YTD recordings listened to: 983
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 607
Not good music: 307
Honorable Mentions: 15
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, 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, Coffinworm, Raspberry Bulbs, Akele Wube, Spacesuits
@@@ St. Vincent: Self-titled (4AD, 2014). I’m giving this record a second spin because it is getting a lot of year end props. Could I be wrong in my earlier assessment that it’s white people funky, and meaningful in a Talking Heads kinda way? I don’t think I am. This is the kind of white people funky that’s embarrassing. The guitar tones are kinda whack, the beats are half a loaf and she’s an okay singer but she does that meaningful over breathy shit that drives me over the wall.
@@@ La Roux: Trouble in Paradise (Interscope, 2014). This record made the top 10 on the Guardian’s Best of 2014. To me it sounds like recycled late disco/funk from the early ’80s but with an Olivia Newton John white girl singer. She sounds like the Bananarama lady, it’s the same demographic they’re aiming for. Here again I’m in the minority and as usual I don’t give a fuck. I do agree that this record would just right for a room full of people who just got lobotomies.
@@@ The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian, 2014). Another highly praised platter from the Guardian. Think of Flock of Seagulls with a tired singer and a decent guitar player. Or Bob Dylan fronting Simple Minds — oh, the times they are a changin’ to straight bass-snare and synth rock. Oy! This guy has a fantastic music publicist that’s able to blow enough music writers to get this record on the best of 2014 lists.
@@@ Aphex Twin: Syro (Warp, 2014). No #4 on the Guardian’s best of 2014. I would slot this as thinking man’s boom-titch club music. Synth clouds over very squiggly synth bass lines and warmish funk beats. This seems aimed at investment bankers who work on London’s Canary Wharf — people who would love to think they’re funky but really are high end bologna and wonder bread eaters.