YTD recordings listened to: 555
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 339
Not good music: 161
Honorable Mentions: 15
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, 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, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Joseph Arthur, Melt Yourself Down, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, About Group, A Tribe Called Red, Andrew Cedermark, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, All Pigs Must Die, Chris Shifflett
@@@ Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants: All Hat and No Cattle (Side One Dummy, 2013). Fans of BR5-49 will really dig these guys. I came to this record via the MOG new release page. Classic single coil guitar playing and a duel guitar attack as well as slide guitar on the opener, ‘Guitar Pickin’ Man’. I think this record is going to run straight through just doin what they do best, which be singin’ redneck music.
@@@ Ikonika: Aerotropolis (Hyperdub, 2013). Some futuristic electronica off the MOG new release page. A barrage of shiny synthesizers in the opener Mise En Place. The second tune ‘Keep it Simple’ is more club oriented than the first tune. Indebted to 1980’s Madonna club music, I dig the drum sound but the tunes are meh.
@@@ Tohpati: Riot (Moonjune Records, 2012). I saw this record reviewed at the London Jazz blog so I thought I would peep it. If you blenderized Living Colour and Joe Satriani I think it would sound a lot like these guys. Super riff-y and the second tune gets more into white boy funk territory. I’m not sure how I feel about white boy funk — I think I may prefer non-white boy funk. I’m diggin’ the drummer more than guitar player on this one.
@@@ Dreamboat: Boy (Hybridity, 2013). Some indie electronic from the CFUV weekly playlist email. These are full on songs with electronica backing. Some indie electronic is more about the sounds with some ooh yeahs, and a smattering of vocals on top. This is more in the Depeche Mode/Pet Shop Boys neighborhood. He’s got a bit of a glum voice and that doesn’t usually work for me.
@@@ Jeff ‘Siege’ Siegel: Magical Spaces (CAP, 2005). A straight jazz quartet record I found after seeing Siegel’s name listed in a NYC jazz gig email. Uptempo and smooth, I enjoyed Siegel’s drumming. Here is a clip frrom around the time this record was put out.