YTD recordings listened to: 900
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 538
Not good music: 278
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, Jeri-Jeri, Christian Kjellvander, Mar Seck, Omar Souleyman
@@@ Boldy James: My 1st Chemistry Set (Decon/Mass Appeal, 2013). Some hip hop I found on the CFUV weekly email list. Boldy is all up in the gun bidness on the first tune, Bold. Boldy’s arrangments are pretty current sounding — sort of a big corporate sound rather than a focused funky sound, or an electronic elements heavy club sound. The sound of the record gets funkier on the third track, Moochie, but I fear I may be too much of a bitch to handle Boldy’s thug ways. Boldy’s flow on the microphone is syrupy and medium energy — he’s not fully blunted on the mic but he’s pretty sedate.
@@@ Five Finger Death Punch: The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Right Side of Hell (Prospect Park, 2013). Some heavy music that straddles mainstream hard rock and thrash — the singer is full pissed off in the verses, but the great cheese bird takes flight in the chorus. The drummer is pretty badass and the lyrics focus pretty exclusively on how much people suck and how they’ve mistreated the singer.
@@@ Robbie Williams: Swings Both Ways (Robbie Williams, 2013). With a pouty Frank Sinatra pose on the cover you know you’re in for a retro trip on this record. More big soul band than ol’ school big band-y. Williams is only an average salesmen for his songs, I’m unconvinced by his sharp one liners. I thought this was going to be much more acidic than it is but I guess this is aimed straight to the heart of the suburbs. It ends up sounding neither here nor there.
@@@ Daughtry: Baptized (RCA, 2013). I’m not sure what the deal is with Daughtry. Is he a residue of American Idol? Google says yes. Daughtry does a blend of mainstream styles and he swirls them all together the way you would a cheese fondue. A little country banjo cheese, some arena rock cheese, some pop cheese. And lest we not forget the meaningful lyrics. They should play this music down at Guantanamo Bay. Oy, the horror!
@@@ A Perfect Circle: Three Sixty (A Perfect Circle, 2013). If you like your heavy music groomed like a Brazilian wax job and if you dig your loud music singers to be urgent and breathy, A Perfect Circle will work for you. This is a greatest hits compilation for you kiddies out there, so dive on in.