YTD recordings listened to: 904
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 528
Not good music: 327
Buys: 30 (not all 2012 releases)
Possibles: Zani Diabate, Isaiah Toothtaker (2011), Ondatropica, Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, The Ones to Blame, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Wahid, Skyzoo, Pig Destroyer, Bettye Lavette, Philippe Petite, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Bio Ritmo, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Mrs. Medicine, Nico Muhly, Code Orange Kids, Bob Gluck Trio
@@@ Bob Gluck Trio: Returning (FMR Records, 2011), I found this musician via the All About Jazz weekly gig email. This piano trio recording starts out pretty straight on the tune ‘Lifeline (Returning)’ but then opens up into a tasty and vigorous free vibe. Not a keyboard pounder, but these guys get into all sorts of interesting areas here and this record could end up on my best records found this year list.
@@@ Trash Talk: 119 (Odd Future, 2012). From the CFUV weekly email. I’m a bit shocked you can actually hear what the singer is yelling about. I dig that. The production is metal tight and right, but not the epic cheesiness found on some metal records. Lyrics and production point to a healthy amount of hardcore punk influence — denunciation of liars and thieves, self loathing, and the general shit nature of the world. These guys bring it with a punk muscularity that is good for the youth of America.
@@@ Amy Denio: Never Too Old to Pop a Hole (Self-released, 2007). A member of the all saxophone group the Tiptons, this cassette to digital release is pretty out there. This is some pretty out there lo-fi madness — toy piano, atypical vocal melodies that repeat for long periods. I appreciate the DIY aesthetic and uniqueness of this music.
@@@ J. Roe: 1Chain2Chainz (Diamond Media, 2012). I’m on the email list for Diamond Media. I’m always up for a denunciation of millionaire hip hop. The beats aren’t my favorite style, but I dig that this rapper talks about rappers being responsible to the youth instead of to their own bank accounts.
I like this line:
“And y’all sick of all these fuckin’ facades, everybody poppin’ crystal up in their rides/ Gimme a Bud Light and a red cup and I’m fine, see I’m white and get you hype, it’s like you bumpin’ a line…”
@@@ Bright Light Bright Light: Make Me Believe in Hope (The Blue Team, 2012) European style electro pop with a dramatic male singer and Celine Dion like production. Sophisticated macaroni and cheese.
@@@ Actress: RIP (Honest Jon’s, 2012). I like this label and hope that this record on the Guardian 40-21 best of list will pan out for me. It’s a dreamy, pumping electronic tune on the second track ‘Ascending’. Beatless and floating. The third tune ‘Holy Water’ traffics in some panned out wide synth droplets/pellets of sound. Better than the electro-dreck that inhabits much of this list, but frankly not year end worthy.