YTD listened to: 271
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 136
Not good music:124
Buys: 11 (not all 2012 releases)
Pending (Requiring more listening):
Sidi Toure: Koima
Horse Feathers: Cynic’s New Year
@@@ You can check out some experimental metal music by Wreck and Reference. I found this self-released record on Olive Music over here. The contrast between the intimate prayer like vocals and the droning, noisy maelstrom is pretty creative and jarring.
I give props to Olive Music for almost always pushing up self-released music and you can stream more of Wreck and Reference at Bandcamp.
@@@ I checked out Whosane via Okayafrica here. I like his flow on the microphone and the African choir vocals in the back. I don’t love the tune, but it’s a cool hybrid and solid.
@@@ Chris Holms single I found via the Danish blog It’s a Trap here. Notable for three reasons:
1. The only way you can get a fall release onto the blogs this early is with the juice of a publicist. The idea that the music blogosphere is an arms open grass roots music filter is pretty juvenile.
2. Second, check what the blog wrote: I don’t think it’s very good at all, but I know lots of folks will probably be curious. You almost never see a pan in the indie music blog world.
3. I support more honest critiques of music. I still listened to this tune even though the blog didn’t like it. All the cheerleading isn’t helping to sell more music — smart listeners see right through it.
The tune is pretty average, but check it out.
@@@ You can download 23 tracks over here at Dadada. I checked out the first two tunes by Life Size Maps and Volcanoes and thought they were pretty ordinary.