YTD recordings listened to: 466
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 297
Not good music: 133
Honorable Mentions: 13
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Skyzoo, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ether Net, Oddisee, Holly Williams, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Orchestra Super Mazembe, Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood, Inzinzac, Afrolicious, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Joseph Arthur, Melt Yourself Down, Zomby
@@@ Les Boukakes: Marra (Mimouna Productions, 2008) I could not find the new record by these guys in my MOG store, but this 2008 record is up there. I found these guys via the WRIR weekly playlist email. These guys are a true melting pot of influences – North African music, punk rock, dub, etc. I prefer Cheb Khaled’s music to this, but this is some pretty adventurous and hard hitting music.
@@@ Empire of the Sun: Ice on the Dune (Astralwerks, 2013) From the MOG new release section. Space age, sci-fi, Asian influenced pop electronica? Yup, you guessed it. This is some lush, cheesy ass club music. This is the kind of music you find cranked at the Gap while the teens are buying blue jeans. I dig the vocal hook in the third tune ‘Alive’ but otherwise this isn’t really my cup of tea. Wow, 4+ million hits on this tune clipped below. That’s a buttload of blue jeans.
@@@ Spectrals: Sob Story (Slumberland, 2013). With a singer doin his best to resurrect the spirit of late 1970’s Elvis Costello, at least in tone. Guitar base indie rock, with some shiny arpeggiated melodic lines and a straight forward rhythm section. Pretty, but I love Elvis Costello’s edge. Sounds good, performed well, I just wanted a couple teaspoons of the nasty chucked in there.
@@@ Drug Honkey: Ghost in the Fire (Diabolical, 2012). Their new record is one of Aquarius Records’ records of the week, but this 2012 effort is up on MOG. This is some sizzled out psycho-sludge metal. Delays on the voice, big caveman drums and poked with needles guitar. The second tune, the title track, is opening up more slowly. I’m not sure if this is music for stoned out fuckers or for Satanists (or for both!) but it’s pretty heavy.