YTD recordings listened to: 952
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 589
Not good music: 300
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, Hush Point, Legato Vipers
@@@ Legato Vipers: L.V. (Psychic Handshake, 2014). Off the CFUV weekly playlist email and it opens up stompin and rockabilly. Hyper caffeinated drummer, twangy ass guitar player. You could bounce a nickel off this band they’re so tight. The twang continues on the second tune but you get some tasty solo rock god shredding at the end of the tune. These guys are smokin’, folks should check them out. This record would not work half as well without the excellent guitar tones. When the dude plays across his guitar the distortion rolls over you just right.
@@@ Kissing Cousins: In With Them (Velvet Blue, 2014) I got to this retro ’90s classic indie guitar sound record via a music publicist. The singer sounds a bit modern and a bit like Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane — not punk detached, more old school hippie. Big rawk drums and the meaty guitars. Come and get it you bitches.
@@@ Sleigh Bells Featuring Tink: That Did it (Not sure, 2014) I got to this via a music publicist email that was touting the Red Bull Corporate Music Party. I think the main takeaway from this tune is that the white girl has no flow and the black girl rhymes and rips her up one side and down the other. There’s a little dancehall to Tink’s flow, and there’s plenty of booty waggin’ and skin tight body suits in the video so if you need some of that the music business is there for you. How you think Beyonce got paid all these years? Shakin’.it.
@@@ Awa Sangho: Ala Ta (Motema Music, 2014) Also off last week’s CFUV weekly email. A female singer on this African record and she can sing like she’s ringin’ a bell. The instrumentation is multi-layered and pretty — it’s a bit slick for my taste. You get some nylon string guitar, flute, a good deal of background vocals, percussion, some African marimba type instrument. She’s an outstanding singer but the sound of the record is a tad soft for me. If you need a little African comfort music well then….