YTD recordings listened to: 330
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 218
Not good music: 92
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, Dave Arner Trio, Graveola, Safe Haven, Cyanide Pills, Har Mar Superstar, Trap Them
@@@ Ghostkeeper: Horse Chief! War Thief! (Saved by Vinyl, 2013). #5 on the CFUV charts this week. If you blenderized 2 cups of Pavement with a cup of Lou Reed and a teaspoon of psychedelic garage band X you would have something akin to this band. Herky jerky song changes, a small portion of bleeps and low level strangeness help quirk this record fulfill its mission.
@@@ Birds in Row: You, Me & the Violence (Deathwish, 2012). #9 on the CFUV loud charts. More post hardcore than metal, I would say this is rough but more medium rough than your basic heavy metal total sonic assault. The tempos are up but not speeded out, the singer is shouting but not doing that cave man whoop and the drummer sounds a bit more like a rock drummer than a metal drummer. Things really start heating up on the third tune Cages and boil over on Guillotine.
@@@ Frank Turner: Tape Deck Heart (Interscope, 2013). Rousing UK/Irish area rock with touches of folk. Waterfalls of words by Turner, some funny and some heartfelt and touching and somewhat clunky and cliche animate the proceedings (or not). File this music under ‘the world sucks but we can get through this together — chin up people.’ Lots of mentions of broken people getting better and cuts and scars that won’t go away. It’s in that vein and it’s a tad too familiar to make much of an impact on me.
@@@ Matt Shadetek: The Empire Never Ended (Dutty Artz, 2013) Some electronica that’s #8 on the CFUV electronica chart. Part old school/left field hip hop, part nerd electronic. Plenty of computerized/pixellated voices, space guns. It’s not really my thing, but check it out for yourself.
@@@ Chico Mann: Magical Thinking (Soundway, 2013). An instrumental combo platter of disco, funk, and electro. Very early ’80s-ish. Not super sure what to say about this music. I would recommend Prince’s Dirty Mind to this in a second, as the extreme horniness and the whole God trip he was on created a sort of tension that made the tunes more interesting.