Linkoban/Owiny Sigoma Band
Linkoban: Super Into On It (Superbillion)
"Your time on earth is precious/Let's go fast and not go slow/Your time on earth is precious/Let's go high and not go low." Pretty sensible as excited statements of musical purpose go, and we can't get too many of them these days. Because this Vietnamese-Chinese Copenhagener has plenty of spritz rhythmically and personally, she and her band's EP goes fast, four songs in 16 minutes, and aims high. Displaying more flow in English than many American-born Anglophones, she's always on top of the jingly M.I.A. style now designated grime by young people who believe pop electrohop stands in perpetual need of reclassification so they can own it. She's always beaty, always catchy, always cheeky. Not as deep as M.I.A., granted. But not as foolish, either. A MINUS
Owiny Sigoma Band: Owiny Sigoma Band (Brownwood)
The attraction is a Luo elder named Joseph Nyamungu, who plays a droning, mbira-sounding eight-stringed lyre called the nyatiti and sings with built-in momentum and gruff command. His five tracks are all exciting in different ways, solo showcase included. The other five falter in direct correlation to how prominently they feature the white Londoners who brought Nyamungu and the rest of their Kenyan bandmates into the great world, with the all-Londoner instrumental "Nabed Nade El Piny Ka‑-Rework (How Will I Love in This World)" the nadir (and the Kenyan version of the same song on the somewhat ramshackle Sofrito: International Soundclash comp vastly superior). Kenyan beats carry two English-language songs in which one Londoner reflects on some aspect of modernity I can't make out and another expresses his all-too-patient love. Guest patron Damon Albarn's Farfisa wilds out on the Kenyan-dominated "Odera Lwar" before his Omnichord further dulls "Margaret Okudo‑-Dub." I know, this is all too schematic. Unfortunately, it's true. Also true: you'll love that nyatiti. B PLUS
That Pitchfork poll was too much trouble, having to add all those albums. Wussy obviously, but when you search for S-K, "Call the Doctor" and "Dig Me Out" don't show up, but their others do. As for Lucinda, Car Wheels doesn't show up. Isn't that her best. Has to add Youssou N'Dour also. Like I said, too much trouble. Worst of all, I would've had to write in my number 1. Love and Theft for goodness sake. Funeral Dress I understand, but not that one..
I'm working on a top 100 for the Pitchfork poll. I'm not finished yet, so some may (probably will) move down on the list, but Funeral Dress is currently my #1, Strawberry my #13, Left for Dead my #28, and Wussy my #55. For my #1 pick, I wrote this summery:
"On their debut album, Cincinnati rockers Wussy managed to reach perfection, combining noise and twang in eleven simple, melodious songs. If there are two voices that were meant to go together, Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker have them."
I'm not on FB or twitter, so I'll vote via Giggle. Why not? And Left for Dead will certainly be on my list.
"but if we could succeed in getting Wussy on the list it would be a worthy cause at the very least imo"
I actually agree and would vote for any of the 5 albums if a consensus was reached here.
Ahhh -- screw 'em. Somebody's got to convince me these things are a force for good in a concrete way that makes sense.
Unless Giggle means Google.
(Sigh) The sad fate of a number too large to take care of itself.
Ahhh -- screw 'em.
Yes, but if we could succeed in getting Wussy on the list it would be a worthy cause at the very least imo. Why do I worry that they don't recognize the best band in America? Because it's there...
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Ahhh -- screw 'em. It's the flipside of the Modernist Madness that led to Abstract Expressionism being the Culmination of Art. Let Snoots decide what's Supreme. Let Lumps rule the Eternal Moment. Bad system.
BTW, is anyone else here participating in this P4K poll?
Is there a way to vote if you're not on Facebook or Twitter?
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Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.