, and materialism.  Check it out.

@@@  Ivoryman: Culturally Rude (Tusk Records, 2017)  Some new dancehall reggae off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  Mr. Ivoryman has a deep voice and a percussive sound as he hits the mic and it produces a bit of a strange effect.  The second tune, Military Gathering, is an anti-war song (I think) as it’s a little rough to hear what Ivoryman says.  I’ve listend to a few songs here and I like a bunch of the sounds, but I’m having a hard time with Ivoryman’s voice.  Maybe there is something wrong with me — that thought crosses my mind pretty frequently.

@@@ Oumou Sangare: Mogoya (No Format, 2017) I heard the pre-release single featuring Tony Allen and now the whole record isout.  This first tune, Bena bena, is off to a good start — a firm midtempo groove with organ and a sophisto vocal arrangement.  The second tune is the tune with Tony Allen so let’s skip to the third tune which has a brisk tempo and some nice hand drumming to go with Sangare’s voice.  Her voice is a blend of beauty and strength with a slight tilt to the strength.  The fourth tune is a slow, beautiful jam with kora playing, hand drumming, some hammered marimba type sounds, and vocals.  Imma swing back on this record as it’s a very interesting and hot record.

YTD recordings listened to: 317
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 184
Not good music: 122

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Oumou Sangare

Music for 5/17/17!!! RAM, HAIM

@@@  RAM: Ram 6: Manmanm Se Ginen (Willibelle & Sons, 2016)  Some rocking Haitian music I got to after seeing a blurb about their new record from the indie music blog Indiepulse.  This first tune, Papa Loko, is a world music song but it has a driving rock feel.  I have quick tasted four of these tunes and this is happening music — good grooves, an excellent drummer, ear catching guitarist and that kinda unique addition of a little rock energy.  I’m going to check this record out more when I have time.  Check this out.

@@@ HAIM: Want you Bacl (Columbia, 2017) Mainstream pop rock off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I’ve peeped HAIM and my feeling that they are overrated is confirmed here.  This is a thick slab of three ladies harmonizing but not with a lot of cliches, some mainstream ear candy, and frankly bullshit lyrics.  The album is called Something to Tell You but my impression is they have nothing to say.  I’m thinking this is the kind of music Donald Trump listens to when he’s peeing on prostitutes.  Oh God, kill me.

YTD recordings listened to: 302
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 176
Not good music: 118

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM

Music for 5/14/17!!! Csavi, Tape Five, Morgan Heritage

@@@ Csavi: War Chant Joy (Acinech, 2017) A modern sounding reggae single with a voluptuous female singer on the microphone.  The tune sounds like Bob Marley had a love baby with Sade — smooth and roots.  The dub stylings are most evident in the vocal arrangements with some nice delays that go with the snare sticks.  I got to this tune via the WRIR weekly email.  Check it out.

@@@ Tape Five: Soiree Deluxe (Smarty Mart, 2017) A Dixie party record I also got to via the WRIR weekly email.  I like the second tune Hush Hush Magazine as it has some really flavorful horn arrangements but what I hear has this going out as a party record so the beats and the tempos are very partyistic.  Myself I would prefer some more traditional Dixie swinging up in heah but they went for the party.

@@@ Morgan Heritage: Avrekedabra (CTBC, 2017)  Super poppy reggae made for folks who love bologna sandwiches on Wonder Bread with mayonnaise.  They toast on the mic for sure but I just can’t get with the general vibe of these tracks.  None of that Lee Perry weirdness, or Bob Marley spirituality/politics, or sonic interest of King Tubby.  So I don’t want to be a snob but this is not for me, this is for drunken white folks or frat boys.

YTD recordings listened to: 297
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 173
Not good music: 117

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark

Music for 5/8/17!!! Battle of Santiago, Ozomatli, At the Drive In

@@@ Battle of Santiago: La Migra (Made with Pencil Crayons, 2017)  A mash of Latin music, straight jazz and arena rock that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist emails.  Think U2 on a steady diet of rice and beans.  Big guitar sounds, an active somewhat jazzy horn player and I really dig the drumming.  It’s a creative mash.

@@@ Ozomatli: Non-Stop from Mexico to Jamaica (Cleopatra, 2017)  Also off this week’s WRIR new adds section.  I like Mexican music and I love Jamaican music, don’t let me down!  This first tune brings some pretty thick ass bass and a loverboy singer.  He’s all right but I would prefer some toasting or some straight roots reggae.

@@@ At the Drive In: In-ter-al-ia (Rise Records, 2017)  Let’s peep the new At the Drive In record to see if they can resurrect their frantic, post-hardcore heavy business.  Thus far this first tune is holding its own with jumpy, frantic guitars and a generally drunken art school thrash.  The third tune, Tilting at the Univendor is the most accessible of what I’ve heard.  I like At the Drive in and I respect their formula but I don’t always feel completely satisfied.

YTD recordings listened to: 281
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 166
Not good music: 108

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark

2017 Honorable Mention Pick 2

Fofoulah: Bene Bon EP (Loop Records, 2013)

This 29 minute 6 song EP by a band out of London combines hand drumming with elements of Afrobeat and Senegalese singing.  The drumming is really great, the guitar player sounds like he’s listened to a lot of the Edge from U2, but Edge’s long lost black brother from Africa.  The singer is very good but doesn’t stand out as much as the drumming.  The spirit of the music is neither Afrobeat or Afropop.

The second song (the title track) is my favorite, my least favorite is the fourth song but these guys definitely bring a different recipe to their African music.

Music for 4/24/17!!! Forro in the Dark, Kondi Band, While She Sleeps

@@@ Forro in the Dark: Sandcastle (Nacional, 2017)  Some popping Brazilian music I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  This first tune features some great hand drumming, trippy melodic guitar work and an energetic singer.  I see from the GooglePimp that these are Brazilian expats in New York city.  Ooh, this second tune is starting out hot as well — excellent percussion with some wicked flute over the top.  Please don’t tease me, be an awesome record all the way through.  The third tune sports vocals and it’s a narrative about a lawyer in New York — it’s a sophisto cabaret kinda track.  The fourth tune is back to an instrumental, which I prefer and I will check this whole record when I have a chance.

@@@ Kondi Band: Tit Dem Doo Service (Strut, 2017)  A pre-release single I got to via the same WRIR playlist email.  This is a small ensemble track with some fairly furious thumb piano, a singer with some backup and simple drum accompaniment.  As the tune grooves towards the finish line there are some very light and tasteful synth accents and a more urgent floor drum/foot tap.  I would check out more of this record when it comes out.

@@@ While She Sleeps: You are We (Sharptone, 2017)  Some mainstream drama metal off the Apple Music metal section.  I think there are some Linkin Park records up in this band’s collection — they’re a tad rougher but it’s the same art school metal formula.  The singer is upset, I get that, but I much prefer the working class heavy metal.  This is the purdy boy business as far as I’m concerned.

YTD recordings listened to: 264
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 144
Not good music: 97

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark