@@@ Gilligan Moss: Ceremonial (Caroline, 2015). Some trippy electronica off the Beats highlights page. Opens up with a lot of raindrop sounds and tiny plops, metallic, wet, and also a vibes sound. And enter the boom-snare for the low IQ achievers out there!! Some quasi demented vocals repeating over this pretty sophisticated first tune. The boom-snare has given way to a slightly better beat but all the elements of the mix are deployed as rhythmic elements in the tune. The end of the tune morphs into some sort of Alvin and the Chipmunks pitched higher vocal choir — I think you have to be high for this part of the track. The second tune, Ceremonial, is close to a classic disco tune but he’s got the abstract chopped/processed vocals which don’t work great for me. I think the tunes are moving slowly from best to worser, though the dude is a pretty sick arranger of sounds.
@@@ Dayme Arocena: Nuevo Era (Brownswood, 2015). Some stripped down Cuban music that’s #1 on the CFUV weekly playlist email. Same as the white boy rock below. Oh, here’s the drum kit and maybe there will be more. Organ, nice to go with the tinkly thumb piano. Now some sort of metallic percussion — more cowbell please! You don’t get to say that often. And I spaced on the multilayered singing on this slow building first track. The second tune is more of a Latin jazz track with some active piano runs and a grooving upright bass with various Cuban hand drums. The production is clean with a really nice sounding mix. I liked the first tune the best, but folks into Latin Jazz/World music should check Arocena out.
@@@ Woolworm: Everything Seems Obvious (Hockey Dad, 2015). A super soft male dude nestled in a cocoon of guitar noise and active rock drumming. Way softer than that nasal wanker Billy Corgan (and that dude was artsy and soft). The second tune is a bit poppier than the epic rock of the first tune. More Weezer than Pumpkins. Evoking various stalwarts of the grunge era that’s being resuscitated, I know folks just love the fuzzy guitar power rock/pop.
YTD recordings listened to: 660
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 385
Not good music: 225
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, Knauti, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist