@@@ The Cash Box Kings: Holding Court (Blind Pig, 2015) Off the Beats Highlights page. It’s an old school blues record with dirty harmonica, upright bass (?), some pretty sweet but not showy guitar player and a down home singer. The first tune has a slight rockabilly feel and the second tune, Download Blues, is a true blues tune about the current shit state of being a musician today and trying to get paid. The record sounds great — great tones on a bunch of the instruments and lyrics that are relevant today.
@@@ Krept & Konan: The Long Way Home (Def Jam, 2015). Some UK hip hop with strong r&b influences in the arrangement that I got to via the Beats Highlights page. The first tune, Long Way Home, takes way too long to do its thing so we’re gonna skip ahead. The second tune, Last Night, sports a double wide bass, West Coast beats and a thick British accent gettin’ all potty mouthed about his bedroom affairs. I can’t believe how overwrought the vibe is here. Check it for yourself but I’m out.
@@@ DMAs: Your Low (Mom and Pop, 2015) Some straight ahead power pop I got to via a music publicist email — and I peeped them on an indie radio show. Alex Chilton-esque vocal melodies with Weezer type guitar riffs but without the buzz/crunch of the Weezer beast. It is catchy and very familiar — they’re biting some ’90s bands pretty hard. A little Foo pubes, Superdrag pubes, old school Big Star pubes, etc.
YTD recordings listened to: 538
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 310
Not good music: 184
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, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Evan Caminiti, ILSA