@@@ Tinariwen: Live in Paris (Anti-/Epitaph, 2015). Though I haven’t been blown away by the last few records, a Tinariwen live record sounds like a really good idea. The sound quality of the first track is high and the lack of studio polish brings their musicianship to the fore. After a drum and vocal first piece the guitars come out. Most excellent. They take this second track slow and the circular guitar figures and the singing create a welcoming hypnotic state. I urge you white boy indie hipsters to peep this record to see how guitars should be played. Things are really starting to heat up on this third tune and Imma gonna swing back on this record. This is looking like it’s going on one of my best of 2015 lists.
@@@ Upset: Away (Lauren, 2015). Some super retro-90s femme guitar indie. Medium crunchy guitars, sweetness over the top, some bread and butter guitar solos. Slack, slack, slack for the holidays.
@@@ Idiot Glee: I Don’t Feel Right (Hop Hop Records, 2015). A single off an upcoming January full length blaster. Opens with a big straight beat, a little mesmerizing organ in the back, and winsome vocals. It opens up with some sonic twinkles and layers of background vocals. If you don’t like the singer’s mope-esque voice you’re probably not gonna feel the orchestral arrangement.
@@@ Jutes: Coming Soon (Not sure, 2015). The music pr email says this is a hip hop tune but it opens up all strum-dee drum. Oh, there it is after the sung intro. He’s barely in the hip hop neighborhood with the beat but he’s gotta a pretty white boy mash going on here. A vocal hook, Babe I’m Coming Soon (get a tissue!), some purdy acoustic guitar and some power chord guitars in the background. This dude makes Drake look like Chocolate Thunder.
YTD recordings listened to: 949
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 536
Not good music: 328
Honorable Mentions: 21
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