@@@ Jeremy Udden/Nicholas Moreaux: The Belleville Project (Sunnyside, 2015). Some Americana roots with jazz instrumentation out on the Sunnyside label that I got via the jazz blog Bird is the Worm, whom I follow on the Twertter. It’s a mellow affair with two horns, banjo, upright and drums. I hear a drone tucked back in this first tune so that’s another instrument. The second tune sees a clean electric guitar replace the banjo but the two horns and the laid-back drums continue. It’s very pretty. I tend to like more fire, but I’m in the minority — this is some good improv for brunch or for yuppies.
@@@ Honeyblood: No Big Deal/The Black Cloud (Fat Cat, 2015). No indie sausage-fest going on heah, strictly a double clam bake. I got to this via an indie music blog, but not a hipster one. Just guitar/drums and vocals but no Jack White shred fest — big points for a super nice guitar tone and the arrangement is hip. Things get crunchy about halfway through but it works well. The second tune is more standard indie, but these women really got a good formula going — most notably the arrangements.
@@@ Great Big World: When the Morning Comes (Epic, 2015) Some mainstream indie electronic pop off the Beats highlights page. Fronted by a couple of white nerds the first track opens up with the New Age piano, big shopping hook. Woof, this is that kind of sonic Cheez Wiz that will fuck you up if you’re not careful. He’s learning to love himself without the love of someone else. Christ. Second tune opens up with happy strummed acoustic guitar and handclaps — I don’t know how long I’m going to last here. His eyes looked at the world but couldn’t see it and you make the universe explode. You get the idea. I find the New Age lyrics and the whoa hos and the big hooks to be a toxic cocktail.
@@@ Idiot Glee: Evergreen Psycho (Hop Hop Records, 2015). A track off an upcoming January 2016 blaster. It’s orchestral indie or some leftover sorta hippie folk. The vocals are kinda mopey which isn’t a big draw for me, but I like the big melodic hook and the instrumentation. Piano, flute in addition to your strummed acoustic guitars and your simple but effective rhythm section.
YTD recordings listened to: 926
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 523
Not good music: 321
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, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Noisem, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer