YTD recordings listened to: 829
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 512
Not good music: 259
Honorable Mentions: 11
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, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, Shakey Graves, Jungle Fire
@@@ Anawan: Where Are You Now? (New Amsterdan, 2014). I got to this proggy indie tune via a music publicist email. The marketing blurb had a snippet from a founder of bandcamp calling the music ‘difficult and genius’. And here we have one of my pet peeves of the the music industry — the selling of simple music as sophisticated to flatter listeners. It’s also dishonest, and let’s be honest, the music business is completely in the shitter because it’s based on a bedrock of dishonesty — lying about genre, lying about quality, whatever lying is required to sell it. This is just a snippet of a tune and it reminds me of Yes, and it’s not difficult and I would have to hear more to know if it’s a work of genius.
You can stream it here
@@@ Bang Data: Mucho Poco (Futuro Sonico, 2014). Off the WRIR weekly review email this is some Latin music straight out of Oaktown drawing from various genres — a rap in Spanish in the first tune, a fat synth bass line that could easily be slipped into a salsa club track, guitars of various styles. The band works a smart party vibe and it holds together well. I would put this at 1/3 rap, 1/3 Latin funk, and the other 1/3 split between rock and other influences. Check these guys out.
@@@ Nightfell: The Living Ever Mourn (Southern Lord, 2014). Regular readers know I try to check out Southern Lord releases as my tastes match up well with theirs. I got to this record via my heavy metal mailorder weekly email. It’s mostly slow and doomy with outbursts of thrash. Oh my, this is some righteous guitar buzz syrup going here. Drums are more hard rock than full on meltdown metal and the singer is mostly a caveman throat shredder. Enjoy the tasty tones.
@@@ Postcode: Losing the Battle (Small Bear, 2014) An interesting combination of shoegaze/slowcore guitar fuzz over a pretty manic drum beat (at least in the beginning of the tune). I thought the tune could have been shorter.