YTD recordings listened to: 937
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 579
Not good music: 296
Honorable Mentions: 14
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, The Coral, Simo Lagnawi
@@@ Kiran Ahluwalia: Stillness (Magenta, 2014). Off this week’s WRIR weekly email. Combines Indian singing with electric guitar, at least in the first tune, Hayat. The second tune continues with that combination but adds some Indian hand drumming, and electric bass and some percussive voices. It’s a Bombay fusion record — the tone and vibe is very similar to a ’70s jazz fusion record. Laidback and virtuosic.
@@@ Fiction: Lonely Planet (Vaguely/Tip Top, 2014). Some spaced out trip hop sounding space rock I got to via a music publicist. Falsetto male vocal, a simple beat and a lot of floating melodies in the background over a circular bass loop. Plenty of Radiohead records owned by this band. Alienated and spacy, less miserable than Thom and the boys. I prefer the Radiohead myself.
@@@ Hooka Hey: Nasty (Not sure, 2014). A pretty hot straight burning punky classic rock tune with hints of psych and trippiness. Low register male voice and definite Stone Temple Pilots/Queens of the Stone Age influences. Plenty of bowls smoked at the rehearsal studio, I imagine.