YTD recordings listened to: 616
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 377
Not good music: 182
Honorable Mentions: 15
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Patterson Hood, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ether Net, Oddisee, Holly Williams, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, 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, pop. 1280, Kendl Winter, Lynx, Shigeto, Bone Dance
@@@ Big Sean: Hall of Fame (Def Jam, 2013) Some hip hop off the MOG new release page. Opens up with Nothing is Stopping You, a mid tempo almost soul arrangment for Big Sean to rap about his quest for fame and money. The second tune, Fire, gets more into that melodramatic, over the top arrangment that hip hop has been dabbling in more lately. Wow, oddly white folk hip hop cheese. Big Sean’s flow on the mic is a bit forced on the third tune 10 2 10 and when he raps he’s working like a Mexican, he punched my ticket out of this record.
@@@ Holy Ghost: Dynamics (DFA Records, 2013). Some uplifting electronica disco that I found via a publicist’s email. Oh my, it’s only 57 seconds of confection but they got some serious bounce and an upper register male singer so if that’s how you roll have at it.
@@@ The Blind Shake: Key to a False Door (Castle Records, 2013). A single from the album coming out on September 17 that I was made aware of by a music publicist. It’s a racketous tune, Garbage on Glue, with a heavy rolling tom beat, some noisy guitars and a chopped lyrical flow.
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@@@ Deap Valley: Get Deap! EP (Cherrytree!, 2013). I found this band via a music publicist email. These ladies are a bit Heart blenderized with the White Stripes. Production is mainstream, big drums and riffs. I’m feeling like they bit Jack White’s guitar sound too much.
@@@ Royal Canoe: Bathtubs (Roll Call Records, 2013). Another publicist band. Intricately arranged mainstream indie pop. A tad quirky, a tad shiny, the sounds trump the song here.