@@@ Trey Anastasio: Lever Boy (Not sure, 2015). A space rock jam off an upcoming record I got to via a music publicist email. I’ve never been a Phish head. I dig his guitar playing but I’ve never been a huge fan of his voice. I like the trip parallel guitar and voice in the chorus that’s pretty sweet. Overall the energy is what one expects from a Phish member — firm mid tempo hippie jam with faded rock vibes. He puts his prog shoes on about halfway through the tune with piano, a restrained horn section, and a galloping beat.
@@@ Graeme Barrett: The Runaway Prince (Noise Collector, 2015). This to be free record from a Canadian producer opens up with the Come Inside, which sounds like someone cleaning out a closet full of vintage synths. Clangs, metallic splanks, and what not. The second tune exits the chopped neighborhood a bit and adds more melody — weird popping synths with plenty of noise garnish. It’s layered, and the sounds are a bit junky but it’s not rough so there’s a balance between sweet synths and sounds that aren’t that. I’m thankful for that. This is much higher IQ electronic music than what is orbiting the planet like space junk thanks to this guy’s arranging sense and his sonic palette. I might even check him out more when I have time. Ah, shocking I dig an indie electronic record.
@@@ Jana Kramer: Thirty One (Eleektra Nashville, 2015). Hottie new country/cheese rock off the Beats highlights page from an actress that was on Friday Night Lights. Didn’t watch it. Power chords, wah wah guitars, and big Bon Jovi with breasts vocal hooks in the chorus. If you wore out your copy of old Def Leppard records, check out this second tune Don’t Touch My Radio. It’s Def Leppard with redneck banjo garnish. So on the axis of cheese, salt, and butter this is pretty salty as she’s super flirtatious, and it’s pretty cheesy as in goopy cheese drippin’ out of a ghetto white trash quesadilla.
YTD recordings listened to: 810
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 464
Not good music: 281
Honorable Mentions: 21
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, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Destruction Unit, Rim Kwaku Obeng, Graeme Barrett