Monday, January 16, 2017


Music Week

Music: Current count 27639 [27586] rated (+53), 370 [367] unrated (+3).

Fifty-one records in the list below, so at most I picked up two extras I had graded but not recorded in the past, or maybe there's a record or two I added to the database but somehow forgot to list below. Either way, I clearly kept my ears to the grindstone all last week, as I was working on updating the Robert Christgau website and adding lists to this year's EOY Aggregate file. I should update the former more often than every six months, but it's done for now -- only missing last week's EW on Run the Jewels and T.I. No idea how many more EOY lists I'll add, but that project is done enough I could walk away from it at any time.

While I'm thinking of it, let me make a pitch for an Indiegogo project my nephew is working on: Help Us Save the Elizabeth M. Fink Attica Archive. Liz was a radical lawyer who joined the Attica Brothers defense team shortly after Nelson Rockefeller ordered the massacre of dozens of prisoners and guards, and saw the case to its conclusion thirty-some years later. In the process, she collected a huge amount of evidence on what actually happened. My nephew, Mike Hull, is a filmmaker and Liz entrusted him with the video evidence before her death last year. He's already digitized the video evidence, and now needs some funding to properly organize the archive for posterity. Would appreciate it if you can help him out.

By the way, we went to a screening of a new film that Mike and Jason Bailey produced. It was very funny, a pseudo-documentary about an exploitation filmmaker in the 1970s and 1980s, cutting between "newly discovered" film trailers and critics talking about how bad they were. I think the title is Lost & Found, but it's not the 2017 film by that name at IMDB, and I'm not seeing anything on it either at the Films on Consignment or Fifth Column Filmworks websites, so I'll have to get more info later.

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New records rated this week:

  • Bill Anschell: Rumbler (2016 [2017], Origin): [cd]: B+(**)
  • Arca: Entrañas (2016, self-released, EP): [sc]: B+(*)
  • BJ Barham: Rockingham (2016, self-released): [r]: A-
  • Luke Bell: Luke Bell (2016, Bill Hill): [r]: B+(***)
  • Jakob Bro: Streams (2015 [2016], ECM): [dl]: B
  • Brookzill!: Throwback to the Future (2016, Tommy Boy): [r]: B+(*)
  • Apollo Brown & Skyzoo: The Easy Truth (2016, Mello Music): [r]: B+(***)
  • Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. 1) (2016, Circa 13/Def Jam, EP): [r]: B+(*)
  • Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. 2) (2016, Circa 13/Def Jam, EP): [r]: B
  • The Cactus Blossoms: You're Dreaming (2016, Red House): [r]: B+(*)
  • Frank Catalano/Jimmy Chamberlin: Bye Bye Blackbird (2016, Ropeadope): [r]: B+(*)
  • Gustavo Cortiñas Snapshot: Esse (2016 [2017], OA2): [cd]: B+(*)
  • Laura Dubin Trio: Live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (2016 [2017], self-released, 2CD): [cd]: B+(*)
  • The Fall: Wise Ol' Man (2016, Cherry Red, EP): [r]: B+(*)
  • Fumaça Preta: Impuros Fanáticos (2016, Soundway): [r]: B+(*)
  • Noah Haidu: Infinite Distances (2015-16 [2017], Cellar Live): [cd]: B+(**)
  • Cynthia Hilts: Lyric Fury (2014 [2017], Blond Coyote): [cd]: B+(*)
  • Lonnie Holley: Keeping a Record of It (2013, Dust-to-Digital): [r]: B+(**)
  • Cody Jinks: I'm Not the Devil (2016, Cody Jinks Music): [r]: B+(**)
  • Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands: The Hazel & Alice Sessions (2016, Spruce and Maple): [r]: B+(***)
  • Mark Lewis: New York Sessions (2015 [2017], Audio Daddio): [cd]: B+(**)
  • Mannequin Pussy: Romantic (2016, Tiny Engines, EP): [r]: B+(*)
  • Kjetil Møster/Hans Magnus Ryan/Ståle Storløkken/Thomas Strønen: Reflections in Cosmo (2016 [2017], RareNoise): [cdr]: B+(**)
  • Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace (2016, ECM): [dl]: B+(**)
  • Ted Nash Big Band: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom (2016, Motema, 2CD): [r]: B
  • Youssou N'Dour: #Senegaal Rekk (2016, self-released, EP): [yt]: A-
  • Tami Neilson: Don't Be Afraid (2015, self-released): [r]: B+(**)
  • Nu Guinea: The Tony Allen Experiments [Afrobeat Makers Vol 3] (2016, Comet): [r]: A-
  • Randy Rogers Band: Nothing Shines Like Neon (2016, Tommy Jackson): [r]: B+(*)
  • Jimetta Rose: The Light Bearer (2016, Temporary Whatever): [r]: B-
  • L.A. Salami: Dancing With Bad Grammar (2016, PIAS America): [r]: B+(*)
  • Hillary Scott & the Scott Family: Love Remains (2016, Capitol Nashville): [r]: B-
  • Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home (2010-14 [2017], Eden River): [cd]: B+(**)
  • Aubrie Sellers: New City Blues (2016, Warner Nashville): [r]: B+(*)
  • Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land (2016, BMG): [r]: B+(***)
  • Shura: Nothing's Real (2016, Polydor): [r]: B+(**)
  • Sia: This Is Acting (2016, Inertia/Monkey Puzzle/RCA): [r]: B+(*)
  • The Wainwright Sisters: Songs in the Dark (PIAS): [r]: B+(**)
  • Warehouse: Super Low (2016, Bayonet): [r]: B+(**)
  • Watkins Family Hour: Watkins Family Hour (2015, Thirty Tigers): [r]: B
  • Eri Yamamoto Trio: Firefly (2012 [2013], AUM Fidelity): [r]: B+(*)
  • Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life (2016, AUM Fidelity): [r]: B+(**)
  • Miguel Zenón: Típico (2016 [2017], Miel Music): [cd]: A-
  • Zomba Prison Project: I Will Not Stop Singing (2016, Six Degrees): [r]: B+(**)

Recent reissues, compilations, and vault discoveries rated this week:

  • Mose Allison: American Legend: Live in California (2006 [2015], Ibis): [r]: B+(*)
  • Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta (1970s [2016], Numero Group, 3CD): [r]: B+(***)
  • Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth-Disco 1980-1984 (1980-84 [2016], Cultures of Soul): [r]: B-
  • Joe Bushkin: Live at the Embers 1952 (1952 [2016], Dot Time): [r]: B+(***)
  • Chris Rogers: Voyage Home (2001 [2017], Art of Life): [cd]: B
  • Sheer Mag: Compilation (2014-16 [2017], Wilsuns RC): [bc]: B+(***)


Unpacking: Found in the mail last week:

  • Joe Bourne: Upbeat and Sweet (Summit)
  • The CCM Jazz Orchestra as James Bond: Nobody Does It Better (Summit)
  • Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales (Intakt)
  • Tim Daisy: Red Nation "1" (Relay)
  • Jon De Lucia Group: As the River Sings (Fresh Sound New Talent): cdr
  • The Brian Dickinson Quintet: The Rhythm Method (Addo): January 28
  • Nick Finzer: Hear & Now (Outside In Music): February 17
  • Jihye Lee Orchestra: April (self-released): February 24
  • Arthur Lipner: Two Hands One Heart: Best of Arthur Lipner (Malletworks Media, 2CD)
  • Aki Takase/David Murray: Cherry Shakura (Intakt)
  • Baron Tymas: Montréal (Tymasmusic): January 23
  • Miguel Zenón: Típico (Miel Music): February 10