YTD recordings listened to: 104
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 65
Not good music: 24
Possibles: Isaiah Toothtaker (2011), Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, The Ones to Blame, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Skyzoo, Philippe Petite, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Nico Muhly, Bob Gluck Trio, How to Dress Well, Kayhan Kalhor, Ether Net, Oddisee
@@@ Ben Bennett: Spoilage (Experimedia, 2013) Hard to classify noise/ambient/punky music that I found over here at Anti-Gravity Bunny. Racket appears to be a common word for this work. Tribal drumming, drones, dry sounding — it’s like a one man acoustic version of Lightning Bolt, the grating art sound kings of the underground. It’s decent. I’m not jumpin up and down but it’s interesting.
@@@ Buke and Gase: General Dome (Brassland, 2013). A MOG new release page release. Big crunchy rock bass and big thumpin’ major label drum sound is what struck me on the first tune ‘Houdini Crush’. With the female singer and the slightly odd arrangements with rock instrumentation there’s definitely a Breeders/P.J. Harvey vibe going on here. I dig the second tune ‘Hiccup’ and I appreciate the weirdness of the tunes. Not mind blowing, but far better than so much of the indie music out there.
@@@ Darkstar: North (Hyperdub, 2010). They have a new record out that’s not on MOG, but I thought I would check this one. An electronica foundation with quasi-classical piano and a dreamy male vocal. This is in between your booty bumping electronica and your abstract ambient stuff. I don’t love the singer’s voice — soft for my taste.
@@@ Bill Peterson Trio: Ruby Diamond (Summit, 2013) A straight jazz record I found via searching on the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition winner Jamison Ross’ name on MOG. On the first tune, they get into some interesting places — definitely a little more than usual on straight record with a swingin’ rhythm section. I like the piano player, Peterson, he has flavor. The rhythm section is good but I find myself listening most to Peterson.
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