@@@ Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats: Self-titled (Stax, 2015). If you took the Blues Brothers and Al Green and Van Morrison’s head and put it all in a blender you’d be pretty close to the sound of this record. Gruff voice, big ol’ school horn section and rhythm section equal parts rock and r&b. Plenty of reverb on the guitar and a melodic string-y bass player. I like it — I’m not sure exactly why I would choose this record over all the records that it idolizes, but I like it.
@@@ The Foreign Exchange: Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey (The Foreign Exchange Music, 2015). Some more r&b, this time off the All Music weekly email. Where the above record is ’60s big band r&b this is more late ’70s Stevie Wonder smooth fusion style r&b. Flowing female vocals, some synth string patches and elements of disco, especially in this second tune, Work it to the Bone. Big Gap Band/later George Clinton flavors on this bad boy. Also some early Prince vibes, so it looks like this is gonna cover a bunch of sub-genres of r&b/funk/lounge/disco.
@@@ Festerday: The Four Stages of Decomposition (Svart, 2015). Some metal music off this week’s newsletter from The End Records. If you closed your eyes and suspended your disbelief you might think wild boars and cavemen were fronting this band. Oh my. The grunting, snorting and caveman exhortations are plentiferous. I like the drummer, he’s got his thrash going pretty good. This is some pretty foul stuff with song titles like Mouth to Mouth Vomiting, Shit Blistering, Snorting Bile, Putrefied Corpses, and a Writhing Mass of Flesh Eating Maggots. As I said the drummer has it going on, the guitars are buzzy as fuck and it’s 1 hour and 45 minutes of death, buzz, and pigs on the mic. These guys are from the late ’80s, that’s what the Google tube says.
@@@ Leisure Cruise: The Getaway (Not sure, 2015). A spaced out synth pop tune I got to via a music publicist email. Big female vocal hook with Nile Rodgers funk guitar sauce in the chorus. There’s so much of this indie electronic disco I come up a little short on words.
YTD recordings listened to: 667
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 389
Not good music: 227
Honorable Mentions: 17
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, Pat Thomas, Knauti, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson