YTD recordings listened to: 852
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 525
Not good music: 269
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
@@@ Satunuriv: Ante Nazara (Silent Realm Industries, 2014). Some ambient electronic I’m reviewing at the request of the guys who put it out. More melodically developed than the bulk of the electronica out there, the vibe is a little sci-fi soundtrack, a little New Age, a little ominous drum ‘n bass (Phyre), a little orchestral classical (Promethium) and a little club. The beats are not classic boom titch, but they do have some funk under the hood. Check it out.
@@@ Pig Destroyer: Mass & Volume (Relapse, 2014). I love Pig Destroyer and I saw on the Aquarius Records’ weekly email that they have some new music out. There are a couple of tracks up on the Beats and while they usually engage in a tasty meth grind, these are sludge bombs, people. Bands get to change people, you gotta roll with it. This tune, Mass & Volume is a drone track with guitar feedback and an Eastern sounding sitar like (maybe sitar). Very tasty. After an extended intro comes the distorted guitar mud – waves of feedback and rolling distortion. Super syrupy and slow. God Bless America. This Mass & Volume is like an angry flower blooming, it takes its time so chill and be hateful. Oh, the vocals on this track are twisted, that’s very creative.
@@@ House of Lightning: Lightworker (Translation Loss, 2014). Some math-y proggy/hardcore I got to via the Aquarius Records weekly email. Big, buzzy mid-rangey guitars with occasional bursts of shred, set back reverbed vocals, and a herk-a-jerk drummer. The vocals really make this record stand out — the drums are super out front with the guitars and there’s a dude in the back singing in a tunnel. It’s interesting and may work for some folks.
@@@ I Am Julius: Falling on Hard Times (Not Sure, 2014). Some uplifting electronica that mixes orchestral arranging with club music. I’m not really into the axis of good/bad, but this is cheesy as fuck. I mean, breathtaking, Big Pharma levels of sedation and disconnection. That’s right, I used the word disconnection.