YTD recordings listened to: 464
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 270
Not good music: 158
Honorable Mentions: 14
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, Leo Welch, Astral Swans, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa
@@@ Wizkid: Ayo (Empire Mates, 2014). I got a mailing about an African music festival in Boston so I’m peeping a bunch of the acts that I haven’t heard of before. Wizkid is from Nigeria and he’s got a mash of African music, club music, and American r&b production sounds in it, most notably Auto-Tune on his voice. I find it annoying on almost any track, Autotune that is, Wizkid included. I like his beats, the lyrics are pretty shallow with song titles such as Show You the Money and In the Bed.
@@@ Emeline: Quintessence (Emeline Music, 2013). Some super slick (Sade level smooth) music from a female Haitian singer. Upright bass, hand drum, piano, and even strings. She’s got a beautiful voice and everything is beautifully arranged but I like the hot mess and this is more restrained straight jazz/world fusion.
@@@ Coin: Self-titled (Star Time/Columbia, 2015). In classic music business fashion the impossible is mashed together as this record is described as alternate-pop on the Beats Highlights page. I ask you, dear reader, how is something pop and an alternative at the same time??? We will neither spend too much time pondering this burning question or spend much time with this record as it is dangerously volatile, high octane cheese. If you took the rank cheese from the Strokes tour bus, and mixed it with the Cheeziest cheese Bono has every come up with and blendered it with that old school tune oh ricky, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, it’s these guys. As I like to say, get a bun so you can have yourself a nice cheese sandwich.
@@@ Speelburg: Lay it Right EP (Hometown, 2015). Some cock walking T Rex style macho rock pop for the digital age. Some funky horns, some cheesy beats, a charismatic singer, finger snaps, synth twerples, strings, droplets and some nice bass lines. The first tune is the best of the bunch here and you’re either going to love or hate the singer as he’s on a funky trip.