YTD recordings listened to: 485
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 303
Not good music: 141
Honorable Mentions: 3
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, 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, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Third Coast Kings, Jack White, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Noura Mint Seymali, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars
@@@ Kyle Rapps: Where We Go (Diamond Media, 2014). A classic hip hop beat with a lounge-y background vocal hook that I got to via a label promo email. I like the MC and I thought the lyrics were really interesting — more unpredictable than what you usually get with hip hop. Bravado, introspection, literary quotes, bam — all rolled up in one tune.
@@@ Vacationer: Relief (Downtown, 2014). Off the All Music weekly email. Opens up doo wop-ta-cious, oh here comes the boogie beat. The vibe is super laidback, think blue eyed frat boy soul with drum machine beats. The singer is bit light for my taste, and since he’s such a central component of the record….check it for yourself.
@@@ Channel Zero: Kill All Kings (Metal Blade, 2014). Straight out of the box with the killer bee guitar sound and the power chord ka-chunk! Off the All Music weekly email. The singer is going for epic and there’s both a bit of glam and a tad of grunge up in this record. Big arena rock drum sound and the whole record in general. Also off the All Music weekly email.
@@@ Circulatory Systems: Mosaics within Mosaics (Cloud, 2014). Some indie psychedelia off the All Music weekly email. A tad of Sgt Peppers, a bit o’ Flaming Lips, and some quirky indie. The tunes feel a bit more like sonic sketches/slides rather than formal tunes. There’s some down moments and some engaging ones as well.
@@@ French Style Furs: Turn or Burn (Frenchkiss, 2014) A tune I got to via a music publicist email. It’s a mainstream power ’80s tune. Very nice bass sound/hook, a lot of criss crossing vocal tracks and a straight rock beat. It’s a nice vibe but it doesn’t really feel like it goes anywhere.