YTD recordings listened to: 456
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 265
Not good music: 155
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
@@@ Bully: Trying (Not sure, 2015) These guys got a writeup over here at the NY Observer noting that they’re unusually honest in their lyrics. Musically they got a bit of Hole and bunch of Pixies/Breeders pixie dust and some mainstream music elements going. I hear a polished tune with a bit of wail tossed in, but nothing in the Rites of Spring total emotional meltdown action.
Here’s some Rites of Spring:
You decide for yourself who’s baring what.
@@@ Southernality: A Thousand Horses (Republic Nashville, 2015). I can’t get me enough of that new country rock ‘n roll. This is blurbed as a mash of country and Southern rock, but to my ears somebody got the xerox machine out and put the early Black Crowes and pushed copy. Oh man, there’s biting it and there’s biting it so hard my teeth hurt from your bite. At least on the first tune. The second tune switches gears and gets the banjo and they get into the road ballad — I smell undercover Motley Crue pubes here. They traffic in various redneck sonic formulas but it’s a corporate music biscuit for sure. Off the Beats highlights page.
@@@ Left Lane Cruiser: Dirty Spliff Blues (AliveNaturalSound, 2015). I’m a huge fan of their record Junkyard Speedball, but their past few efforts have been a bit off to my ears. I like dirt and a groove and sometimes the shit was so pumped it lost its groove. This tune is more of a ghetto ZZ Top jam/banger and it’s pretty good — it doesn’t have the epiceness of Junkyard Speedball but this second tune, Elephant Stomp is getting more into what I like it.