YTD recordings listened to: 586
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 364
Not good music: 176
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, 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, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Traams, Karol Conka, Open Mike Eagle, Bry Webb
@@@ Kobra and the Lotus: High Priestess (Titan Media, 2014). Some classic heavy metal shred off the CFUV weekly email. Most notable is the singer, who sings in a very high range as if a rag has been tied tightly around his genitals. Full shreddy, rhythmic guitar playing. Some double kick drum action, but the shrill, epic man howls really steal the show here.
@@@ Fishing: Shy Glow (Create Conrol, 2014) Some hip hop off the CFUV weekly email. Opens up with a very sweet and funky tune called, Recoup. Some chopped electronic sounds, some minimalist female vocals and a breezy midtempo funk beat. We’ll see how the record unfolds but that’s an awful nice first tune. Unfortunately, I don’t like the poppy, half sing song MCs that show up after that first tune.
@@@ The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer: Checkered Past (The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, 2012). With such a vivid title I was expecting some sort of nihilist metal/punk sound, but it’s a mainstream blues/r&b blend. Female singer, think the Eurhythmics with more muscle. I saw their new record listed on the CFUV weekly email, but this one is up on the Beats.
@@@ Duologue: Drag and Drop (Not sure, 2014). A single off a September album I got to via a publicist email. It’s blue eyed electronic indie. Some single not guitar playing, some clubby beats, and a fish and chips soul crooner. Some nice production dwirbles and reverb tails and and a couple nice synth tinkle droplets. I don’t dig the singer, but you might feel him.