YTD recordings listened to: 923
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 569
Not good music: 292
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, Simo Lagnawi
@@@ Bonfire Beach: Highway 77 (Cleopatra, 2014) Off a music publicist email. Big 1980’s gated snare sound, I can’t remember what sort of ’80s flashback this tune is triggering. Detached female voice over the pop foundation — I feel the same way dear. The dour, lost in L.A. lyrics/vocal stylings over the handclaps, once again showing there is plenty of misery lurking beneath the pretty.
@@@ One Direction: Four (Syco, 2014). An album that bites the piano melody from Journey’s Highway Run tune from the ’80s is gonna be splat-tastic. Not only do they bite that melody they add handclaps and let’s be real, these dudes bring the cheese. And they’re into it, that’s a skill. A little bit of Bon Jovi na na, classic boy group production moves — and that’s just the first tune. Best of all you get every lyrical cliche in the great American pop songbook: the world doesn’t turn without her, i don’t want to get lost in the dark of night, wherever you are is where i belong, the taste of your lips on the tip of my tongue. The Bon Jovi vibe reappears on the third tune, Where do the Broken Hearts Go, and it’s delicious. Don’t miss this one, underground music listeners!
@@@ Death in June: Nada! (NER, 2011). Off a KFJC publicity email. KFJC is one of my favorite independent radio stations in these fabulous United States and I urge folks to check them out. This is some pretty wild shit — a little goth, some interwoven samples from outside sources, and some ambient flavors. Very slow and funereal, great for the holiday and all the turkeys that are about to or just met the Grim Reaper of Thanksgiving!
@@@ Outrageous Cherry: Digital Age (Burger, 2014). Some fuzzy garage punk/pop I got to via this week’s CFUV weekly email. Big whopping vocal hooks, but not presented with chesse and supersonic Hi Def production. I like the old school vocal melodies the most here.