Greg Ashley: Another Generation of Slaves (Trouble in Mind, 2014). I was initially drawn to the title of the record. And then I liked the rawness of the lyrics of the first tune, East Texas Plain — very John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band era explicitness. I started to lose interest after the fourth tune, Medication #7 when the tunes faded a bit. The record went from acidic sentiments to a sort of breezy, 1970’s folk rock affair. I wanted more misery, dammit.
Cage the Elephant: Melophobia (RCA, 2013) Pretty high quality rock from this band out of Kentucky. Has elements of Brit rock, but not exclusively and not deep quirk — there are plenty of crescendos and rock moments to be had. Given the endless stream of electronic crap from the major labels, I give respect to this record
Xiu Xiu: Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Polyvinyl, 2014). I listed this record to come back to later but now I’m not sure why. I dig the darkness of it, and that it’s mostly electronic elements and it’s not a total whipped, confectionary piece of crap. Otherwise, it’s really not my thing. The track below is about as funky as it got.