YTD recordings listened to: 700
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 441
Not good music: 213
Honorable Mentions: 8
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, Bone Dance, Defeater, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Lenguas Largas
@@@ Acid Baby Jesus: Vegetable (Slovenly, 2014). A single off an upcoming record that I got to via a music publicist email. Some classic psych garage for your earholes — trippy space organ, weird Frank Zappa like vocals, a little skull grinding percussion, and a cornucopia of buzzy guitars. Not sure what the rest of the album will sound like but this is a pretty smart arrangement and the best tune I heard today.
@@@ Prinz George: Don’t Speak to Me (Not sure, 2014). Off a music publicist email. It’s a dangerous blend of dance pop, soft rock, and shopping mall cheese. Female singer, acoustic guitar, four on the floor kick drum, synth whispers and whooshes. Oh boy, these are sounds I would not think to combine for fear of toxic vapors.
@@@ Small Reactions: Saint in Robes (Bear Kids, 2014). Some classic indie guitar rock blended with a schmear of shoegaze for a big sound feeling. Big ascending vocal melody nestled in the guitar noise over an active drum beat. Better than your standard music publicist shovelled manure that’s for sure. I’m a bit slanted against the indie crowd, but if you’re all up in their business, they’ve got mad tracks for you.
@@@ Useless Eaters: Out in the Night (Castle Face, 2014). Some super splasy no wave/garage very reminiscent of the mysteriously popular Ty Segall. Super detached no affect nihilist male voice, buzzy bass, a straight ahead rock punk beat, and a lot of slashing guitars. It’s all right. Another music PR email.