YTD recordings listened to: 409
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 262
Not good music: 119
Honorable Mentions: 10
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, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Orchestra Super Mazembe, Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood, Inzinzac
@@@ Glenn Jones: My Garden State (Thrill Jockey, 2013). A folk record I found on the CFUV weekly email. Very pretty and understated instrumental banjo/guitar music, at least on the opener. The third tune ‘Goin Back to East Montgomery’ is a big ol’ chunk of acoustic guitar loveliness. Live version clipped below.
@@@ The Red Microphone: The Red Microphone Speaks! (Dissident Arts, 2013). I caught this political, free jazz outfit on the All About Jazz weekly gig email that gets sent out. I like the instrumentation of vibes/percussion, two horns and upright bass and I like the swing on these renditions of protest songs from back in the 1930’s and on. A lot of protest music has a real in your face feel to it so I think this swinging, soulful approach could win them more fans.
@@@ Mount Kimbie: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (Warp, 2013). A MOG new release page record. Opens up with Home Recording, a chopped keyboard tune with quasi-mangled vocals. The second tune, You Took Your Time, features a fat tongued rapper that I find annoying. Fast forward. I like a bunch of the keyboard work on this record and I dig the subtle dub influences threaded in, but I’m not down for the whole sandwich.