@@@ Kylesa: Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist, 2015). A mash of different heavy music genres — a bit o’ the stoner/weedbag, some psych, some classic Black Sabbath-esque riffage, and a wee bit of slacker punk a la Nirvana when they the noise down for some space rock before putting your head in the vice again. Actually I hear more Jane’s Addiction than Nirvana — detached waste case rock. Production is slick and the guitar sounds are handcrafted for your rock pleasure.
@@@ Big Boi and Phantogram: Big Grams (Epic, 2015). I’ve tended to enjoy Andre 3000’s freakiness more than Big Boi’s work in Outkast, but I’m digging the first tune on this record. While Big Boi raps the tunes are more tunes with a lot of singing by a female singer who I’m thinking is this Phantogram person. After a bit of intertoobz research, these Phantogram folks are an indie electronic duo that’s been on Barsuk and Ghostly and they’re collaborating with Big Boi. That’s a cool combo. I liked the first tune, the second not as much, and this third one is all right. The sound of the record is a mash of hip hop and indie r&b with shared electronic elements in the arrangement.
@@@ Eagles of Death Metal: Zipper Down (Eagles of Death Metal/T-Boy, 2015). Well you don’t get much more of a cock rock record title than Zipper Down. I’ve always found this dude to be a superlative guitar player but his songs have been all wrapped in So Cal self-conscious horse shit. I’m two and a pube songs into the record it’s a mix of glam rock and stoner tones. Musically sophisticated and lyrically stunted, but as most of America is trapped in permanent childhood this is probably gonna be huge.
@@@ Daby Toure: Amonafi (Cumbancha, 2015). Some light African music I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. Some very pretty acoustic guitar playing, rich vocal arrangements over a sparse rhythm section. At least in the first tune. Toure strips it down even more in the second tune. I’m wondering if he’s from anywhere near the Cape Verde Islands because this music reminds of the music I’ve heard from Cape Verde. Oy, once in a while this music review monkey gets it right. Cape Verde is off the coast of Mauritania. The music is very pretty and I tend to like the African salsa and the desert blues, but if you dig the pretty over other criteria Toure will hook you up.
YTD recordings listened to: 793
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 455
Not good music: 274
Honorable Mentions: 20
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, 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, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Destruction Unit, Rim Kwaku Obeng