I got very busy after June, in the mad dash to get the OMR compiler component out the door, and so I got behind on writing up music.
Of course, I didn't stop listening! So, I'll try to go through some of what I found awesome over the last few months.
John Lee Hooker's Decoration Day: Heartbreaker of a blues song.
Sarathy Kowar's album Day to Day is fascinating. Bhajan is :thumbsup:.
John Scofield's jazzy take on House of the Rising sub. Fun, especially as I've been learning to play guitar, and the straight forward traditional House of the Rising sun was one of the first things I learned to pick up.
Swedish born Snoh Allegra... well, I'm not going to write much better than this.
I have a huge appreciation for finely constructed pop music that's a little on the edge. This Banks song is right up my alley. No idea what's going on with the video, and lyrically: ? ? ?. But finely constructed pop.
I only recently discovered Derrick Hodge as an artist on his own, but he's played on Robert Glasper's albums before, so I've almost certainly heard him play before. I actually wanted to embed his song Transitions, but Soundcloud tells me not available in Canada. Sad face.
Stormzy: Solid modern grime.
Rag'n'Bone Man - Human. Great, heartfelt.
Alright. I think that's enough for this edition. I'm sure I missed an enormous amount, and will find new things. But, hopefully I'll do these more frequently and have less enormous gaps!
This weekend we went out on two different adventures. First was a trip Andrea and I took to Rouge Park, to wander around in the woods, and the second was a trip to an apple orchard to pick ourselves some apples for pies.
They were both a lot of fun. Interestingly they were both trips I brought my Fujifilm X20 on, after about six months of doing most of my photography with my phone.
Boy, what a reminder of how even an older camera can really dramatically outshine a phone camera. So much talk about how phones have replaced point and shoots is very true; the best camera is the one you have with you.
However, the difference in quality between my phone (iPhone 6s) and this three year old Fuji is so noticeable.
Having a zoom lens, even only 4x, helps immensely with framing, and I find the Fuji puts out crisper, brighter pictures than I typically get from my phone.
The downsides are definitely there though. One is of course size. As well, I find that on average the Fuji is a touch slower to autofocus, and heck of a lot slower to actually write out a photo. Perhaps if I bought a faster SD card that could be helped.
Anyhow. Long way of me saying: not vacationing without the Fuji any time soon, and I suspect, I will eventually replace it with another stand alone camera, even if the iPhone 7's depth effect is amazing.
Happy Canada Day! 🎉🇨🇦🎉
I'm celebrating by being on top of doing my June Music Post... only a day late. Boy though, was June ever full of good stuff. This one is extra long because of it.
It's a fantastic album to put on, and watch the landscape drift by on a train.
I'm not quite sure what I think of Kaytranada's album, but there's definitely something special in this track.
I was surprised to see this in the playlist twice, but, I definitely really liked it...
Given that it's now June, I suppose I ought to finally post my May music post: 😅
New Chance the Rapper Mixtape:
New Submotion Orchestra album is really great!
No idea where I found this one... probably GP. But great album by the Whitefield Brothers
Some smooth jazz... why not?
And a lovely cover:
I had the opportunity this month to go see the Ladom Ensemble. Good stuff (but I'm biased; Friends with the Pianist: Hi Pouya!). Here's their promo video:
They are on tour as we speak, so, if you're in eastern Canada, keep an eye out, they could be playing near you!.
Alright. That's all for now folks. Be back with June's... before August.