10/31/15: Cheatahs, Black Masala, The Neighborhood

@@@ Cheatahs: Mythologies (Wichita, 2015).  Some expansive synth indie with a touch of shoe gaze off the Beats highlights page.  The singer comes out, breathy and intimate and a bit reverse phased over live drums and guitar chord washes.  These guys have a bit of that Arcade Fire mope to them.  If the drums were higher in the mix it might have a bit more muscles and I might like it more.

@@@ Black Masala: Black Masala (Black Masala, 2014)  A mash of cabaret, Balkan music, and New Orleans large ensemble party music.  The first tune sounds a bunch like a Gogol Bordello tune but more bouncy.  In my opinion you can’t fuck with any band that has a tuba holding down the low end.  I really dig the horn section.  I guess they have a new record that I saw on the WRIR review email but this effort is up on my Beats stop.  I can hear that these guys are veteran players and are most likely a smoking live unit, but I’m wondering why I’m not enjoying this record more.

@@@  The Neighborhood: WipedOut! (Columbia, 2015) Some mainstream rock off the Beat highlights page.  They’re going for a Strokes type of nerdy, poppy cock rock pose –Lord knows how the Strokes became a band that influences other bands.  The production here is much more sophisticated than the songs and the singer is annoying.

YTD recordings listened to: 875
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 498
Not good music: 299

Honorable Mentions: 21
Buys: 13

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, Kowloon Walled City, Israel Nash


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