YTD recordings listened to: 874
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 539
Not good music: 277
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, The Coral, Sleaford Mods
@@@ Simo Lagnawi: The Gnawa Berber (Riverboat, 2014) Off a WRIR weekly email from the summer that’s been molding over in my email box. I gotta look this musician up, I can’t tell where he’s from just from the music. From Morocco, living in the UK — thank you Mr. Intertoobz. I should have remembered from the word gnawa, I have that Bill Laswell record of master gnawa musicians from Morocco. The music is very hypnotic and the production is great — it’s really engaging to listen to this record on headphones. After a second tune that features mostly drumming the third tune gets back to some pretty wicked string work that I’m pretty into. I’m gonna have to check this record out more when I have time.
@@@ Magma: Chicano Batman (Chicano Batman, 2013). I was looking for a band called Magma after seeing a record by them out on Jazz Village on the WRIR . I don’t think this is the same band but I could not roll past a record called Chicano Batman without stopping in. It’s a hippie space rock/r&b soul record. Lots of single line guitar playing, a soulful singer and a big jam. Think the lovechild of the Doors and Curtis Mayfield. I like all the players in this band, check it out.
@@@ Edip Akbayram: İLK GÜNKÜ GIBI & DÜN VE BUGÜN (Super Muzik Yapim, 2014). Some popped out Turkish music from an underrated Turkish musician (according to the WRIR weekly email from this past summer). Medium big rock production sound with Turkish instruments right beside electric guitar and a big rock drum sound. Akbayram has a strong and engaging voice, but the pop elements don’t work well for me.
@@@ Matuto: The Devil and the Diamond (Motema, 2013). I was looking for their latest record after seeing it on WRIR’s weekly email, but this one be up on the Beats. It’s a strain of world music the combines music from different parts of the world — Brazilian music, New Orleans/Cajun style music. It sounds a bit like a Dave Matthews record without the cloying lead singer of that outfit.