YTD recordings listened to: 737
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 461
Not good music: 227
Honorable Mentions: 9
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, 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, Vessel
@@@ Vessel: Punish (Tri Angle, 2014). Off this week’s All Music weekly email. Slotted as experimental techno it opens up with some staccato drum blasts that are morphing into an close to subsonic assault. I’m not sure I would put this in the techno file folder. Oh wait, here comes the big four on the floor kick drum you know and love. I think of techno as a club music and I guess I could see drugged out kiddies rockin’ it to this stripped down tribal drumming simulacrum, but it’s off the beaten path. And I dig that. This is an interesting record sonically and I’m going to check out more of it when I have the time.
@@@ Nunslaughter: Angelic Dread (Hell’s Headbangers, 2014). Some pretty crushed thrash metal off my weekly email. The singer is riding the fine line between pissed off hardcore singer and Neanderthal. The guitar player sounds very wired — lots of cranked up twists and turns to his playing. The drumer is playing it pretty straight — I have not heard the double kick to the head and I’m guessing he owns a lot of hardcore records mixed in with his metal jams.
@@@ Mortualia: Blood of the Hermit (Moribund, 2014). A five song metal biscuit I got to via my heavy metal weekly newsletter. The first thing I notice is how brittle the mix sounds — very sizzly AM radio guitars and a lack of bottom to the drums. Not completely unusual for the metal folks but not my favorite sonic formula. Big and slow guitar chord riffage on the first tune, Manic Euphoria. March to the Gates of Hell business, people. Here comes your Iron Maiden high register, balls in a vise singer.
@@@ Duke Dumont: EP1 (Astralwerks, 2014). I got to this via a music publicist email. The first of the two videos for this guy had 61 million views — how could I have missed Duke Dumont’s shot across the sky? Because it’s pretty awful club cheese. Boom titch, a big, black female (educated guess) diva, four on the floor and a synth bass line. The video is of much higher quality than the tune. Boom titch, boom titch folks.
@@@ Halasan Bazar and Tara King: Rot Inside (Moon Glyph, 2014). An updated on ’60s French pop with a pubic hair of garage rock and psych influences. Tres soundtrack-y with space organ, a little Doors style vocal action but this has male/female dual vocal action. The tune is a bit dark as one would expect from a song called ‘Rot Inside’. Glamour bummer, come and get yer glamorous bummer.
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