YTD recordings listened to: 1002
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 612
Not good music: 321
Honorable Mentions: 21
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, About Group, Andrew Cedermark, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, All Pigs Must Die, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Cage the Elephant, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, Tiger Hatchery
Due to a late November/early December listening spurt, I got to give my ears a bit of a rest but today we’re going over the 1,000 recording mark.
I know, everybody laughed (at me), and everybody cried (ran out of weed). By the way, I have no clue how half this blog post bolded out, I’m having profound browser klusterfuck and I really don’t have time to deal with it.
@@@ Drudkh: Microcosmos (Season of Mist, 2009) Some Ukrainian black metal to take us out of 2013 into 2014. Oh yeah! A nice sharp guitar sound and a stringy punk bass vibe and the barking singer. All the elements are there but with some mainstream rock mixed into the black metal pieces. The third tune, Sun of Great Nations Sits Down, has a syrupy, stony vibe that revels in the rolling. Tune in for the guitar distortion and stay for the stomp.
@@@ Tony Braxton and Babyface: Where Did We Go Wrong? (Motown, 2013). Some breathy falsetto from Babyface and a lower register for Braxton but she sounds like she’s about to cum — same as him. Accompanied by some tinkling percussion and a shopping mall drum machine beat they get into all manner of space age r&b goo. You would think experienced singers like this would be able to take a breath without sharing that breath with all the world to hear. Oy.
@@@ Secret Colours: Peach (Secret Colours, 2013). I got to this record via a Eastern European music blog I’m familiar with. Opens up with the tune, Blackbird, which I hear as a blend of dreamy psych elements and Brit rock. The singer is mad dreamy. The record sports a variety of tasty guitar sounds, but overall the vibe is a bit soft for my taste. But if you like the half-psych dreamy rock, have at it.