YTD recordings listened to: 827
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 505
Not good music: 256
Honorable Mentions: 18
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Joseph Arthur, Melt Yourself Down, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, About Group, Andrew Cedermark, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, All Pigs Must Die, Chris Shifflett, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Cage the Elephant, Carcass, Defeater, Tal National, Sidi Toure, Tim Hecker
@@@ Tim Hecker: Virgins (Kranky, 2013). I saw this record as an Aquarius Records record of the week. People love this guy — I like him and find his music very intelligent. Instead of a beat based ambient electronic formula his music has more of a cut and paste collage feel to it. More sounds bumping into each other than layered on top of one another. This is a substantial record and I will be checking it out when I have more time to do so. Instrumentation is a combination of acoustic sounds with a lot of random ambient sounds, but not a lot of synthesizers floating around.
@@@ Roy Harper: Man and Myth (Science Friction, 2013). Some old school, full band folk/soft rock that I found on the All Music weekly email. Harper’s bio at All Music shows he’s got some mileage and this is his first new music in 13 years. His music sounds the way a musician from the mid-60’s is supposed to sound. Pleasantly loose with poetic aspirations. There is no twerking going on here.
@@@ YU: The Earn (Mello Music, 2013). This record was recommended to me after I ‘liked’ a record by Oddissee. I think of this as a Wu-Tang Style record, except more enlightened. The arrangements are instrument-based rather than synth based, there are multiple rappers taking the microphone, and the beats seem to refer back to that age of hip hop. I’m not expert on hip hop and don’t pretend to be, I just want to state that openly. I like this record, but I don’t love it.
@@@ Laurel Halo: Chance of Rain (Hyperdub, 2013). Off the MOG new release page, the record opens up with a fairly tasty and soulful keyboard intro. Wow an electronic record where music is manipulated AND a human is playing an instrument. Imagine that! The second tune, Oneirot, is a brisk titschy beat with some blasts of low mid frequencies over it. I think I was hoping for that performed/manipulated ratio to remain the same throughout the record but it didn’t, but it’s still way more solid than the current avalanche of electronic dreck.
@@@ Foxes: Youth (Sign of the Times, 2013). Some electronic r&b with a super dramatical female singer. She sounds like she’s about to cum and she is most definitely milking the microphone over the classic club boom-titch. Americans who spend much of their lives strolling the fake flower scented halls of corporate malls will enjoy this cheese.