YTD recordings listened to: 85
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 53
Not good music: 31
Honorable Mentions: 0
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, Xiu Xiu, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal
@@@ Dum Dum Girls: Too True (Sub Pop, 2014). Off the All Music weekly email, this is synth rock heavily influenced by 1980’s music. I’m a bit horrified to hear the gated snare and chorused guitar sound coming back, but the times they are a circlin’ back and repeating. The songs are solidly executed and professional and the vibe is detached which I guess is a key part of the synth rock vibe.
@@@ Warpaint: Warpaint (Rough Trade, 2014). Big rhythm section indie/Brit rock I found on the new release page at Rdio. Outside of the big rhythm section sound, this second tune, Keep It Healthy is a bit of a snoozer. It’s an okay formula, but it’s not working for me.
@@@ Sarantos: Not Where I Want to Be (Self-released, 2014). A dreamy/mopey folk rock indie nugget I got to via a publicist email. Sensitive male music, not much more to say than that.
@@@ Potty Mouth: Black and Studs (Old Flame, 2013). A chunk of old school 1990’s style of indie/tuneful punk I got to from a publicist email. Middle frequency buzzing guitars, super cool and detached female vocals with some background vocals and a drummer that’s strangling that ride cymbal. If you prefer more humor go for the Breeders, if you want women to beat you up check out Sleater-Kinney.