YTD recordings listened to: 750
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 467
Not good music: 233
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. Earls of Leicester, Khun Narin
@@@ Max Von Sydow: Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys (Not sure, 2014). A low IQ frat-tronica biscuit I got to via a music publicist email. The vocal hook is various chopped salad versions of the Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys, playing with their stupid toys, making all their stupid noise line blah blah blah — you get Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys stutter chopped, you get Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys chorused/phased, you get Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys on a bed of computer blurp lettuce, and also next week Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys will be released as a suppository for you to shove up yer own ass. I can’t wait.
@@@ Fear of Men: Sleeper (Not sure, 2014). A UK band hitting us with a lush, sun is setting (slightly dark) Ty Segall cover. Boy, does that Ty Segall really shit the music out quite prolifically. Female vocals, lots of arpeggiated guitars, some space organ, and a pretty nice drum sound. I guess this is a b-side to a single off their debut — whew, that’s a mouthful. It goes the way you would imagine a tune about sleep and dreams would unfold. I would not go so far as to say that it’s putting me to sleep but I certainly did not jump for joy.
@@@ Landlady: Under the Yard (Hometapes, 2014). A Talking Heads type of tune that I got to via a music publicist email. After a long acapella vocal intro, the voice gets reverbed and put back in the mix and the listener gets some space rock guitars and some skittering drum rock. Oh, here it is in all its glory. Has a distincty Phish-y vibe with the nonsensical lyrics, the Caucasian funk beat, and the guitar noodles. And that’s it, just a bit of the band, just a Tootsie roll of full band action. Hmmm….
@@@ Postcode: Year of the Zebra (Not sure, 2014). Some female fronted jangle indie I got to via a promo email from the band or label. Lots of guitar arpeggios and straight rock drum beats. The last tune, Boardwalk, gets some fuzz on its peach but nobody is going to get hurt.