YTD recordings listened to: 896
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 553
Not good music: 281
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
@@@ Angela James: Way Down Deep (Self-released, 2014). Some downtempo alt-country I got to via a music publicist. The first tune, Halo, is just a dame and her clean electric guitar (and a lot of reverb on her voice), but the second tune retains the big ambient sound with a rhythm section and additional guitar. James’ voice seems a tad too pretty and not match the down and out whiskey blues, but books, covers, all that. Shockingly, there’s some jazz like horn work on the third tune which is a minimalist and tasteful instrumental.
@@@ Alessandro Cortini: Forse 2 (modwheelmusic, 2014). Some synth music off last week’s Aquarius Records weekly email. Classical/orchestral aesthetic with synth bass line. No beats yet. Waiting. It gets dronier as it moves along but it’s in that gray area — I like the super slow, more ambient cloud sounds over the downtempo melodic pretty standard synth sounds. Check it for yourself.
@@@ The Baker Brothers: New Way of Thinking (Fish Legs, 2014). Some polished and circular riff-y funk courtesy of the WRIR weekly email. A little bit of the Meters (especially the drummer) with some a bit of Earth Wind and Fire in the vocal arrangments and a little bit of the Gap band in the feel of the track.
@@@ Sloan: Commonwealth (Yep Roc, 2014). Some mainstream rock I got to via the CFUV weekly email. A little bit of Paul McCartney’s Wings, a bit of Squeeze, a hair of XTC, and tad of Yes — a wee bit proggy and a wee bit quirky with a rock foundation. I see from their bio and searching around for a video that this is the 9th album from these guys, and it sounds it. Very sophisticated studio arrangements here. This one might improve the quality of life for you cubicle dwellers out there sharing laser printers.