YTD recordings listened to: 446
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 260
Not good music: 150
Honorable Mentions: 13
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, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Waters, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa
@@@ Many Things: Burn Together (Dew Process, 2015). After the first verse we are treated to a hey-ah-ah that follows a oh-wha-oh. The publicist blurb for this track touts a widescreen sonic vision. I’m not sure what that is. It’s anthemic and poppy and synth-y and kinda depressing. When they get into the club synth pumping in the chorus I get that little sour cloud of food poisoning in the back of my mouth.
@@@ Young Guns: Ones And Zeroes (Wind-Up, 2015). Super sterilized, Linkin Park-y pretty metal/non-metal, depending on your point of view. Pubes of Bon Jovi as well here. I’m not saying you can’t ever have a synthesizer on a heavy metal record, but it does make a critical listener more than a tad skeptical. I always try to come up with some small positive thing about record — there are some pretty fantastic whoa oh-ah-ohs on this record if you dig that sort of rock ‘n roll. If you check out this record bring a big bun so you can have a refreshing cheese sandwich.
@@@ FFS: FFS (Domino, 2015). Off this week’s All Music notable releases. Fudgy Frankfurter Society? Fuzzy Fart Show? Fantastic Freak Splat? I saw this described as post-punk revival, but I hear it as a campy, non-rocking/almost Broadway pop music with a pube of social satire. It’s a tad precious and arty for my simple mind, but maybe my readers can appreciate this.
@@@ Daye Jack: Save My Soul (Warner, 2015). A synth r&b single I got from the Beats Highlights page. Fingers snapping, hand claps, nice vocals arrangements, a rap after the sung intro, and sadly a lot of synth blasts, and werbles, and exhalations. He’s bummed out and he wants somebody to save his soul.