YTD recordings listened to: 621
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 387
Not good music: 187
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, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Lenguas Largas
@@@ Judas Priest: Redeemer of Souls (Epic, 2014). Checking out the new Judas Priest record for shits and giggles. And if you think I’m not a fan, you got another thing coming (lyrical reference). Oh, the singer is just as dramatical as he ever was. He’s master of his own domain! The power chord action is tough mainstream style and I’m in the middle of a shreddy solo. Epic, epic, epic! I’m checking out the title track and frankly it’s more posturing than power. Oh well.
@@@ The Interrupters: Self-titled (Epitaph, 2014). Some bouncy Southern California punk I got to via the All Music weekly email. Big vocal hooks, buzzed out guitars and although the All Music has it as ska punk — oh there are yer ska beats. Tasty. I appreciate the political lyrics but I could have used more low end on the record to get that ska punk vibe pumping.
@@@ Childhood: Lacuna (Marathon/Anxiety, 2014). A dreamy New wave strummed dittie from a music publicist email. Big chorused guitars (no feelings get hurt) and intimate but not super breathy vocals including some mellow falsetto. There’s your synth blast right there.
@@@ Arkells: High Noon (Dine Alone Music, 2014). Off the All Music weekly email. Although these guys hail from Canada the music has all the earmarks of a confessional Irish pub/rock band. High minded lyrics delivered by a drunken preacher. The second tune is more of a classic synth rocker — steady bass line, some electronic sounds added to the drums, the same voice. The third tune, Cynical Bastards, is shaping us an epic mainstream rocker so this is going to be a pu pu platter of mainstream music styles. Multi-colored pop biscuits.