YTD recordings listened to: 360
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 236
Not good music: 106
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, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, Tiger Hatchery, 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, Nat Baldwin
@@@ Miklos Lukacs: Cimbalom Duo (Folk Europe, 2010). I saw this artist mentioned on a jazz promo email although it sounds more like a folk/classical combo platter rather than an improvised record. Lukacs plays the cimbalom, which I’m going to have to google. OK, I’m back and the cimbalom is a stringed instrument in the dulcimer family that is connected to Eastern European gypsy culture. To my ear this instrument sounds a bit like a harpsichord when they get going, like a piano in other places, and this is definitely brunch music I can recommend. Very melodic and beautiful with substance and a distinct lack of cheese.
@@@ Ryan Joseph Anderson: The Weaver’s Broom (Not sure, self-released, 2014). Some downer alt-country slacker soft rock I got to via a music publicist. I like Anderson’s voice, he sounds genuine and not manipulative. A little bit of The Band, a schmear ofTom Waits, a little roots, and a generous helping of 1970’s laidback rock. I really like the third tune, Weep Caroline. I like this record, folks should check it out.
You can stream/buy over here at his website.
@@@ Clara Barker: Fine Art and the Breslins (Small Bear Records, 2013). Somewhat dark lyrics from a female singer that lurk underneath a rather bubbly band. I was contacted by the label that released this record. Intricate background vocals support the strummed acoustic guitars and the banjo. I struggle a bit with upbeat music but this is well done.
@@@ Marvelous Mark: Bite Me (Slumberland Records, 2014). Some power pop/punk I got to via a music publicist email. Nice crunchy ass guitars with a slack but not sedated voice nestled in the noise. Reminiscent of poppier Bob Mould and Superdrag. Oh yeah, and that Weezer duder.
@@@ Collin Herring: Some Knives (Not Sure, 2014). A blend of rock and alt-country that I got to via a music publicist email. Herring’s voice sounds vulnerable and that filters through the sound of the band. Lot’s of reverb on the guitar. I’m a bit surprised to hear the synths come out on this record, but that’s the he rolled. I like his voice but I wish he had stuck with one style and dug deeper. That’s how I roll when I listen.
You can stream over here.