YTD recordings listened to: 163
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 110
Not good music: 47
Honorable Mentions: 0
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, About Group, 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, Slidhr, Temples, The Whammies
@@@ Alsaharah: Soukoura EP (Wonderwheel, 2014). A world music record I found via the WRIR weelky email. From the WRIR blurb the singer has studied in the U.S. and she plays with an Armenian oud player and musicians from other countries in the Middle East. There are influences in addition to Middle Eastern influences, sections where the bass player scats along with some fairly badass melodic bass playing, pop music background vocals and some slight electro-club influence. To my ears this record is trying to be its own thing while not being one thing. This is an EP with a bunch of remixes while the main release that was reviewed on WRIR is called Silt, also on Wonderwheel records. I’d like to hear more from the full non-remix record but it’s not on my streaming store.
@@@ Neneh Cherry: Blank Project (Smalltown Superjazz, 2014). A semi-out popular music outing from free jazz legend Don Cherry’s daughter. The second tune, the title track is an electro-hippie kind of thing — well tracked drums, a big bouncing synth patch and Cherry’s heavy lyrics, which I wish I could connect with better. I think the reference for this record is late 1980’s Prince records like Sign O the Times without guitar playing and with more downer lyrics. I wanted to like this more.
@@@ Bleeding Rainbow: Interrupt (Kanine, 2014). Female fronted power chord rock with synth touches. I got to this record the All Music weekly email. Think Foo Fighters redux — very high energy mainstream rock. Maybe it will move you. I guess the most interesting thing about this band is how they switch from a female singer to a male singer and back again. The band remains the same regardless of singer, for better or for worse.