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baystateoftheart
Neil Young as a butternut squash



Age: 24
Location: Massachusetts
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#1 | Posted: 02/02/2019 19:37 | Post subject: Black History Month Listening Project (Second Annual) Reply with quote
I did this last year for the ten days remaining in February after I thought of it. It was fun, so this time I'm doing it for the whole month. If you want to join me in either type of participation to celebrate black music for Black History Month, welcome! Very Happy

Would love to hear about your discoveries and recommendations in this thread!

Participation Type 1: People who want to consciously listen to more music by black artists in honor of Black History Month.

Participation Type 2: People who want to try listening to only music by black artists in honor of Black History Month. (I'll be doing this one.)

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Running list of albums I've heard so far this month [* = not my first time listening front-to-back]:

Amazing:

Universal Consciousness - Alice Coltrane (1971)
Out To Lunch! - Eric Dolphy (1964)*
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971)*

Great:

World Galaxy - Alice Coltrane (1972)
Genocide & Juice - The Coup (1994)
Brown Sugar - D'Angelo (1995)
Section.80 - Kendrick Lamar (2011)
War In My Pen - Mike (2018)
Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound In 1970's Nigeria - Various Artists (2010)
Catch A Fire - The Wailers (1973)

Quite Good:

Anguish - Anguish (2018)
Agharta - Miles Davis (1975)
Forget - Twin Shadow (2010)
Super Tight... - UGK (1994)
Angola Soundtrack: The Unique Sound Of Luanda 1968-1976 - Various Artists (2010)
Flockaveli - Waka Flocka Flame (2010)
I Am > I Was - 21 Savage (2018)

Good, But Flawed:

Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A (1988)

Not Worthwhile:

The Powers That B - Death Grips (2015)

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P.S. Get To Know A Top 10 will return in April
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Fischman
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#2 | Posted: 02/02/2019 19:49 | Post subject: Reply with quote
These were my top discoveries this year that should fit into your thread:





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baystateoftheart
Neil Young as a butternut squash



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#3 | Posted: 02/02/2019 19:55 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Fischman wrote:
These were my top discoveries this year that should fit into your thread:


Cool! This one sounds especially interesting. Added to my to-do list.
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#4 | Posted: 02/02/2019 20:39 | Post subject: Reply with quote
I'll also toss something your way!


Dimanche À Bamako by Amadou & Mariam

They're a Malian husband and wife duo who both lost their vision in their youth. It's a really neat mix of blues and traditional African music. Best of luck with your month and I can't wait to read about what you discover!
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baystateoftheart
Neil Young as a butternut squash



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#5 | Posted: 02/02/2019 21:13 | Post subject: Reply with quote
gloriousgoo wrote:
I'll also toss something your way!


Dimanche À Bamako by Amadou & Mariam

They're a Malian husband and wife duo who both lost their vision in their youth. It's a really neat mix of blues and traditional African music. Best of luck with your month and I can't wait to read about what you discover!


I have this album, and it's really good. I think it was in the first version of my top 100.

It's not just recs for me, but rather for anyone who's interested in being a part of this thread. So maybe someone who hasn't heard Dimanche À Bamako yet will enjoy it too! Very Happy
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Fischman
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#6 | Posted: 02/02/2019 23:05 | Post subject: Reply with quote
And I forgot to add this one that my 19yo son just turned me on to... magnificent disc!

I like it even better than her more famous Journey in Satchidananda

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baystateoftheart
Neil Young as a butternut squash



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#7 | Posted: 02/02/2019 23:18 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Fischman wrote:
And I forgot to add this one that my 19yo son just turned me on to... magnificent disc!

I like it even better than her more famous Journey in Satchidananda



I second your adjective, but I slightly prefer Journey In Satchidananda. Thanks for reminding me to listen to some more Alice Coltrane. I want to try Universal Consciousness and World Galaxy, two of her other jazz albums that are supposed to be excellent.
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Fischman
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#8 | Posted: 02/02/2019 23:36 | Post subject: Reply with quote
baystateoftheart wrote:
Fischman wrote:
And I forgot to add this one that my 19yo son just turned me on to... magnificent disc!

I like it even better than her more famous Journey in Satchidananda



I second your adjective, but I slightly prefer Journey In Satchidananda. Thanks for reminding me to listen to some more Alice Coltrane. I want to try Universal Consciousness and World Galaxy, two of her other jazz albums that are supposed to be excellent.


I'll but those two into my queue as well. I'm really enjoying exploring her catalog.
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Tha1ChiefRocka
I'm A Cowboy On My Own Trip



Location: Kansas
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#9 | Posted: 02/03/2019 00:33 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Shameless plug https://www.besteveralbums.com/phpBB2/v...hp?t=20962

I have nowhere the amount of time needed to go in depth on each year as I was wanting to do for this project, so for now this diary will be on hiatus; however, I think the dream is to someday create a book that accurately depicts the evolution of rock music (I'm sure there are some good one's out there, but what do they know?). For now, if you want to listen to black music, then I couldn't suggest a better starting point.

There are some country guys in the playlists as well, but don't mind them. Especially Bob Wills and his singer Tommy Duncan. They were OG's.
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baystateoftheart
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#10 | Posted: 02/08/2019 04:19 | Post subject: Reply with quote

Universal Consciousness by Alice Coltrane

Ok I got around to this and it's an apt title for sure. Feels mind-expanding in the best possible way. Everyone plays so well and so creatively! It is already my favorite free jazz record I've heard, and will be a serious contender for my favorite Alice Coltrane record. 4.5/5.
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