YTD recordings listened to: 844
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 521
Not good music: 265
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, The Coral
@@@ The Coral: The Curse of Love (Skeleton Key, 2014). I saw this record listed on the All Music weekly email and got pumped. I’m a pretty big fan of these guys — they do a quirky, British, pastoral psychedelic rock type of thing. Excellent arrangers and I really like the melodic bass playing. Other than that, I’m not completely sure why I love this band — what they do just works for me. Their music is quirky and weird without trying — they’re natural freaks. I’m going to check out this whole record out when I have more time, but I have a feeling it’s gonna make one of my lists for the year. When I fetched a video for your my loyal readers I saw this record was recorded in 2006, a time when I
@@@ Wrekmeister Harmonies: Then It All Came Down (Thrill Jockey, 2014). I saw this listed as an alternative record in the weekly All Music email but it sounds awfully ambient to me. I hear some angel voices and some sparse bass playing, some low profile guitar wrangling, but the rest consists of super long organ like tones. It seems pretty clear to me that it evokes a piece of religious music. I like it, I’m not jumping up and down but I like it.
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@@@ Deep Sea Diver: One By One (Not sure, 2014). I got to this via music publicist and the blurb namechecks Back and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It doesn’t sound like that all to my ears — this is mainstream pop rock sporting a super clean and shaved sound. I like the singer and I appreciate the arrangement, it’s a tad soft for my taste. If you’re soft, this could be a dream come true for you. It gets into some ’80s worship at the outro.
@@@ Rigor Mortis: Rigor Mortis (Rigor Mortis, 2014). Off my heavy metal weekly mailorder these guys are super meth-y. Fast as fuck and that’s saying something for the genre. The singer and his lyrics are readily understandable and I appreciate that — call me old school. I would classify the guitar as bee buzzy and the drums as a blend of hardcore, thrash, and epic metal.
@@@ Slipknot: .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner, 2014). These guys are notorious for their ill, anti-social costumes but we’re not here for the booty or the scary Halloween masks. The first tune is more dramatical than heavy, with a sort of Nine Inch Nails alienated vibe. I hope we get some beatdown soon, this first tune is pretty cheesy and aimed at the teens out there. This second tune, Sarcastrophe, gets into some slightly over produced stoner gloom before it segues into a mainstream thrash rock nugget. Super clean production, guitars panned out wide, excellent drum sound and the singer right in the center up in your grille with his trip. I love the drums, the singer is cool, but they should bring up the guitars as they take away impact. Fully pimped out record, moments of cheese and moments of corporate ferocity.