@@@ Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop, 2015). I remember not liking the last Beach House biscuit but I’m open minded and I’ll give this snoozypants outfit a second shot. They’re on high jangle on this first tune and the female singer is outfitted in smooth reverb and plenty of it. The second tune is medium super mope-y with two organ patches, a simple drum machine beat and some bottleneck slide guitar. I’m not sure I’m gonna make it out of this record alive — I’m being bored to death. I don’t understand how pretty and boring became such a popular formula. Working on the theory that you are what you listen to there must be an awful lot of pretty and boring people out there. Well you all may be the majority but yer boring and yer gonna have to live with that.
@@@ Lionel Loueke: Gaia (Blue Note, 2015). Back with his African trio — I remember some pretty staid Loueke studio efforts — and I couldn’t be happier. This is a live in the studio and I hope they can keep it up as they’re shredding the fuck out of this first tune. The drummer is spraying, keyboards walking, and an odd but that’s okay bass sound. My guess is the bass is in all the microphones so it sounds sort of enveloping and less focused. I’m gonna have to GoogleSucks his trio because I hear a drummer and a percussionist so maybe what I thought was a keyboard player was a freaky ass guitar sound. The GoogleSucks has told me that it’s just a trio — drums, bass, and guitar. Well, I can’t believe I’m going to say this about a recent Blue Note record but Imma gonna havta to circle back for further peeping.
@@@ Julien Baker: Sprained Ankle (6131 Music, 2015). Some indie folk I got to via a paid tweet up on that Twitter thing. Big reverb on Baker’s somewhat reluctant voice, which is purposeful. Accompanied by arpeggiated acoustic guitar. Let’s skip ahead, this first tune is dragging a tad and the reverb is annoying me. Eh, this is more mood music for young and sad hipsters and less about sophisticated songwriting. It’s pretty standard stuff with the oohs, and the guitar harmonics and the arpeggiated acoustic and the big reverb. Go straight to Nick Drake if yer looking for the real shit.
@@@ Cardiknox: On My Way (Not sure, 2015). Some mainstream pop electro with big production. Off an upcoming full length platter and if this taste is anything like the rest of the iceberg this bag of bangerz will be blasting from the speakers at the Gap/Ol’ Slave-ys all over the USA. It is not particularly interesting music (ahem), but it’s upbeat and New Age, and it will help to sell blue jeans and t-shirts made by Chinese almost slaves.
YTD recordings listened to: 883
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 503
Not good music: 305
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, Kowloon Walled City, Israel Nash, Lionel Loueke