YTD recordings listened to: 806
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 496
Not good music: 253
Honorable Mentions: 10
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, 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, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Vessel. Earls of Leicester, Khun Narin, Orlando Julius, Doug Seegers, Shakey Graves, Jungle Fire
@@@ Jungle Fire: Tropicoso (Nacional Records, 2014). Opens up with a big percussive intro called Rompecuero before it heads into a pretty vicious Latin funk tune called Comencemos. It’s is full on — funky drummer, additional hand percussionists, an in the pocket bass player, some clean guitar shredding and multilayered horn arrangements. Super melodic and super rhythmic, just how I like it. I’m going to have to put some ears on this when I have more time, I’m not sure I can resist the drummer and the percussion double death blow.
@@@ Helado Negro: Double Youth (Asthmatic Kitty, 2014). Some sweet and laidback Brazilian electro I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist. Some simple and super low synth bass lines, a big drum machine kick drum that throbs at the center of the mix underneath the two singers. The second tune is more clubby with the same big minimalist bass with a more chopped beat. The third tune, It’s Our Game, sounds a lot like a 1980’s Madonna jam filtered through a Brazilian pipe — this really could be some satisfying world music for tight jeaned hipster dickbags.
@@@ Mariache El Bronx: New Beat (ATO, 2014). There’s only one tune on this album up on my Beats store. From what I can glean from this tune it’s an update on Los Lobos, taking Mexican beats and horn lines and putting some medium rock guitar single lines and some English lyrics and sending it out to the world. Tasty trumpet solo and overall outstanding horn work that you would expect from a mariachi influenced outfit. Big rock drum sound which makes the tune more muscular. I got to this via the WRIR weekly email.
@@@ Chan Dizzy: Enjoy My Life (Boom Bangaz). One must get busy with any artist dubbed Chan Dizzy, ma neezy. Only one tune up on the Beats and it looks like this is a Caribbean synthesizer club banger. Like Miley Cyrus except it’s a dude with a heavy Jamaican accent rockin’ a tune with some dancehall along side the big puffy synthesizers. I tend to shy away from the hardcore hands in the air party tunes due to my lifelong depression. No, no I’m not on the meds, I just don’t like the big party tunes — like the one about letting the dogs out — man that was bad. So Chan Dizzy was not the shizzy dizzle. Off the WRIR weekly email.