YTD recordings listened to: 315
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 186
Not good music: 103
Honorable Mentions: 9
Possibles: 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, 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, Lightning Bolt, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Waters
@@@ Urban Cones: Weekends (Astralwerks, 2015). It’s Friday so a single tune called Weekends off the Beats Highlights. Fuzzy bass, friendly vocals, 1980’s rock drum sound, and an anthem to feeling it on the weekends. It’s not a bad hook but they flog the fuck out of the listener with it — maybe coulda cooked it up a little more.
@@@ Rocky Votalato: Hospital Handshakes (No Sleep Records, 2015). Some mainstream indie I got to via this week’s All Music weekly ‘notable’ releases. Votalato has a serious voice and he sings over a pretty straight rock rhythm section. He’s not sad, but he’s pretty serious. He busts out the electric guitar in the tune clipped below.
@@@ Tribulation: The Children of the Night (Century Media, 2015). Some Swedish metal off the Beats Highlights page. After a somber orchestral intro it’s into a hard rock tune with a goblin singer. It’s more of an epic hard rock/classic metal sound than a full post-apocalyptic meltdown metal ringer. Big shred on the second tune Melancholia and the third tune is full old school guitar ka-chunk.
@@@ Brand New: Mene (Procrastinate! Music Traitors, 2015). A rockin’ single track off the Beats Highlights page. It’s a raver, uptempo as fuck with full rock drumming and a wall of slightly alt-country guitar splatter. I liked it.