YTD recordings listened to: 246
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 161
Not good music: 68
Possibles: Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Skyzoo, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bob Gluck Trio, Ether Net, Oddisee, Holly Williams, Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph, Hollis Brown.
@@@ Mwahaha: Mwahaha (Plug Research, 2013). Off the All Music weekly email. It’s rock with a dash of Radiohead neighborhood prog and a blissed out/stoney singer. Clouds and dreams people. The second tune rocks a bit harder than the opener Swimmer, but we’re still talkin’ about the trippy rock neighborhood. The tunes are solid, but not surprising in structure.
@@@ A Rocket to the Moon: Wild and Free (Fueled by Ramen, 2013). Marketed as indie, this is straight up mainstream rock from the All Music weekly email. Big production, smoothed out sound, extremely shiny sounding and very predictable rock for the suburbs. Today’s version of Hootie and the Blowfish, and we never needed Hootie the first time around..
@@@ Kreator: Phantom Antichrist (Nuclear Blast, 2012). I caught this long running metal band off my weekly metal email. Their discography stretches back quite a bit but as I’m not a super metal guy, they’re new to me. While they sport a fairly decent wallop, these guys traffic in a more epic, old school metal vibe rather than the newer straight sonic assault. The drummer maintains an iron like grip on the band while the guitarist serves up your classic metal riffage/kachunk and back again.
@@@ Aaron Diehl: The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (Mack Avenue, 2013). I found this recording via a review at a British jazz blog here. It’s a straight jazz recording with piano, vibes, bass, and drums. The playing is uptempo and straight.