@@@ Palehound: Dry Food (Exploring in Sound, 2015). Opens a bit like Wire and the Breeders. Sharp, angular arrangement with panned female vocals. Not going for the alienated, sharp krautrock feel but the sharp and a pube poppy to give the hooks a bit of edge. The second tune, Healthier Folk, gets more into a dirgier Stone Temple Pilots retro grunge thing. Skip ahead, this is a bit of a snooze. The third song, Easy, has a nice climbing guitar figure but it’s more cough syrup/stoned. Ah well, I like the first tune, it’s a nice brisk workout and it’s clipped below for your earholes. Off the Beats Highlights page.
@@@ Thi’sl: Heavy Hangs the Head (Full Ride, 2015). Some West Coast hip hop off the Beats highlights. Mr. Thi’sl has a gravelly voice and his phrases swing back and forth over a crickety hi hat beat and a full mix phaser at points in the tune. Lyrics are medium gangsta — dope slinging, some gun play. I like Thi’sl’s delivery and this tune clipped below, Flex (Drop 40) is highly funky.
@@@ Sweet Baboo: The Boombox Ballads (Moshi Moshi, 2015) Alt singer-songwriter music I got to from this week’s All Music notable releases. Mr. Baboo is from Wales and he has a very pretty voice with solid lilt to it. After a vox/guitar intro it heads into a more ensemble section with fiddle, accordion, tube (?) and back and forth til the song wraps up. The second tune is more of an adult alternative love song. I like soft lilting voices in strange musical contexts, but when he’s front of an adult alternative band it’s a bit cloying and aimed right at the heart of yuppies brunchers. He heads back to the pensive folk work in the fourth song, but I wish he would sting with one formula or another.
YTD recordings listened to: 645
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 378
Not good music: 220
Honorable Mentions: 16
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, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas