YTD recordings listened to: 191
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 126
Not good music: 52
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, Kayhan Kalhor, Ether Net, Oddisee, Holly Williams
@@@ Golden Grrrls: Golden Grrrls (Slumberland, 2013). I found this record over at this UK site the Skinny. Sort of a classic happy punk sound with an earcatching melodic bass player and a sing-along female singer doin her thing over some strummed distorted chords. There is also a gent in there co-lifting and they trade back and forth on the vocal duties. He’s far from being a screamer and his voice lends a slacker vibe to the proceedings. I liked track 5, ‘Older Today’ the most of what I heard. The bass player steals the show here.
@@@ Apparat: Candil de la Calle (Mute, 2012) His new record was in last week’s All Music weekly email and this single is on MOG. The first version of the tune has sweet vocals that basically makes it a pop song on top of a pretty sophisticated dubstep background. More interesting is the dub remix with some chopped up pieces of vocals and additional sonic candy for your earholes. There is a second tune called Black Water which features vocals again, which I don’t like as much.
I’ve clipped the dub remix below.
@@@ Wayne Hancock: Ride (Bloodshot, 2013). A MOG new release recording. Some old school shitkickin’ honky tonk country blues (or some such combination of those influences). The verses are short and standard fare and the guitar solos are longer. The guitar tones are varied and of high quality so if you’re into a record of pickin’ have at it — pedal steel, acoustic, electric. I’m also happy to listen to upright bass, it’s a great instrument and lends an super old school tone to the record. Come and get it.
@@@ Beach Fossils: Clash the Truth (Captured Tracks, 2013). From the MOG new release section. Heavily indebted to 1980’s rock bands like the Cure, but not as mopey. That chorused guitar sound is like a time capsule leading right back to Ronald Reagan. The tempo on these tunes is up and the singer is rocking a sort of flat, detached and reverbed style which I don’t find that entertaining. I appreciated the change of pace on the laidback third tune, Sleep Apnea.
@@@ Doldrums: Lesser Evil (Arbutus Records, 2013). This debut record got a 5-star rating over here at the Skinny. The second tune, Anomaly, has an interesting mechanical drill sound and a catchy ping pong blurp, but I’m not sure those two sounds warrant a 5-star rating. The Space Invaders bop guns sounds really crank up in the third tune ‘She is the Wave’, but I’m not seeing abundant evidence of genius at work here. I wouldn’t say outright somebody got paid to pump this record, but I might.