@@@ Jon Batiste: Stay Human (Razor & Tie, 2013). I saw a whole feature on Batiste on Wired about his upcoming gig as bandleader for Stephen Colbert’s new show. I like the tuba player and he’s a positive musician who I think will do better live than on this record. This second tune, Let God Lead, sounds a bit canned which is a bit of a shame because it features some pretty hot vocal harmonizing.
@@@ Goat Semen: Ego Sum Sathanas (Hell’s Headbangers, 2015). Off this week’s heavy metal mail-order email. These guys are full on ready for the mainstream with a name like Goat Semen. The music is some feisty thrash metal sung in Spanish with shades of hardcore and little bits of guitar shred. The singer is full on Neanderthal/Orc — grunting and splitting his vocals cords open over a maelstrom of guitar noise and that classic suffocating thrash beat. I didn’t think I would ever find myself typing these words but Goat Semen is all right.
@@@ Prince Royce: Double Vision (Sony Music Latin, 2015). Some Latin inflected mainstream boom titch electro pop featured on the Beats Highlights page. The first tune, Stuck on a Feeling is a pretty straight forward get out on the dance floor banger, while the second tune features more interesting sounds but Royce’s loverboy vocal style is pretty tiresome. The third tune, Back it Up, features J-Lo and a synth dancehall beat. J-Lo fails to make hottie Prince Royce any more interesting and this is really nothing more than catchy corporate electro biscuit slinging.
YTD recordings listened to: 578
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 335
Not good music: 199
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