@@@ Dear Hunter: Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise (Equal Vision, 2015). I get all the Dear bands mixed up — Deer Hoof, Deer Tick, Dear Hunter, and even Miley Cyrus’ hip hop project Dear Ballz. I think the cue for this first tune, Rebirth, is the Beach Boys and Yes maybe locked in a fornicating embrace. A couple pubes of Styx drama or Jethro Tull — art rock to be sure. Oh boy, we’re really going down the prog rabbit hole on this first tune but we pull out of it and plop down in a swamp of hyper dramatical ’70s guitar rock with tons of vocals. I’m on the third tune, Waves, and there’s just too much — too ornate, too many vocals, too artsy. This is not dry, crumbly biscuit, this is a super buttery biscuit.
@@@ SG Lewis: Shivers EP (PMR Records, 2015). Also off the Beats highlights page. Opens up with the tune No Less, a purposefully murky slow r&b tune with light touches of all sounds — fusion-y guitars, mellow synths, finger snaps, and chill vocals. This music has both a little cough syrup sedation and medical marijuana relaxation. This would be some really good music for post-Thanksgiving sleepy on turkey listening. Mad finger snaps, I don’t know what about fingers snaps annoys me but it does.
@@@ Woolen Men: Temporary Monument (Woodsist, 2015). Old school guitar indie with a proclaimer on the microphone. Clangy, clean guitars with straight ahead rock drums. Think Violent Femmes. The second tune Life in Hell sports a different singer but the same angular guitar/bass/drums old school indie formula. The third tune, Alien City sees the emergence of the distortion pedal which lends a little Ramones flavor to the proceedings. Straight up classic power pop punk — if you like the straight missionary position, have at it.
YTD recordings listened to: 708
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 408
Not good music: 245
Honorable Mentions: 19
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, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Ruby Amanfu