YTD recordings listened to: 905
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 540
Not good music: 280
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, 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, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Omar Souleyman, Okkyung Lee
@@@ Okkyung Lee: Wake Up Awesome (Software, 2013). Some abstract electronic music I found via the All Music weekly email. The first tune, the title track, is a combination of some mid range frequency drones, some low end rumbles, and what sounds like sharp bowed metallic noises. This segues into some noisy, improvised combination of acoustic and electronic sounds. It’s bold and unusual and the longer I listened the more I got into the music.
@@@ The Grascals: When I Get My Pay (Mountain Home Music, 2013). Some above average pickin’ and singin’ bluegrass that I saw on last week’s All Music weekly email. These guys wrote the theme song for the cable show, American Pickers, so they’re not a small band, It’s a pretty strong record, they really sing and play well together.
@@@ Machinedrum: Vapor City (Ninja Tune, 2013). Off the CFUV weekly email, it opens up with a chopped soul vibe over a snare pushin’ d&b rhythm. It’s a solid mellow vibe over pumped beats formula. The trippiness continues with a reverbed out female voice and some piano/guitar floating miasma in the second tune, Infinite Us.
@@@ Delta Rae: Chasing Twisters (Sire, 2013). Some corporate country twinged mainstream rock. Breathless, female hottie singing about all manner of cliche emotional states. Big epic production all in the name of recycled melodrama. Sad.
@@@ Potbelleez featuring B.O.B.: Magic Number (Not sure, 2013). Some hopped up edm flotsam with a hip hop break down to counteract the generous heaping of cheese sauce slathered on this track. Blech.