@@@ Silverton Youth Choir: Our God is a Possum God (Ten Dollar Recordings, 2015). Employing a palette of video game sounds and simple old school beats these guys bring a trippy and funky hip hop formula in this first tune, Spaceship Sunlight. The second tune veers into alt-redneck music so this badboy is gonna jump around. The third tune Pet the Little Birds is an indie/Frank Zappa mash that uses that crazy multitrack vocal stacks Zappa used with absurdist lyrics to give them gravitas. I dig the nonsense songs, it’s much more preferable to indie tactics of having stupid lyrics and trying to pawn them off as meaningful, but I wish they’d kept at the video game hip hop, it was much more interesting.
@@@ Drive By Truckers: It’s Great to be Alive! (ATO, 2015). Three hours of ‘erudite’ Southern rock off the Beats highlights page. I will be peeping a few of the beginning tracks and commenting. I did not know that Patteson Hood is the lead singer of this band and I really dug a solo record he did a few years ago. I really like his voice. This first tune has a Neil Young and Crazy Horse vibe with a big guitar jam plus the slackness of Hood’s vocals. The second track has a different vocalist — he’s more standard Southern rock than Hood. Wow, lots and lots of rockin’ guitars.
@@@ White Poppy: Natural Phenomena (Not Not Fun, 2015). Some breezy, dreamy, and snoozy indie that is #1 on the CFUV weekly playlist email. It’s a bunch of sounds not usually mashed together — plinky, quasi African single line guitar melodies, some synth drones, and a female singer that’s delayed and processed a bunch o’ ways. The beats aren’t standard indie either. It sounds a bit like a hipster Congotronics record — do you folks out there remember those couple/few discs that came out on the Belgium label Crammed Disc? They didn’t have a white girl mewing out front, but the aesthetic is tres similar. It gets a bit more indie as it rolls from what I heard, but that’s the read from heah.
@@@ Windhand: Grief’s Internal Flower (Relapse, 2015). Super sludgy guitars, hard rock drums and a Jane’s Addiction spaced out singer. He’s kinda floating metal hippie style on the aforementioned sounds. Oh my, the Sabbath power chord formula is coming’ full on in this second tune — this is what you pay admission to this record. I think this record is gonna be just right for the metal weed heads out there. Lighters up in the air ya bitches!
YTD recordings listened to: 887
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 505
Not good music: 307
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