YTD recordings listened to: 811
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 499
Not good music: 254
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
@@@ Foxygen: Cosmic Vibrations (Jagjaguwar, 2014) A tune off the last Foxygen record which is high up on the CFUV weekly charts. Sort of a porn-y, decadent, 1970’s we believe in rock and roll and all its attendant bullshit type of tune. A mopey, detached singer — maybe Pink Floyd without that British nobility. Slower than the slow Pavement singers. Super slow, glue slow, slow as fuck with some slow as fuck falsetto. A slack ride cymbal rock beat, periodic lazy tom fills, and an electric organ. Dude, it’s L.A. I’m comin down and my dick is purple — what’s happened to my life? I’m all fucked up and sedated.
@@@ Cquel: Meal Ticket (Independent, 2014). The surefire move if you’re looking to cleanse your palette from self-indulgent, existential white rock ‘n roll stoners is some black music. I can not tell the skin color of the MC, he sounds like the lovechild of Snoop Dogg and Eminem — equal parts and how ugly would that baby? Yikers. Nice waves of wah wah guitar, a superlative and well sampled bass drum. The beats are without a coast — neither West Coast jeep or East Coast NYC style — but high quality. It turns out that Mr. Cquel is Caucasian, which is not indicative of quality. Solid beats, some wide bass, tointable scratchin’, and some dirty organ/keyboard action.
@@@ The Blind Shake: Parachute (Goner, 2014). Some surf-y punk with big psych-reverbed vocals The drummer is fully caffeinated and the circular guitar riffs are designed to put you in a mental hospital. Part party, part agitation.
@@@ The Ton Tons: Magic Hour (No sure, 2014). Some half rough, half pop mainstream rock with hints of punky desire I got to via a music publicist. Solid rock rhythm section, chorused guitar with occasional break out mini shred-lets and a female singer doing a world weary hottie vibe. Sounds a bit like an old school Bad Brains tune before it gets dropped into the hardcore hamburger grinder.
@@@ Lovelife: Silk Road EP (Not sure, 2014). Super breathy cheese pop I got to via a music publicist email. A little Elton John piano, some bare acoustic guitar, a flamboyant male singer with some synth clouds. I expect an ejaculative chorus on this first tune — it never happened and now I’m disappointed. This is all about the dramatical singer and the full on shopping mall production.