YTD recordings listened to: 216
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 128
Not good music: 74
Honorable Mentions: 7
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohammed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Torche, Leo Welch, Astral Swans, Mastery, Leviathan
@@@ Laura Joy: Between Our Words (Self-released, 2015). A little Joni Mitchell yodel, a little feel good adult alternative rock bounce, and a wee bit of twang. Laidback and layered 1970s soft rock sound. There’s some very intricate and pretty guitar playing on here and she sounds very familiar though I can’ think of who she sounds like off the top of my head. I got to this EP via a music publicist.
@@@ Modest Mouse: Strangers to Ourselves (Epic, 2015). I know folks who absolutely shit themselves over this band, and I kinda understood, but I saw a this is the best one review here and thought I would stop and peep. The first tune is super Pink Floyd space rock. The second tune is more polished classic Modest Mouse, melodic and earnest and quirky and pleasantly weird. These guys are clearly super experienced recording studio arrangers and the singer has great charisma, but it doesn’t make me wanna jump up and down. I wanna jump up and down.
@@@ Zoltars: 16-17-18 Living (Happening Records, 2015). A teen lifestyle anthem done in a pop/psych style. I got to this via a music publicist email. A lot of reverb on the guitars, Beach Boys style vocal harmonies, and straight rock drums.