YTD recordings listened to: 305
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 199
Not good music: 88
Honorable Mentions: 1
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, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Melingo, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Mexican Dubwiser, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid
@@@ Ramona Lisa: Arcadia (Terrible Records, 2014). Slotted as alternative singer/songwriter in the All Music weekly email to my ears it sounds more like an indie electronic record. Slow, psychedelic synth clouds and a spaced out female voice in the first tune, Arcadia. The second tune confirms my view as we get a pretty standard 1980’s synth pop rock song Backwards and Upwards. It’s pretty standard for this style, and there’s just so much of this
@@@ Mekong Delta: In a Mirror Darkly (Steamhammer, 2014). I found this German progressive thrash metal band via a heavy metal mailorder email. It opens up with a tune called ‘Introduction’ a nylon string guitar ditty, classical in nature. The second tune, Ouverture, is notable for it’s agressive double kick sound and epic, melodic guitar shred. Also a very nice stringy bass sound. We do not encounter a vocalist until the third tune, The Armageddon Machine, and he’s a classic metal singer. He sounds a lot like the dude from the Scorpions. Shredzilla meets the Wailer, that’s what we’ll call this.
@@@ Floor: Oblation (Season of Mist, 2014). A swarm of thick guitar bees and a singer that sounds a bunch like the dude in Stone Temple Pilots. These guys are a couple of notches rougher than those pretty boys while remaining in the hard rock neighborhood. Very grunge-y but I guess that’s the next sound to be dug up from the ground and served to the masses. I guess they’re only putting small nuggets of this record up on the net so I don’t have a lot to judge but it’s a hot guitar sound and a familiar sound.
@@@ Pillar Point: Pillar Point (Polyvnyl, 2014). Off a music publicist email. I was into the hip hop beat that opens up the track but it morphs into a straighter indie electronic tune about a minute in. Big cloud synth patches, a swirling synth, a slow pulse bass — could be an electric bass or a synth, and a falsetto male singer doing his thing. It’s all right.
@@@ Lovelife: Angel (Fifth Member?, 2014). A new single from this L.A. band that I got to via a music publicist. It’s being marketed as r&b, but I think that’s an attempt to sprint away from the deluge of synth pop that is currently washing over the music public. It sports a straight rock beat, a blue-eyed soul style singer (think Hall & Oates, yikes!), and a healthy smattering of synth bass, a piano patch and a metallic delayed splurch. I like the singer and the beat, the synths not so much.