YTD recordings listened to: 481
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 280
Not good music: 164
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
@@@ Nate Ruess: Grand Romantic (Fueled by Ramen, 2015). I’ve seen this album pushed in a couple of news outlets and I saw this record listed on last week’s All Music weekly email. The second tune, Ahha, bites Queen super hard and then segues into a sensitive electro-atmosphere. Oh, here’s the exploding money shot! That’s foul and runny and cheesy — when did America become a giant shitpile of cheese eaters? The is glammy, schmaltzy, and cheesy all baked into one ear twinkie. I’m going to check out one more tune, but hopes aren’t high. The third tune, Nothing Without Love, is a saccharine Styx style power doughnut — oh fuck, blech blech blech. Maybe you guys will like it.
@@@ Active Child: Mercy (Vagrant, 2015) Off the Beats Highlights page. This first tune, 1999, sounds like a mash of ’70s soft rock, blue eyed soul and ambient electronic music. Multi-layered, silky smooth, and full loverboy vibes off the singer. The second tune removes the ’70s elements and injects my favorite 1980’s electro-pop elements. Oh boy, go grab a bun the fresh cheese is comin out.
@@@ Health: New Coke (Concord Loma Vista, 2015). A single/product placement off the Beats Highlights page. The big bass drum/hand clap vortex is descending and a solemn female is singing ‘Life is Good’. Sounds like the perfect electro soundtrack for the surveillance/shopping state. Where’s the hook for New Coke? Is there going to be a tune called New Coke with no soda references? No bubbles? Don’t tease me, hit me with the New Coke sound!!!! This stinks as I leave unsatisfied.