@@@ Jasiri X: Don’t Let Them Get Away With Murder (Sankofa, 2015). On the anniversary of Michael Brown’s murder, I saw this artist on Salon. It’s a West Coast style hip hop tune and synth heavy in the arrangements. The MC is gravelly and I like the lyrics. I don’t love the tune, but I totally support the sentiment. Fuck that redneck bitch Darren Wilson.
@@@ Miss May I: Deathless (Rise Records, 2015). Described as melodic metalcore on the Beats highlights page, it opens up with arpeggiated electric guitar and then into the classic metal power chord action. The singer is more post hardcore than metal Neanderthal — oh they’re doing that thing where it’s rough in the verse and then they have a sung chorus. That’s the Linkin Park thing — art school metal. Let’s check out a couple more tunes. Same formula on the second tune. I like the drummer and some of the guitar playing, but I don’t really connect with the production or the vocal arrangements.
@@@ Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss (Sargent House, 2015). Some dark indie off the All Music notable email. Opens up fuzzy bass, big toms, and medium aggro/partial industrial. Then layer a detached female voice over that and you have the basic gist. The first tune, Carrion Flowers, is a bit anal retentive sonically, but this second tune Iron Moon opens up spill-y, seg-way-ing into an alienated Radiohead pretty section. It’s well put together and executed well, but I’m not feeling connected to it. The spilling guitars are cool, but the whole thing smells a tad art school to me. This is like watching woman walk down the street during a hurricane and her hair is completely unmussed. Where’s the mess, the chaos? Check out some old P.J. Harvey records if you’re lookin for the hot dark mess.
YTD recordings listened to: 622
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 363
Not good music: 212
Honorable Mentions: 15
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, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas, Ultramantis Black.